Dempsey: State Department never asked us to respond to Benghazi

posted at 12:41 pm on February 7, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Via Daniel Halper, John McCain extracted some significant testimony from a clearly reluctant chair of the Joint Chiefs in an Armed Services Committee hearing on Benghazi today.  Appearing with outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, both tried arguing that there are too many threats and places requiring defending to have the American military act as “a global 911 service,” in Panetta’s words:

“The United States military is not and should not be a global 911 service capable of arriving on the scene within minutes to every possible contingency around the world,” Panetta told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

That testimony, combined with Army Gen. Martin Dempsey’s argument that the military did what its location allowed, angered Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who accused the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman of peddling falsehoods.

“For you to testify that our posture did not allow a rapid response, did not take into account threats to our consulate … is simply false,” McCain told Dempsey. McCain contended that the military’s capability allowed armed forces to intervene in short order.

McCain didn’t bother to restrain his disgust in this exchange, either:

“Why didn’t you put forces in place to be ready to respond?,” Senator John McCain asked the general.

Dempsey started, “Because we never received a request to do so, number one. And number two, we –”

McCain interrupted, “You never heard of Ambassador Stevens’s repeated warnings?”

“I had, through General Ham,” responded Dempsey, referring to the commander of AFRICOM. “But we never received a request for support from the State Department, which would have allowed us to put forces–”

“So it’s the State Department’s fault?”

“I’m not blaming the State Department,” Dempsey responded.

This is an absurd argument.  No one would have questioned a lack of preparation at our Geneva embassy on May 14th, for instance.  But this wasn’t May 14th, and it wasn’t Geneva.  It was 9/11 — the eleventh anniversary of the attacks on Washington and New York City, which as anyone who hasn’t been in a coma for the last dozen years knows, al-Qaeda has highlighted for more attack attempts.  Furthermore, it took place in Benghazi, which has been overrun by AQ-affiliated and other Islamist terrorist groups ever since the US and NATO left a huge power vacuum in eastern Libya by decapitating the Qaddafi regime the previous year.  And finally, as McCain points out, the late Ambassador Chris Stevens was trying to point all of this out for months to the State Department, to no avail.

So it wasn’t a question of having a “global 911 service,” as Panetta scoffed.  The problem is an ignorance bordering on the willfully incompetent about the risks in Benghazi and shrugging off preparations to provide support in case something happened.  Dempsey and Panetta are dodging that question of responsibility for the lack of interest at State and the White House in military readiness for a terrorist attack that Stevens saw coming months in advance, and that practically anyone could have predicted after the transformation of eastern Libya into a failed state.

Update: And then there’s this:

And why weren’t there assets moved closer prior to the 11th anniversary of 9/11, especially given Stevens’ warnings?


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Dempsey: State Department never asked us to respond to Benghazi

…oh oh!…the Politburo Press will be all over that like a baby on a diapers a$$!

KOOLAID2 on February 7, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Crap,I should of had this up,forgot!

Results for #Benghazi

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Benghazi&src=hash

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Know an Obot? If they ever ask for your help, tell them you’re going to Vegas the next day and need to get ready.

Christien on February 7, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Good Lord – this is maddening.

“Why didn’t you put forces in place to be ready to respond?,” Senator John McCain asked the general.

Dempsey started, “Because we never received a request to do so, number one. And number two, we –”

McCain interrupted,
“You never heard of Ambassador Stevens’s repeated warnings?”

Shut the heck and STOP INTERRUPTING– let them tell EVERYTHING they know … then go into the theatre dramatics…

Hey Juan… The follow up questions should have been……
DID State inquire as to the readiness or logistics of military support?
DID YOU express to the State Dept you ability or readiness for logistical support?

And most of these politicians are supposed to have law degrees. How pathetic.

FlaMurph on February 7, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Obama was told that an attack was going on,and
he never said a word after that,not once did he
check in to see what was going on,according to
Panettas testimony!:)

Nuts!

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 1:28 PM

He went to bed…

Obama: “I’m Going To Bed. You Can Let Me Know About Our Ambassador In The Morning.”

