Skip to comments.The Benghazi Transcripts: Top Defense officials briefed Obama on ‘attack,’ not video or protest
Posted on 01/13/2014 3:32:32 PM PST by jazusamo
Minutes after the American consulate in Benghazi came under assault on Sept. 11, 2012, the nation's top civilian and uniformed defense officials -- headed for a previously scheduled Oval Office session with President Obama -- were informed that the event was a "terrorist attack," declassified documents show. The new evidence raises the question of why the top military men, one of whom was a member of the president's Cabinet, allowed him and other senior Obama administration officials to press a false narrative of the Benghazi attacks for two weeks afterward.
Gen. Carter Ham, who at the time was head of AFRICOM, the Defense Department combatant command with jurisdiction over Libya, told the House in classified testimony last year that it was him who broke the news about the unfolding situation in Benghazi to then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The tense briefing -- in which it was already known that U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens had been targeted and had gone missing -- occurred just before the two senior officials departed the Pentagon for their session with the commander in chief.
According to declassified testimony obtained by Fox News, Ham -- who was working out of his Pentagon office on the afternoon of Sept. 11 -- said he learned about the assault on the consulate compound within 15 minutes of its commencement, at 9:42 p.m. Libya time, through a call he received from the AFRICOM Command Center.
"My first call was to General Dempsey, General Dempsey's office, to say, 'Hey, I am headed down the hall. I need to see him right away,'" Ham told lawmakers on the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation on June 26 of last year. "I told him what I knew...
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Hey, it’s not up to the generals to tell the president
what he must say. It’s all his mouth.
I saw some of the Ham testimony and all I could think was ‘the Whitewash for Hillary! continues unabated’. I am so sick of the cover-ups and outright lies.
So true and 0bama sure didn’t say what he was informed of.
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But, but, but the NY Times said.........
That's because the Ø regime was doing the hummma hummma (from Honeymooner episodes where Ralph is saying "hummma hummma hummma"). Why were they doing the hummma? Because this embassy outpost was up to no good with F&F-style gunrunning. So, to be more precise, instead of "hummma hummma" they were going "video video".
Well, perhaps it worked. The details on the gun-running are still not public knowledge.
Hey, its not up to the generals to tell the president
what he must say. Its all his mouth.
All along I thought the teleprompter was what put words in Allen’s mouth.
Yep, he got Valerie’s orders and stuck to them.
IOW...confirmation that they made up the whole story about the video/spontaneous demonstration scenario.
Will the media ask them why they lied? Of course not.
The failure of leadership will reveal the blood on their hands.
Communists are taught to lie if it justified their cause.
No doubt in my mind you’re right.
Will the media ask them why they lied? Of course not
What about the debate with Candy crawly?? they now have lie upon lie upon lie. Oh what a tangled web we weave...
These lies gave Obama the debate
I guess this is why Gen. Ham had to be pushed aside. Telling the truth gets you fired in this regime.
Exactly...You're absolutely right, especially when it contradicts an 0bama lie.
Obama and his inner circle of decision-makers are mendacious about pretty much everything.
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No wonder he stepped down as Sec of Defense so fast.
In other words, Panetta knows who came up with the YouTube story and he doesn't want to be asked.
We KNOW there were four Americans murdered during this. What went on in Libya that is so bad that the Democrats aren’t even worried about four murdered Americans?
...and Muslims are instructed to like to further their cause:Koran.
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I agree, Panetta wanted out immediately.
You are correct Gen. Ham just but the nail in the coffin of this Benghazi investigation. We hear nothing from him after his apparent dismissal and now he refutes the notion that he was dismissed because of his actions or inaction in Benghazi. Who do we trust?
What are you talking about?
I believe he refuted that notion.
HAM: "Again, sir, I think, you know, there was some preliminary discussion about, you know, maybe there was a demonstration. But I think at the command, I personally and I think the command very quickly got to the point that this was not a demonstration, this was a terrorist attack."
Reminder that both obama and Hillary Clinton lied to the victims families right in front of their coffins that it was a video that was the cause of the attack.
The corrupt news media have their orders from the DNC and have carried out the undermining of the United States while watching Americans and hundreds of Mexican citizens be murdered. Thousands of our soldiers wounded or killed because of the democrat party support of the terrorists.
It’s all politics and power with these turds. Not doing the right thing. Politics and party affiliation ONLY.
What occurred ,in all likelihood, was clearly the attempted buy back of “stinger, shoulder fired “ missiles and other weapons of mass destruction that were GIVEN to the al qaeda to stifle the Qaddafi air superiority since a “no fly zone “ was rejected at the UN.
Hillary is up to her eye balls in this treasonous act. After we allowed the installation of the al qaeda as the government on Libya, we HAD TO GET THOSE WEAPONS BACK!! a deal was struck, with the devil, to bring hundreds of millions of our printed money to trade for HUNDREDS of stinger missiles that could now be used on US domestic air craft. The al queda demanded the exchange in Benghazi ( not Tripoli) ON SEPTEMBER 11th!! You cannot make this up!! Hillary ordered ambassador Stevens and a 2-3 man guard of seal contractors to Benghazi on a C130 with 4-6 hundred million in printed money with orders to exchange for the “stingers”. She dispatched 31 CIA weapons experts to help move the weapons back into US control. This crap about sending stingers to the Syrian al quaeda is a red herring. .
It blew up!! The al queda bastards got the printed money and we have a huge problem in air travel,in my opinion. Thank you hillary. We will see. ( Is any one awake or have we just gone stupid? Where are the Republicans?)
Conservatives need to understand that the Left including the media will do anything to win and retain power; and the GOPe is along for the ride.
Obama: “But Val I....” Jarrett: “Don’t Val me you loser. Have you forgotten? You and your wide load fake wife are where you are because of me and my muslim brotherhhod friends. You and the Mooch will continue to do what I say, when I say it and how I say it! You got that.....BARRY? Good, now go find your little rumper playmate Reggie and GET OUT OF MY FACE!!!”
That sounds pretty plausible. The only thing I might question is that if these muslim bastards had those Stingers, wouldn’t they have been firing them off at USA Commercial Airliners non stop since they received ‘em? I don’t think the muzzies could resist!
From the article:
"Ham's declassified testimony further underscores that Obama's earliest briefing on Benghazi was solely to the effect that the incident was a terrorist attack, and raises once again the question of how the narrative about the offensive video, and a demonstration that never occurred, took root within the White House as the explanation for Benghazi."
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Thank you for the heads up.
OMG!!! We were lied to by the government. Inconceivable!
What late arrival? You always have perfect timing!
my greatest respect General Ham!
Obama needs to be impeached for using deceit and fraud to win the last presidential election:
* Obamacare - at least 10 of his statements are proven lies
* Benghazi - ditto
* add more, please.....
This being the case, the regime should be made to tell the American people why they knowingly lied to them. The WH reporters need to ask Jay Carney, “Where did this story about response to a film causing a spontaneous demonstration originate?”