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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“If you can catch my golf cart!”

Ward Cleaver on November 14, 2012 at 4:37 PM

As the future S of S, Rice should make Hillary’s tenure look positively awesome.

cynccook on November 14, 2012 at 4:38 PM

How about coming after both you AND Susan Rice, and maybe a dozen or so others?

The Rogue Tomato on November 14, 2012 at 4:38 PM

“Come after me, I will be hiding right behind and to the left of Executive Privilege?

right2bright on November 14, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Actually, I would much prefer the GOP to go after the UN.

OldEnglish on November 14, 2012 at 4:38 PM

OK Dumbo, whatever you say.

Question: Why are you such an incompetent hack?

NotCoach on November 14, 2012 at 4:38 PM

When they go after a US Ambassador it’s OK with me.

When they go after a UN Ambassador it’s not OK with me.

Priorities.

NapaConservative on November 14, 2012 at 4:38 PM

“Come after me! I’m a man! I’m 40….errr, 51!” – Barack Gundy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjF93E4LjlA

Doughboy on November 14, 2012 at 4:39 PM

How about coming after both you AND Susan Rice, and maybe a dozen or so others?

The Rogue Tomato on November 14, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Right. I’m pretty sure that 0bama now realizes that he can pretty much do or say anything that he likes without the slightest fear of repercussions.

cynccook on November 14, 2012 at 4:39 PM

ooooh

jake49 on November 14, 2012 at 4:39 PM

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

Don’t mind if we do….

LukeinNE on November 14, 2012 at 4:40 PM

“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,”

In other words, she went on TV, multiple times, and read the script she was given like a good little puppet.

iurockhead on November 14, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Too bad he doesn’t feel the same about the four dead Americans in Libya.

rich801 on November 14, 2012 at 4:41 PM

OBAMA: “Do ya feel lucky punk?”

GOP Ayatollahs: “Hey there – what you’re doing won’t stand there … you … sir!”

OBAMA: “MAKE MY DAY!”

GOP Ayatollahs: “Uh … don’t go there … uh … heh … we’d rather MAKE YOU SOME TEA!!”

LMFAO!!

These were the guys who were supposed to save the nation?

HondaV65 on November 14, 2012 at 4:41 PM

The champion of women’s rights rushes out of his way to defend the poor little ‘easy target’.

Are you watching this libs? You must be soooo proud of your guy

gatorboy on November 14, 2012 at 4:42 PM

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?

Exactly! Let’s see the directive. Not some post hoc, fat fingered faux bullshizzat memo that you guys doctor up and proffer as proof—we want to see the directive. For pete’s sake, there are 4 people dead and he’s insulted????? what?

ted c on November 14, 2012 at 4:42 PM

yeah right, the journalists slobbering at your feet are gonna come at you, that’ll be the day

burserker on November 14, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Don’t mind if we do….

LukeinNE on November 14, 2012 at 4:40 PM

^^Another who shall SOON be disappointed.

Silly wabbit – de GOP don’t go afta Obama!

HondaV65 on November 14, 2012 at 4:43 PM

My little sister could whip you and she wears leg braces.

Mason on November 14, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Wonder what rice has on bho for him to get his panties in a wad like that? Guess mo/jarrett hand picked rice and now bho is out looking like ‘macho man’ defending her?
L

letget on November 14, 2012 at 4:43 PM

i love it when the Unicorn Prince gets indignant….it’s sooooo intimidating…..

He’s a joke and we all know it.

Tom66 on November 14, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Right. I’m pretty sure that 0bama now realizes that he can pretty much do or say anything that he likes without the slightest fear of repercussions.

cynccook on November 14, 2012 at 4:39 PM

That’s been true for his whole presidency. He could whip out an automatic weapon in the middle of the press conference and kill everyone present, and the next set of reporters would ask him how he learned to be such a good shot.