Resist We Much on February 7, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Can’t we impeach the Manchurian President for Dereliction of Duty?

kingsjester on February 7, 2013 at 1:31 PM

JAAZEE ‏@jaazee1

Panetta would not answer question,”did the President call you after the one meeting at 5PM to ask how things were going” #benghazi

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Sigonella to Benghazi 468 miles by sea or 1430 miles by land (Ok,I admit the land part is snark).

goatweed on February 7, 2013 at 1:31 PM

From your keyboard schadenfreude….

cmsinaz on February 7, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Be reminded that they can drone you all, no due process.

For me, it’s a badge of honor to smear their hypocritical lying mugs with the truth.

Schadenfreude on February 7, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Even if unarmed, I can’t believe couple of fighter jets flying in overhead of the Annex wouldn’t have dispersed the terrorists and scared the crap out of them.

That has been a tactic used for quite some time … protesters hit with a sonic boom from a low-level fly-by can’t tell if it was a sonic boom or a missile/bomb…they run like sheep.

easyt65 on February 7, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Can’t we impeach the Manchurian President for Dereliction of Duty?

kingsjester on February 7, 2013 at 1:31 PM

No, because Harry Reid’s senate is even more derelict.

Charlatinic thugs are in charge of the USSA.

Schadenfreude on February 7, 2013 at 1:32 PM

OT – RWM, for your good work.

Schadenfreude on February 7, 2013 at 1:33 PM

FlaMurph on February 7, 2013 at 1:31 PM

They need to treat it like a deposition: Get the whole story and then paraphrase their response as part of a yes or no question to get the sound byte they need for the news.

blammm on February 7, 2013 at 1:33 PM

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 1:28 PM

He went to bed…

Obama: “I’m Going To Bed. You Can Let Me Know About Our Ambassador In The Morning.”

Resist We Much on February 7, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Resist We Much:Yup,I remember that quite well!:)

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Leftists, come one and all, defend the indefensible….Rywall and Tom_Shipley, especially you. The others are most all intellectual lightweights.

Schadenfreude on February 7, 2013 at 1:35 PM

They did not want to blow the lid off the CIA activities…Dear Leader had a few drinks and went to bed.
YouTube was the problem…yeah that’s the ticket.

d1carter on February 7, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Schadenfreude… will go down fighting together buddy

cmsinaz on February 7, 2013 at 1:39 PM

excellent RWM. Thanks for sharing your work.

CoffeeLover on February 7, 2013 at 1:39 PM

The CIA insists they sent cables at the beginning of the attack declaring this was a terrorist attack straight to the white House War Room – where Obama & his staff watched OBL be taken down – and to the State Department….and Panetta just testified that during that entire 9hr attack in which our Ambassador – the 1st in 30 years – was assassinated & 3 other Americans lost their lives the President & Hillary were ‘AWOL’ — no calls, no communication, no leadership, no concenr, no directives…..

Even though we have already proved Panetta LIED during that testimony before Congress, Panetta had no problem throwing both Obama and Hillary under the proverbial bus, pointing out that they we failed in every aspect of the word and job in regards to Benghazi. Taking THAT into account, it doesn’t take a genius to understand the rest – how the CIA cables sent to both the WH War Room and the State Department were modified to eliminate every reference to Benghazi being a terrorist attack and how for months following the administration LIED about Benghazi!

Obama/Hillary even claimed the attack on the Cairo embassy was a ‘protest’ over the video; however, multiple media sources showed attackers chanting, “Obama, Obama, WE ARE ALL OSAMA” — referring to the killing of OBL and NOT some video!

easyt65 on February 7, 2013 at 1:39 PM

d1carter on February 7, 2013 at 1:37 PM

I think that’s a big part of it. After Woods and Doherty ignored repeated orders to stand down, Obama et al., realized the annex was compromised. They decided to go with the “Dead Men Tell No Tales” approach and left our guys to die.

Christien on February 7, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Leftists, come one and all, defend the indefensible….Rywall and Tom_Shipley, especially you. The others are most all intellectual lightweights.

Schadenfreude on February 7, 2013 at 1:35 PM

After Panetta’s little bomb, I wouldn’t count on it.
Obama, very obviously went AWOL during the attack. And he does not care who knows that. Now.
Even lester has abandoned ship.

