To display just how disinterested and the lack of seriousness the Obama administration is to actually leading a nation, outside its limited agenda, you have to go no farther than this clip.
But more to the point was the revelation that Obama was nowhere to be found. Now true, he didn’t have to be RIGHT THERE in the situation room. If he was in another room preparing for a debate (as it is assumed from the White House calender), that would be okay IF he was getting updates minute by minute. Tacky, but okay…
But there is a pretty good impression by anyone watching this that Obama “checked out” during this crisis- as he is apt to do- and Hillary walked away as well.
The “why” is simple. Politics. The less their fingerprints were on the mess, the less trouble they could get in. So they delegated and left. The trouble with that lack of response for their mutual “3am call” is that both of them claim to be leaders, and both blew it big time.
BRET BAIER: People on the ground testified that they knew where the ambassador was, that they were military in their precision. It was not guys coming to protest. They had mortars and heavy weapons.
TOMMY VIETOR: Bret, a couple of things. I was in the Situation Room that night, okay. We didn’t know where the ambassador was definitively.
BAIER: Was the president in the Situation Room?
VIETOR: No. And the fact that your network at one time reported that he watched video feed of the attack as it was ongoing is part of what I think is a pattern of inaccurate —
BAIER: Where was the president?
VIETOR: In the White House. Let me finish my initial statement. The notion that we could, you know, divine motives from a drone feed I think is wrong. And I also think this idea that the military had the capability to rescue those individuals but chose not to is I think extremely unfair to the military. And Admiral Mullen said basically the opposite.
BAIER: In the ARB report.
BAIER: Where was the president?
VIETOR: In the White House.
BAIER: He wasn’t in the Situation Room?
VIETOR: At what point in the evening?
BAIER: Any point in the evening.
VIETOR: It’s well known that when the attack was first briefed to him it was in the Oval Office and he was updated constantly. And during that briefing he told Tom Donilon and his Joint Chiefs and Sec Def to begin moving all military assets into the region.
BAIER: So when Hillary Clinton talks to him at 10:00 p.m., he’s where?
VIETOR: I don’t know. I don’t have a tracking device on him in the residence.
BAIER: But you were in the Situation Room and he wasn’t there.
VIETOR: Yes, I was in the White House.
BAIER: And the president wasn’t in the Situation Room?
VIETOR: Not in the room I was in. Let’s just be clear. You don’t have to be in the Situation Room to monitor an intelligence situation. The PDB is in the Oval Office.
Why does it matter that the President wasn’t in the room or constantly informed? Because politically, they had already decided to let things play out in Benghazi. If the attack was brief and beaten back, it is a one day story, and that was the hope of the campaign. But the attack wasn’t brief, it was nine hours long. During which time, when it became apparent it wasn’t going away quickly, only the President can authorize the military action, and according to Vietor he did. But according to everyone else no call came in. In fact, the J2 officer for AFRICOM volunteered to testify so he could put on the record what he observed. It is powerful stuff.
“Many with firsthand knowledge have recounted the heroism displayed by the brave Americans in Benghazi that night. They fought the way they trained. That is in the record. Outside of Libya there were discussions that churned on about what we should do. These elements also fought the way they were trained. Specifically, the predisposition to interagency influence had the military structure—in the spirit of expeditionary government support—waiting for a request for assistance from the State Department. There are accounts of time, space and capability discussions of the question, could we have gotten there in time to make a difference. Well, the discussion is not in the “could or could not” in relation to time, space and capability—the point is we should have tried. As another saying goes: “Always move to the sound of the guns,” Lovell said. “It is with a sense of duty as a retired General officer that I respectfully submit these thoughts and perspectives.”
Lovell also confirmed again that the 9/11 Benghazi attack was not a result of a demonstration but instead was a well planned out assault and said the situation of holding back help made the military feel “desperate.”
“The military should have made a response of some sort,” he said.
Further, Lovell said people on the ground that night knew it was an attack from al Qaeda almost immediately.
What we get from the testimony is the military was waiting from someone in authority to tell them to go. They were ready, they were willing, they were able, but they were told to stand down, not by words, but by silence. Was the calling of the military to do anything possible a more wink and a nod kind of request. “You guys do everything you can, buuuut if there is nothing you can do, that’s okay too.” ??
The videos of his testimony are emotional. This is a man who spent his life believing we always help our people who are in trouble. It is the American way. Well it USED to be the American way until the new generation- those without a conscience- gained power. We are seeing two generations, a million miles apart in character, morality, honor or the concept of sacrifice compared side by side. And it this comparison you can see exactly the type of person Obama surrounds himself with, and those he betrayed.
What the Left can’t get away from is that there is one person and only one person who controls the reaction of the United States of America, and that is President Obama. Who went out and continue to twist the truth for weeks afterward, in order to stay in power. But that night checked out on HIS responsibility to save HIS people in order to save HIS hide.
And Hillary went right along with it.