The Rogue Tomato on November 14, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Is it possible that Mr. Huff and Puff on how dare McCain, Graham and others go after him….it will once again divert the media from the facts and failures of his administration regarding Benghazi.

As with the sex scandal keeping the focus off Benghazi so to would a fight between the admin and the Repubs continue to keep eyes off the shell game the WH is playing.

CoffeeLover on November 14, 2012 at 4:45 PM

The indignation of a chicken-heart trying to sound tough.

Whenever they “come after him” he keeps crying “we’re still trying to figure out what happened”; and he was there!

Lying SOB.

Droopy on November 14, 2012 at 4:46 PM

You want to come after someone over Benghazi, come after me

There’s time – you are on the list.

BTW, you don’t seem to know a damn thing about it, seeing you missed all the security briefings.

Rice is just a dupe that will say anything you put infront of her. Absolutely no independant thoughts.

gonnjos on November 14, 2012 at 4:46 PM

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.”

Expect to see a lot of tough talk from Graham between now and 11/2014. After that, not so much.

Kataklysmic on November 14, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Before commenting, remember the FBI can obtain copies of all communications….

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 4:47 PM

You want to come after someone over Benghazi, come after me

How about we do both, dog-eater.

Thomas More on November 14, 2012 at 4:47 PM

“Benghazi?.. What’s his golf handicap?”

Archivarix on November 14, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Such a little pissant

gophergirl on November 14, 2012 at 4:48 PM

What a sanctimonious jerk he is. But we’ve known that for years.

GaltBlvnAtty on November 14, 2012 at 4:48 PM

“Susan Rice had nothing to do with Benghazi”……………..

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 4:48 PM

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

So tell us what you know , mr gutsy call.

the_nile on November 14, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Catherine Herridge at Fox News: “Sending Susan Rice out to the Sunday talk shows was like sending an electrician out when you’ve got a plumbing issue.

Hummmm? Didn’t Watergate involve plumbers?

Rovin on November 14, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Will this be the President’s Gary Hart moment?

“Follow me around . . . it will be boring,” said Senator Hart.

Unfortunately, the press ain’t what it used to be.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on November 14, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Well, well, big time Charlie is a real tough talker . . . perfect form for negotiating a compromise. You elected him people, now live with him.

rplat on November 14, 2012 at 4:49 PM

If Congress goes after Obama’s UN ambassador they go after him, but if terrorists kill Obama’s Libyan ambassador, he stands by and watches.

29Victor on November 14, 2012 at 4:50 PM

You want to come after someone over Benghazi, come after me

Okay!

kim roy on November 14, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Rice is just a dupe that will say anything you put infront of her. Absolutely no independant thoughts.

gonnjos on November 14, 2012 at 4:46 PM

When this first happened, I said this is exactly why she is out there instead of Hillary. She has (or, at the time, had) no idea what happened.

She could go out and lie, then claim ignorance. At least the second part is, and remains, true.

Droopy on November 14, 2012 at 4:50 PM

“If you can catch my golf cart!”

Ward Cleaver on November 14, 2012 at 4:37 PM

I was tempted to respond to this with the IDF’s clip of them posted today, but that might be considered provocative.

kim roy on November 14, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Before commenting, remember the FBI can obtain copies of all communications….

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 4:47 PM

/gen petraeus mode on…. looks around nervously… <——What he said…

SWalker on November 14, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Anyone else catch this…?

Immediately upon finding out our folks were in danger, my order to my national security was to do anything they needed to do to keep Americans safe.” – Obowma

Five days later…?

“As I’ve 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.” – Obowma

Now we can look into it…

““We’re after an election now. I think it is important for us to find out exactly what happened in Benghazi, and I’m happy to cooperate in any ways Congress wants.” – Obowma

Via Breitbart:

“Obama’s failure to provide information, his line here is telling: now that the election is over, he’ll start to give information. But only when he feels like it. And not when asked by the press.”