Jabberwock on February 7, 2013 at 1:42 PM

“The United States military is not and should not be a global 911 service capable of arriving on the scene within minutes to every possible contingency around the world,” Panetta told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

How totally smug, sanctimonious, and cynical. When it comes to an American ambassador’s life, the military damned well better be standing by the phone.

The way this thing is going, and how the MSM have circled the wagons around and with the Administration, Panetta could have answered, “We just didn’t feel like it,” and he’d get a pass. Hell, he’d probably be praised for his ‘honesty’.

Liam on February 7, 2013 at 1:43 PM

DRUDGE:

Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi...

Hillary AWOL…

GENERAL: ‘We Never Received a Request for Support’…

Good grief! Requiring a willing suspension of disbelief.

petefrt on February 7, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Live Tweeting SASC Hearing on #Benghazi

http://blogs.defensenews.com/intercepts/2013/02/live-tweeting-sasc-hearing-on-benghazi/
==========================

Intercepts is taking a break from live-blogging, but Senior Congressional Reporter John T. Bennett will be tweeting from the hearing. Follow him @BennettJohnT, and check DefenseNews.com for updates as news happens.

https://twitter.com/BennettJohnT

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 1:45 PM

And why weren’t there assets moved closer prior to the 11th anniversary of 9/11, especially given Stevens’ warnings?

For that matter, having seen what was going on in Cairo and other places throughout the region, why didn’t State put all its facilities in that region on a heightened state of readiness?

I know that security assets aren’t as sexy as spending 100K for electric car charging stations at the US Embassy in Austria but somebody dropped the ball yet nobody has been fired. That is just wrong and despite what Hillary Clinton says, it does make a difference at this point.

Happy Nomad on February 7, 2013 at 1:45 PM

“The United States military is not and should not be a global 911 service …”

All the U.S. military seems to be today is an Islamic Nation Building and PC implementation service.

VorDaj on February 7, 2013 at 1:45 PM

After Panetta’s little bomb, I wouldn’t count on it.
Obama, very obviously went AWOL during the attack. And he does not care who knows that. Now.
Even lester has abandoned ship.
 
Jabberwock on February 7, 2013 at 1:42 PM

 
In his defense, lester abandoned the thread way before he understood that.

rogerb on February 7, 2013 at 1:46 PM

John T. Bennett ‏@BennettJohnT

Panetta: Few things like F-16s and AC-130s close enough, and lacked proper info. #Benghazi

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 1:47 PM

John T. Bennett ‏@BennettJohnT

Panetta: Would’ve taken 12 hrs to put armed aircraft over #Benghazi facility. “There was not enough time for armed US assets to make a diff”

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 1:49 PM

McCain interrupted, “You never heard of Ambassador Stevens’s repeated warnings?”

“I had, through General Ham,” responded Dempsey, referring to the commander of AFRICOM. “But we never received a request for support from the State Department, which would have allowed us to put forces–”

And at no point did you ask yourself or anyone else whether we should be reacting to those warnings? It never occurred to you in the days leading up to 9/11 that it might be a good idea to have some additional security? Are you telling us your job is to just react and never take any initiative?

RadClown on February 7, 2013 at 1:49 PM

John T. Bennett ‏@BennettJohnT

Panetta: Military “did all we could do” in response to #Benghazi attack.

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 1:50 PM

“The United States military is not and should not be a global 911 service capable of arriving on the scene within minutes to every possible contingency around the world,” Panetta told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

D*uchebag. The guy’s had over five months since the attack and that strawman is still all he’s got?

Can you court marshal the civilian head of the Defense Department for dereliction of duty? I can see Dempsey having some thin thread of defense with his State didn’t ask, but for Panetta that is no excuse whatsoever.

Dusty on February 7, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Obama, Clinton, and Penetta are bastar*d liars….. they should be in prison. Obama/Clinton/Panetta lied, the ambassador and others died.

ultracon on February 7, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Thinking about the Panetta comment.

He HAD to say Obama was AWOL that night. Was the lesser of two evils.

Can you imagine the hoopla if he said Obama WAS involved ?

It was “The Devil’s Alternative”

Jabberwock on February 7, 2013 at 1:53 PM

All the U.S. military seems to be today is an Islamic Nation Building and PC implementation service.

