Obama on GOP opposition to Susan Rice: You want to come after someone over Benghazi, come after me

posted at 4:36 pm on November 14, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Greg Hengler, I don’t know where to begin here. At 2:05, he says he agrees that it’s important to find out what happened in Benghazi and that the administration’s provided every bit of information it has. Not true. He still hasn’t told us precisely what he instructed the military to do, or not do, after the attack was underway. All he’s said is that he issued some sort of directive to “make sure we are securing our personnel.” What did the directive say, explicitly? At what point during the attack did he issue it? Did securing our personnel include sending reinforcements to the annex to assist the CIA security team after they allegedly called for help? He keeps deflecting these questions with claims that we need to “investigate” but he knows the answers to all of that. He simply refuses to say. So far.

Beyond that, how is this some sort of sterling defense of Susan Rice?

“As I said before, she made an appearance at the request of the White House in which she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her,” Obama said at the press conference, defending the statements the ambassador to the U.N. made regarding the Benghazi attack.

What on earth was Rice doing on the Sunday shows in the first place? Two months later, I’ve yet to see an explanation of that in the media. She’s the ambassador to the UN; she has no firsthand knowledge of what happened in Benghazi the way, say, Hillary or Petraeus or John Brennan or Tom Donilon or other people who dealt with the crisis would have. They might as well have sent Carney or Axelrod out there if they wanted someone to mindlessly flack talking points. But since O’s now admitting that she was only saying what the White House wanted her to say, let’s go back to her chat-show appearance on ABC. The left’s tried to redeem her periodically since then by noting that Rice never claimed that the attack was merely a protest that got out of hand; what she said was that there was a protest, and then jihadis showed up while the protest was going on and started attacking the consulate. But that’s untrue: According to the best independent account of the attack I’ve seen, the AP’s, 150 jihadis showed up 90 minutes before the attack and began methodically setting up roadblocks to isolate the consulate. At some point, one of them convinced (intimidated?) a group of bystanders to chant about the movie, presumably for propaganda value. There was never any “spontaneous protest” that was hijacked by terrorists. It was a terrorist operation from the start.

But so what, you say. Rice spoke five days after the attack; the full story of what happened hadn’t been sorted out yet. She was only telling you what the CIA told her. In that case, explain this:

TAPPER: Why was there such a security breakdown? Why was there not better security at the compound in Benghazi? Why were there not U.S. Marines at the embassy in Tripoli?

RICE: Well, first of all, we had a substantial security presence with our personnel…

TAPPER: Not substantial enough, though, right?

RICE: … with our personnel and the consulate in Benghazi. Tragically, two of the four Americans who were killed were there providing security. That was their function. And indeed, there were many other colleagues who were doing the same with them.

It obviously didn’t prove sufficient to the — the nature of the attack and sufficient in that — in that moment. And that’s why, obviously, we have reinforced our remaining presence in Tripoli and why the president has very — been very clear that in Libya and throughout the region we are going to call on the governments, first of all, to assume their responsibilities to protect our facilities and our personnel, and we’re reinforcing our facilities and our — our embassies where possible…

TAPPER: But why…

RICE: … and where needed.

TAPPER: Why would we not have Marines at the embassy in Tripoli to begin with? It would seem like this — this is obviously an unstable country. This is a region where U.S. interests have been attacked in previous months. Why were there not Marines there to begin with?

RICE: First of all, there are Marines in some places around the world. There are not Marines in every facility. That depends on the circumstances. That depends on the requirements. Our presence in Tripoli, as in Benghazi, is relatively new, as you will recall. We’ve been back post-revolution only for a matter of months.

But I’ve visited there myself, both to Tripoli and Benghazi. I was very grateful to have a strong security presence with me as part of our — our embassy detachment there. So we certainly are aware that Libya is a place where there have been increasingly some violent incidents. The security personnel that the State Department thought were required were in place. And we’ll see when the investigation unfolds whether what was — what transpired in Benghazi might have unfolded differently in different circumstances.

Show of hands: Knowing what you know now, does anyone, left or right, think “substantial” is a fair description of the security presence at the consulate and CIA annex? Rice’s answer here is designed to convince the average joe that there was a robust security force in place and it simply got overrun by a shockingly, unforeseeably large, organized jihadi force. But that’s nonsense. We know now that security personnel on the ground were begging State for months to beef things up and that Stevens and his team knew there was a significant, well organized radical presence in Benghazi. So weak was security, in fact, that the attack that killed him and three other Americans might very well have been an inside job perpetrated by a Libyan guard whom the consulate had been stuck with. All of this was known to State, and yet the White House still sent Rice out there five days after the attack to blow smoke about how solid our security was in Benghazi. That, not the “spontaneous protest” bit, is the most egregious lie she told. First question at the inevitable Susan Rice confirmation hearing for Secretary of State should be whether she stands by her assessment of how “substantial” our presence was. And if she says no, the second question had better be what she intends to do about it as Hillary’s successor.