Congratulations America…

Seven Percent Solution on November 14, 2012 at 4:51 PM

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

Yeah, sure…Woodward and Bernstein are all over this one. Seeya!

/s

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 14, 2012 at 4:51 PM

When you come after a man wearing a faux bomber jacket you better be prepared.

Bishop on November 14, 2012 at 4:51 PM

That White House Press Corpse are some of the toughest most aggressive reporters I have ever seen// I thought Ed Henry was going to wet his pants trying to get his question asked.

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Before commenting, remember the FBI can obtain copies of all communications….

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Frankly, Scarlett, I don’t give a sh!t.

katy the mean old lady on November 14, 2012 at 4:52 PM

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?

Note for the record that Ambassador Stevens is not raising his hand….nor is Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty or Sean Smith……

/votes.

ted c on November 14, 2012 at 4:52 PM

And I was just listening to Hannity.

Lindsey Graham said basically to the President that he should have no fear. He holds the President personally responsible. He said they will investigate and block Rice, but he should have no doubt they hold Obama ultimately responsible.

I loved it. Lindsey was on fire.

JellyToast on November 14, 2012 at 4:53 PM

You want to come after someone over Benghazi, come after me

Racists beware…….this could be a trap.

antipc on November 14, 2012 at 4:53 PM

So Obama sends her out to the talk shows, and then pulls the “you are bullying a WOMAN” crap when folks question her. Nice

jwally on November 14, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Before commenting, remember the FBI can obtain copies of all communications….

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Scary…what are they going to do, kick down my door and shoo

Bishop on November 14, 2012 at 4:54 PM

That’s been true for his whole presidency. He could whip out an automatic weapon in the middle of the press conference and kill everyone present, and the next set of reporters would ask him how he learned to be such a good shot.

The Rogue Tomato on November 14, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Not just the reporters. I now understand that this country would have re-elected 0bama even if unemployment was at 10% and gas cost over $8 a gallon. He truly is the Teflon president.

cynccook on November 14, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Congratulations America…

Seven Percent Solution on November 14, 2012 at 4:51 PM

From personal experience, those that voted for Obama don’t even know where Benghazi is much less what happened there. They’ll just continue to blame Bush, the “rich”, Republicans and big businesses in general.

They will NEVER blame Obama for anything!

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 14, 2012 at 4:55 PM

The know nothing president.

Knows nothing about Fast and Furious.

Knows nothing about Benghazi.

Knows nothing about General Petraeus.

And it shows.

plutorocks on November 14, 2012 at 4:55 PM

I loved it. Lindsey was on fire.

JellyToast on November 14, 2012 at 4:53 PM

At this point empty rhetoric is pretty much all we have left, may as well make it good.

cynccook on November 14, 2012 at 4:55 PM

I loved it. Lindsey was on fire.

JellyToast on November 14, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Lindsay Graham=a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing….

SWalker on November 14, 2012 at 4:55 PM

WOW… Hussein is playing the tough guy here… LOL…

mnjg on November 14, 2012 at 4:56 PM

HondaV65 on November 14, 2012 at 4:43 PM

I said “we” not “they.” I’m under no illusion about what it will take for the GOP to go after Obama on this one.

LukeinNE on November 14, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Scary…what are they going to do, kick down my door and shoo

Bishop on November 14, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Bishop! :O

cynccook on November 14, 2012 at 4:56 PM

1.6 trillion in tax hikes.
More investment in green energy.
“Come after me”

All in all, he is felling pretty good about the election results.
Methinks he’ll blow that political capital BEFORE his inauguration.

Jabberwock on November 14, 2012 at 4:56 PM

extra bitter John McCain is one of the best things to come out of the 2008 election. Hee. I betcha he and his minion, Grahamesty, actually go through with it.

Illinidiva on November 14, 2012 at 4:56 PM

From personal experience, those that voted for Obama don’t even know where Benghazi is much less what happened there. They’ll just continue to blame Bush, the “rich”, Republicans and big businesses in general.

