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Rep. Cotton: Where Was President Obama During Benghazi Attack?
Newsmax ^ | Monday, 12 May 2014 | Wanda Carruthers

Posted on 05/12/2014 1:34:38 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike

While some lawmakers have questions about what happened before or after the 2012 bombing of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Rep. Tom Cotton said he wants to know what President Barack Obama was doing during the attack.

"As a former soldier myself, I particularly want to know what happened during the attacks. Why didn't the president send reinforcements from Tripoli, or from our fleet in the Mediterranean Sea, or even from Italy?" the Arkansas Republican said Monday on "Fox & Friends."

While conceding that support forces "might not have reached Benghazi in time," Cotton said, "You just don't know how long a firefight is going to last whenever you're sending reinforcements to begin with."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: 113th; benghazi; benghazihearings; bho44; cotton; libya; obama; soshillary; tomcotton

1 posted on 05/12/2014 1:34:38 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike
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To: Hotlanta Mike

2 posted on 05/12/2014 1:36:07 PM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: CodeToad

Bump for later


3 posted on 05/12/2014 1:38:16 PM PDT by 5Madman2 (There is no such thing as an experienced suicide bomber)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Why? Cuz he hates Americans and loves the bearded jihadis.


4 posted on 05/12/2014 1:44:01 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

It’s a really big question.

We already know (accidentally) that he wasn’t in the situation room (like most of the Bin Laden raid while he was golfing).

So. Where was he? It’s a big deal.


5 posted on 05/12/2014 1:46:45 PM PDT by Noamie
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To: CodeToad; All

In the Obamanation Year of 2009, noted Democrat Intellectual, Ex-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, (also an award-winning Co-Author of the now transparently failed Affordable [sic] Healthcare Tax Law), set the Pelosi Federal Standard of Excellence with this now famous quote:

“We have to pass the Affordable [sic] Healthcare Bill to find out what is in it, - - - away from the fog of the controversy.”

Now, in the Obamanation year of 2014, “We, the People,” are being accused by the same Noted Democrat Intellectual, Ex-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, of willingly approving funding of a “Political Stunt” [her words], formally known as “The Benghazi Murders Select House Committee,” as appointed by permissive, Doormat Republican House Speaker Boehner.

This is an obvious, transparent contradiction to the incisive legal logic that Pelosi used during her former Democrat zeal to ram through a single party mandatory tax on “We, the People.”

If “We, the People,” choose not to correct Ex-Speaker Pelosi’s latest accusatory, (and, as always undocumented), speech then few will remember what we here today have failed to do in this hour of peril in loyal Patriotic Opposition, (commonly called “PO’d”), to the evil, Oppressive, Marxist Regime of the now failed Community of Obamanation, moving forward.

When a noted Democrat Intellectual of the lofty stature of Democrat Ex-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, establishes such a high Standard of Federal Excellence, as brilliantly, and impeccably displayed in her above quote about the Affordable [sic] Healthcare Law, it becomes incumbent on “We, the People,” to fervently beseech our sorry Doormat Republicans to fairly apply that same Standard of Pelosi Federal Excellence to other matters of Federal involvement.

Besides, the Democrat’s own ‘Fairness Doctrine’ requires that this be so as follows: ‘ - - - be very strictly framed in all PC speeches, (as per the dictates of Obama Mentor, published Communist Saul Alinsky), regardless of ethnicity, Country of birth, race, creed, non-Democrat Party affiliation, disgust with politics, low level of voter information, non-subscriber to the New York Times, non- viewer to MSNBC TV, religion, non-religion, gender, or gender of choice.’

Then let us, the Oppressed “We, the People,” do hereby resolve, forthwith, to always enthusiastically be MOVING FORWARD with the Democrat Mandate of the Pelosi Federal Standard of Excellence because:

“WE HAVE TO INVESTIGATE THE BENGHAZI MURDERS AND THE 20 MONTH LONG OBAMA-CLINTON-BOEHNER COVERUP OF SAID MURDERS TO FIND OUT WHAT IS IN IT, - - - AWAY FROM THE FOG OF THE PHONY VIDEO.”