VorDaj on February 7, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Indeed, just like NASA’s declared mission is now.

Schadenfreude on February 7, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Hey, I thought Obama gave orders immediately to do all that was possible to protect Stevens. Did McCain ask about that?

Dusty on February 7, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Panetta on Benghazi: We did all we could do

By Rick Maze – Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Feb 7, 2013 10:45:11 EST`
*******************************************

http://militarytimes.com/news/2013/02/military-panetta-on-benghazi-we-did-all-we-could-do-020713w/

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 1:55 PM

DRUDGE:

Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi…

Hillary AWOL…

GENERAL: ‘We Never Received a Request for Support’…

Good grief! Requiring a willing suspension of disbelief.

petefrt on February 7, 2013 at 1:44 PM

.
Not if Ambassador Stevens was set-up by the administration to be “silenced”.

Using Al Qaeda to perform a hit, launders things nicely.

listens2glenn on February 7, 2013 at 1:55 PM

The official STORY just keeps “evolving” …

Panetta now claims that obama was “Absent” the night of Benghazi attack -

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/panetta-obama-absent-night-benghazi_700405.html

Pork-Chop on February 7, 2013 at 1:56 PM

John T. Bennett ‏@BennettJohnT

Sen. King asks about Crete base. Dempsey: Aircraft wasn’t right tool. Ones there for NATO. #Benghazi

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 1:57 PM

It doesn’t make any difference, at this point, asking these clowns for answers or accountability on anything. Might as well have the go-to Democrat champion on all things Benghazi, Candy Crowley, do an hour at the National Press Club and call it a day.

Christien on February 7, 2013 at 1:58 PM

John T. Bennett ‏@BennettJohnT

Dempsey says he never brought Amb. Stevens’ cable to Clinton’s attention. Both say did not mention to POTUS. #Benghazi

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Are you telling us your job is to just react and never take any initiative?

RadClown on February 7, 2013 at 1:49 PM

No, he’s telling us it’s not his job to react either. Basically here’s what we are to believe

1) Amb Stevens said he wanted more security in Libya. This info somehow slipped through the cracks.
2) DoD has no ready to deploy assets anywhere in the ME / north africa, to expect otherwise is crazy. They are not the “global 911″
3) The US Gov’ts response time to an ambassador under attack (could be dead, a hostage, who knows) is eh, about 18 + hours. But their procedure is to not respond to attacks going on, because, hey, it’ll take 18 hours, so whats’ the point of even trying?

All of this with the most expensive government and military in the history of the world.

Timin203 on February 7, 2013 at 1:59 PM

“The United States military is not and should not be a global 911 service capable of arriving on the scene within minutes to every possible contingency around the world,” Panetta told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

LMAO … he REALLY said that?

Sorry Leo … but the military is PRECISELY a 9-11 service when it comes to protecting American lives abroad.

But it’s very enlightening to me now that he doesn’t see it that way.

And that’s why we have dead Americans in Libya.

Military effort in Libya to install Islamo-Fascist government … PERFECTLY OKAY.

Launch a plane and a ground crew to save AMERICAN lives … ABSOLUTELY NOT OKAY!!

HondaV65 on February 7, 2013 at 1:59 PM

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 1:55 PM

They could’ve easily hired ex-Gurkhas to provide security in the interim. A handful of them would’ve made mincemeat of the attackers.

Panetta did all he could do? It is to laugh. What a nincompoop.

Christien on February 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Sen. King asks about Crete base. Dempsey: Aircraft wasn’t right tool. Ones there for NATO. #Benghazi

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 1:57 PM

So the United States isn’t a member of NATO?

Good to know.

Dear NATO – handle your own business from now on.

Washington Nearsider on February 7, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Panetta: Would’ve taken 12 hrs to put armed aircraft over #Benghazi facility. “There was not enough time for armed US assets to make a diff”

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Of course not! The closest US / allied military aircraft was clearly somewhere in Australia, which is why it would take 12 hours to get the northern Africa.

Panetta: Military “did all we could do” in response to #Benghazi attack.

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Right! Why even try to launch a rescue when they’ll all probably be dead by the time our aircraft make it from 12 hours away to northern africa? We did all we could do!

