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Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi
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Posted on 02/07/2013 9:53:27 AM PST by Sub-Driver

Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi Daniel Halper February 7, 2013 12:05 PM

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified this morning on Capitol Hill that President Barack Obama was absent the night four Americans were murdered in Benghazi on September 11, 2012:

Panetta said that Obama left operational details, including knowledge of what resources were available to help the Americans under siege, "up to us."

In fact, Panetta says that the night of 9/11, he did not communicate with a single person at the White House. The attack resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Panetta said that, save their 5 o'clock prescheduled meeting with the president the day of September 11, Obama did not call or communicate in anyway with the defense secretary that day. There were no calls about what was going on in Benghazi. He never called to check-in.


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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America; All

“IMPEACH 0BAMA.”

People on the left are starting to call for that. I gotta tell ya, I’d rather have Obama than Biden as president!

Night before last on the very left leaning Democracy Now, the guest was Daniel Ellsberg who was calling for Obama’s impeachment because of his “Systematic Assault on Constitution”.
Interesting times we live in. http://dialogic.blogspot.com/2013/02/democracy-now-daniel-ellsberg-ndaa.html


51 posted on 02/07/2013 10:29:47 AM PST by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: hummingbird

Or Ollie North.


52 posted on 02/07/2013 10:29:57 AM PST by llevrok (Unlike Obama, at least Nero could play a fiddle.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Okay, Secret Service, where the hell was he?.........


53 posted on 02/07/2013 10:29:57 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Dick Bachert

Is that dweeb Zuckerburg sitting at the end of the table to _____’s right? I wouldn’t doubt it. One of the reasons I don’t use facebook.


54 posted on 02/07/2013 10:32:03 AM PST by Terry Mross (Who long before America is no more?)
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To: Sub-Driver
Did he leave strict orders not to be disturbed? Like a certain world leader did on D-Day?
55 posted on 02/07/2013 10:32:03 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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To: Sir Napsalot
This is worse than Obama admitting giving a direct order to ‘Stand Down’ several times.

As CinC, he can make such decision, some may disagree, but ‘Obama Not Present’ tells us what, exactly?

But, I'm just a nobody.

56 posted on 02/07/2013 10:32:18 AM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Funny,according to this guy, he knew all about it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1O7UiOy7pU

And no one said any different at the time...

I think I smell a little CYA going on.

Kind of makes you wonder what we are about to find out, doesn’t it?


57 posted on 02/07/2013 10:32:41 AM PST by marstegreg
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To: SatinDoll
Where was the President

Why, he was out skeet-golfing, of course.

58 posted on 02/07/2013 10:32:41 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Can’t help myself thinking if THIS all unfold Oct 11, 2012 !!!!

The stinking #$^&*#(!@


59 posted on 02/07/2013 10:34:09 AM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Sub-Driver

3:00AM phonecall and the TOTUS is AWOL....

Oh geeze...


60 posted on 02/07/2013 10:37:01 AM PST by GraceG
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To: Sir Napsalot

“Why didn’t you put forces in place to be ready to respond?,” Senator John McCain asked the general.

Dempsey started, “Because we never received a request to do so, number one. And number two, we —”

McCain iterrupted, “You never heard of Ambassador Stevens’s repeated warnings?”

“I had, through General Ham,” responded Dempsey, referring to the commander of AFRICOM. “But we never received a request for support from the State Department, which would have allowed us to put forces—”

“So it’s the State Department’s fault?”

“I’m not blaming the State Department,” Dempsey responded.


61 posted on 02/07/2013 10:37:08 AM PST by kcvl
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To: Sub-Driver
From an Obama speech in November:

“I can tell you that immediately upon finding out that our folks were in danger, that my orders to my National Security team were do whatever we need to do to make sure they’re safe. And that’s the same order that I would give anytime that I see Americans are in danger, whether they’re civilian or military, because that’s our number one priority.”

How could he give that order if he was unaware of what was happening?

Wow, he really IS magic!!!!

62 posted on 02/07/2013 10:37:46 AM PST by marstegreg
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To: AuntB

0bama over Biden? You forgot that since Biden is a white male, he’d be accountable for his actions. 0bama is totally immune, as we’ve witnessed over the last four years.


63 posted on 02/07/2013 10:38:28 AM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: DTogo

Hillary’s ‘08 campaign ad “it’s 3 am and the White House phone is ringing” comes true. President AWOL

Maybe Hillary is going to run against Obama in 2016 the same way Obama ran against Bush in 2008....


64 posted on 02/07/2013 10:38:59 AM PST by GraceG
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To: Sub-Driver

He was probably high on coke pot chooms booze and crack


65 posted on 02/07/2013 10:39:27 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Shane

“What in the hell are you babbling about?”

Problems with comprehension?

Go here:

http://www.rif.org


66 posted on 02/07/2013 10:39:27 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: Sub-Driver
You're forgetting that Obama characterized Benghazi ‘as a bump in the road’. Why Romney didn't beat Obama over the head with that remark in their debates is beyond me.
67 posted on 02/07/2013 10:40:01 AM PST by BluH2o
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To: ModelBreaker

Exactly...

