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On #Benghazi, question may be “What did Obama do, and when did he do it?”

On #Benghazi, question may be “What did Obama do, and when did he do it?”

There is a desperate attempt to dismiss Benghazi as a big nothing.

Based on what we know already, there is a lot of “there there” showing that there we multiple levels of defalcation before, during and after the killing of our Ambassador.

But there are numerous open questions.

Where was Obama?  What was he doing, particularly the night of the attack as it was in progress?

None of the emails released address that, because they start at a later date.  All we have are vague statements that Obama was in touch with people.  Contrast that to photos from the Situation Room during the Bin Laden operation.

(h/t @MichelleMalkin for video)(transcript here)

This question is important, including for the reasons explained by Andy McCarthy, The 10 P.M. Phone Call:

‘What would you be focusing on in the Benghazi investigation?” I spent many years in the investigation biz, so it’s only natural that I’ve been asked that question a lot lately….

So if I were investigating Benghazi, I’d be homing in on that 10 p.m. phone call. That’s the one between President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — the one that’s gotten close to zero attention….

Even in the conservative press, it has become received wisdom that President Obama was AWOL on the night of September 11, after first being informed by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, in the late afternoon, that the State Department facility in Benghazi was under attack. You hear it again and again: While Americans were under attack, the commander-in-chief checked out, leaving subordinates to deal with the crisis while he got his beauty sleep in preparation for a fundraising campaign trip to Vegas.

That is not true . . . and the truth, as we’ve come to expect with Obama, is almost surely worse. There is good reason to believe that while Americans were still fighting for their lives in Benghazi, while no military efforts were being made to rescue them, and while those desperately trying to rescue them were being told to stand down, the president was busy shaping the “blame the video” narrative to which his administration clung in the aftermath.

In the case of Benghazi, the question may not be “What did he know and when did he know it?”

The important question, which the administration is carefully avoiding, is “What did Obama do, and when did he do it?”


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Henry Hawkins | May 19, 2013 at 11:01 am

There’s a level of evil in a blogger who would make readers look up the word ‘defalcation’ on a Sunday morning.

According to a new poll from Gallup, 69 percent of those polled agreed that questions over the Obama administration’s public response to the September 11, 2012, attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya deserve more investgiation, including 52 percent who “strongly agree.”

Remember when the Pres. Side Show apologists all said this was just a Faux News fantasy…???

Seems that the American people think there is “there there”.

And Pres. Side Show is getting all wee-weed up about it, too.

Wallace: The next time he shows up, Hillary Clinton says she spoke to him at around 10:00 that night after the attack at the consulate, not the annex, but the attack at the consulate had ended [and Hicks has reported that Stevens was dead]. Question: What did the president do the rest of that night to pursue Benghazi?

PFEIFFER: “Yada, yada, blah, blah…and shuddup.

LukeHandCool | May 19, 2013 at 11:29 am

Baghdad Bob vs. Benghazi Bob

Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, AKA Baghdad Bob:

“They do not even have control over themselves! Do not believe them!”

Dan Pfeiffer, AKA Benghazi Bob:

“There are a series of conspiracy theories Republicans are spinning about this.”

Anyone watching the video can clearly see how the Obama talking head refused to answer any direct questions by Mr. Wallace. All we heard from him is that its a Republican attempt to bring down Obama. Gee I didn’t know Mick Wallace was connected to the GOP. All he was trying to find out is what was the President doing when the attack was taking place? Talking to lower staff personal doesn’t wash. Obama is the Commander in Chief. He has full control of our Military. If action was to be taken, then it was Obamas decision to either send in special ops or at least have a fighter jet fly over the scene to scatter the attacking forces. The attack lasted at least eight hours. Somewhere during that period Obama decided it wasn’t worth saving a few Americans. What is Obama covering up? Was this an attempt to coverup the fact that we were supplying the rebels with weapons and it was those weapons that ended up being used to kill our people. How must the families of those killed feel when Obama and his hacks now say Benghazi was a long time ago. Lets move on? How long till we here the same about Fast and Furious, IRS Gate, AP scandal? Seems the Obama regime is up to its neck in it and its going to take more then a few shovels to dig their way out.

myohmymanatee | May 19, 2013 at 12:03 pm

The question is who will be the next ‘deep throat’?