Exit quotation from Lindsey Graham, responding to Obama’s garbage here: “Mr. President, don’t think for one minute I don’t hold you ultimately responsible for Benghazi.”

Update: Just wondering: Where was this bold “the buck stops here” derring-do during September and October? As I recall, he was happy to let Hillary and State take a beating from Benghazi critics for weeks, to the point where she issued a “buck stops here” statement of her own. Obama finally followed suit the following day in his second debate with Romney. He’s awfully quick to stick up for his underlings with the “come after me” bravado — but only if he doesn’t have to worry about his reelection. Quite a boss.


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Hey, he sounds really tough. Don’t force him to make another gutsy call, people! Guy wears steel toe Docs and a black leather moto jacket to bed. Cue balls, I tell ya.

He doesn’t often speak with foreign leaders on the phone, but when he does, he does it with a baseball bat in arms reach.

WeekendAtBernankes on November 14, 2012 at 7:07 PM

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/11/12/petraeus-mistress-may-have-revealed-classified-information-at-denver-speech/

this is still the key here…
and Rice was sent out for Plausible deniability…
Stevens wasnt in her org chart…so she was told
to deliver the talking points…
so for BHO to defend her for her lack of the facts
isnt really a big deal….
“she was ignorant of the facts leave her alone”
wow…tuff guy…really tuff…

going2mars on November 14, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Obama, you’re such a tough guy. Oooh, we’re all backing off now…

disa on November 14, 2012 at 7:08 PM

switched over to tingles…boy the love fest between him and chucky t over this issue…

obama admin feels like susan has been the punching bag of mccan and graham and NOW it’s personal

blech

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 7:13 PM

All he’s said is that he issued some sort of directive to “make sure we are securing our personnel.” What did the directive say, explicitly? At what point during the attack did he issue it?

This is incredibly ridiculous. What are the logical choices?

1. Lying

2. Insubordinate military

He must think that if he talks vaguely about this prime directive of his, that everyone will think that he did the best he could. This leads to the implication that Libya thugs and terrorists more competent than the US military.

INC on November 14, 2012 at 7:15 PM

She was screaming at friends of mine on the phone years and years ago so don’t call me unopinionated about her.

Lourdes on November 14, 2012 at 6:08 PM

That sounds like a neat story. Care to share?

:)

Solaratov on November 14, 2012 at 7:22 PM

1. Lying
INC on November 14, 2012 at 7:15 PM

because if BHO actually allows the Ambassador to be
saved …the truth might just come out..

going2mars on November 14, 2012 at 7:23 PM

The African-American Community and his supporters in general…..LOVE IT when he talks “revenge” or tough guy. They eat it up.

And who wouldn’t love it? Wouldn’t it be nice if WE COULD BE LOVING SOMEONE, ANYONE, ANYONE that would talk tough and defend CONSERVATISM like he does Liberty stealing government?

I’ll admit it………I’m jealous.

***And while we’re at it. Is the Black community now just a cult of the Democrat party?

Think about the similarities.

And the Latino/Illegals are not far behind.

PappyD61 on November 14, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Give the General immunity and let’s here the truth for a change.

diogenes on November 14, 2012 at 7:29 PM

What’s he gonna do, throw a baseball at John McCain?

Hummer53 on November 14, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Give the General immunity and let’s here hear the truth for a change.

diogenes on November 14, 2012 at 7:30 PM

If it wasn’t so serious, I would call the President’s action comical.

Mr. Obama threw Ms. Rice out in public to tell a tale he knew was fallacious.

Now he suddenly wants to be seen as her defender? One word; coward.

So here you go, Ms. Rice. We will throw you to the wolves and if you survive- I’ve got your back.

By the way Ms.Rice is both incompetent and obviously lacks wisdom. She is not a candidate for higher office.

Marcus Traianus on November 14, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Boy that sure is some civil language our dear Coward in Chief..i say we do go after you…get some pitchforks and storm The White House, OUR HOUSE!!…

alright i’m not advocating violence, i just want this country to wake up from the slumber it’s been under for 4 freaking years..this guy has truly gotten away with murder and nothing has been done about it…it’s a travesty

sadsushi on November 14, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Slick trick from the chief d!ck.

He knows very well that if we do come after him, between being “half-honky and all donkey”, he’s a Teflon pResident.

