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Obama’s Passiveness over Benghazi Defended
Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 9 Feb 2013 | John Semmens

Posted on 02/08/2013 10:34:30 PM PST by John Semmens

Recent testimony at the Senate Armed Services Committee by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey disclosed that President Obama showed little interest in the September 11, 2012 attack on the US Consulate.

“Some 90 minutes into the seven-hour siege I briefed the president with what I felt we knew at the time,” Panetta said. “He didn’t react. He asked no questions. He gave no instructions.”

How this sworn testimony should be interpreted in light of Obama’s unsworn assertion that he gave clear directives to “secure our personnel” posed a challenge for Press Secretary Jay Carney.

“The president is legendary for his coolness under pressure,” Carney bragged. “It is easy to see how Secretary Panetta might construe this as not reacting to the shocking news. The president’s incomparable brilliance obviously enabled him to grasp everything without having to ask any questions.”

“As for the Secretary’s impression that the president gave no instructions, let me point out that it is the Secretary’s job to anticipate what the president wants without having to be explicitly told,” Carney added. “This gives the president the flexibility to embrace or disavow whatever action may be taken or not taken as seems most advantageous as the situation develops. Seeing that the President won reelection two months later, it should be apparent that those who are now second guessing his artful handling of the crisis are off base.”

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

http://azconservative.org/2013/02/09/administration-asserts-right-to-assassinate-enemies/


TOPICS: Government; History; Military/Veterans; Politics
KEYWORDS: benghazi; leonpanetta; libya; lybia; obama; satire; waronterror

1 posted on 02/08/2013 10:34:44 PM PST by John Semmens
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2 posted on 02/08/2013 10:36:46 PM PST by John Semmens
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3 posted on 02/08/2013 10:36:46 PM PST by John Semmens
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4 posted on 02/08/2013 10:37:39 PM PST by John Semmens
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5 posted on 02/08/2013 10:44:14 PM PST by John Semmens
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6 posted on 02/08/2013 10:45:20 PM PST by John Semmens
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7 posted on 02/08/2013 10:46:19 PM PST by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens

Speechless. Just speechless.


8 posted on 02/08/2013 10:55:24 PM PST by BlessedBeGod
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To: John Semmens

Thanks X 6


9 posted on 02/08/2013 11:16:13 PM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: John Semmens

“The president is legendary for his coolness under pressure,” Carney bragged. “It is easy to see how Secretary Panetta might construe this as not reacting to the shocking news. The president’s incomparable brilliance obviously enabled him to grasp everything without having to ask any questions.”

You just wrote carney’s press briefing.


10 posted on 02/08/2013 11:21:44 PM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: John Semmens

Thanks for pinging me. Six times.


11 posted on 02/08/2013 11:23:24 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: John Semmens

When I didn’t speak for the first four ears, my parents also thought I was brilliant and highly contemplative. My mom’s pediatrician eventually broke the sad news.


12 posted on 02/08/2013 11:27:11 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: John Semmens

GREAT POST John!


13 posted on 02/09/2013 12:02:05 AM PST by Diver Dave (Because He Lives, I Can Face Tomorrow)
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To: John Semmens

Huh?
Huh?
Huh?
Huh?
Huh?


14 posted on 02/09/2013 12:04:01 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: John Semmens
“As for the Secretary’s impression that the president gave no instructions, let me point out that it is the Secretary’s job to anticipate what the president wants without having to be explicitly told,” Carney added.

In all seriousness, read Professor Ian Kershaw's biography of Adolf Hitler and read about the concept of "Working Towards the Fuehrer".

Then read this again. It's frightening.

15 posted on 02/09/2013 12:07:09 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: John Semmens
Bizarre...or Bizarro World?



Who's to judge?
16 posted on 02/09/2013 12:51:15 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: John Semmens

John, when did you stop doing satire?


17 posted on 02/09/2013 1:09:11 AM PST by Michael.SF. (Obama lied, Stevens died.)
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To: John Semmens

“The president’s incomparable brilliance obviously enabled him to grasp everything without having to ask any questions.”

Puh-leeze. First, our telepathic, clairvoyant messiah couldn’t find his way out of a square box w/o a teleprompter. Second, his omnipotence knew EXACTLY what was going on because he plotted it! The liar played it “safe” and said nothing.