Pheiffer danced around the central issue of accountability on Fox and then Meet the Press and that is a sure sign that they have circled the wagons.

Benghazi is the one major issue that can seriously compromise this administration and the other so called scandals are simply supporting actors.

Clearly, we have a non-manager in charge who brought along his thug ridden Chicago machine which by the way magnifies the role of incompetency.

If you’re gonna lie, do a good job of it. This clearly has not happened and the holes in the narrative will weaken the facade of deception perhaps to the point of collapse.

It sure is going to be an interesting several months ahead..

Gouts of Obamic blood spilled on the Sunday TV shows this day.

I almost have to turn away…


the article by mccarthy seemed to me to make a lot of sense.

September 11th phone confab ‘tween His Infantile Majesty and Hideous Hilly:

Obam-Bam: “What’choo want, B’yotch,’Yo?”

Hilly: “Presidency in 2016, Dumbo. Well…Duuuhhhhhh..!!”

Obam-Bam: “I thinkin’ it’s time to out Petraeus,’Yo.”

Hilly: “Ohhhh…I LIKE it, Yer Majesty. And..Let’s blame Bush and the Reeps. What’choo say, Hussein??”

Obam-Bam: “Luv it, B’yotch. Nighty night,’Yo.”

(*Dial Tone and snores.*)

But 59% now say that the U.S government could have prevented the attack in Benghazi, up 11 points from last November. And only 37% say that congressional Republicans are overreacting in their handling of the matter, with 59% saying they’ve reacted appropriately.

It’s the same story on the IRS controversy, with 54% saying the GOP in Congress has not overplayed its hand.

But the moonbattery are telling us how the people are going to hate us for bringing all this up.


LukeHandCool | May 19, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I love how Obama administration apologists say that they couldn’t have been saved because there wasn’t enought time.

I’m sorry but, nobody knew how long the fight was going to go on and, outnumbered as they were, I’d say they fought for their lives longer than anyone would’ve guessed humanly possible. Wasn’t it something like 7 or 8 hours they held the hordes of barbarians off?

Benghazi & IRS..

Impeachment possible. Conviction of? Not with A hairy reed and his LEFTY gang.

You know your in trouble when a main allies are 1. Named DICK. 2. A Left Wing Jewish Senator that understands the Holocaust, but is willing to let islammies grow here in the U.S. Doesn’t want them harmed..NO GUNS!

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stevewhitemd | May 19, 2013 at 5:22 pm

An ancillary question, which Pfeiffer danced around, is this —

WHERE was Champ, and when was he where?

We’ve heard all about how he was ‘informed’ and that he was ‘engaged’.

But he apparently wasn’t in the White House Situation Room. So where was he?

We know he went to Las Vegas the next day. Was he packing? I thought he had a valet for that. Was he on the golf course? 3 am is early for that.

Where was he when he was ‘informed’ of what was happening? That might help me understand what he was doing, and not.

    Ragspierre in reply to stevewhitemd. | May 19, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    OK, I am judging my myself here…

    It would take some SERIOUS drugs for me to sleep in these circumstances.

    I cannot imagine anyone with a conscience and any empathy just retiring after the 10:OO pm call with Old Walleyes, which presumably ALSO carried information about the CIA former SEALS who had gone to rescue our ambassador.

    Which…in the context of a narcissist or sociopath…makes this a little more understandable.

State is unquestionably guilty of not protecting our people in Benghazi. Why was such lack of security condoned? This could have been worse. Everyone in the consulate could have been killed. However, whoever ordered the stand-down is the guiltiest person and should be charged with murder. How these cold, callous people could have watched the attack in real time and do absolutely nothing is beyond me. This was nothing more or less than human sacrifices. We are the most powerful country in the world (for now) with multiple resources and technology and none of it was used to protect our people.

I suspect that the attackers were hired by the USA. They were probably supposed to take hostages, and then turn them in before the election. In that light, everything makes perfect sense. I haven’t found another way it could work out as it did. If it was a common insurrection (now the official story), the story about the demonstration and video would have never surfaced. The video story occurred too early. The video story seemed to be pre-planned which would mean that the Whitehouse knew that the attack would occur.

BannedbytheGuardian | May 19, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Whatever was / is going on it is like Sodom & Gomorrah – leave at once & do NOT look back or you will be turned into a pillar of salt.