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Axelrod bobs and weaves over Obama’s level of engagement the day of the Benghazi attack
Power Line ^ | October 14, 2012 | Paul Mirengoff i

Posted on 10/14/2012 11:28:32 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Today on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace pressed David Axelrod on the question of how soon, and in what ways, President Obama tried to get to the bottom of the nature of the attack in Benghazi. As a predicate for the question, Wallace pointed out that on the day of the attack, the State Department and the intelligence community were presenting conflicting views about whether the attack was spontaneous or planned. An engaged president would immediately have tried to sort this matter out so he would know what the U.S. was dealing with.

Here are the key exchanges between Wallace and Axelrod:

Q. How soon after the attack did the President meet with the National Security Council, with people from state, with people from the…, the Director of National Intelligence, with all of the various people to try to sort out what happened in Benghazi?

A. Look. We are sorting out what happened there. Understand that the President the day after the attack called it an act of terror and charged everyone with responsibility for getting to the bottom of what happened.

Axelrod’s answer is clearly not responsive. He not only declines to answer the “how soon” part, he doesn’t even say that Obama has ever met with those about whom Wallace inquired.

So Wallace tried again:

Q. Yes, the president made a statement and then he went to a fundraiser in Nevada. Question: Before he went to the fundraiser in Nevada, did he meet with his National Security Council to try to sort out the shifting stories. Because State says they never said it was a spontaneous demonstration; Intel, you are quite right, did. Did he meet with the National Security Council before he went campaigning in Nevada?

A. Chris, I assure you that the president was in contact with all those who had information and responsibility in the national security chain about this incident.

Here, Axelrod partially answers the earlier question, claiming that Obama has had contact with the relevant players. But he still won’t say how soon Obama had such contact. And he won’t say whether Obama met with the National Security Council (or anyone else) about the attack in Benghazi before heading to Nevada to campaign.

As Eliana Johnson says, given Axelrod’s inability to produce a straightforward answer to the question, it’s pretty clear the answer is “no.”

Here is the video; note how tired and dispirited Axelrod looks:


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Government; Military/Veterans; Politics
KEYWORDS: 2012election; bengazimurders; obamabiden; whitehousecoverup
FULL 14 minute interrogation. Chris Wallace was relentless (they know this is a HUGE growing scandal). You MUST watch the video to get the full effect of how bad it looks for Obama, if this is the best spin Axelrod can give. You get the sense Axelrod (like Wallace and others) knows much more will be coming out. Axelrod is watching the election slip away. His facial contortions are telling and should be worrisome to Democrat hanger-ons (cling-ons, if you will). Rats better start fleeing this sinking ship.
1 posted on 10/14/2012 11:28:46 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Thanks for posting this! I watched Wallace's interview and thought it really made Axelrod zig and zag around the questions to avoid being called out on any absolute lie.

Fox has from the beginning been on this story like white on rice, and I think that's why they weren't invited to the by-phone press-briefing that was held the day before the House hearings.

The reporting done by Brett Baier and Katherine Herridge(sp?) has been top-notch, and today Chris Wallace seemed genuinely digusted with Axelrod's playing dodge ball with his questions.

2 posted on 10/14/2012 11:49:00 PM PDT by milagro (There is no peace in appeasement.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

There are some pieces to the story which just linger on...with no real explanation. But you can sense that it’s just like Fast and Furious...there’s a limit to how far you can dig on something.

I would offer this analysis though....if the Libyan guys had simply kidnapped the ambassador...it would have created a totally different situation today. It would have put the US government into a huge mess. They could have asked for all prisoners in Gitmo to be released, and it would have eventually occurred.


3 posted on 10/14/2012 11:49:26 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

4 posted on 10/14/2012 11:50:26 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Look, Obama was busy planning his Vegas trip.

He had to make sure he had his Caesers Players Card and he had to make sure Moochelle didn't miss the Gambling money that Obama took out of her purse.

The poor guy, he just gets no respect.

5 posted on 10/15/2012 12:05:25 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (How do you insult an Obama Voter? Call them an Obama Voter.)
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To: milagro; Kickass Conservative; Slyfox; pepsionice

I think it was Friday on Fox and Friends, where a guest with connections in the intelligence community, said that there would be MUCH more coming out in the coming weeks — that these people are very adept and know how to leak damaging information (and apparently are going to do just that as they re-group and return “fire” from their “under the bus” position).


6 posted on 10/15/2012 12:26:45 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: pepsionice

There was theory I saw posted here about a week ago that when the attack happened, Obama wasn’t surprised, that the administration was surprised they were killed and not held as hostages. The theory was that Obama was going to offer the blind sheikh as part of a hostage exchange, then use it as part of his campaign “I got these hostages freed without firing a single shot, I am a foreign policy master!”


7 posted on 10/15/2012 12:33:41 AM PDT by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: Slyfox

Caption photo: “Oh, Man! This is gonna really stink.”


8 posted on 10/15/2012 12:55:04 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Safetgiver; All
A PSA for executive branch bureaucrats ".................…anyway, if you are a member of this or any other government agency, please take this test. Please look around your desk Monday and see if you can see anything that will make you go Man, if Darrell Issa ever hears about this one then the fecal matter is going to impact the oscillating blade. If you do see anything like that, you would be well-advised to make sure that an Obama political appointee has signed off on your actions. In writing. Three copies: one for your files, one for the appointee’s… and one for next year’s House Oversight Committee hearing.