BTW, since B. Hussein Obama always dictates that he has “ordered” his crack AG Holder “To get to the bottom of this,” is that not just another Communist Saul Alinsky Method of deflecting any potentially punitive Investigation away from “Where the Buck Stops?”

If Obama is ever found to be the one where the buck actually stops, all he has to do is to promise that he, ALONE, “will make sure that it never happens again.”

FORWARD !


6 posted on 05/12/2014 1:51:40 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Great laugh! Is this one of your creations?


7 posted on 05/12/2014 1:58:40 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

The whole Benghazi attack and the background of it needs to be investigated, that I agree with. I’m just having problems agreeing that where Obama was has any real meaning. What if he just decided to get drunk and left operational control to whatever team does that stuff when the President is otherwise pre-occupied by choice?


8 posted on 05/12/2014 2:01:14 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Obama’s explanation is BS. He didn’t know what Al Qaeda was going to do in Benghazi. They might have started shooting Americans, one an hour.
The only way Obama could have been so disinterested is if he knew that everything was going to stop. And the only way he could know it would stop is if we had won....or he surrendered.
Obama surrendered at Benghazi and that’s ONE of the big secrets. And when Al Qaeda is kicking your ass, you don’t just get to call a time out while they walk off the field. They attacked in Benghazi for a reason. They wanted something. They got it. No rescue attempt. No military response. All Americans out of Benghazi. They won and Obama surrendered.


9 posted on 05/12/2014 2:01:37 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: hoosiermama

No, found it on the www.


10 posted on 05/12/2014 2:02:57 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Stoned out of his gourd.


11 posted on 05/12/2014 2:06:01 PM PDT by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: Usagi_yo
"What if he just decided to get drunk and left operational control to whatever team does that stuff when the President is otherwise pre-occupied by choice?

In any part of the service that's called "Dereliction of Duty" and it requires a Courts Martial.
This clown if the highest ranking officer in the chain of command. No CM for him , a Impeachment trial is required.

(I know , I Know In another dimension)

12 posted on 05/12/2014 2:15:25 PM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Usagi_yo
Before the committee gets into what the Bam was doing, I want to know why Stevens was in Benghazi, and who informed the muzzies he would be there. It wasn't happenstance there were serious weapons waiting for him.

Oh, and for the Hildebeast, please elaborate on that $6 Billion the Dept of State says it cannot account for.

We are talking probable multiple felonies among Obama and his political appointees.

13 posted on 05/12/2014 2:25:11 PM PDT by Jacquerie (To restore the 10th Amendment, repeal the 17th.)
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To: Robe

After he is impeached he can be brought to Court Martial.


14 posted on 05/12/2014 2:25:18 PM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: Noamie

Rumors are that he was so drunk that he was incapacitated. We might never know unless a tell all book gets released.


15 posted on 05/12/2014 3:00:24 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: 5Madman2

I keep hearing that same question over and over but I remember right after Benghazi happened it was reported that Obama had gone to bed because he had a fundraiser the next day in Las Vegas. Either people have short memories or they weren’t paying attention to the news or maybe it’s just an attempt to cover up the facts.


16 posted on 05/12/2014 3:02:57 PM PDT by Newfy
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To: Newfy

I think it will also turn out that he was doing debate rehersals earlier in the evening instead of being on top of events.


17 posted on 05/12/2014 3:06:16 PM PDT by KC Burke (Officially since Memorial Day they are the Gimmie-crat Party.ha)
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To: Noamie

“So. Where was he? It’s a big deal”

No it isn’t.

It would be a big deal if the answer could lead to his removal from office.


18 posted on 05/12/2014 3:06:21 PM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Usagi_yo

The president should NEVER be drunk. If he was, he should immediately lose the job. His job is too important with millions of lives on the line.

Btw, can you imagine how the press would have hounded Bush from day one to find out exactly where he was?


19 posted on 05/12/2014 3:06:44 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: Newfy

Anything “reported” by the news media is open to question. Liars lie. That is what they do.