They will NEVER blame Obama for anything!

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 14, 2012 at 4:55 PM

The Republican mission for the next election is to try to supress the stupid and parasite vote in every legal possible way…

mnjg on November 14, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Obama is so brave and cavalier.

portlandon on November 14, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Scary…what are they going to do, kick down my door and shoo

Bishop on November 14, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Bishop…come in Bishop…Stand Down!

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 4:58 PM

If I heard him correctly, Obama said that he told his staff to do whatever it takes to ensure the safety of the people in Benghazi. I infer from that that is ALL he did. If that’s the case, that is a HUGE leadership failure, though Obama probably thinks it’s a big success. I infer that he told his folks to do what it takes and then turned his attention elsewhere. A REAL leader would never do that in a situation like this. I know I would be constantly looking for updates on the situation so that I could ensure that my staff understood absolutely clearly what I meant about doing “whatever it takes.” My spidey sense tells me that Obama wouldn’t even think about doing that. He needed his beauty sleep before he headed off to Vegas!

NavyMustang on November 14, 2012 at 4:58 PM

That’s been true for his whole presidency. He could whip out an automatic weapon in the middle of the press conference and kill everyone present, and the next set of reporters would ask him how he learned to be such a good shot.

The Rogue Tomato on November 14, 2012 at 4:45 PM

lololol

HotAirLib on November 14, 2012 at 4:59 PM

The American people just sent a loud and clear message that whatever this administration does, doesn’t do, lies about or colossally screws up just doesn’t matter anymore. It is, therefore, little wonder that he’s starting to sound more strident, more adversarial.

This was another “I won” moment. The dictator emerges.

Ass.

SAMinVA on November 14, 2012 at 4:59 PM

1.6 trillion in tax hikes.
More investment in green energy.
“Come after me”

All in all, he is felling pretty good about the election results.
Methinks he’ll blow that political capital BEFORE his inauguration.

Jabberwock on November 14, 2012 at 4:56 PM

The son of the Kenyan is too stupid to know the power of the forces he is going against… At the end people with money rule the world not the parasite base of Obama… The parasites can win an elections for him but the rich are the one who will run the country…

mnjg on November 14, 2012 at 5:00 PM

O?T
Neil Cavuto cracks me up!

katy the mean old lady on November 14, 2012 at 5:00 PM

he continues to hide behind skirts…mommy, grandmommy, beard michelle, pelosi, hillary, rice. What a wuss

clnurnberg on November 14, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Before commenting, remember the FBI can obtain copies of all communications….

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 4:47 PM

The FBI’s problem: Holder’s gang can apparently obtain a lot of things, they just don’t have the skills to “inform” the proper authorities. (hey, look what Petraeus and Allen are up to. Let’s pretend we didn’t tell Obama)

Rovin on November 14, 2012 at 5:01 PM

“If you can catch my golf cart!”

Ward Cleaver on November 14, 2012 at 4:37 PM

“Catch my golf cart if you can”. Tom Hanks play Boehner. Denzel will be “O”. Whoopi play Ms. Rice. Joy Behar plays Hillary (or Hillary plays Joy Behar-I’m working on that one)
Oh and Michelle is played by Sally Fields, only its a digital flying nun version of her.

A Christmas special. (Axlerod does a St.Nick cameo and here’s where I have to lay down for a while)
“Will someone please shut the basement door!?”
Oh Bob Saget does a funny but sad Petraus.
“Yeah mom just put the cheesey puffs there. And shut the door on the way up.”
I hate reality politics.

onomo on November 14, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I betcha he and his minion, Grahamesty, actually go through with it.

Illinidiva on November 14, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Wrong answer. Never going to happen. The GOP Leadership sold out and betrayed America. They will make a lot of noise, but do absolutely nothing, just like they did with Fast and Furious. They strut and fret this hour upon the stage and then are heard no more: they are a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.