Because there’s a limit to how many pardons the administration will sign, and never mind how many they can sign.........."

9 posted on 10/15/2012 1:55:40 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I wonder why Wallace never mentioned Col. Hunt’s claim that any attack on any embassy or embassy staff at any time (never mind an attack at an underguarded Libyan consulate on 9/11!) generated an immediate conference call with full, live coverage of the event among all intelligence/diplomatic/administration POCs. And Col. Hunt wasn’t alone in claiming this. There’s no wiggle room here: it was a terrorist attack from the getgo, and everyone who should have known knew it; yet Rice got orders to deny it as many as five days later and Obama reinforced the notion another week after that.

I’m also unclear about when, exactly, on the day of the attack, as Axelrod claims, Obama called it a terrorist attack. Anyone else recall such a description from the prez?


10 posted on 10/15/2012 2:33:44 AM PDT by Mach9
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To: Mach9
Wallace did mention Charlene Lamb, who viewed LIVE video feed of the terrorist attack.

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NYT: "Deputy Assistant Secretary Charlene R. Lamb, who manages more than $1.2 billion in security assets and programs around the world, defended decisions she made on staffing and security measures in Libya, citing “limited resources.”

When questioned by a lawmaker if she had made the right decisions for Libya’s security, Ms. Lamb said, “I made the best decisions I could with the information I had, sir.”

Ms. Lamb also provided a detailed account of what happened during the assault on the diplomatic mission, which involved more than 100 heavily armed extremists and ended in the deaths of Mr. Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith........."Video of the House Committee Hearing Investigating Attack in Benghazi

11 posted on 10/15/2012 2:41:34 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: milagro
I watched Wallace's interview and thought it really made Axelrod zig and zag around the questions to avoid being called out on any absolute lie.

I saw it too.

Axelrod said "State Department" at least five times in these two answers alone. Also, "get to the bottom of this". We are at the bottom of this. We already know enough to conclude executive branch incompetence and deliberate malfeasance.

12 posted on 10/15/2012 2:53:00 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
As I watched this interview I was thinking “wow this guy is one of those tasked with getting Obama prepared for the debate” That being the case it is clear they are not ready except in the sense they have decided to continue to lie.
13 posted on 10/15/2012 3:17:12 AM PDT by JIM O
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

After listening to Col.David Hunt,its clear that at least a Dozen Agencies were listening to the attack in Real time as that Lamb woman was. So the President should have Known even before he went out with the Hildabeast and started talking about that Video. Its obvious this is a HUGE scandal,no surprise NBC and the rest of the Gang are not reporting this


14 posted on 10/15/2012 3:33:09 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: ballplayer
,its clear that at least a Dozen Agencies were listening to the attack in Real time

I believe the attacks were at 3:30 EST and the following is the presidents schedule for the day.

8:45 am The President and the First Lady observe a moment of silence to mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks South Lawn Pooled Press

9:10 am The President and the First Lady depart from the White House to the Pentagon Memorial

9:30 am The President and the First Lady attend September 11th Observance Ceremony The Pentagon Memorial

11:30 am The President and the First Lady return to the White House

1:55 pm The President arrives Bethesda, Maryland

2:15 pm The President visits the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland Closed Press

4:40 pm The President departs Bethesda, Maryland en route the White House

4:50 pm The President arrives at the White House South Lawn Open Press

5:00 pm The President and the Vice President meet with Secretary of Defense Oval Office Closed Press

15 posted on 10/15/2012 3:47:14 AM PDT by JIM O
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

They are showing repeats of this. Axelrod is so pale he looks like a vampire.


16 posted on 10/15/2012 3:50:27 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Slyfox
The Taliban is inside the building.


17 posted on 10/15/2012 4:47:37 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: ballplayer; JIM O

18 posted on 10/15/2012 4:49:48 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

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19 posted on 10/15/2012 4:53:21 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

20 posted on 10/15/2012 4:54:09 AM PDT by McBuff
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Indeed Wallace did mention Lamb’s account. But, again, he failed to mention that Lamb wasn’t alone in viewing, real-time, what was going on. The president, veep, Petraeus, Panetta, Joint Chiefs, Donlan, Clinton, Napolitano, along with POCs from DIA, NSC, etc. (some 100 administration officials!), were viewing, or SHOULD HAVE BEEN VIEWING, exactly the same real-time footage.


21 posted on 10/15/2012 5:24:15 AM PDT by Mach9
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Good article.

How are other embassies in the ME now being guarded in the light of the Benghazi attack?

Has security changed or can another ambassador conveniently still be “kidnapped”to fulfill the October surprise?


22 posted on 10/15/2012 5:31:05 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (What Clint Said !!!)
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To: driftdiver

They are showing repeats of this. Axelrod is so pale he looks like a vampire.


Methinks that Fox News intentionally skewed the color balance on Adolph-Rod to a hue representing a CORPSE to send a message.


23 posted on 10/15/2012 8:36:12 AM PDT by AlexisHeavyMetal1981 (x)
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