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Ballistic over Benghazi: Graham and Inhofe Take on the White House
Heritage Foundation/Foundry ^ | 2-12-2013 | Helle Dale

Posted on 02/12/2013 11:33:59 AM PST by smoothsailing

February 12, 2013

Ballistic over Benghazi: Graham and Inhofe Take on the White House

by Helle Dale

Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) issued blunt warnings to the White House on Sunday: Give us real answers on Benghazi, or the nominations for Secretary of Defense and director of the Central Intelligence Agency will be on hold.

Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) has nonetheless scheduled the Armed Services Committee vote on Chuck Hagel for this afternoon, with the full Senate voting potentially tomorrow if all goes according to Levin’s plan. Which it may not. Whether Hagel will make it to the Pentagon anytime soon could depend on whether the White House is willing to come out with the answers that the American people deserve regarding Benghazi.

Kudos to Senators Graham and Inhofe. It is high time someone held President Obama and his team accountable for the abysmal failure of leadership that cost four brave Americans their lives in the service of this country on September 11, 2012.

Graham has been particularly outraged—as should all Americans—by the shocking revelations he managed to squeeze out of outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Martin Dempsey during Thursday’s hearing in the Senate Armed Services Committee.

To wit: President Obama received, all told, one— yes, one—briefing on the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi while it was going on for over seven hours. This briefing took place at a 5 p.m. scheduled defense meeting in the White House, a little over an hour after the attack in Benghazi had started. After that, nothing.

Neither Panetta nor Dempsey gave the President any updates on efforts (or non-efforts) to help the beleaguered personnel in the Benghazi consulate and nearby CIA facility, nor did the President care to ask until it was all over.

“No confirmation without information,” Graham told CBS’s Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation.” “I don’t think we should allow Brennan to go forward for the CIA directorship, or Hagel to be confirmed for Secretary of Defense, until the White House gives us an accounting.”

“I don’t know what the President did that evening,” Graham said. “I don’t know if he ever called anyone. This was incredibly mismanaged, and what we know now, it seems to be a very disengaged President. What did he do that night? That’s not unfair.”

Inhofe on “Fox News Sunday” also said he would threaten to cause a 60-vote margin in the Senate. ”If it took a filibuster, I’d do it that way.”

Perhaps President Obama was too busy that evening with other pressing world affairs to make a call to the Pentagon to ask what was being done to save our people? But the White House schedule for September 11 contains no further events of meetings after the 5 p.m. defense briefing.

The next day, after a totally misleading Rose Garden press conference in which the President and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blamed the death on a ludicrous Internet video, President Obama flew to Las Vegas for a mega campaign fundraiser. He was entirely undeterred by the fact that Americans had died that night in Benghazi and their families frantic for answers.

Other Presidents have faced similar situations and acted entirely differently. Jimmy Carter obsessed over the loss of Americans in the failed operation to rescue American hostages in Tehran in 1979. Ronald Reagan ordered the rescue operation of American medical students in Grenada. Bill Clinton worried over a single missing pilot over Bosnia and celebrated when he was found. From Obama, not as much as a phone call. Unprecedented is the one way to describe this behavior; cold is another.


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1 posted on 02/12/2013 11:34:03 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Wow . . . Lindsey Graham actually found his spine . . . I guess a stopped clock is right at least 2x a day.


2 posted on 02/12/2013 11:37:10 AM PST by AtlasStalled
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To: smoothsailing

Never been a fan of Graham, but on this he could make name for himself if he stays the course.


3 posted on 02/12/2013 11:39:45 AM PST by kenmcg (scapegoat)
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To: smoothsailing
Just more of the Washington Kabuki Theater. S.S.D.D.
Graham and Inhofe are just playing to the little people back home.
4 posted on 02/12/2013 11:40:54 AM PST by Tupelo (Hunkered down & loading up)
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To: AtlasStalled

stopped clock? 2x a day?

Graham? Spine? more like as often as a solar eclipse...

just sayin’


5 posted on 02/12/2013 11:42:03 AM PST by eeevil conservative (GIVE ME A PLACE TO STAND AND I WILL MOVE THE thatEARTH....Archimedes)
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To: AtlasStalled

Graham is conservative once every six years. Get the picture?


6 posted on 02/12/2013 11:42:20 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: AtlasStalled

Graham has a re-election coming up. Nothing more than Kabuki theatre, then it’s back to being Obama’s lapdog.


