Skip to comments.BOOM! Sen. Portman: We Need to Find Out If Obama Ever Issued the Order to Secure Benghazi Consulate
Posted on 10/28/2012 8:41:57 AM PDT by Qbert
On Friday Barack Obama told Denvers WUSA TV that on 9-11 he gave the directives to make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to to ensure their safety in Benghazi.
Late on Friday former Assistant Defense Secretary Bing West told FOX News that if the directive was made to secure our personnel there would be a paper trail.
Today Ohio Senator Rob Portman told the FOX News Sunday that we need to find out if this order was ever issued.
There was a shocking breakdown operationally not having the security there in the first place. And not to respond to these guys and their pleas for help for seven hours during a firefight. Its unbelievable. And, now were hearing that the President of the United States, based on his own words, issued a directive immediately after he found out about the firefight saying he wanted to be sure the people on the ground were safe and they were getting what they needed. It didnt happen. This means that either the presidents order was not followed. Which would be a breakdown in terms of the White House procedure or it means the order wasnt issued. We need to find out about this. Its not about politics.
Retired Army Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer said Saturday he has sources saying President Barack Obama was in the room at the White House watching the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya unfold.
They cannot cross into Libyan air space without explicit permission from POTUS.
No CBA permission, no rescue, period. This belongs 110% to Obama.
Remember, Obama has taken great pride in saying that Libya was liberated without American blood being shed. Obama did not want potential voters to wake up to our uniformed military being KIA.
So, DOD assets were told to stand down as CIA subcontractors, whose presence could be concealed, were tasked with extracting diplomatic assets from the Mission. Also, those operators were familiar with the battlefield and were leveraged with local friendly militia.
As the battlefield was so unshaped and on/off and populated by hostiles of unknown strength and unknown weapons, this was a reasonable tactical choice anyway.
Other rapid response units that could have gotten there would have been too little and too late.
General Ham and Africom, were frustrated that in this theater of their responsibility, they were not in position to act effectively.
The Ambassadors loss was collateral.
The goals of the hostiles were to:
1. Exploit document and computer file intel regarding oil contracts and weapons movements.
2. Acquire the weapons that the Brits stored at our Mission after they shut down their Mission.
3. Revenge the death of Yahya al-Libi the AQ 2nd in command.
4. Take our Ambassador hostage to pressure the release of the Blind Sheik. The hostiles tried very hard to find Stevens but could not. He would have been far more valuable alive to the hostiles.
Imagine you’re watching a live Predator feed of our people fighting for their lives. Would you issue this lame ass order, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to to ensure their safety in Benghazi?
Boom? What boom? Does Obama care what Senator Portman wants to know? Since when?
Legs will be gotten when a Democrat Senator starts questioning this. Perhaps one that his in trouble and can be goaded into looking ‘tough’ for his independent constiuents...[hint hint]
WUSA is in DC, not Denver.
Juan Williams on Fox is really dumb and in the tank.
Drudge has nothing at all up on Benghazi. Seems odd given it’s Sunday and viewership is up among those readers out of the loop.
BAM! Bam’s got a lot of ‘splain’ to do...so which will it be? A) Campaign B) Fund Raise C) Golf or D) The View?
Unfortunately, it’s on FNC, not CNN, CBS, or other outlets. FNC basically broke the news, so most viewers there already knew what’s going on.
BTW, our operators couldn’t find Stevens either, even though he was in the same “safe room” as Smith, whom we did recover on the second of three extraction efforts.
Close Quarter Battle offers the most chaotic of any human experience. The battle for the Mission is easy to criticize and analyze from the bench, especially if that bench is in the White House.
One of the disgraceful conditions that DOD has been placed under by Obama is that they are required to hesitate tactically while Obama measures the possible political fallout.
Remember LBJ? Every Democrat presidency has been plagued by a wariness of DOD command and has injected itself into tactics and not stayed at a strategic level only as they should.
In the case of what happened to our heroes in Lybia...
I would rather die trying to save those men then not die not trying to save them.
Mr. Obama, you are the lowest, most despicable president in the history of US presidents.
While other presidents have had their faces immortalized on Mount Rushmore, you, sir, should have your face immortalized in a pile of dog shit.
Don't buy that premise.
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 harms way;
CIA to their credit, conducted all three extractions at the extreme risk to its operators whom were under no obligation or responsibility to do so.
DOD’s position militarily has changed. CIA and its “lilypad” bases and operators now conduct a sizable part of our special operations worldwide. That puts them often in closer proximity to hostiles than DOD, as in Benghazi.
There was a rumor on the site that cannot be named on FR that the President enjoyed Predator snuff films. Those are films of his own making. Some are beginning to inquire if this was one, too.
And imagine your in the situation room an hour later, anticipating the first of the outside air supremacy should be arriving from Italy.