Panetta said the response to the attack was “timely and appropriate, but there simply was not enough time given the speed of the attacks for armed U.S. military assets to have made a difference.”

McCain, who has constantly lambasted the Obama administration’s response to the attack, forcefully challenged Panetta’s assertion that the Defense Department did everything it could.

McCain asked why the Defense Department did not send forces based at Souda Bay, Crete, to Benghazi. He said the flight is an hour and a half and that it was “simply false” for Panetta to testify that all resources couldn’t reach Libya in time.

“I stand by my testimony,” Panetta replied.

McCain testily countered, “Perhaps you can give me some facts.”

Panetta then said that a contingent was not sent because the State Department didn’t request it.

“So it’s the State Department’s fault,” McCain challenged.

Panetta was firm throughout his testimony that there were no “undue delays” in decision making and there was no denial of support from Washington or from the military combatant commanders when the attack happened.

“Quite the contrary: The safe evacuation of all U.S. government personnel from Benghazi 12 hours after the initial attack” and transfer to the Ramstein air base in Germany “was the result of exceptional U.S. government coordination.”

He said the U.S. military response helped save lives.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/07/us/panetta-benghazi-hearing/index.html


68 posted on 02/07/2013 10:40:22 AM PST by kcvl
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To: Sub-Driver


69 posted on 02/07/2013 10:40:48 AM PST by Diogenesis (De Oppresso Liber)
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70 posted on 02/07/2013 10:40:57 AM PST by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Sub-Driver

And then Zippy goes to Vegas the next day. Intentionally. To avoid questioning. From FOX, because we all know that Stephanopoulos and company kept their ears plugged.


71 posted on 02/07/2013 10:41:15 AM PST by bergmeid (I told you so - now pass the ammo.)
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To: AuntB

People don’t change. Obama never showed up for votes when he was a state senator. He was the most absent senator in the US senate. The man is lazy.

Obama is lazy because he is USED to being USED as a figure head puppet....


72 posted on 02/07/2013 10:42:41 AM PST by GraceG
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To: Paine in the Neck

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.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/07/us/panetta-benghazi-hearing/index.html


73 posted on 02/07/2013 10:43:20 AM PST by kcvl
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74 posted on 02/07/2013 10:44:00 AM PST by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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75 posted on 02/07/2013 10:46:01 AM PST by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Sub-Driver
If this is the best story, at this point, that they can come up with, think what the truth must be.
I think the bastard himself was pulling all the strings, making bad decision after bad decision.
The decisions were so bad that the only way to shield him is to say he magically vanished, wasn't there and had nothing to do with anything.

A congressional investigation needs to be started on where the hell was he and why.
Make them trip over their latest pile of lies damn-it.

76 posted on 02/07/2013 10:50:17 AM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: Travis McGee

You were right....


77 posted on 02/07/2013 10:50:43 AM PST by GregNH (If you are unable to fight, please find a good place to hide.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Leon Panetta is lying for the cowardious bastard.

The worst AA hire in history should have already been removed from office.

Must we see this country COMPLETELY destroyed before this POS is legally removed? Yes, I know, it probably does.


78 posted on 02/07/2013 10:51:00 AM PST by Gator113 ( REGISTER THE DAMN LIBERALS and leave my guns alone!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

UCMJ
808. ART. 8. APPREHENSION OF DESERTERS

Any civil officer having authority to apprehend offenders under the laws of the United States or of a State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession, or the District of Columbia may summarily apprehend a deserter from the armed forces and deliver him into the custody of those forces.

Golf? Hoops? Steam-bath? Skeet-shooting?
Feckless in the face of the enemy!


79 posted on 02/07/2013 10:52:24 AM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Maybe the President of the USA and Reggie Love were playing some midnight basketball


80 posted on 02/07/2013 10:53:06 AM PST by winodog (Thank you Jesus for the calm in my life)
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To: Sub-Driver

I have maintained from the beginning that Buckwheat was “doin lines” or smoking crack.....we got a crackhead for president.


81 posted on 02/07/2013 10:54:07 AM PST by matthew fuller (Fast and Furious fizzled- Enter Sandy Hook.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Thinking out loud here.... What if Zippy knew in advance all this was going to happen? After all, he is best buds with Erdogan, the Prime Minister of Turkey. I bet Erdogan knew his diplomat was going to Benghazi on 9/11 to meet with the American ambassador.

And no-one thought to call Biden in a time of terrorism against our nation? Since Zippy had made himself unavailable somehow?? What effing president gets to make himself unavailable during a time of crisis? Only a president who knew full well what was going to happen in advance. including the ill conceived trip to Vegas the next day.

he chooses to look stupid and incompetent, in order to hide his real intentions. Which is running weapons to the Muslim Brotherhood slash Al Qaeda in Syria via Turkey.


82 posted on 02/07/2013 10:56:25 AM PST by bergmeid (I told you so - now pass the ammo.)
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To: Sub-Driver

So Hillary wasn’t around, obama wasn’t around....who told the CIA people to stand down? Panetta? Dempsey? Ham?