SWalker on November 14, 2012 at 5:01 PM

If I heard him correctly, Obama said that he told his staff to do whatever it takes to ensure the safety of the people in Benghazi.
NavyMustang on November 14, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Yeah, about that. I’m pretty sure that his exact response was just “Whatever….” and then he went back to watching ESPN.

cynccook on November 14, 2012 at 5:01 PM

That White House Press Corpse are some of the toughest most aggressive reporters I have ever seen// I thought Ed Henry was going to wet his pants trying to get his question asked.

d1carter on November 14, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Concur . . . where in hell did Fox come up with this little jerk?

rplat on November 14, 2012 at 5:02 PM

O?T
Neil Cavuto cracks me up!

katy the mean old lady on November 14, 2012 at 5:00 PM

lol I enjoy not only his smarts but his sense of humor.

CoffeeLover on November 14, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Oooooooohhhh! He sure is tough when going against his own fellow citizens, isn’t he?!
Going against people from other countries who would kill his own fellow citizens, not so much. Thanks a heap, president nothing.

Sterling Holobyte on November 14, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Under normal cercumstances Gary Hart would have spit his coffee all over his TV screen when he heard that challenge. But the media today – meh.

DumboTheAvenger on November 14, 2012 at 5:02 PM

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?

Well, I posted this on another thread in response to Politricks’ attempt to equate Bush and Obama and both 9/11s. I think that it probably answers the question:

1. The State Department had to issue a waiver for the consulate in Benghazi because security failed to meet its own basic security standards and those set forth in Federal law.

2. The Benghazi consulate had been bombed twice in the 5 months leading up to 09.11.12.

3. Specific threats had been made against the ambassador, the consulate, and other assets in Benghazi.

4. Increasing threats to and attacks on the Libyan nationals hired to provide security at the U.S. missions in Tripoli and Benghazi had been made during the 6 months prior to the attack.

5. An assassination attempt had been made on the British ambassador on 10 June 2012, which led to the entire mission being abandoned.

6. Diplomatic cables warned of security concerns in Benghazi and flatly said the consulate could not withstand a coordinated attack.

7. The Red Cross had been attacked in May and al Qaeda had left threats there on the day of the attack mentioning the American consulate.

8. On 22 June, Ambassador Stevens warned State that extremist groups

9. On 9 July, Stevens requested at least 13 more security personnel.

10. The private security contractor, Nordstrom, warned State to be on high alert for terrorist activity on 21 July 2012. State refused to renew Nordstrom’s contract on 5 Aug and replaced it with a Welsh group that hired inexperienced locals for $4 an hour.

11. On 2 August, Stevens sent an urgent cable to Secretary Clinton requesting “protective detail bodyguard.”

12. On 16 August, the consulate security team leaves while sending a message directly to Clinton of the dire security situation.

13. On 8 September 2012, Libyan officials in Benghazi warned both Ambassador Stevens and Secretary Clinton of a pending attack on the consulate.

14. 4 hours before he was killed, Stevens cabled Washington. He told Hillary’s office that there were at least 10 al Qaeda groups operating openly in Benghazi and he/and the consulate were operating under extremis conditions.

15. It was the 11th anniversary of the original 9/11. Duh.

Unlike Bush’s PDB, which only said that OBL was “determined to strike the US,” the Obama administration had plenty of specific and actionable intelligence that an attack was imminent and, not only refused to provide additional security, removed the qualified security team replacing it with a Welsh firm with little experience in Libya, who then hired inexperienced locals at $4 an hour.

Resist We Much on November 14, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Obama is Chicago-thug, lying, blowhard, piece of excrement, an empty suit with no morals nor character. He says at the time what is expedient..for him politically. He has no backbone and is only good with a scripted speech…If you catch him unaware, he stutters, stammers and is flat in his answers. He attended church for 20 years and never heard a sermon.