20 posted on 05/12/2014 3:07:51 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Jim Noble

It would if he was drunk or stoned. Unfortunately, it would be a miracle to prove that.


21 posted on 05/12/2014 3:11:18 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: castlegreyskull

No, he will be late for his neck tie fitting party........


22 posted on 05/12/2014 3:22:32 PM PDT by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it)
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To: FreeAtlanta

He would not be removed from office for being drunk or stoned.

226 years of constitutional history shows that, unless he committed or ordered to be committed serious crimes that he will not be removed.


23 posted on 05/12/2014 3:23:08 PM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
Only the POTUS had the authority to act!

0bama was notified immediately and automatically when the Benghazi consulate triggered the "Imminent Danger Notification System" alert. He did nothing.

EXCLUSIVE: CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack, sources say

0bama abandoned his post.

0bama did nothing!!!

24 posted on 05/12/2014 3:23:50 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: Noamie

Yes, as the CIC, he should have been very involved in trying to get help to them, but he wasn’t, so where was he and what the hell was he doing?


25 posted on 05/12/2014 3:26:22 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: TigersEye

It’s not that he didn’t do anything. He made a decision to let those in Benghazi fend for themselves, while assistance was provided in Tripoli.


26 posted on 05/12/2014 3:29:41 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

OK. 0bama decided to do nothing positive. Better?


27 posted on 05/12/2014 3:34:01 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
Here are two ways he tried to block that help from Tripoli.

Tripoli rescue team told to stand down.

Hicks: Special Forces ‘Furious’ Upon Being Told to Stand Down video at link

"According to Benghazi whistleblower Gregory Hicks, the deputy chief of mission in Libya, special forces were “furious” when they were told to stand down during the Benghazi attack. “I will quote Lieutenant Colonel Gibson,” Hicks told the House Oversight Committee in hearings today, “He said, ‘This is the first time in my career that a diplomat has more balls than somebody in the military.’”"

This might be considered a stand down too.

Whistle-blower: Botched talking points hurt FBI probe of Benghazi attack

"Another whistle-blower questioned Wednesday why more military assets were not deployed sooner during the Benghazi terror attack. Mark Thompson, a former Marine and official with the State Department's Counterterrorism Bureau, said he was rebuffed by the White House when he asked for a specialized team -- known as a FEST team -- to be deployed. This is a unit made of special operations personnel, diplomatic security, intelligence and other officers."

BENGAZI - Why Wasn't FEST Activated?


28 posted on 05/12/2014 3:37:24 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: TigersEye

He made a political decision not to assist those in Benghazi. How many people there? Forty? So their lives were worth nothing in comparison to his political future. Which disturbs me immensely because there are survivors who should be be coming forward to call out this administration for its cowardice.


29 posted on 05/12/2014 3:54:09 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Yep.


30 posted on 05/12/2014 4:22:55 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: Jacquerie

I want to know what exchanged hands between the ambassador and his Turkish visitor


31 posted on 05/12/2014 4:23:29 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: Noamie

Yes it is. I am a bit surprised some politician asked this question. I am also surprised I don’t recall anyone asking before, but I might be wrong.


32 posted on 05/12/2014 4:53:24 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Fido969

Yeah, that and bumpin’ pee-pees with Reggie. Stoned Obama: “Oh yeah Larry, just like that baby! Right their big guy! Fire away Larry!” Reggie: “Damn it Barry! That is the third freakin’ time you all be callin’ my azz Larry this week! It’s REGGIE damn it!!!” Stoned Obama: “Oops Reg, sorry buddy! Larry be aroun’ but you know you still be my main punch.....Hell, I didn’t moan ‘Mooch’ at you now did I???......Now back at it big boy!!!”


33 posted on 05/12/2014 4:57:46 PM PDT by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a great life!)
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To: Jacquerie
"Before the committee gets into what the Bam was doing, I want to know why Stevens was in Benghazi, and who informed the muzzies he would be there."

+1 as this is about the only area where laws could have been arguably broken.

"Oh, and for the Hildebeast, please elaborate on that $6 Billion the Dept of State says it cannot account for.

Funny how quickly that has dropped out of the news.