MelonCollie on November 14, 2012 at 7:36 PM

The false outrage sells well to his constituency so look for more of it. But it’s the American people who should be outraged that Obama lied about the attack and Susan Rice had to be party to the conspiracy. She doesn’t appear dumb enough to have not smelled a rat that she was the one talking to the nation about an attack that killed an ambassador rather than Hiliary.

Nomas on November 14, 2012 at 7:47 PM

So, I guess he is willing to testify under oath that he knew the day after the attack that the cause was not a Youtube video?

milcus on November 14, 2012 at 7:48 PM

“All he’s said is that he issued some sort of directive to “make sure we are securing our personnel.” from above

That sounds like a very legalese way of saying we did everything we could to “secure”…see; all personnel have been secured and returned to homeland.

Did he give any directive to go in there and KICK ASS???!

can_con on November 14, 2012 at 7:49 PM

The African-American Community and his supporters in general…..LOVE IT when he talks “revenge” or tough guy. They eat it up.

And who wouldn’t love it? Wouldn’t it be nice if WE COULD BE LOVING SOMEONE, ANYONE, ANYONE that would talk tough and defend CONSERVATISM like he does Liberty stealing government?

I’ll admit it………I’m jealous.

***And while we’re at it. Is the Black community now just a cult of the Democrat party?

Think about the similarities.

And the Latino/Illegals are not far behind.

PappyD61 on November 14, 2012 at 7:28 PM

News brief: Obama to reveal his set of neck and forehead tattoos to the public soon…meanwhile, he is busy sorting through the bags of coca leaves he needs to work his way through to lunch.

Seriously, I wouldn’t be surprised.

Lourdes on November 14, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Allen West needs to go all Mr.T on the airways…

Lourdes on November 14, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Prucking fick.

Midas on November 14, 2012 at 7:52 PM

The false outrage sells well to his constituency so look for more of it. But it’s the American people who should be outraged that Obama lied about the attack and Susan Rice had to be party to the conspiracy. She doesn’t appear dumb enough to have not smelled a rat that she was the one talking to the nation about an attack that killed an ambassador rather than Hiliary.

Nomas on November 14, 2012 at 7:47 PM

She doesn’t appear dumb enough to have not smelled a rat

The other obvious possibility and that is that Rice IS ALSO “a rat”.

Lourdes on November 14, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Lies and Bullsh1t come easy for the Obama Administration.

Opinionnation on November 14, 2012 at 7:55 PM

If it wasn’t so serious, I would call the President’s action comical.

Mr. Obama threw Ms. Rice out in public to tell a tale he knew was fallacious.

Now he suddenly wants to be seen as her defender? One word; coward.

So here you go, Ms. Rice. We will throw you to the wolves and if you survive- I’ve got your back.

By the way Ms.Rice is both incompetent and obviously lacks wisdom. She is not a candidate for higher office.

Marcus Traianus on November 14, 2012 at 7:34 PM

I know, ironically enough the first time he hid behind her skirts and now all of a sudden he discovers chivalry and he’s all about defending her. And I completely agree with you, she’s not cut for that position with that sort of responsibility, she’s a talking head/rombot, better suited for jobs such as spoke person, but not for Secr of State. at least Hillary is her own person and perfectly capable of making judgements and calls on her own. This one, not so much, as it is evident from her idiotic media appearances post-Benghazi to push the WH narrative of the events.

jimver on November 14, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Has anyone ever seen PBHO ever express outrage, disgust, or true anger about this terrorist attack, that would compare to his outrage, disgust or true anger about the rich not paying their fair share?

Ya, me neither.

All I’ve heard is how he is offended that his administration’s motives have been questioned.

can_con on November 14, 2012 at 8:04 PM

I actually do believe they should come after the President, also. Let’s face it, anyone who was low enough to send out the U.N. Ambassador, who really knew little about Benghazi, with a cock and bull story about some obscure video, should have to answer questions about why they would do something like that to someone they wanted to promote to Secretary of State.

Realistically, that’s not the way to treat a future Secretary of State. If YOU don’t have enough respect for them, that you’d never send them out to lie to the country, why should anyone else have enough respect for them to elevate them to such a high position? I’m just saying.

bflat879 on November 14, 2012 at 8:10 PM

jennifer griffin will be on BO tonight on Fox…
i hope she has another nugget for us on the
truth in Benghazi

going2mars on November 14, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Prucking fick.

Midas on November 14, 2012 at 7:52 PM

…Pucking frick… is right!

KOOLAID2 on November 14, 2012 at 8:15 PM

So, taking Rice to task is what liberals mean by the war on women?
This woman is unfit for office of any magnitude. She must be borked.

