Skip to comments.White House Asserts Ignorance of Libyan Security Problem
Posted on 10/12/2012 9:40:20 PM PDT by John Semmens
Despite sworn testimony to the contrary by State Department officials at a House of Representatives hearing this week, Vice-President Joe Biden claimed during his debate with GOP VP nominee Congressman Paul Ryan that the White House had no warning of the security problems at the Libyan Consulat
Presidential Press Secretary Jay Carney suggested that perhaps this issue was covered in one of the national security briefings that the President was unable to attend. We all know the President has more things to do than he has time to do them. So, there are going to be occasions when he may be out of the loop so to speak.
Statistics from the Government Accountability Institute lend support to Carneys contention that the President is often out-of-the-loop. Since the start of his term, President Obama has attended less than half of the national security briefings held at the White House. This year he has attended only a third of the briefings. In the week before the murder of the Ambassador he attended none of them.
As for the State Departments admission that slain Ambassador Christopher Stevens had made several requests for additional security months before the attack that killed him, Carney laid the blame on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This is her turf, Carney explained. The President has delegated the authority to the State Department to handle this kind of issue. If there are any presumed lapses thats where you should look.
For her part, the Secretary refused to accept blame insisting that the decision to forgo the requested extra security was a jointly agreed upon course. Both the President and I concurred in the plan to outsource the consulate and embassy security to the February 17 Martyrs Brigade, Clinton said. How were we to know that this would prove inadequate?
The possibility that their on-site ambassadors opinion that security wasnt adequate might have been a clue was apparently beyond the comprehension of both the President and the Secretary. Ansar al Sharia, the al-Qaida-linked militia believed to have organized and carried out the attack on the US Libyan Consulate in September, is a spinoff of the February 17 Martyrs Brigade.
Meanwhile, Obama campaign spokesperson Stephanie Cutter maintained that the issue is being blown out of proportion by both the Romney campaign and the media. The murder of the Ambassador, while tragic, is just an isolated incident. We mustnt award it undue attention when more critical items are at stake in this campaign.
Asked to enumerate a few more critical items, Cutter pointed to the very real threat that a GOP victory would cut government funding for abortion, force sexually active young women to pay for their own birth control, and cancel the tax increase scheduled for January 2013. We think voters should look past an unfortunate event that we cant undo and focus on the bread-and-butter issues that the Democratic Party has always delivered on.
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At the least they are incompetent and at the worst they are lying straight out.
“Out of the loop” is Carney lingo for “On the links.” LOL!
Yes, Jay, you slimy lying slug with glasses. If he actually did his job, where would he find the time to speak with the Pimp with a Limp, hang with Beyonce and Jay-Z, and fly to Vegas, NYC and Hollywood for fundraisers for the Obamas retirement...er...I mean for election cash.
I expected the bus to be shorter. I also thought it would be crowded under there.
What did they know and when did they know it? They knew nothing and they never will.
God Save America if this bunch gets to negotiate any more arms deals.
The buck always stops somewhere else, the President never seems to be in charge of anything.
Of course, it’s Bush’s fault.
Good one !!
No intelligence in the White House?
That, I can believe.
They assert ignorance on a blatantly clear sujbect regardign security problems in Libya, but they turn right aroudn and ‘assure’ us that ‘we will know without a doubt when Iran gets nuclear weapons’? The can’t even get a simple thing like security for a couple of people right- how the hell are they going to protect a whole nation agaisnt terrorism?
You’re not writing satire anymore?
Just a note on that letter to the editor. We didn’t give the militants any rocket launchers. Not directly anyway. They were in Gaddafi’s stockpile of arms already. The militants got a hold of them when the 0bama-NATO sacking of Libya created chaos there.
LOL! I didn't notice any in this piece!
You can’t do satire on this administration, because they will always outdo it.
I assume the last quote from the admin official is the part that Mr. Semmens made up ... but it’s so true to life, I really wouldn’t be surprised if there’s video to back up its actually being said!
John, is this one satire?
Obama’s primary objective is to reduce American involvement and influence abroad, as he knocks America down a peg.
Inflaming Muslim opinion against America serves that purpose, which is why they advertised the anti-Muslim video, pretending that was the reason for the anti-American violence.
Thanks again, John, for the ping.
I swear I've seen this written as a real news article somewhere ....especially the part about Obama skipping briefings.
The best satire is the piece that's closest to the truth! ;)
Yikes! That bunch of pikers in D.C. have approached the No Satire Zone, where their deeds are more outlandish than fiction and the boundaries between unreality and satire become indecipherably blurred!
Right to the end John LOL. Right to the end. Thanks for the ping. Good one.
LOL and cringing at the same time.
Another fine not-really-very-"semi"-satirical column, John. Please save it aside to include in your forthcoming "Best of Semmens" book. (You ARE doing a "Best Of", n'est ce pas?)
I think he’s bugged them all and now John is just reporting their conversations. ;^)
LOL - that’s believable!
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Works for me.. Only question is How ignorant were they?.. How much did they Not know? and when did they Not know it?.. If they were dumb who concoctected the dumbest answers to things they did Not know?.. Are they proud of what they did Not know?..
How far up the chain of command does the dumbness go?..
WHo was the dumbest, and who was the less dumb?..
WHo will fall on their swords for this?..
Will they disembowel themselves or cut their throats?..
Who will be found in Ft. Marcy Park with a bullet to some part of their bodiy after committing suicide..?.
Nobodys perfect but the White Hut is pretty stupid..
The White Hut Press Corps(nbc,abc,cbs,pbs) must be slapping themselves for being so gullible..
NO.......... maybe they are all as dumb as they look?..