Timin203 on February 7, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Back in the day the senators asked their theatrical questions but the hardball stuff was left to majority and minority counsels . Tough lawyers with skills in legal interrogation. My grandfather was chief recorder for the Kefauver Committee hearings in NYC in 55 or 56. His transcripts show some really stupid questions by Kefauver but the majority and minority counsels forced an awful lot of 5th amendment statements.

xkaydet65 on February 7, 2013 at 2:03 PM

excellent RWM. Thanks for sharing your work.

CoffeeLover on February 7, 2013 at 1:39 PM

CoffeeLover:I second that:)

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 2:04 PM

He HAD to say Obama was AWOL that night. Was the lesser of two evils.

Can you imagine the hoopla if he said Obama WAS involved ?

It was “The Devil’s Alternative”

Jabberwock on February 7, 2013 at 1:53 PM

That’s my bet too. Panetta is taking the hit to cover for Obama and Billary. That would be true to form, as he always has been a loyal Democrat. The Party will reward him richly.

petefrt on February 7, 2013 at 2:04 PM

And at no point did you ask yourself or anyone else whether we should be reacting to those warnings?
- RadClown on February 7, 2013 at 1:49 PM

In the span of 3 months prior to the attack on 9/11/12 the compound/Stevens survived 2 (TWO) previous terrorist attacks, the 2nd leaving a 4 foot hole in the perimiter wall. Stevens asked for additional security a reported 4 times during that time. Finally, Stevens submitted a report to the State Dept informing /warning them that he/they WOULD NOT SURVIVE A 3RD ATTACK UNLESS THEY HAD ADDITIONAL SECURITY…THEN ASKED ONE LAST TIME FOR ADDITIONAL SECURITY – IT WAS DENIED!

Hillary needs to “BURN’ (FIRED, publicly chastised & ‘lit up’ in the media) over that! This was a ‘Fail’ on the part of Obama/Hillary of ‘EPIC’ proportions…one that makes Watregate look like a case of a game of ‘telephone’ & makes Carter – in regards to his failed Hostage Rescue attempt – look like a ganius!

easyt65 on February 7, 2013 at 2:05 PM

The conspiracy theory is that the CIA was re-routing Libyan weapons through Turkey to jihadists in Syria, and that they CIA / State Dept / someone decided not to draw attention to it by sending in a rescue team to save our people.

First of all selling arms to suspect folks using suspect folks isn’t a conspiracy, it’s SOP.

Secondly, there isn’t any evidence of some actual conspiracy to deliberately let everyone die to cover up what we have done and do do all over the planet.

At some point, SOMEONE decided the move to make was to call it a spontaneous protest against the ambassador and blame it on a YouTube video, which somehow would be easier to do if we didn’t fly into Benghazi, guns blazing, to rescue our people.

Well the Youtube video thing was BS of course. But you’re claiming that to support the youtube video they negated any attempt at rescue. That also sounds like BS unless you have persuasive evidence?

There’s way more to this story then we know, but there is no way incompetence explains all of this away. Incompetence would be two rescue helicopters colliding in the middle of the desert. When the choppers don’t take off for 7 hours even though there were reports of an active gun battle at a us consulate… Well…

Timin203 on February 7, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Maybe there really is a conspiracy – if there was it will take years to unravel.

Brandon Webb and Jack Murphy have rushed out an ebook coming out next week. It’ll be interesting to see their take. Unlike Alex Jones, they are capable of investigation and have on the ground experience.

I’d bet money they don’t uncover the magic evidence that we were so shamed of gun running to ‘freedom fighters’ that we burned the embassy staff.

We shall see.

CorporatePiggy on February 7, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Also, Obama let his 3AM phone call go to voice mail. He was AwOL throughout the crisis.

The Rogue Tomato on February 7, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Panetta say the military did all it could do.
Yet all it did was NOTHING.

It is not comforting to hear that all our military could do is NOTHING.

Have we become Gulliver ?

Jabberwock on February 7, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Comrade O’s Mainstream Media Propaganda Machine — AKA the MSM — did a pretty good job of covering up for Dear Leader and his inner circle for the two months before the election, didn’t they. Good job comrades! Forward!

farsighted on February 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 1:55 PM

They could’ve easily hired ex-Gurkhas to provide security in the interim. A handful of them would’ve made mincemeat of the attackers.

