Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on October 28, 2012 by Allahpundit

“This tragedy turned into a debacle and massive coverup or massive incompetence in Libya is having an effect on the voters because of their view of the commander in chief,” McCain said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “And it is now the worst coverup or incompetence that I have ever observed in my life.”…

“I don’t know if it’s either coverup or gross — the worst kind of incompetence, which doesn’t qualify the president as commander in chief,” McCain said…

“Somebody said to me the other day, ‘This is as bad as Watergate.’ Nobody died in Watergate,” McCain said.

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Ohio senator Rob Portman talked on Fox News Sunday about a “shocking breakdown” with regard to the Obama administration’s response:

This is not about politics. This is about a huge national security issue that affects all of us and there was a shocking breakdown, operationally, not to have the security there in the first place. And then not to respond to these guys, in their pleas for help for 7 hours, during a firefight. It’s unbelievable and now, we are hearing that the president of the United States, based on his own words, issued a directive immediately after he found out about the firefight, saying that he wanted to be sure those people on the ground were safe and they were getting what they needed. It didn’t happen. This means either that the president’s order was not followed, which would be a breakdown in terms of the White House procedure, or, it means the order wasn’t issued. We need to find out about this, it is not about politics, it is a very serious situation. After the fact, of course, there’s also been a lot of confusion about what happened and why it happened.

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It seems obvious that Panetta is trying protect Obama from responsibility for the Administration’s Benghazi response. I don’t think that works. The decision to outsource the call is still a presidential decision.

But there are two problems bigger problems with the Panetta doctrine. First, Panetta says they didn’t have real-time information. Uh, if having a live video feed and real-time reports from assets on the ground for hours doesn’t count as real time information, what does? And, if as rumors suggest, the drones monitoring the situation were armed, the idea that the administration was trying to avoid some kind of “black hawk down” situation seems incomprehensible.

Which brings us to the second, I think bigger, problem with the Panetta doctrine. If the circumstances in Libya didn’t meet the “enough information” threshold for a rescue attempt or some other form of intervention, then what does?

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While Americans were under assault in Benghazi, the president found time for a non-urgent, politically useful, hour-long call to Prime Minister Netanyahu. And his senior national staff had to find time to arrange the call, brief the president for the call, monitor it, and provide an immediate read-out to the media. I suspect Prime Minister Netanyahu, of all people, would have understood the need to postpone or shorten the phone call if he were told that Americans were under attack as the president chatted. But for President Obama, a politically useful telephone call—and the ability to have his aides rush out and tell the media about that phone call—came first.

So here are a few more questions for the White House: While President Obama was on the phone for an hour, did his national security advisor Tom Donilon or any other aide interrupt the call or slip him a piece of paper to inform him about what was happening in Benghazi? Or was President Obama out of the loop for at least an hour as events unfolded and decisions were made? On the other hand, national security staff were obviously with the president during and immediately after the phone call—otherwise how could they have put out their statement right away? Surely his aides told the president about what was happening in Benghazi. Was there then no discussion of what was or what wasn’t being done to help, pursuant to the president’s first directive that everything possible be done?

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We know this much: What Barack Obama said is unambiguously false. Members of his administration have not provided information to the American people about Benghazi as they have received it. And in many instances, the opposite has been true. The Obama administration has used every means at its disposal to avoid sharing information about the Benghazi attacks—not only with the American people, but with Congress, too.

Sources tell The Weekly Standard that the administration is ignoring—or denying—routine requests for information from the congressional committees with oversight on national security. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” says one congressional Republican. “Basic questions—unanswered for literally weeks.”

One could argue that this is good news. An administration refusing to provide information about the attacks is an administration that isn’t providing misleading information about those attacks. And that’s what the American public got for the better part of four weeks.

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“Why didn’t Governor Romney prosecute the case on Benghazi? Pat, and everybody else has been fulminating about it for the last two weeks. He wisely stayed away from that because it’s a pretty made-up story, frankly, and he’s going to leave that to surrogates,” Eleanor Clift said about the controversy surrounding the terror attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya…

“They’re trying to pretend that the White House was lying and covering up, which shows the complete ignorance of how intelligence is gathered and how government operates,” Clift said.

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Via Breitbart.com.

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Later on in the show, Wallace put a similar question to Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA): “I can understand how it would be politically embarrassing for the administration if it turns out the drones were armed and weapons not fired when the U.S. americans were under attack for 7 hours, but I can’t understand how it would give up valuable intelligence. Can you tell me directly: were the drones armed or not that were flying over Benghazi?”

Warner offered no comment: “This member of the Senate Intelligence Committee is not going to make any comments on drones on the record, off-the-record or anywhere else.”

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Via the Daily Caller.


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901 for sure.

Bmore on October 29, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Bmore on October 29, 2012

Its always nice to find a person who enjoys the little things.

cozmo on October 29, 2012 at 9:37 AM

cozmo on October 29, 2012 at 9:37 AM

; ) true that I have never been able to resist the page turn.