34 posted on 05/12/2014 5:19:26 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: FreeAtlanta
"The president should NEVER be drunk. If he was, he should immediately lose the job. His job is too important with millions of lives on the line.

The fact is, Presidents are not always available 24/7/365x4. What if he was just tipsy and decided he shouldn't be making decisions? Would you applaud him for his prudence or put him on trial for it?

As for where he was? Not significant and you can't make a good argument for it without engaging in hypothetical's as for Bush -- well it would have been no problem cause he would have told where he was easily enough.

At this point should we know and should they be answered? Yes because the Administration let this devolve into political theater and sure acted guilty -- if only of trying to save his campaign from a last minute public opinion hit.

What's significant is what was Stevens doing in Benghazi and why was security drawn down? Was it an intelligence operation? Was it a military operation?

35 posted on 05/12/2014 5:32:04 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: Jim Noble

I know you are right. I don’t think anything this worthless creep does would get him removed from office. America no longer has the spine to do what is right.


36 posted on 05/12/2014 5:47:21 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: Usagi_yo

I think where he was is extremely significant. I don’t know if we will ever find out, but it shows how pathetic he is. Plus, others have argued that he has to give the orders for our military to cross borders. I don’t know if that is necessarily true since we already had ongoing operations in Libya, but until put to rest, it is a factor.

I still don’t know why a few jets from Italy were not scrambled to do some high speed passes of the compound. It would have been good for our guys moral and would have likely caused confusion and maybe panic with the bad guys.


37 posted on 05/12/2014 5:50:26 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: Usagi_yo

What is dereliction of duty and could it apply to the CIC?

I think there is more than just breaking the law that applies to this case.


38 posted on 05/12/2014 5:52:14 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
He made a political decision not to assist those in Benghazi

A decision to send light infantry forces into urban combat, or not to do so, is a prerogative of the President.

Under no circumstances could such a decision result in 67 Senators voting to remove this President, or any President, from office.

39 posted on 05/12/2014 5:55:39 PM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: FreeAtlanta

Misfeasance, Malfeasance and Nonfeasance. Those are the choices with regards to Benghazi.

Malfeasance if he made his decisions with ill intent towards people ‘not our enemies’. Can be considered a degree of treachery if the malice was directed towards the U.S and her interests.

Misfeasance for making a series of errors in judgement so egregious as to bring harm.

Nonfeasance is the closest thing to ‘dereliction of duty’.


40 posted on 05/12/2014 7:03:13 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: Hotlanta Mike
"Rep. Cotton: Where Was President Obama During Benghazi Attack?"


41 posted on 05/13/2014 3:15:07 AM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Where was Obama?
Why were we the last remaining in Benghazi?
Where are the survivors and why are they hidden?
Why is the media ignoring the families of the dead?
Why is the media ignoring the families of the survivors?
Why did he go ahead with the fundraising trip the next day?
Where was Hillary?
Why did so many military relieved of their commands afterward?
Why did the muzzies attack and kill an American Ambassador?
Why was there no retaliation?
Why is the administration stonewalling?


42 posted on 05/13/2014 4:09:34 AM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is now the CPUSA)
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To: Texas resident

Where are the survivors and will they be called to answer questions about that night?


43 posted on 05/13/2014 4:19:31 AM PDT by kalee
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Cotton pick’n 0bama

Isn’t that racist?


44 posted on 05/13/2014 6:50:49 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: Texas resident

Hillary and Barry to be exposed...

‘Panetta, Morell agree: Benghazi select committee is legitimate’

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/05/13/former-obama-admin-officials-agree-benghazi-select-committee-is-legitimate/


45 posted on 05/13/2014 6:56:24 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: FreeAtlanta

I don’t think drinking it his thing. I have zero doubt he was in no condition for duty. My guess is that he was doing the same thing he was doing before the first Romney debate. The one where he was missing for a while, showed up unexpectedly at the Roosevelt Dam when he was supposed to be prepping for the debate and then showed up at the debate disheveled, out of it and unprepared.


46 posted on 05/13/2014 10:12:03 AM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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