DevilsPrinciple on November 14, 2012 at 8:20 PM

The false outrage sells well to his constituency so look for more of it. But it’s the American people who should be outraged that Obama lied about the attack and Susan Rice had to be party to the conspiracy. She doesn’t appear dumb enough to have not smelled a rat that she was the one talking to the nation about an attack that killed an ambassador rather than Hiliary.

Nomas on November 14, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Speaking of “false outrage,” anyone remember this golden oldie from 1996.

After voting for Bill Clinton in 1992, Safire became one of the leading critics of Clinton’s administration. Hillary Clinton in particular was often the target of his ire. He caused controversy when he called her a “congenital liar”; she responded that she didn’t feel offended for herself, but for her mother’s sake. According to the president’s press secretary at the time, Mike McCurry, “the President, if he were not the President, would have delivered a more forceful response to that on the bridge of Mr. Safire’s nose”.

tom on November 14, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Why does the left say they want women to be treated as equals and then cry “bully” when a man treats a woman like he would a man?

ctmom on November 14, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Ultimately Hillary should have been appearing on all the shows – they sacrificed Rice. Now Preezy feels obligated to defend her. What a man.

swoon /

Hill60 on November 14, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Not a very convincing performance.

All hat, no cattle.

Joe Mama on November 14, 2012 at 8:40 PM

The other obvious possibility and that is that Rice IS ALSO “a rat”.

Lourdes on November 14, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Susan Rice, Samantha Power(s), and Hillary Clinton pushed to have us intervene in Libya and to oust Qaddafi. Rice and Clinton have to be most concerned about blowback from this whole operation.

onlineanalyst on November 14, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Communist, dictatorial, narcissistic, Bastar*d. He is at the root of the Benghazi coverup and is an incompetent boob.

ultracon on November 14, 2012 at 8:53 PM

At the time of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, Rice reportedly said, “If we use the word ‘genocide’ and are seen as doing nothing, what will be the effect on the November [congressional] election?”

In a 2002 op-ed piece in the Washington Post, former Ambassador to Sudan Timothy M. Carney and news contributor Mansoor Ijaz implicated Rice and counter-terrorism czar Richard Clarke in missing an opportunity to neutralize Osama bin Laden while he was still in Sudan in 1996. They write that Sudan and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright were ready to cooperate on intelligence potentially leading to Bin Laden, but that Rice and Clarke persuaded National Security Advisor Sandy Berger to overrule Albright

The left’s tried to redeem her periodically since then by noting that Rice never claimed that the attack was merely a protest that got out of hand; what she said was that there was a protest, and then jihadis showed up while the protest was going on and started attacking the consulate.

As always, Obama rides the weak horse.

MichaelGabriel on November 14, 2012 at 8:56 PM

I heard that Petraeus told Rice it was a “slam dunk”.

There’s word going around the hill at the moment that Obama personally ordered the Navy SEALs to create a fake rescue video of Ambassador Stevens but it was canned at the last second because Jessica Lynch wasn’t available.

There’s some other chatter going around that Obama killed Pat Tillman because Pat had travelled to the future and knew stuff about Benghazi that would bring down the Obama administraton.

We need to get to the bottom of this.

bileduct on November 14, 2012 at 9:19 PM

As always, Obama rides the weak horse.

MichaelGabriel on November 14, 2012 at 8:56 PM

From the crayon boxes of Syrian babes…

Picture of the Day: Obama, The Weak Ass

Resist We Much on November 14, 2012 at 9:23 PM

I want to have the invitation to talk to that slug who was elected. I sincerely do. Would that someone arrange it..I’m dead serious.

MNDavenotPC on November 14, 2012 at 9:25 PM

…and I’ll be right here at this podium…in another 5 months…I can’t promise anything specific…

Axeman on November 14, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Susan Rice is no political innocent. Go after her. Let Obama come and defend her if he can.

Mitsouko on November 14, 2012 at 10:09 PM

The POTUS has demonstrated his personal cowardice/bullyhood. Americans, beware of a man who must use the tools of his office to demand respect. All while giving “flexibility” to America’s rivals on his professional level.

rwenger43 on November 14, 2012 at 10:10 PM

“When they go after the UN ambassador … then they’ve got a problem with me.”

Very curious.He didn’t seem to have the same sentiment for Ambassador Stevens.

DevilsPrinciple on November 14, 2012 at 10:25 PM

There is absolutely no way Rice should be Secretary of State.

Shut down the freaking government if that happens.

