“Neither the president nor anyone in the White House denied any requests for assistance in Benghazi,” National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor told Yahoo News by email…

But Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol, in a post published Friday, doubted Panetta’s explanation and said the fault must lie with Obama himself. “Would the secretary of defense make such a decision on his own? No,” Kristol wrote. “It would have been a presidential decision.”

“He’s wrong,” said Vietor.