Why do I get the feeling that Panetta will be walking this back some time soon?
Panetta seems to be sticking by his story...(for now). MSM have a short memory but we don’t!
Obama ordered that the Defense Department respond to the attack and try to protect U.S. personnel.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina asked how many times President Obama talked with Panetta and Dempsey after he knew about the attack.
Once, they answered. That conversation lasted for 30 minutes and Obama did not personally get back in touch with them to ask how the mission to help personnel in Benghazi was going.
Was it “typical to make one phone call [and] and never call back and ask, ‘How’s it going,’ Graham asked.
Panetta replied, “The president is well informed about what is going on, make no mistake about it.”
“Was any airplane launched in the world before the attack was concluded,” Graham asked.
No, Panetta and Dempsey answered.
“Was there any soldier en route before the attack was concluded,” Graham asked.
The attack ended before anyone could be deployed, Panetta said.
Orders without action
But orders to prepare had been given, the Defense secretary testified.
Nah, Panetta is a seasoned player. If he's saying this, he was instructed to do so.