WisCon on November 14, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Four more years of this, folks…four more years.

pseudonominus on November 14, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Has he asked anyone for a list of names so he’ll know who’s ass to kick?

Any truth to the rumor of a beer summit with Al-Qaeda?

BobMbx on November 14, 2012 at 10:37 PM

America has an Obama problem. And the Obamedia won’t get his panties in a bunch with hard questions. We’re on our own, folks.

RandyChandler on November 14, 2012 at 10:42 PM

The African-American Community and his supporters in general…..LOVE IT when he talks “revenge” or tough guy. They eat it up.

And who wouldn’t love it? Wouldn’t it be nice if WE COULD BE LOVING SOMEONE, ANYONE, ANYONE that would talk tough and defend CONSERVATISM like he does Liberty stealing government?

I’ll admit it………I’m jealous.

***And while we’re at it. Is the Black community now just a cult of the Democrat party?

Think about the similarities.

And the Latino/Illegals are not far behind.

PappyD61 on November 14, 2012 at 7:28 PM

You make a good point in this… imagine what we could do if we had leaders who fought for truth as hard as the Democrats fight for lies. Imagine! Even Hitler said that truth was the great enemy of the lie. They feared the truth because it was the one thing that could destroy all of their lies. That is why they attack freedom of speech so much.

But I will say this.. we need to support Lindsey Graham and McCain. I just watched Hannity and Graham was on there repeating he holds Obama accountable. Say what ever you want of Lindsey Graham and what he did or didn’t do in the past.. the man is today sticking his next out there. He was telling Boehner on Hannity do not compromise on this! Lindsey Graham and McCain are making themselves targets and enemies right now and we should support them!

Thank God someone is out there standing up for what is right! We complain about it when no one does but today somebody is!

I’ll say something else too. I haven’t much cared for Rush for sometime. I still listen to him but he has become so pessimistic. At least Hannity is out there going on offense. Rush just sounds like it’s all over and there is no point anymore.. and yet today he had a caller from Wyoming who was a black conservative who sounded so optimistic. She had just won a seat in the Wyoming legislature. Then later.. after her call.. Rush complained and cried “Where is all the decency in America’s institutions!” I wanted to scream at the radio “It was right here in the heartland! It’s was right there in your last caller for crying out loud! Stop sounding so blasted defeatist!”

You know.. I wanted to scream at Rush and tell him some of us can’t afford to be pessimistic! Some of us have families and when you son or daughter look at your and ask “What’s going to happen to us dad?” we don’t have the luxury of falling on the floor and sucking our thumbs! We have a country to win back! Some of us actually believe those words people quote from our founders! They aren’t just cliches!

JellyToast on November 14, 2012 at 10:52 PM

He WENT to bed not knowing what had happened to Ambassador Stevens and the next day went to Vegas for a fundraiser.

So, Ambassador Rice, do you really think Obama will protect you if the chips are down? Don’t fool yourself, that “Obama thinks only of Obama bus” has bumped over quite a few folks who thought they were special in his eyes.

journeyintothewhirlwind on November 14, 2012 at 10:54 PM

I didn’t see the presser but I can just see and hear our Dear Leader saying, “They have a problem with me” and it makes me cringe.

FUBO

Jvette on November 14, 2012 at 10:56 PM

I didn’t see the presser but I can just see and hear our Dear Leader saying, “They have a problem with me” and it makes me cringe.

FUBO

Jvette on November 14, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Consider yourself lucky you missed it. I don’t think I will watch another one. My blood pressure seemed out of control. I had to take a walk to calm down. It was that bad.

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 11:32 PM

“Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and gave him triumphal processions. Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the ‘new, wonderful, good society’ which shall now be Rome’s, interpreted to mean: more money, more ease, more security, more living fatly at the expense of the industrious.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 11:34 PM

I didn’t see the presser but I can just see and hear our Dear Leader saying, “They have a problem with me” and it makes me cringe.

FUBO

Jvette on November 14, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Consider yourself lucky you missed it. I don’t think I will watch another one. My blood pressure seemed out of control. I had to take a walk to calm down. It was that bad.

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 11:32 PM

He had his gray roots dyed black again. I guess he no longer needs that ‘senior statesman, the weight of the world on his scrawny shoulders’ look any longer.

slickwillie2001 on November 14, 2012 at 11:35 PM

“Come at me, bro”

RobbBond on November 14, 2012 at 11:54 PM

You know.. I wanted to scream at Rush and tell him some of us can’t afford to be pessimistic! Some of us have families and when you son or daughter look at your and ask “What’s going to happen to us dad?” we don’t have the luxury of falling on the floor and sucking our thumbs! We have a country to win back! Some of us actually believe those words people quote from our founders! They aren’t just cliches!

