Skip to comments.McKeon Presses White House on Response to Terrorist Attack in Libya
Posted on 11/01/2012 8:11:48 PM PDT by LucianOfSamasota
WASHINGTON - On Monday, Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, wrote a letter to President Obama in response to White House assertions about the military response to the September 11, 2012 attack in Libya. The full text of the letter can be found below:
***SNIP*** There appears to be a discrepancy between your directive and the actions taken by the Department of Defense. As we are painfully aware, despite the fact that the military had resources in the area, the military did not deploy any assets to secure U.S. personnel in Benghazi during the hours the consulate and the annex were under attack. I find it implausible that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Commander of U.S. Africa Command, and the Commander of U.S. European Command would have ignored a direct order from the Commander in Chief. Therefore, could you please clarify:
To whom did you issue this first directive and how was this directive communicated to the military and other agencies verbally or in writing? At any time on September 11, 2012, did you specifically direct the military to move available assets into Libya to ensure the safety of U.S. personnel in Benghazi? If so, which assets did you order to Libya? At any time on September 11, 2012, other than ISR assets, did you provide the authority for the military to take any and all necessary measures to secure U.S. personnel, including specifically the authority to enter Libyan airspace? Did you have any communication with the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or any Commanders of regional Combatant Commands regarding military support to U.S. personnel in Benghazi on September 11th? ***Full text at link***
(Excerpt) Read more at armedservices.house.gov ...
Obama’s throw-away line “the minute I found out what was happening, I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to...” is going to hang him.
I liken it to Anthony Weiner’s claim that his twitter account had been hacked.
Both thought these were quick lines to dispense with a pesky reporter, but they each invite dangerous scrutiny...
In Weiner’s case, there were cries to let the FBI investigate his Twitter account “for security reasons.”
In Obozo’s case, he has made an official statement (there is no other kind a President can make) about official orders he gave...which means there should be a paper trail.
WHOOOOOPS!!!! The lies are catching up to him.
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