Leno: DADT is back — it’s “Obama’s new policy for questions on Libya”

posted at 2:41 pm on October 31, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

While Jay Leno has no trouble finding occasion to poke fun at Republicans, last night he made a joke at President Obama’s expense last that contained an all-too-accurate observation:

Well, ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is back — not for gays in the military, it’s President Obama’s new policy for questions about Libya. Don’t ask, don’t tell! Well, that’s the big story, the Republicans are accusing the White House of successfully engineering a massive coverup on the Libyan attack, but on the plus side, it’s the first time Republicans are giving credit to Obama for doing anything successfully.

We’re more than seven weeks out from the attack on the consulate in Benghazi, but we’re still left trying to put together an accurate picture of what actually happened and the White House is still deflecting questions. As the Weekly Standard wonders, we have heard from various government officials, but that has left us with still more questions about Obama’s commanding-in-chief:

So here’s where we are: Petraeus has made clear the CIA wasn’t responsible for the decision not to act. Panetta has tried to take the responsibility himself—and the White House has seemed to encourage this interpretation of events. But Panetta’s position is untenable: The Defense Department doesn’t get to unilaterally decide whether it’s too risky or not to try to rescue CIA operators, or to violate another country’s air space. In any case, it’s inconceivable Panetta didn’t raise the question of what to do when he met with the national security adviser and the president at 5 p.m. on the evening of September 11 for an hour. And it’s beyond inconceivable he didn’t then stay in touch with the White House after he returned to the Pentagon.

So the question remains: What did President Obama do that evening (apart from spending an hour on the phone with Prime Minister Netanyahu)? What did he know, and what did he decide, and what was the basis for his decisions?

Of course, when I say that “we” are still left with questions, I only mean the people who are bothering to be interested in this travesty of a security failure — because there seem to be a lot of people within a certain profession who are actively disinterested, as Charles Krauthammer argued last night: “You could argue that it takes Libya off the front pages, but then again, it wasn’t on the front pages in the first place. It is the mainstream media, who spent hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of articles on the supposed outing of a CIA agent in the Bush administration, in which she was safely in Washington and never in danger, has an epidemic of incuriosity about the murder of an ambassador.”


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Romney ignored 14 direct questions about FEMA yesterday.

not a winner no matter what he says. all he did in a debate was say that FEMA should be more directable by state that is affected.

gerrym51 on October 31, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Jay ! DADT Back ???

Why, it never went away.

FlaMurph on October 31, 2012 at 4:08 PM

not a winner no matter what he says. all he did in a debate was say that FEMA should be more directable by state that is affected.

gerrym51 on October 31, 2012 at 4:00 PM

New MSM Talking Points
Out – Rape
In – FEMA

Strike Hornet on October 31, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Yeah, cute, but, Leno is a solid obama voter – so, what’s the point?

Pork-Chop on October 31, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Lenno has been throwing buckets of crap at Republicans for years. This is nothing. Tomorrow he’ll be back to fulltime worship of President Choomer McDowngrade.

slickwillie2001 on October 31, 2012 at 4:15 PM

The only way readers of the L.A. Times are going to get a clue that Benghazi might be a big deal is from reading Jonah Goldberg:

“If true, the White House’s concerted effort to blame the attack on a video crumbles. Yet, last Friday, the president claimed that “the minute I found out what was happening” in Benghazi, he ordered that everything possible be done to protect our personnel. That is either untrue, or he’s being disobeyed on grave matters.

This isn’t an “October surprise” foisted on the media by opposition research; it’s news…”

http://patterico.com/2012/10/30/jonah-goldberg-on-the-absence-of-any-benghazi-fallout/

workingclass artist on October 31, 2012 at 4:18 PM

And Romney likes it too!

chumpThreads on October 31, 2012 at 2:43 PM

WHAT DID ROMNEY KNOW ABOUT THE DEATH OF THIS AMBASSADOR AND WHEN DID HE KNOW IT?!?!?!

No, that’s no good. This one’s all Obama and a scapegoat to be named later.

tom on October 31, 2012 at 4:24 PM

It’s so funny that Chris Stevens and the other murdered victims forgot to laugh.

KMC1 on October 31, 2012 at 4:56 PM

“Why does Obama hate Americans?”

Strike Hornet on October 31, 2012 at 3:14 PM

It was his father’s dream.

Solaratov on October 31, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Romney ignored 14 direct questions about FEMA yesterday.

Why was he asked 14 questions about it in the first place? Have they asked him about his thoughts on Katrina yet?

xblade on October 31, 2012 at 6:42 PM

It was his father’s dream.

Solaratov on October 31, 2012 at 5:39 PM

As do all other communists out there.

riddick on October 31, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Why was he asked 14 questions about it in the first place? Have they asked him about his thoughts on Katrina yet?

xblade on October 31, 2012 at 6:42 PM

And why isn’t this crooked bunch asking SAME questions of Hussein? Romney is not the one in charge of FEMA, Hussein is.

riddick on October 31, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Ambassador Stevens is sure glad to be the invisible butt of a Leno monologue.

The whole Benghazi thing is just so funny.

And the Libyan titters of Obama are epic.

profitsbeard on November 1, 2012 at 1:10 AM

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