JellyToast on November 14, 2012 at 10:52 PM

I wish that I had seen your comment earlier, because I so agree. Last week I wrote about noting with “irony the wallowing in the luxury of pessimism by some in circumstances of ease.

INC on November 15, 2012 at 12:35 AM

“When they go after the UN ambassador … then they’ve got a problem with me.”

The Libyan ambassador? Not so much.

The Resolute Desk on November 15, 2012 at 12:59 AM

Keep digging, O-weasel, keep digging.

profitsbeard on November 15, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Beta males are so scary when they get angry.

trl on November 15, 2012 at 2:32 AM

“Oh, no one knows, what goes on behind closed doors.”
My Take.

kingsjester on November 15, 2012 at 6:34 AM

Douglas Macgregor (retired Army colonel and author of “Breaking the Phalanx): “Petraeus is a remarkable piece of fiction created and promoted by neocons in government, the media and academia, How does an officer with no personal experience of direct fire combat in Panama or Desert Storm become a division CDR in 2003, man who for 35 years shamelessly reinforced whatever dumb idea his superior advanced regardless of its impact on soldiers, let alone the nation, a man who served repeatedly as a sycophantic aide-de-camp, military assistant and executive officer to four stars get so far?

How does the same man who balked at closing with and destroying the enemy in 2003 in front of Baghdad agree to sacrifice more than a thousand American lives and destroy thousands of others installing Iranian national power in Baghdad with a surge that many in and out of uniform warned against? Then, how does this same man repeat the self-defeating tactics one more time in Afghanistan? The answer is simple: Petraeus was always a useful fool in the Leninist sense for his political superiors — Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, and Gates. And that is precisely how history will judge him.”

VorDaj on November 15, 2012 at 7:11 AM

Why didn’t someone ask the question:
So, Mr. President, in your second debate, when you claimed you said the day after that Benghazi was an act of terrorism, to the surprise of many, you actually sent out your U.N. ambassador 4 days later to lie to the American people. You just said she went out and gave the information you had given her, which you had to know by then was a lie. FIrst, why hasn’t she resigned and secondly, why did you believe it was correct to send her out on 5 Sunday shows to lie. Also, in that same thought, why didn’t any of the people who knew about Benghazi go out on the Sunday shows? Did they refuse to lie for you?

bflat879 on November 15, 2012 at 7:27 AM

Rice was sent out for Plausible deniability…
Stevens wasnt in her org chart…so she was told
to deliver the talking points…
so for BHO to defend her for her lack of the facts

going2mars on November 14, 2012 at 7:08 PM

That’s exactly why they sent her out. They knew the movie thingy was so flimsey that the chances of getting caught in the lie were high. So let Rice push it, as she can always fall back on her intelligences sources if need be, without be charged with incompetence/dishonesty.

Today the little Weasel-in-Chief showed what an utter coward he is when he hid behind Susan Rice’s skirt, while pretending to defend her honor.

petefrt on November 15, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Spot on bflat

Why blame the intel agency when you sent her out there with a lie

With this lsm, he probably thinks he can get away with it and he will unless the gop stands up to them

cmsinaz on November 15, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Not sure this was mentioned, but seems awfully coincidental that he “grew some” overnight now that Petraeus is out of the picture… Do they think that now he’s out he can’t/wont talk or that because of this scandal anything he says will be seen as disgruntled worker backlash for being “asked” to resign?

I admit, I’m not much of a history or political nut, I’m just your regular citizen… but for some reason I have this nagging feeling that Obama is setting himself up more and more to convert this country into the Soviet Union. He now comes out as the “knight and shining armor to save the damsel in distress” trying to look powerful so all eyes are on him, further setting himself up to be the “chosen one” where he believes that if asked the country will be sooooo in love with him they will willingly give up their freedoms (which by the looks of it millions already have) to make him El Dictator of the Socialist States of Amerika

Really scares me… even one friend of mine said yesterday… “we better get prepared, I really think we are headed for a new civil war…”

Oh and by the way…. I thought that most liberal women would be disgusted by the thought of some knight saving them? o.O

ThinkingForMyself on November 15, 2012 at 8:07 AM

what about peeps that go after the US ambassador to Libya….Christopher Stevens…..and our SEALs….and Sean Smith??
ted c on November 14, 2012 at 6:14 PM

You mean them white people ?

burrata on November 14, 2012 at 6:19 PM

And aren’t Libyans technically considered white?

Nutstuyu on November 15, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Title of thread – “Obama on GOP opposition to Susan Rice: You want to come after someone over Benghazi, come after me”

That is fine with me.

