Skip to comments.White House: Obama and Biden were never aware of requests for more Benghazi security
Posted on 10/12/2012 10:52:25 AM PDT by seanmerc
Vice President Joseph Biden speaks only for himself and President Barack Obama, and neither man was aware that U.S. officials in Libya had asked the State Department for more security before the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, a top White House official told The Cable.
Biden has come under fire for saying at Thursday night's debate, "We weren't told they wanted more security. We did not know they wanted more security there."
The Cable asked Deputy National Security Advisor for Communications Ben Rhodes whether Biden was speaking for the entire Obama administration, including the State Department, which acknowledged receiving multiple requests for more Libya security in the months before the attacks. Rhodes said that Biden speaks only for himself and the president and neither of them knew about the requests at the time.
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2. Maybe they should be more involved in the actual responsibilities to which they were elected.
Feel free to add to the list. This is an outrage and the people should hold their leaders accountable. Either these guys are lying or they are detached, uninvolved, ineffective and neglectful of their most important responsibilities.
I vote all of the above.
I think you covered it.
3. Maybe he should take responsibility. After all, he is in charge.
Ahhh. The Obama Administration. Never take responsibility. It’s always someone else’s fault..
EVEN if it’s one of those pesky administrative branch that you are basically the CEO of that “knew.” Total rubbish.
The Administration put a drone over the site to watch the murders, but they didnt put an F-16 over the site to prevent the murders.
Ahhhh...The Prez you say....
They need to release the names of the people they have fired for gross incompetence.
"I vote all of the above."
"I think you covered it."
Except that Barry is a traitor.
This excuse is too lame..........
I suggest they immediately move to the Clinton era “I lied to my diary” excuse...........
Radditz was given the first question by the WH and they wanted the words “intelligence failure” to be heard loud and clear. That’s the cover story they chose to protect obama and Biden and Hillary.
And the press is being ordered to run with it just like Raddatz was ordered to inject it into the debate. Had anyone heard this excuse before the first question in last night’s debate?
Time to throw Hillary under the bus, eh?
Haven’t you heard? it was Bush’s fault
Maybe they should CARE that four of our citizens perished at the hands of terrorists, all because DerFuehrer didn’t want to offend the Muslims.
Obvious lie. If Bush had been president, he would have been accused of hating gay people.
Bingo!! Even if they weren't specifically notified of the requests, I'm assuming that had they attended the briefings, or even bothered to read them, that they would have been advised of all the attacks, demonstrations, threats, etc., that had transpired in Benghazi over the months leading up to the 9/11 attack. The continual security problems cited in those briefings should have triggered a concern for the safety of the people at the consulate, and any security conscious person, President or otherwise, would have asked if there was enough security to protect our people who were there. Obviously, Obama/Biden had too many other things on their minds than keeping Americans safe.
Maybe they see a way to put Hillary on the hot seat if not taking her out of their circle of influence.
“Obama and Biden were never aware of requests for more Benghazi security”
Believing that would require a willing suspension of disbelief.
One of the requisites of leadership is knowing how to set up critical systems which protect and promote the organization in all its potentials for exposure, and then to monitor those systems to be certain they are working as intended.
The business of the United States of America is the most successful enterprise on behalf of liberty which ever existed. It needs a leader who understands that saying, "I didn't know," is an excuse, not a reason.
Perhaps the same line was used in the early 90's when the enemies of America infiltrated and attacked American interests, including the World Trade Center and repeated incidents following that, up and including the preparations and implementation of the 9/11 repeat of that dastardly deed.
It is not adequate now, and Biden has exposed a primary reason for new leadership!
Wait just a minute. If this is true, then how can Biden accuse Ryan and the of preventing the additional by denying funding?
Jumpin’ Joe sure tried to throw the intel community under the bus last night. Those guys must be fuming, because they tried to warn the “Administration,” but they were too busy fundraising to listen.
If this is true and the Hildebeast had an ounce of integrity/responsibility, she would resign immediately. Of course, that’s a pretty big “if.”
Ryan and the House
Yes, you’re right!
Isn’t that what they tried to crucify Bush for—a warning in an intel briefing a month or two before 9/11?
Yep. 0bama wasn’t even involved in the decision to raid OBL’s hideout in Pakistan. I guess if you’re not involved in something you can avoid accountability and can blame someone else. It’s kind of like voting ‘present’; Leave it to others, just in case..
WTF do they think their job is?
Mike Makowitz of FoxNews Radio just commented on this connection (not knowing/accusing Repubs of denying funds)...if I heard correctly.
They are setting up Hilliarly for the scape goat.
She had a history as first lady re hating guns near her, and she probably took that hatred with her to SOS.
So, whenever a embassy or outpost wanted more firepower and men to handle to the extra fire power, she would ignore the request or squash it.
This doesn’t excuse the empty chair pretender in the White House. He didn’t want to hear any bad news about his Islamo buddies.
Which is one of the biggest smokescreens of all, as the State Department, just like every federal agency, has discretionary funds that they could’ve diverted to oh, say, providing the level of security that the situation in Libya warranted...if they wanted to.
"Likely under White House pressure, and without any new evidence, the FBI immediately shifted its storyline away from a missile to a bomb, and a month later, from a bomb to a center fuel tank explosion."
When they settle on an explosion in the Benghazi consulate central heating fuel tank.. that's it.
You ask an excellent question.
I didn’t ask it very well, though.
Few Months ago when classified info was being given out by the WH it was said that Obuma would sit in on drone kill mission conferences on Tuesdays and Obuma would have the last say on who would make the kill list.
Obuma not involved yea right..
isn’t Obama a “veracious” consumer of data....
So are those in the Obama Administration incompetent, liars or both?
Obama is so lazy that he doesn’t care about anything but his only opinion of himself????
The biggest travesty here is that there should be a reaction from our government, a reaction that has a punitive, unabashed retaliatory flavor. Though boots on the ground would preferable to me, this reaction doesn’t have to be military. The lack of a response is putting all our people overseas, civilians too, in danger.
What will deter them from doing this again? Apparently, there are no consequences. This administration even makes excuses for them.
Very odd that we were more aware of the facts before the President was.
They wouldn't pass Obama's budget which had the needed funds in it to establish secure communications networks to the golf courses and the bars so these two could be kept in the loop..
When you have an organistaion named Martyrs of the Feb. 17th Revolution who are in actuality members of the Muslim Brotherhood guarding and American Embassy , I don’t care if there are a hundred thousand of them they do not have the safety of Americans as their primary goal.
Someone should be hanged for allowing that.
Bush forgot to tell them.
So I guess they must have fired the people who turned down the requests for security once they found out.
?4. Maybe they should STOP blaming people who are NOT allowed to answer back.
5. Maybe they should take responsibility for their mistakes.
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: I will be very specific. Number one, the — this lecture on embassy security — the congressman here cut embassy security in his budget by $300 million below what we asked for, number one. So much for the embassy security piece.
A classic Limbaugh line applies:
“The buck never got here!”
This stuff is above Obama’s and Biden’s pay grade.
“I didn’t know” is not a defense. Has any WH ever before used incompetence as an excuse for the deaths of embassy staff? Should Americans respond “Oh, alright then.” and gloss over this newly admitted “Choom-gang” incompetence?
embassy security budget-
I watched the (C-span) hearing Wed. the budget issue was addressed. The question was asked to Ms Lamb. She said funds were not an issue. They had the funds to support added security.
Did anyone else hear that?
Biden was off in a corner picking lint from his belly button and hussein was eating ice cream. Give them a break. Priorities, man, priorities.