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Panetta: We didnít defend consulate under attack because of a lack of intel
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Posted on 10/26/2012 9:53:11 AM PDT by chessplayer

One of the unanswered questions about the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi is why the US military didn’t intervene. Rumors had swirled that the US asked the Libyan government in Tripoli for permission to fly into Benghazi to break up the attack but had been refused, although no one has claimed that on the record. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta put that rumor to rest yesterday by telling reporters that the US never planned to intervene at all, thanks to a lack of intel on the ground:

US military leaders ruled out sending in forces during the attack on an American consulate in Libya last month because of a lack of reliable intelligence, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday.

Although forces were on alert and ready to launch an operation if needed, the US military commander for Africa, General Carter Ham, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, and Panetta all decided against any intervention as they had no clear picture of events unfolding in Benghazi, he said.

“There’s a basic principle here, and the basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on, without having some real-time information about what’s taking place,” Panetta told a news conference.

“And as a result of not having that kind of information, the commander who’s …in that area, General Ham, General Dempsey and I felt very strongly that we could not put forces at risk in that situation.”


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: benghazi; blame; coverup; dempsey; ham; intel; liars; libya; lying; panetta; partyofliars; partyoftreason
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1 posted on 10/26/2012 9:53:11 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

Liars, ALL Of them!...............


2 posted on 10/26/2012 9:55:04 AM PDT by Red Badger (Why yes, that was crude and uncalled for......That's why I said it..............)
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To: chessplayer

Watching it happen and you have LACK OF INTEL?! Liar.


3 posted on 10/26/2012 9:56:19 AM PDT by madison10 (?)
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To: chessplayer
Drones aren't Intel?
Special Ops asking for help aren't Intel?

LIAR!

4 posted on 10/26/2012 9:56:32 AM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: chessplayer

Actually, for once I think he’s telling the truth.

There must have been about 100 IQ points in the room that evening.

Lack of intelligence? Oh I’m in.


5 posted on 10/26/2012 9:57:57 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama's myth is oozing out onto the floor. He's the political Lance Armstrong.)
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To: chessplayer

Sorry Leon.. We’ve all seen the Tom Clancy movies and ‘24’.
We know you knew, you lie, good men die.


6 posted on 10/26/2012 9:58:28 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: chessplayer

Resign, Leon.


7 posted on 10/26/2012 9:59:19 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: chessplayer

This is crude, but I’m gonna say it anyway.

Why on this earth would anyone believe a man that spent most of the latter half of the 1990s going around the MSM talk circuit defending Clinton and arguing that the a blow job did not rise to the level of an “impeachable offense”.

This country, ALL of us, should be ashamed that this man is in control of our Defense Department. It is an absolute travesty.


8 posted on 10/26/2012 9:59:24 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

No need for MY reply ... y’all sayin’ it before I get a chance.


9 posted on 10/26/2012 9:59:24 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: chessplayer

>>>...they had no clear picture of events unfolding in Benghazi,...>>>

Even if that were true, and I don’t believe it for a second, WHOSE FAULT was it that there was no clear picture of events? That’s like 911 getting multiple phone calls for help for a heart attack including the address, etc. and then claiming there was no clear call to 911.


10 posted on 10/26/2012 10:04:19 AM PDT by kitkat
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To: chessplayer

I’d like to say something here that we don’t see said enough.

For years we have tried to tell the left that we don’t want them in charge of our military. We have explained why until we’re blue in the face.

Okay Lefties, take a good hard look.

This is precisely what we have been saying would happen sooner or later.

And the next time we defend redundancy in our military, please step out of the way and accept that you don’t know up from down with it comes to issues like this.

We have had Carter, Clinton, and now Obama.

Carter destabilized Iran and tossed the M/E into turmoil.

Clinton blew two chances to get OBL.

And now this with Obama.

Leftists, shut your pie-hole! You are unfit to lead. End of story...


11 posted on 10/26/2012 10:05:39 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama's myth is oozing out onto the floor. He's the political Lance Armstrong.)
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To: chessplayer
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What pathetic nonsense !

Leon Panetta has always been a B-Political Player with aspirations to the Major Leagues ...

What Leon Panetta lacks in intelligence he gladly offers his "conscience and soul" to the highest bidder ...

whether it's the Criminal Clinton Administration ...

or the Neo-Moslem Obama Administration.



The CIA and Whitehouse were watching real-time video from a Predator Drone circling overhead the Embassy Safe House ...

"our trusted" TRAITOROUS leaders were in Communication contact with the COMS team for almost seven hours ...



And that TRAITOROUS SLUG Leon Panetta ...

claims that we didn't have sufficient intel ...



For the first time I'm wondering if there isn't a BIGGER LIE being covered-up by Obama's Criminal Whitehouse Lackeys ... Hillary Clinton ... and Leon Panetta.

What if there's another BIGGER game afoot in this scandal ...

that justifies the ABJECT CRIMINAL TREASONOUS STUPIDITY of the Obama Government-in-Occupation ?



After all ... Obama takes every opportunity to remind the American People that "The One" is perfectly willing to kill Moslems by the "bushelfull" (SP) ... as Gen. George Patton stated ...

How has the Obama Administration been BLACKMAILED-COMPROMISED by the Islamists ?



"That" ... my friends ... is the BIG QUESTION ...

Shawn Hannity and Rush Limbaugh need to press that point home .... NOW ...




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12 posted on 10/26/2012 10:07:13 AM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin will DEFEAT the Obama-Romney Socialist Gay-Marriage Axis of Evil)
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To: chessplayer

“Lack of Intel” eh...Leon...that’s YOUR department isn’t it?

As your employer...I wanna see your resignation letter on my desk....toot suite!!!


13 posted on 10/26/2012 10:10:10 AM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: chessplayer

They lacked the Intel to attack even though they were watching it in real time YET they had enough Intel to blame it all on an anti-Islam You Tube clip.

C’mon. Intel is perfect when you want to fabricate a lie, but it’s imperfect when you don’t want to act on it.


14 posted on 10/26/2012 10:11:24 AM PDT by randita
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To: chessplayer

The media has to ask Panetta who is the Bull Crapper now?

TRANSCRIPT: Presidential debate on foreign policy at Lynn University
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/22/transcript-presidential-debate-on-foreign-policy-at-lynn-university/

Obama “Now with respect to Libya, as I indicated in the last debate, when we received that phone call, I immediately made sure that, number one, that we did everything we could to secure those Americans who were still in harm’s way;”


15 posted on 10/26/2012 10:11:47 AM PDT by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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To: Red Badger

I see Valerie Jarrets fingerprints all over this. How does Petraeus keep quiet. He has to say something.


16 posted on 10/26/2012 10:12:25 AM PDT by magua
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To: chessplayer

The IR picture from the drone flying five miles out was not enough.


17 posted on 10/26/2012 10:13:07 AM PDT by bmwcyle (45% to 47% of American voters are stupid)
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To: chessplayer
WHY DID YOU TELL THE FORCES ALREADY THERE TO STAND DOWN???

Not providing backup is bad, but can be spun as "fog of war". Telling the boots already on the ground to sit and watch is entirely different.

18 posted on 10/26/2012 10:14:04 AM PDT by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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To: chessplayer

Panetta lacks intelligence....as in basic intelligence.
He is a tool of the party.


19 posted on 10/26/2012 10:14:53 AM PDT by Rapscallion ( Both are in over their heads, out of their depth and wholly unaware of how they are pervceived.)
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To: kevkrom

Planned murder or hostage taking.

Why else do you tell them to stand down?


20 posted on 10/26/2012 10:17:32 AM PDT by RummyChick
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