Panetta did all he could do? It is to laugh. What a nincompoop.

Christien on February 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Christien:

As a Canadian,and never mind the Hollywood movies,I damn well
refuse to believe,that nothing could of been done.

It sounds like,the WH was in a state of confusion,with Obama AWOL,
and everyone was trying to figure out,what could be done,without
Presidential Authorization!

ex-Gurkhas,…….excellent point!:)

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM

“The United States military is not and should not be a global 911 service capable of arriving on the scene within minutes to every possible contingency around the world,” Panetta told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Translated message to jihadis/terrorists the world over:

Go ahead and attack our embassies and other US facilites, we will not fight back beyond a strongly worded letter.

No consequences.

iurockhead on February 7, 2013 at 2:13 PM

[Pork-Chop on February 7, 2013 at 1:56 PM]

Yeah, just saw that. So, Obama didn’t “check-in”. Did Panetta attempt to call Obama? If not, why not?

Same goes for Hillary. Did Panetta call Hillary?

Thee’s a certain lack of respect for the public on the part of Panetta, if he did not. And if he did and got the brush off, I fail to see why Panetta did not immediately resign, another lack of respect for the American public.

And I’ll ditto that, I think, with Dempsey.

Dusty on February 7, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Military effort in Libya to install Islamo-Fascist government … PERFECTLY OKAY.

Launch a plane and a ground crew to save AMERICAN lives … ABSOLUTELY NOT OKAY!!

HondaV65 on February 7, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Leftist ‘logic’

Schadenfreude on February 7, 2013 at 2:14 PM

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 1:57 PM

So the United States isn’t a member of NATO?

Good to know.

Dear NATO – handle your own business from now on.

Washington Nearsider on February 7, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Washington Nearsider:

Well,ahem,since were in NATO too,(Canada),
its a real CLUSTERFARK,and I share your
frustration!:)

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 2:14 PM

God Bless all the men and women serving the USA around the world and please pray for them.

It is obvious this Administration does not care about them.

FU OBAMA
FU HILLARY
FU PANETTA

SmallGovtGuy on February 7, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Graham is hitting some really good questions!!

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 2:16 PM

I don’t think these people deserve a pay check…

Seven Percent Solution on February 7, 2013 at 2:16 PM

That’s my bet too. Panetta is taking the hit to cover for Obama and Billary. That would be true to form, as he always has been a loyal Democrat. The Party will reward him richly.

petefrt on February 7, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Actually, my point is a bit different. Nothing to do with Panetta, really.
Obama, OBAMA, is willing to take the AWOL hit as opposed to admittance of being involved. That is significant in my book.

The AWOL hit is serious stuff. Why is he willing to take that instead of admitting to involvement ?

Being involved would be worse, of course.

What is being hidden ?

Jabberwock on February 7, 2013 at 2:16 PM

So,essentially,NO ONE WAS IN CHARGE!

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Panetta: Would’ve taken 12 hrs to put armed aircraft over #Benghazi facility. “There was not enough time for armed US assets to make a diff”
 
canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 1:49 PM

 
If we started drilling today, it would take ten years for that oil to reach the market!
 
It’s an all-purpose answer, apparently.

rogerb on February 7, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Whom should our embassy and consulate staff contact when under attack? According to this administration’s own admission, don’t call them for help.

Americans with family serving abroad should assume that Obama, Hillary, and their ilk won’t lift a finger to help, if it’s a life or death situation.

Christien on February 7, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Rush is finally talking about this…

Seven Percent Solution on February 7, 2013 at 2:20 PM

The reason Jugears is allowing himself to be AWOL, is he knows that nothing will come of this. They all know this is a CIRCUS…

retiredeagle on February 7, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Benghazi was essentially a CIA station…no one is asking the CIA what their role was..? Or, talking about the survivors..?

d1carter on February 7, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Hindsight is awesome.

tlynch001 on February 7, 2013 at 2:22 PM

I don’t think these people deserve a pay check…

Seven Percent Solution on February 7, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Seven Percent Solution:

Good to see ya SPS,yup,what a boinking mess!:)

If you don’t have a link,its still ongoing:)

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/us-consulate-attacked-in-libya

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 2:23 PM

d1carter on February 7, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Maybe some of this should be in a closed session..?

d1carter on February 7, 2013 at 2:24 PM

2 Previous terrorist attacks on the compound/Stevens, a warning from the Ambassador that he can’t survive ANOTHER attack, & multiple requests for additional security DENIED/REJECTED….