SC.Charlie on November 15, 2012 at 8:18 AM

“When they go after the UN ambassador … then they’ve got a problem with me.”

The Libyan ambassador? Not so much. – The Resolute Desk on November 15, 2012 at 12:59 AM

But, but we can’t insult Islam. He wasn’t mad that someone murdered the Libyan ambassador. He was angry about the man who made a stupid video that insulted Islam. My God, this country reelected this Bozo for a second term. He has now made it open season on United States embassies and consulates worldwide.

BTW, the man who made the video was sent to prison for one year for parole violations.

SC.Charlie on November 15, 2012 at 8:36 AM

“Captain Kick-a$$” returns

hoosierma on November 15, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Mini-timeline: Sept. 14: Obama gives Rose Garden speech on Benghazi attack, in which, he will later repeatedly claim, he called the attack “an act of terrorism.”
Sept. 16: Susan Rice appears on 5 talk shows to insist that the Benghazi attack was the result of an anti-Muslim video clip.
Nov. 14 and forward: Obama insists Rice was only reciting that which Obama instructed her to relate.

“Got a problem with me” sounds about right.

Barnestormer on November 15, 2012 at 9:03 AM

“When they go after the UN ambassador … then they’ve got a problem with me.”

The Libyan ambassador? Not so much. – The Resolute Desk on November 15, 2012 at 12:59 AM

He’s right, there are at least 59 million people that have a problem with him and when he can’t pay off the parasites he paid to cast votes for him, there’ll be millions more. This guy can only pay off his Mastercard with his Visa card for so long before it catches up with him.

rplat on November 15, 2012 at 9:04 AM

“Come after me” says O from beneath Hillary’s and Susan Rice’s skirts…

Pest on November 15, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Correction: the Rose Garden speech was Sept. 12, not Sept. 14. Sorry.

Barnestormer on November 15, 2012 at 9:47 AM

“Come after me” says O from beneath Hillary’s and Susan Rice’s skirts…

Pest on November 15, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Hides behind Rice’s skirt while pretending to defend her honor. Whatta guy.

petefrt on November 15, 2012 at 9:47 AM

All he’s said is that he issued some sort of directive to “make sure we are securing our personnel.” What did the directive say, explicitly? At what point during the attack did he issue it?
This is incredibly ridiculous. What are the logical choices?

1. Lying

2. Insubordinate military

He must think that if he talks vaguely about this prime directive of his, that everyone will think that he did the best he could. This leads to the implication that Libya thugs and terrorists more competent than the US military.

INC on November 14, 2012 at 7:15 PM

In the example above, “make sure we are securing our personnel.”, to those with a Navy and Marine Corps background, it means something entirely different than what is implied.When you secure something or someone, you stow, tie down, or stand down from what you were doing and return to your assigned task. Lots of ambiguity here. And for a CINC, who doesn’t even know how to say corpsman, or Corps, it means he is lying!

tomshup on November 15, 2012 at 10:43 AM

He sends this woman out to LIE to the American people, and then acts all butt-hurt and angry that she’s perceived as a liar and thus unacceptable as our representative to the world. Unbelievable.

Murf76 on November 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM

I love Obamuh’s alf-hassed half-answer, “Susan Rice has done an exemplary job”–but he left out covering my sorry a$$. And we’ve got 4 more years of his sorry a$$ and the requisite lameness that goes with it!

stukinIL4now on November 15, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Exit quotation from Lindsey Graham, responding to Obama’s garbage here: “Mr. President, don’t think for one minute I don’t hold you ultimately responsible for Benghazi.”

If there were ever two “tough guys” going at it it would be these two…

Also, Obama must have ordered up some just for men hair coloring products.

Joseph Russo III on November 15, 2012 at 11:08 AM

To blink,

Probation and parole are one and the same as far as I know. That said, the maker of the video does not have a clean criminal record and is not someone to admire. But a one year sentence for the maker of the video for a probation/parole violation seems to myself a bit too much. Are there any lawyer out there who like to make a comment about this?

SC.Charlie on November 15, 2012 at 12:02 PM

I’m thinking that Susan Rice used her lady parts to lie to the American people. Anyone with a brain (that excludes BHO supporters) would know something was very fishy that the UN Ambassador was to running around the Sunday talk shows telling the “story” and not someone from the Secretary of State or Secretary of Defense offices.

