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SATIRE: Defense Secretary Justifies Inaction in Benghazi Attack
Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 26 Oct 2012 | John Semmens

Posted on 10/26/2012 11:53:54 PM PDT by John Semmens

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta explained that the US military commander for Africa, General Carter Ham, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, and himself all decided against any intervention to rescue those besieged because “we lacked a clear picture of what was happening.”

Panetta admitted that “while the drone surveillance did give us a real-time view of events on the ground, there were still some unanswered questions. First, we couldn't be sure how many attackers were involved. Was it 50, 100? Without knowing this we couldn't be sure how many reinforcements to send.”

“Second, the pictures from the drone couldn't clearly establish the intent of the attackers,” Panetta continued. “We had no way of knowing they would actually kill the Ambassador. Maybe if those under attack had simply surrendered they would have been taken alive. We couldn't risk negating this potential option.”

“There was always the chance that an attempt to rescue the Ambassador might make things worse,” Panetta added. “As it now stands, only four Americans were killed. If we had sent in troops there likely would've been more casualties on both sides. By declining to charge in we at least have no Libyan blood on our hands.”

The Secretary brushed off reports that those under attack were desperately pleading for help. “It's to be expected that persons in their position would have a rather narrow perspective of the situation,” he said. “It's hard to appreciate the bigger picture when you're in fear for your life. Those of us with broader responsibilities must maintain a calmer demeanor and balance the costs and benefits of escalating the confrontation.”

if you missed any of this week's other semi-news posts you can find them at...

http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Opinion/121509-2012-10-26-semi-news-a-satire-of-recent-news-october-28-2012.htm


TOPICS: Government; Military/Veterans; Politics
KEYWORDS: libya; obama; satire; terrorism

1 posted on 10/26/2012 11:54:01 PM PDT by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens

BTTT


2 posted on 10/26/2012 11:55:48 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (The pundits have forgotten the 2010 elections.)
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To: #1CTYankee; 12Gauge687; 14erClimb; 21twelve; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 2ndDivisionVet; 3D-JOY; 43north; ...

ping


3 posted on 10/26/2012 11:55:48 PM PDT by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens

Panetta sounds like a genuine idiot. Surrender? Nuts!


4 posted on 10/26/2012 11:57:15 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: John Semmens

Fumbled that 3:00 am call.


5 posted on 10/26/2012 11:58:34 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: John Semmens

Panetta serving up extra large portions of B.S. tonight!


6 posted on 10/27/2012 12:00:12 AM PDT by Free Bee
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To: Jim Robinson

Hard to tell what is satire and what isn’t these days.


7 posted on 10/27/2012 12:02:47 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: John Semmens
I know this is satire (hard to tell now-a-days), but the following was ABSOLUTLY taken into consideration:

“By declining to charge in we at least have no Libyan blood on our hands.”

I'm a bit surprised that you didn't have him also say "We also need to respect the air space of a sovereign nation".

9 posted on 10/27/2012 12:04:46 AM PDT by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: John Semmens

Drone video, site security video and a guy on the ground on the phone just doesn’t give you a full picture. We need to give the terrorists some sat phones or iPads so they can send us their side of the fight to look at.


10 posted on 10/27/2012 12:04:46 AM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: piasa

Sheesh. Yup, you are correct. Hard to tell with these jerks in office.


11 posted on 10/27/2012 12:06:36 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: John Semmens
“It's to be expected that persons in their position would have a rather narrow perspective of the situation,”

lol!! I would not put it past them. Optimally they won't put the bumps in the road in those words.

12 posted on 10/27/2012 12:06:41 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: John Semmens

“we couldn’t be sure how many reinforcements to send.”

Umm, ALL OF THEM!

HE IS A FREAKING ASSHAT!


13 posted on 10/27/2012 12:15:28 AM PDT by ConservativeChris (I feel like Marvin Boggs!)
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To: John Semmens

Don’t add the satire tag to the front end, John. Don’t let them do that to you.


14 posted on 10/27/2012 12:19:32 AM PDT by LanaTurnerOverdrive ("I've done a lot of things in my life that I'm not proud of. And the things I am proud of are disgus)
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To: John Semmens

Don’t add the satire tag to the front end, John. Don’t let them do that to you.


15 posted on 10/27/2012 12:19:47 AM PDT by LanaTurnerOverdrive ("I've done a lot of things in my life that I'm not proud of. And the things I am proud of are disgus)
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To: John Semmens

Since this attack happened on foreign soil, I’m surprised they didn’t claim they couldn’t differentiate between the good and bad guys. Video being grainy, it being night time and all...

Did anyone of them take a potty break during this 7 hour violent action movie? I’m sure bozo took a pot break.

