Update: Visit Gateway Pundit to see devastating Republican ad showing clearly that the Obama White House blamed the video for two weeks and no mention of planned terror attack, here. Also, see my follow-up post, here, about another theory of what happened in Benghazi (kidnapping gone wrong).
More questions than answers!
I don’t plan to get into yet another deep discussion of who said what when (just a quick one!).
Did you notice that Obama, in answering the question posed to him by an undecided (?) voter two nights ago, said this (Jennifer Rubin at the WaPo) in ‘more evidence of deception:’
There is another problem with Obama’s response. Recall this part of his answer: “So as soon as we found out that the Benghazi Consulate was being overrun, I was on the phone with my national security team, and I gave them three instructions. Number one, beef up our security and — and — and procedures not just in Libya but every embassy and consulate in the region. Number two, investigate exactly what happened, regardless of where the facts lead us, to make sure that folks are held accountable and it doesn’t happen again. And number three, we are going to find out who did this, and we are going to hunt them down, because one of the things that I’ve said throughout my presidency is when folks mess with Americans, we go after them”
We know that it took six hours for the compound to be destroyed and Obama knew in real time that it was happening—could we do nothing in six hours?
The WaPo blog post by Rubin goes on to discuss the fact that David Axelrod had refused (bobbed and weaved!) to answer Chris Wallace when Wallace asked on Fox News Sunday if Obama met with his national security team on September 12th before flying off to Las Vegas.
So there was no actual meeting of the National Security Council at which everyone could share information and get on the same page? (David Axelrod has refused to say.) It doesn’t sound like it. But you know Obama was busy that day — flying to Las Vegas for a campaign event. So really, why have a meeting? Well, the weeks of confusion and dissembling that followed should answer that.
Moreover, if he actually did instruct his team to heighten protection for the Libya Consulate, why was the consulate left unsecured so that CNN could waltz in to grab Ambassador Chris Stevens’s diary? Did Obama not make himself clear, or were his instructions not followed?
The more we learn the more we see how both dishonest and incompetent has been the handling of this entire incident.
Rubin reports that the Administration was not prepared for anything major to occur on the anniversary of 9/11, which brings me to a question I’ve had from the outset. Readers, can you help me find the answer?
Why did Stevens have to go to Benghazi and leave the relative security of the embassy in Tripoli on just the day before 9/11? What was the pressing State Department business that had to be done precisely on that critical and potentially dangerous anniversary? Who sent him to Benghazi?