In spite of the photo the White House released, it’s sounding more and more like President Gutsy Call removed himself from the decision tree the night of September 11 of last year. SecDef Leon Panetta confirmed that, at least in part, at today’s Senate panel hearing on Benghazi:
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 seize, “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 reportedly had his daily briefing with the president at 5 p.m., which took place about 40 minutes into the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. After that meeting the secretary of defense was never contacted by the White House again the rest of the night?
Team Obama and Hillary were probably busy mobilizing all available resources to go get the guy who made the video.
Sen. Rand Paul has a hunch.
Update: To add a little more background, Panetta also testified that he was the person who broke news of the attack to Obama. So you’d think if Obama had subsequent questions he’d have directed them at least in part to Panetta, but that wasn’t the case, according to Panetta’s testimony.
Update II: I guess the most appropriate acronym is WTF?
At a Thursday hearing in the Senate, Republican Ted Cruz asked both Leon Panetta and Martin Dempsey, “In between 9:42 p.m., Benghazi time, when the first attacks started, and 5:15 am, when Mr. Doherty and Mr. Woods lost their lives, what converations did either of you have with Secretary Clinton?”
“We did not have any conversations with Secretary Clinton,” Panetta responded.
“And General Dempsey, the same is true for you?” Cruz asked. Dempsey confirmed this.
A U.S. Ambassador and his team were in grave danger and the POTUS and the secretary of state never even spoke with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs or the secretary of defense? More importantly, if Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton didn’t communicate with Panetta or General Dempsey, how could they have been 100 percent certain there were no assets in the area with which to stage a timely enough rescue?
If I or any member of my family were serving overseas under this bunch I’d be very nervous.