At the end of this “movie” did the credits say “I am barack obama and I approve of this message”?


16 posted on 10/27/2012 12:20:47 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: GeronL

I had an argument with a lib, and he said he saw an ABC special on Benghazi a few days ago, and what he learned was that the ambassador acted like a cowboy going to Benghazi instead of staying in the capital. So ABC is blaming the victim, in this instance, the dead victim!


17 posted on 10/27/2012 12:22:06 AM PDT by winner3000
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To: John Semmens
What's bad here is that your satire is more believable than what Obozo and the boys are coming up with.
Heck, a satire less absurd than White House explanations......... Interesting concept.
18 posted on 10/27/2012 12:29:00 AM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: winner3000

Nothing the MSM does can surprise me anymore. I hope.


19 posted on 10/27/2012 12:31:11 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: John Semmens

this is not a subject for satire.

I rather think that anyone who who lost a son that night would not think so - ever.

and we all lost sons that night - they were ours.

this is throwing fuel on the fire - for what? a chance for some attention - to show cleverness?


20 posted on 10/27/2012 1:50:47 AM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does)
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To: Jim Robinson
Benghazi shows us the true "Obama Jackwagon Doctrine": A four-year history of retreat, apology, bowing and failure.

With a side order of: Collusion, delusion, deception and evil...

Zer0 and his administration are a menace to our nation and damn near everyone living here.

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21 posted on 10/27/2012 2:17:25 AM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: John Semmens

An Obama supporting friend of mine said: “He had his reasons. No biggie.” They really are spinning...


22 posted on 10/27/2012 3:47:22 AM PDT by gunsmithkat (There is no such thing as Too Many Guns)
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To: John Semmens

It wasn’t optimal.


23 posted on 10/27/2012 4:03:01 AM PDT by BipolarBob (Willie Stark for president.)
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To: John Semmens

They were afraid of what Putin my do if we sent our military in to protect the CIA complex and it’s occupants. Does the term Candy A$$ mean anything to ya.


24 posted on 10/27/2012 5:13:56 AM PDT by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: John Semmens
“There was always the chance that an attempt to rescue the Ambassador might make things worse,” Panetta added. “As it now stands, only four Americans were killed. If we had sent in troops there likely would've been more casualties on both sides. By declining to charge in we at least have no Libyan blood on our hands.”

John, I actually heard one of the Dem talking heads on FNC yesterday say, "If we sent in planes to help they could have crashed and then we'd be talking about the casualties from that!"

Dumbest thing I've ever heard!

25 posted on 10/27/2012 5:19:00 AM PDT by CAluvdubya (ABO)
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To: John Semmens

Satire looses it’s effect when it’s less absurd than the official administration story.


26 posted on 10/27/2012 5:28:06 AM PDT by 762X51
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To: John Semmens

‘The Secretary brushed off reports that those under attack were desperately pleading for help. “It’s to be expected that persons in their position would have a rather narrow perspective of the situation,” he said. “It’s hard to appreciate the bigger picture when you’re in fear for your life. Those of us with broader responsibilities must maintain a calmer demeanor and balance the costs and benefits of escalating the confrontation.”’

Reminds me of the line Gene Hackman’s Luthor says to his henchman Otis in “Superman: The Movie”: “Your life which I would gladly sacrifice by the way.” How magnaminous of Luthor/Panetta!


27 posted on 10/27/2012 6:34:22 AM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: John Semmens

He didn’t say “no Libyan blood on our hands” - -
But I bet that was the real reason.


28 posted on 10/27/2012 7:31:23 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: John Semmens
you should write for Carney... 8^)
29 posted on 10/27/2012 7:36:04 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: John Semmens

Probably closer to truth than satire this time. At least we have 3 names to fire.


30 posted on 10/27/2012 8:09:13 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Obama didn't fix it.)
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To: John Semmens

John Semmens ~:” Panetta added. “As it now stands, only four Americans were killed. If we had sent in troops there likely would’ve been more casualties on both sides. By declining to charge in we at least have no Libyan blood on our hands.”

If I , or my country, is being attacked , I really don’t care about the attackers nationality .
An “attack” is still an attack ,even if they are being attacked by stones.
There were no innocent Libyians fireing RPG’s , or automatic weapons at the compound ; chances are they were Muslim Buddiehood looking to use the incident as an excuse for successful strategy , additional munitions , and “a Sh*tload of American money “.

Laser painted targets are not innocent observers !
You have demonstrated that adherance to “Der Leader” agenda supercedes logic !


31 posted on 10/27/2012 8:20:40 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Islam is a political organization which hides behind religious intolerance for others)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

“Maybe if those under attack had simply surrendered they would have been taken alive.”