I hope he finds his 72 grapes to his liking when he meets Allah…..as that’s the only reward he can look forward to.

“Osama bin Laden is dead and al Qaeda is on the run!”

avagreen on November 14, 2012 at 5:04 PM

He finally said the truth, once in his life “come after me, the buck stops here”. He didn’t mean it that way, the oaf, but it was Freudian.

The congress should do just that, alas.

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 5:06 PM

I Hate President Barack H Obama. There, I Said It.

M2RB: The Romantics

Resist We Much on November 14, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Mkay.. McCain and Graham aren’t part of the leadership. The leadership is basically Boehner and McConnell.

Illinidiva on November 14, 2012 at 5:07 PM

And if they do you will call them racists,right?

redware on November 14, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Goof(y) in Chief

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2012 at 5:08 PM

If I heard him correctly, Obama said that he told his staff to do whatever it takes to ensure the safety of the people in Benghazi.
NavyMustang on November 14, 2012 at 4:58 PM

He meant the terrorist “folks”

clnurnberg on November 14, 2012 at 5:09 PM

The Republican mission for the next election is to try to supress the stupid and parasite vote in every legal possible way…

mnjg on November 14, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Until the GOP is purified of RINOs and double-talking self-servers (many of whom appear to be TEA Party material) we will never make a convincing argument for those who despise the Libs, but still stay at home on Election Day. If the GOP isn’t really all that much better, I can’t say I can blame them too much.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 14, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Granted!

applebutter on November 14, 2012 at 5:10 PM

You want to come after someone over Benghazi, come after me

Okay!

kim roy on November 14, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Now, if you want to go after an ambassador in Benghazi, he’s cool with that.

29Victor on November 14, 2012 at 5:10 PM

I Hate President Barack H Obama. There, I Said It.

M2RB: The Romantics

Resist We Much on November 14, 2012 at 5:06 PM

So does half of America…..at least the ones that got their votes correctly counted.

avagreen on November 14, 2012 at 5:11 PM

HOW DARE ANYONE ASSUME THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA WOULDN’T DEFEND ONE OF HIS AMBASSADORS IF THEY WERE BEING ATTACKED!111!!1!!?

29Victor on November 14, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Until the GOP is purified of RINOs and double-talking self-servers (many of whom appear to be TEA Party material) we will never make a convincing argument for those who despise the Libs, but still stay at home on Election Day. If the GOP isn’t really all that much better, I can’t say I can blame them too much.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 14, 2012 at 5:09 PM

This is why we lose and they win. They are able to tolerate party members and even leaders with whom they have some differences. I have never heard dems screeching about purity.

clnurnberg on November 14, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Under normal cercumstances Gary Hart would have spit his coffee all over his TV screen when he heard that challenge. But the media today – meh.

DumboTheAvenger on November 14, 2012 at 5:02 PM

We are on the same wavelength. See my 4:49 comment. It’s a shame that the press is such a bunch of lickspittles now.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on November 14, 2012 at 5:12 PM

When Bush was in office he saved all the tough talk for the jihadi terrorist – this won? – not so much.

heretic on November 14, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Silly wabbit – de GOP don’t go afta Obama!

HondaV65 on November 14, 2012 at 4:43 PM

I think whatever brain-eating disease took down Charles Johnson must have gotten a hold of Honda…

stefanite on November 14, 2012 at 5:15 PM

So, The Traitor-in-chief is admitting he told everyone to lie about the Video? FU Benedict Obama! Everyone involved in this act of Treason and Betrayal is going to answer for their collusion!

http://www.paratisiusa.blogspot.com

God Bless America!

paratisi on November 14, 2012 at 5:17 PM

F@#$ you, champ – we’ve been asking YOU for f-ing answers for a couple months now, and you’ve had sh1t to say, you bastard.

To hell with you and your whole crew.

Midas on November 14, 2012 at 5:17 PM

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