Face it Susan Rice as an employee of the America people committed treason. She knowingly lied to the American people on behalf of the guy in the WH; yet her allegiance should have been to the American people not a guy in the WH. She showed a lack of judgment by being willing to lie for him and doesn’t deserve another govt job.

katablog.com on November 15, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Obama, you’re such a tough guy. Oooh, we’re all backing off now…

disa on November 14, 2012 at 7:08 PM

I’m with you in mocking this a-hole’s bravado. However, most dictators as individuals seem to be not-so-tough, but are ruthless to their opposition. Think about Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Guevara, Castro, Chavez, Hitler, Ahmedinezad…bho.

freedomfirst on November 15, 2012 at 12:28 PM

We will!

Amazingoly on November 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM

When will the impeachment begin?

Sparky5253 on November 15, 2012 at 1:50 PM

That really sounds Presidential.

rjoco1 on November 15, 2012 at 1:52 PM

tomshup on November 15, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Thank you for the info. It makes it even clearer that he is lying.

INC on November 15, 2012 at 2:11 PM

As I recall, he was happy to let Hillary and State take a beating from Benghazi critics for weeks, to the point where she issued a “buck stops here” statement of her own.

After what happened to David Petraeus, now that Obama is re-elected, will he throw Hillary under the bus next? Good luck trying to replace her, especially with Susan Rice. This would be a chance for Senate Republicans to finally grow a pair and filibuster her nomination, for four years if necessary!

He still hasn’t told us precisely what he instructed the military to do, or not do, after the attack was underway. All he’s said is that he issued some sort of directive to “make sure we are securing our personnel.” What did the directive say, explicitly? At what point during the attack did he issue it? Did securing our personnel include sending reinforcements to the annex to assist the CIA security team after they allegedly called for help?

OK, Mr. President, release the text of your directive! Either you ordered some military action and they failed to execute, in which case heads should roll at the Pentagon, or else YOU decided not to intervene, and YOU are responsible for the death of the Ambassador and three others. What kind of Commander in Chief either refuses to command or is disobeyed when he does command?

After that “great gutsy call” to kill Bin Laden, Obama couldn’t send in a plane with a smart bomb to take out the mortar that was fired at our CIA guys, after they had its coordinates on laser? Does it really take 7 hours to get a gunship into Benghazi from southern Italy?

Obama on GOP opposition to Susan Rice: You want to come after someone over Benghazi, come after me

BRING. IT. ON.

Steve Z on November 15, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Why, if Obama called the Benghazi attack a terror attack two days after the event (according to Candy Crowley), did the White House (presumably President Obama) send Susan Rice out three days later to tell all the Sunday talk shows that the best intelligence the administration had was that it was a spontaneous reaction to that durn video that set things off?

rgeaste on November 15, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Not sure this was mentioned, but seems awfully coincidental that he “grew some” overnight now that Petraeus is out of the picture… Do they think that now he’s out he can’t/wont talk or that because of this scandal anything he says will be seen as disgruntled worker backlash for being “asked” to resign?

Petraeus has nothing to lose, and revenge would be sweet for him, after he dutifully played along with the “anti-Muslim video” lie before the election, then got canned once Obama was “safely” re-elected. I wouldn’t be surprised if he told everything if called to testify before Congress.

After all, he did write the book on counter-insurgency, and put it into practice in the Sunni Triangle in Iraq in 2007–does anyone think he wouldn’t know how to handle 150 jihadis in front of the Benghazi consulate if he was given military resources to do the job? He will probably say that someone denied him the military resources.

Exit question: WHO prevented him from using military resources?

Steve Z on November 15, 2012 at 5:48 PM

No one in their right minds does not know in their gut that Obama is the guilty one here. Motive? Who knows.

One thing though. Why is Hillary Clinton getting such a pass? Doesn’t anyone recall that she came out and blamed that stupid video as well? They were all saying the same lame thing. Knowing all along that it was a lie.

Hillary Clinton. I have never understood why so many people think she is some great leader. She is in no way impressive to me. Just another left wing moonbat constantly trying to convince themselves they are the most intelligent and wise person in the room.

She lied about this fiasco as well, and ran to escape questioning.

legendtwo on November 17, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Lying liers telling lie after lie.
AS for defense of his UN Represenative … good luck with that, assuming the R’s can mount a half-azzed rebuttal about Mdm. Rice and her lying lies. But the SPM (Single Party Media) doesn’t give a shiite. After all there’s Hostess to worry about the 18 THOUSAND jobs and their going chapter 13 (or is it 11?) is ALL Romeny’s fault. The leader of the Bakers Union says so therefore it MUST be true. Right SPM?
But, but, but … Housing is making a comeback!
And the fiscal cliff is just ahead. And King Putt is going to Asia. Now does that include Hawaii? Will Prezzie Choombro do a victory lap in ALL 57 States?

Missilengr on November 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM

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