7 posted on 02/12/2013 11:42:29 AM PST by MuttTheHoople (Pray for Joe Biden- Proverbs 29:9)
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To: smoothsailing

Col David Hunt, on the Howie Carr show Oct 12, made some damning points against the Zero Administration why so many people knew what was happening, when it was happening.

In short, you hit the HELP button at an embassy and start to broadcast, at least 15 different listening stations around the world listen in (NATO, Africa Command...). And all staffed by Generals/Admirals who have been trained to get on the blower to their superiors in the Pentagon or WH.

So to say nobody knew or this was an intellegence failure (Biden, describing the event, not his brain) is poppy cock !


8 posted on 02/12/2013 11:42:53 AM PST by llevrok (Unlike Obama, at least Nero could play a fiddle.)
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To: AtlasStalled

The jisg’s up, barry. Now he can be light in the loafers and stay in the military.


9 posted on 02/12/2013 11:44:21 AM PST by onedoug
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To: smoothsailing

Treasonous, callous bastard. HOLD his feet to the fire. Campaign is OVER.


10 posted on 02/12/2013 11:44:39 AM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: kenmcg
Never been a fan of Graham, but on this he could make name for himself if he stays the course.

Gramnasty seems like a gayboy most of the time, but other times sounds like a true Patriot.

I wish that ALL members of Congress would honor their vow to Preserve, Protect and Defend the Constitution. But I doubt most of them have even bothered to read it.

11 posted on 02/12/2013 11:51:51 AM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: llevrok
this was an intellegence failure (Biden, describing the event, not his brain)

LOL. That's a good one!

Seriously though, what you report Hunt saying makes sense. These embassy and consulate compounds don't exist in a vacuum. 100's of our folks had to know almost instantly, in real time, what was going down.

12 posted on 02/12/2013 11:51:55 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: eeevil conservative

He’s not a stopped clock. He’s a stopped calendar stuck on a leap year.


13 posted on 02/12/2013 11:53:02 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: smoothsailing
People seem not to understand how big a deal murdering an Ambassador really is. An ambassador literally represents the President. If you murder an ambassador you are symbolically murdering the President.
14 posted on 02/12/2013 12:07:11 PM PST by DManA
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To: smoothsailing

The President could step up and testify that he was too busy tea bagging Reggie Love that night to worry about any stupid calls from the Defense Secretary and the press wouldn’t bat an eye.


16 posted on 02/12/2013 12:12:45 PM PST by Hatteras
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To: Tupelo

Exactly. They don’t mean it.


17 posted on 02/12/2013 12:14:18 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: smoothsailing

I see the parents of the girl killed in Chicago were invited to the SOTU but I haven’t seen if any of the parents of those killed in Bengazi that have been looking for answers were?


18 posted on 02/12/2013 12:37:01 PM PST by Rusty0604
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To: Tupelo
Time will tell. First test we will see by tomorrow, if they have the full Senate vote or not.
19 posted on 02/12/2013 1:02:09 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Rusty0604

The only thing I’ve seen is Congressman Stockman of Texas invited Ted Nugent. Nugent has accepted and will attend.


20 posted on 02/12/2013 1:07:01 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Yea, I saw that, it’s great.


21 posted on 02/12/2013 1:32:17 PM PST by Rusty0604
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To: smoothsailing

It might have been useful to have had this discussion before the election.

Benghazi’s Smoking Gun? Only President Can Give Cross-Border Authority

http://pjmedia.com/blog/benghazis-smoking-gun-only-president-can-give-%E2%80%98cross-border-authority%E2%80%99/


22 posted on 02/12/2013 2:21:17 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: smoothsailing
Obama, through Hillary Clinton, has given you his answer: “What difference does it make?”

It didn't matter during the attack, & it doesn't matter now - to them. The media is satisfied.

For all this blather, Hagel & Brennan - both highly unqualified - will be confirmed. No one will pay a price for Benghazi. It has all become absurd theater.

23 posted on 02/12/2013 4:40:34 PM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Travis McGee

Thanks for that link, Travis. It doesn’t get much clearer than that, does it? Zero did Zip.


24 posted on 02/12/2013 5:20:26 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

And he was the only one who could. All he had to do to ensure no rescue was make himself unavailable.


25 posted on 02/12/2013 6:25:00 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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