18 posted on 02/09/2013 2:49:00 AM PST by fivecatsandadog (Let's not be so open-minded that our brains fall out.)
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To: John Semmens
The president’s incomparable brilliance obviously enabled him to grasp everything without having to ask any questions.”
Whilst waiting for the teleprompter to update.
:)
19 posted on 02/09/2013 3:08:53 AM PST by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. liberals and logic: Never confuse the two! Hi MI# !)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

“cult of the leader”


20 posted on 02/09/2013 3:10:34 AM PST by fivecatsandadog (Let's not be so open-minded that our brains fall out.)
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To: John Semmens

“In the landmark television series The World At War, one woman who lived in Germany in the 1930s said that Adolf Hitler appeared to many people to be pursuing order and stability. By the time his real agenda became known, it was too late for anyone to oppose him. Married to a German at the time, she said: “I think that everything that came to us when we were living in Germany came very gradually. That was part, perhaps, of the way Hitler managed these things. It came on us rather, drip by drip, rather like an anaesthetic, one could almost say, and it was only when a specific thing that he did hit you personally that you actually realised what was going on.”


21 posted on 02/09/2013 3:14:09 AM PST by fivecatsandadog (Let's not be so open-minded that our brains fall out.)
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To: fivecatsandadog

Smile! The WWII Vets I so respected would have said-” Obama could not pour p-—out of a boot if the instructions were in writing.”


22 posted on 02/09/2013 4:20:07 AM PST by Lumper20 (`)
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To: fivecatsandadog

Smile! The WWII Vets I so respected would have said-” Obama could not pour p-—out of a boot if the instructions were in writing.”


23 posted on 02/09/2013 4:22:07 AM PST by Lumper20 (`)
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To: John Semmens
John, I know this is supposed to be satire but

Carney added. “This gives the president the flexibility to embrace or disavow whatever action may be taken or not taken as seems most advantageous as the situation develops.

This is Beezle. Leading from behind.

24 posted on 02/09/2013 5:04:55 AM PST by Vinnie (A)
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To: John Semmens

John...John... John - another gem in that it fits so closely with reality that it still causes clenched jaws...


25 posted on 02/09/2013 5:16:50 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: John Semmens
Yo puter has a hiccup

that he gave clear directives to “secure our personnel” posed a challenge for Press Secretary Jay Carney.

Everything is a challenge for Jay Carney. That boy sure is dumb.

26 posted on 02/09/2013 6:00:46 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dims are stupid, period. End of conversation.)
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To: John Semmens

6 pings?


27 posted on 02/09/2013 7:05:28 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: John Semmens
pretty much...
28 posted on 02/09/2013 7:07:07 AM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: MestaMachine
You just wrote carney’s press briefing.

And Joe Scarborough's show prep - with Mika's assuring grunts and nods.

29 posted on 02/09/2013 8:12:15 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: John Semmens

Sadly, this is all too believable.


30 posted on 02/09/2013 8:47:28 AM PST by Mike Darancette (Soylent Green is Boomers)
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To: John Semmens

“He didn’t react. He asked no questions. He gave no instructions.”
The poster child of cluless on the march,and yet the media says he’s a war hawk.LOL


31 posted on 02/09/2013 10:35:11 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: John Semmens

Thanks for the chuckle, and the ping John.


32 posted on 02/09/2013 10:36:58 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: John Semmens

John, that was worth six pings. Good job.


33 posted on 02/09/2013 10:49:07 AM PST by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: John Semmens

Thanks, John, for the ping.


34 posted on 02/09/2013 5:10:39 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: John Semmens

“Yet as a country, we will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies.”
-— Obama AFTER receiving the succesful report of Osama’s death.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/05/02/osama-bin-laden-dead

Giving the same speech during a murderous terrorist attack on our embassy,...well,..”idly by” seems to be the smart play.


35 posted on 02/09/2013 7:53:18 PM PST by Tulsa Ramjet ("If not now, when?" "Because it's judgment that defeats us.")
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To: John Semmens

“Yet as a country, we will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies.”
-— Obama AFTER receiving the succesful report of Osama’s death.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/05/02/osama-bin-laden-dead

Giving the same speech during a murderous terrorist attack on our embassy,...well,..”idly by” seems to be the smart play.


36 posted on 02/09/2013 7:53:36 PM PST by Tulsa Ramjet ("If not now, when?" "Because it's judgment that defeats us.")
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To: John Semmens

What really made me laugh, aside from the excellent satire, was the mental image of Carney delivering these comments..with a straight and honest demeanor.

He can do it! I often watch him for comic relief.


37 posted on 02/09/2013 8:26:24 PM PST by berdie
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