A 9-hr affack on a U.S. Compound/Embassy (U.S. SOIL), on American Citizens, and on a U.S. Ambassador – identified almost imediately as a TERRORIST ATTACK – and both the Secretary of State and the President of the United States is AWOL?!

IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS SHOULD BEGIN IMMEDIATELY!

At the very least a unanimous bipartisan agreement to CENSURE the President & FIRE Hillary should be coming ASAP!

easyt65 on February 7, 2013 at 2:25 PM

The more we hear about this the more we find just how deep the levels of incompetence run in this administration. It’s from top to bottom! Never in my lifetime would I have thought this country would sink to the level we’re at now. It’s not just the tragic and preventable loss of life, it’s the flippant and cavalier attitude of those from the president on down whose responsibility it was to protect our embassies and provide adequate security to the people who served there. Instead, we’re finding people were unavailable, AWAL, weren’t told, didn’t act, and when they finally testify they make flippant and offhand remarks about “what difference does it make”. And if that weren’t enough, as soon as they’re done members of Congress and the press praise the former SOS for the job she’s done and say what a wonderful president she will make? It’s like a freakish Stephen King nightmare, this country is.

scalleywag on February 7, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Hindsight is awesome.

tlynch001 on February 7, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Especially when foresight is absent.

Jabberwock on February 7, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Hindsight is awesome.

tlynch001 on February 7, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Foresight is more awesome. Heck, plain old sight is more awesome.

Christien on February 7, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Going forward, do any of these hearings actually have the potential to hold anyone, anyone at all, accountable? And I don’t call shuffling some desks around at State as holding anyone responsible. Is this all, as I suspect, going nowhere?

lynncgb on February 7, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Here you see the left in all their incompetent glory…..

The Obama administration hates the military. Obama is purging top people
who refuse to commit to Obama that they would fire on American civilians.

This drone strike memo is cover for using drone strikes HERE in America on American citizens….

Obama will use an excuse to put down a rebellion against him.

Molon Labe

redguy on February 7, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Just in….at the request of the President, Beyonce, Paul McCartney and JayZ are writing/performing a tribute song to Benghazi.

The President want the American people to choose the title by calling 1-800-YOU-PICK. All submissions due by 06/15/13.

SmallGovtGuy on February 7, 2013 at 2:30 PM

If you don’t have a link,its still ongoing:)

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/us-consulate-attacked-in-libya

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Thanks old friend…

… I’m more of a lurker these days.

I didn’t take the election, if you want to call it that, too well…

… especially after I had to explain to Little 7% what being in debt to the tune of +/- $17 Trillion dollars will mean for him and his future children.

Seven Percent Solution on February 7, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Libyan president provided most credible testimony on Benghazi. How messed up is that?

Christien on February 7, 2013 at 2:32 PM

A far side look:

Think of it this way.

All of these second tier leaders, Ms Clinton, Dempsey, Panetta, even Obama’s hapless White Staff, all of them may have known and understood this. “If we call him and get him in the deal he will just make it worse.”

That may be why no one called him.

Stands to reason conserding his record.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 7, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Rush is finally talking about this…

Seven Percent Solution on February 7, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Seven Percent Solution:

Thanks for the heads-up,I’ll check out the The Daily RushBo
later!:)

http://dailyrushbo.com/

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 2:34 PM

esh now the CIA Director Confirmation Hearing is beginning..

Feinstein says….it’s going to be a lively hearing.

CoffeeLover on February 7, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Going forward, do any of these hearings actually have the potential to hold anyone, anyone at all, accountable? And I don’t call shuffling some desks around at State as holding anyone responsible. Is this all, as I suspect, going nowhere?

lynncgb on February 7, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Well. It may be interesting to learn just why our President was AWOL when he KNEW our consulate was being attacked.
Not just sitting on the sideline, but totally out of touch.