Yeahm right. That’ll work.


32 posted on 10/27/2012 8:43:02 AM PDT by EggsAckley ("There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply!")
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To: John Semmens

It would be funny if it weren’t so sad. And angering.

Thanks again, John, for the ping.


33 posted on 10/27/2012 8:48:05 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: John Semmens; All
..of course; carrying AK-47/74, RPGs, Mortar & "rounds"; are the usual pattern of behavior in these stinkin' Arab/Muslims hellholes.
innocent civilians moving and using weapons in tightly regiment fashion towards a lone US consulate.

perfectly understandable.
thxs, for the ping. 8-P

34 posted on 10/27/2012 10:04:38 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Anger a Conservative by telling a lie; Anger a Liberal by telling the truth. - RWR 8-)
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To: maine-iac7

You are absolutely right...and it’s not even that clever.


35 posted on 10/27/2012 10:08:02 AM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: John Semmens

Unfortunately this sounds more like the truth than satire. This whole situation makes me sick to my stomach.


36 posted on 10/27/2012 11:02:06 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: piasa

Hard to recognize satire with the Obama team on the job.

Here’s a real article from a real source on this same subject:

“Panetta Says We Lacked Real-Time Benghazi Intel”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2951009/posts

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/102612-631040-panetta-claims-real-time-benghazi-intelligence-lack.htm

Not much different from the satire piece.


37 posted on 10/27/2012 11:04:54 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: BobP

38 posted on 10/27/2012 11:28:39 AM PDT by CodeToad (Padme: "So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.")
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To: John Semmens

Thank you for keeping me in your list for all these years, through all my deployments... But I don’t recall you ever calling your articles out as satire... Were you made to do this? Part of the fun was seeing all the bites you would get.


39 posted on 10/27/2012 11:36:19 AM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: ViLaLuz
But I don’t recall you ever calling your articles out as satire

Seems to be part of a trend. The magazine SALVO has some hilarious satirical ads (no real ones) in each issue. A couple of issues ago they started labeling them "Fake Ads." Incredible. Have we reached the point where no one can any longer recognize satire?

40 posted on 10/27/2012 12:30:45 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney ( New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: John Semmens

My favorite bites:
- “First, we couldn’t be sure how many attackers were involved. Was it 50, 100? Without knowing this we couldn’t be sure how many reinforcements to send.”
- “Maybe if those under attack had simply surrendered they would have been taken alive. We couldn’t risk negating this potential option.”
- “If we had sent in troops there likely would’ve been more casualties on both sides. By declining to charge in we at least have no Libyan blood on our hands.”
- “It’s hard to appreciate the bigger picture when you’re in fear for your life. Those of us with broader responsibilities must maintain a calmer demeanor and balance the costs and benefits of escalating the confrontation.”

John, you did something deeper/wider with this “article”. I read it and laughed out loud. Others read it and wrote the serious comments above. Thanks for your effort.


41 posted on 10/27/2012 1:30:48 PM PDT by RCFlyer
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To: maine-iac7

Jonathan Swift received much of the same criticism for his satire...and it wasn’t because he chose noncontroversial, amusing subject matter. The pointed criticism in this piece is directed at the dithering incompetence and political considerations that cost the four lives. It should be roundly criticized, mocked, assailed and attacked in every way. IMHO, not doing so would be a disservice to those who died.


42 posted on 10/27/2012 1:48:10 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: John Semmens

WOW John! THAT one hits on the mark. THAT’s precisely the attitude of Leftist’s as we’ve seen before. Thinking back on “Collateral damage”, “Death Panels”, and the like. These asshats of the Left haven’t any respect for yours, nor my life whatsoever, but I’d sure like to see one of them when they have to face the business end whimpering, and pleading of an enemy weapon themselves.

Hopefully we’ll see them whimpering, and pleading in court one of these days.


43 posted on 10/27/2012 2:19:00 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: JoeFromSidney

“Have we reached the point where no one can any longer recognize satire?”

Apparently so because the inmates now run the asylum.


44 posted on 10/27/2012 3:01:58 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: John Semmens

Moreover, Obama wants to make it perfectly clear that he did not in theory officially request the denial of a virtual authorization for a proposed rescue mission by operatives whose potential existence cannot be confirmed for reasons of national security.


45 posted on 10/27/2012 10:24:25 PM PDT by TChad
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To: John Semmens

You put “satire” right at the beginning and you’re still fooling people. Excellent


46 posted on 10/28/2012 10:56:14 AM PDT by wastedyears (The First Law of Heavy Metal: Not all metal is satanic.)
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