83 posted on 02/07/2013 10:59:56 AM PST by Girlene
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To: kcvl

>>> “So it’s the State Department’s fault?”

“I’m not blaming the State Department,” Dempsey responded. <<<

Petraeus testified, it was not CIA’s fault either.


84 posted on 02/07/2013 10:59:56 AM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Sub-Driver
0bama's cult of LIV (low information voters), Marxists, welfare queens, and media sycophants will say: What difference does it make?

This bastard should be impeached, convicted and sent to Leavenworth.

5.56mm

85 posted on 02/07/2013 11:02:22 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Sub-Driver


IRANIAN-BORN VALERIE JARRETT


"Well- let me commend you...."
"No no! - let me double-commend you!"



86 posted on 02/07/2013 11:03:05 AM PST by devolve ( -------- ------ --It's not where Obama was born that's the problem - it's where he's living now--)
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To: Sub-Driver

No Word from Hillary During Benghazi Attack

Panetta, Dempsey did not speak to Clinton.

12:55 PM, Feb 7, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/no-word-hillary-during-benghazi-attack_700410.html


87 posted on 02/07/2013 11:06:24 AM PST by sheikdetailfeather (Yuri Bezmenov (KGB Defector) - "Kick The Communists Out of Your Govt. & Don't Accept Their Goodies.")
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To: bergmeid

Sounds plausible.

I think they should have the families of Tyrone Woods and Glenn Doherty standing in front of these people when they testify, so they have to at least THINK about the cost of their treason.

I am so angry. I better just be quiet or I’m going to say something I regret. These steaming piles of dog poop aren’t fit to shine the shoes of our faithful military people - and here they are galavanting off as if those lives weren’t worth the effort it takes to get up off the toilet. @#$&%$&@&*


88 posted on 02/07/2013 11:06:24 AM PST by butterdezillion
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Benghazi Index

89 posted on 02/07/2013 11:06:49 AM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

You are 100% correct. I’ll take Biden any day. I don’t think he would dare TRY to get away with the stuff obama does. Now I’m wishing Biden would turn on zero for a shot at the presidency.


90 posted on 02/07/2013 11:08:41 AM PST by jersey117
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To: kcvl


IRANIAN-BORN VALERIE JARRETT


"Well- let me commend you...."
"No no! - let me double-commend you!"



91 posted on 02/07/2013 11:09:29 AM PST by devolve ( -------- ------ --It's not where Obama was born that's the problem - it's where he's living now--)
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To: All

I think Carl Levin just addressed Panetta’s statement that obama was not around - I thought he mentioned his staff was in contact with white house staff - what did other people hear Panetta say?


92 posted on 02/07/2013 11:11:45 AM PST by Girlene
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To: austinaero

The left still likes to make it see like Bush was totally out to lunch because he happened to be at that school when the attacks happened.

Obama literally wasn’t even in charge when this took place!


93 posted on 02/07/2013 11:15:04 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: austinaero

The left still likes to make it see like Bush was totally out to lunch because he happened to be at that school when the attacks happened.

Obama literally wasn’t even in charge when this took place!


94 posted on 02/07/2013 11:15:04 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Sub-Driver

Barry was at the Bathhouse getting a “steam”.


95 posted on 02/07/2013 11:15:28 AM PST by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: Sub-Driver

King Bammy only sits in the photo ops when he can get the glory like killing Osama. When our ambassador and his team were in dire conditions he can’t even be connected in by high tech networks? Bulls sheets on this one.


96 posted on 02/07/2013 11:15:44 AM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: wetgundog

Q: Why did the First Undocumented Moslem-Communist
sleep so well that night?

A: Because he KNEW that MANPADs and WMD were FINALLY
on their way to al Qaeda, the Moslem Brotherhood,
Iran and his other controllers and terrorist-friends.


97 posted on 02/07/2013 11:18:03 AM PST by Diogenesis (De Oppresso Liber)
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To: Sir Napsalot

“Petraeus testified, it was not CIA’s fault either.”

It was nobody’s fault! It ‘just happened’...I bet Bush would have liked to have that explanation accepted when he was President.

None of these liberals are ever responsible for anything, ever! Just ask them.

Panetta on Benghazi: We did “everything we could”

Tell that to the family of four dead Americans, jerk!


98 posted on 02/07/2013 11:24:01 AM PST by kcvl
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To: munin
...seems I remembe reports of Obama beein present and watching the live stream video from Bengazi on 911, anybody knows better?

I remember the same report. Don't have time to look for it.

99 posted on 02/07/2013 11:24:24 AM PST by WVNan
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To: VanDeKoik

Asked by Graham if he was “stunned” that Clinton was unaware of an August cable from slain Ambassador Chris Stevens saying the consulate wouldn’t be able to withstand a coordinated attack, Dempsey said he was “surprised.”

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57568199/panetta-on-benghazi-we-did-everything-we-could/


100 posted on 02/07/2013 11:27:13 AM PST by kcvl
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