It is pretty incredible, no ?

Jabberwock on February 7, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Right! Why even try to launch a rescue when they’ll all probably be dead by the time our aircraft make it from 12 hours away to northern africa? We did all we could do!

Timin203 on February 7, 2013 at 2:02 PM

This was a flat-out LIE, as I have pointed out in great detail in a previous post. The SpecOps response team was less than 2 hours away at Sigonella Naval Air station, was already prepping to go, & was ordered to stand down. Gen Carter Ham, AFRICOM commander, was relieved of command when he voiced his intent to go anyway. If Obama was truly AWOL & did not make this call, THAT means Panetta himself had to do so…and his saying there was nothing closer than 11 hours was a lie.

Panetta says they never received a call for support — I find it hard to believe Panetta would sacrifice 4 Americans – 1 Ambassador – by ordering the ‘stand down’ just because he couldn’t reach Obama…that this was nothing more than ‘political theatrics’ or something aimed at Obama at Stevens’ & 3 other Americans’ expense! Whoever ordered them to stand down is DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE for the deaths of the 2 ex-SEALS! (SpecOps could have been there NLT 4 hrs & they did not die until 7 hrs into the attack!)

easyt65 on February 7, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Obama absent = Sloppy

Electrongod on February 7, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Umm. Global 911 service. How about “…to the Halls of Tripoli”?

bophame on February 7, 2013 at 2:37 PM

esh now the CIA Director Confirmation Hearing is beginning..

Feinstein says….it’s going to be a lively hearing.

CoffeeLover on February 7, 2013 at 2:34 PM

CoffeeLover:

Ugh,I’ve been on the Benghazi hearing for almost 3 hours,I needs a break,carry on——————————:)

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Jabberwock:

see my 2:34 just above

Real World at Work.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 7, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Hindsight is awesome.

tlynch001 on February 7, 2013 at 2:22 PM

BS! 2 Previous terrorist attacks in the months prior to the one on 9/11/12, a warning from Stevens that he would not survive a THIRD attack, and NUMEROUS requests for additional security which was DENIED…and THEN an order to SpecOps teams prepping to respond to ‘Stand Down’! ‘Hindsight’ my @$$! More like ‘CRIMINAN INCOMPETENCE’ or, dare I say, ‘AGENDA’!

easyt65 on February 7, 2013 at 2:38 PM

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 7, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Good point. And would help explian why Panetta did not try to call him.

I am just completely flabbergasted that he was out of touch.

Jabberwock on February 7, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Between Benghazi & killing Americans with Drones, the Obama administration not only allows any terrorisdt group or otherwise abroad to kill our ambassadors & Americans but is also willing to help them (terrorists, etc) out by killing our own people with drones!

easyt65 on February 7, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Going forward, do any of these hearings actually have the potential to hold anyone, anyone at all, accountable? And I don’t call shuffling some desks around at State as holding anyone responsible. Is this all, as I suspect, going nowhere?

lynncgb on February 7, 2013 at 2:29 PM

The MSM will ignore unpleasant truths as much as they can. It’s their job to shield and protect Comrade O and the American people from such things.

They will probably be successful.

Dear Leader can do no wrong.

farsighted on February 7, 2013 at 2:42 PM

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Thanks old friend…

… I’m more of a lurker these days.

I didn’t take the election, if you want to call it that, too well…

… especially after I had to explain to Little 7% what being in debt to the tune of +/- $17 Trillion dollars will mean for him and his future children.

Seven Percent Solution on February 7, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Seven Percent Solution:

I don’t blame you,every state was called,no sooner after the polls
closed,it was fixed!

And now,I see FATIGUE,and the WEARING DOWN,by American Conservatives,members of the House and Senate,and on
the RightSphere blogs!

Its good to have you here,its one place,you can vent!-:O

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 2:42 PM

It is pretty incredible, no ?

Jabberwock on February 7, 2013 at 2:34 PM

That’s an understatement.

lynncgb on February 7, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Jabberwock on February 7, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Maybe there was a more pressing matter for him? Maybe a Vegas party fundraiser?

Christien on February 7, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Catch you peeps later,I needs a break———————:)

Have a great day SPS:)

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 2:46 PM

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