Bmore on October 29, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Remember during the 2008 campaign when Obama said that we should negotiate with our enemies? Reports on Qumu and Al Qaeda in the New York Times have me thinking, did Obama cut a deal with Al Qaeda that went bad in Benghazi? There is a paper trail of sorts available online that many are missing.

gocatholic on October 29, 2012 at 9:50 AM

What’s going on?

Cindy Munford on October 29, 2012 at 9:52 AM

7 weeks later and our dear leader still doesn’t know exactly what happened in Benghazi but he was really fast jumping all over a storm.

Kissmygrits on October 29, 2012 at 9:53 AM

KING: Governor Romney? You’ve been a chief executive of a state. I was just in Joplin, Missouri. I’ve been in Mississippi and Louisiana and Tennessee and other communities dealing with whether it’s the tornadoes, the flooding, and worse. FEMA is about to run out of money, and there are some people who say do it on a case-by-case basis and some people who say, you know, maybe we’re learning a lesson here that the states should take on more of this role. How do you deal with something like that?

ROMNEY: Absolutely. Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.

Instead of thinking in the federal budget, what we should cut — we should ask ourselves the opposite question. What should we keep? We should take all of what we’re doing at the federal level and say, what are the things we’re doing that we don’t have to do? And those things we’ve got to stop doing, because we’re borrowing $1.6 trillion more this year than we’re taking in. We cannot…

KING: Including disaster relief, though?

ROMNEY: We cannot — we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off. It makes no sense at all.

libfreeordie on October 29, 2012 at 9:54 AM

7 weeks later and our dear leader still doesn’t know exactly what happened in Benghazi but he was really fast jumping all over a storm.

Kissmygrits on October 29, 2012 at 9:53 AM

This is going to look real ugly if there are many casualties or people made into Katrina-like refugees by the end of the week. Your contempt for the safety of your fellow Americans is telling. Does it have anything to do with the fact that the most vulnerable states are blue?

libfreeordie on October 29, 2012 at 9:56 AM

ted c on October 29, 2012 at 6:40 AM

This has my blood boiling more than 4 more years of an Obama administration. It’s to the point where I’d gladly take 4 more if we could also have an honest media at the same time.

This is a national disgrace.

Cleombrotus on October 29, 2012 at 9:57 AM

libfreeordie on October 29, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Oh please, you cult member. If this were George Bush, you’d be all over him.

Cleombrotus on October 29, 2012 at 10:00 AM

This is going to look real ugly if there are many casualties or people made into Katrina-like refugees by the end of the week.

libfreeordie on October 29, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Obama is the president. Will the media blame him like they blamed Bush? You know they won’t but it makes you a little nervous, doesn’t it?

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown… except when our embassy is under attack. Then, it’s get some sleep and head to Vegas for a fundraiser.

I find it hard to believe, as the “feeling” liberal you proclaim to be, Obama’s actions don’t chill you to the bone.

Fallon on October 29, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Say, wasn’t 0 suppose to lower the sea? Dang he can’t even get that right.

Bmore on October 29, 2012 at 10:19 AM

This is going to look real ugly if there are many casualties or people made into Katrina-like refugees by the end of the week. Your contempt for the safety of your fellow Americans is telling. Does it have anything to do with the fact that the most vulnerable states are blue?

libfreeordie on October 29, 2012 at 9:56 AM

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Flora Duh on October 29, 2012 at 10:26 AM

All this stonewalling on Benghazi is really looking bad for The Won. Things go wrong in combat all of the time, the American people know that and are usually pretty forgiving as long as steps are made to change flawed procedures to lessen the chance of a repeat. This really makes Obama seem like there is something to hide on his part.

Cindy Munford on October 29, 2012 at 10:32 AM

libfreeordie on October 29, 2012 at 9:54 AM

How about you linking the entire transcripts, Bucky. Did you get your supplies? How is your area impacted so far?

Cindy Munford on October 29, 2012 at 10:35 AM

This is going to look real ugly if there are many casualties or people made into Katrina-like refugees by the end of the week. Your contempt for the safety of your fellow Americans is telling. Does it have anything to do with the fact that the most vulnerable states are blue?

libfreeordie on October 29, 2012 at 9:56 AM

I just know you were clutching your pearls as you wrote this.

By the way, I have seen the Morgan Freeman “Presidentin is Hard! He’s had so many challenges! Never before in history!” Ad four times this morning, here in vulnerable blue NJ. I’m glad Barry has so much money to burn at this late stage that he can afford throw it away in a state he’s certain to win. Or does their internal polling say otherwise?

Naturally Curly on October 29, 2012 at 10:39 AM

So that’s pretty much it for me.

Later, folks.

MadisonConservative on October 29, 2012 at 3:39 PM

This is going to look real ugly if there are many casualties or people made into Katrina-like refugees by the end of the week. Your contempt for the safety of your fellow Americans is telling. Does it have anything to do with the fact that the most vulnerable states are blue?

libfreeordie on October 29, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Are you coastal twags so helpless? get a grip child.

tom daschle concerned on October 29, 2012 at 5:45 PM

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