Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi

12:05 PM, Feb 7, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER

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’s testimony video

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 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 the what was going on in Benghazi. He never called to check-in.


8 comments on “Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi

  1. Well, he was busy. He had to get his beauty sleep for his Vegas fundraiser. Can’t be bothered with all these governing things.

  2. Wow! This brings up some huge questions. Did Panetta try to reach the president? You’d think he would, considering our rangers in Sicily were scrambled and then left waiting on the flight line for a go-order that never came because the president is the ONLY one who can authorize cross-border actions. Is Panetta throwing Obama under the bus or is he throwing himself in front of the bus on Obama’s behalf?

    • I think he was throwing Obama under the bus, for what reason, I surely don’t know, didn’t expect it. How shameful to have a President who doesn’t bother to work but throws it in someone else’s lap. This is HUGE.

      • Especially since Obama is the only one who could have authorized the actions needed to rescue the diplomatic mission. The ambassador was dead early on, but at least the two guys in the annex could have been saved had Obama not decided he needed a nap.

  3. I doubt Panetta saw himself as throwing Obama under the bus. These people don’t rate our intelligence as that high. They say they trust the wisdom of the American people, but they do not. To them, we are just the ignorant, unwashed masses.

    At best, Panetta wanted to avoid perjury. At worst, Panetta did not think the matter all that important. If Panetta had intended to throw Obama under the bus, he would have done so before the election. Now that Obama has his second term, what can we do with this information? Anything? Therefore, by telling the truth, Panetta just adds insult to injury. That is, he insults Republicans. Democrats either don’t know or don’t care. Otherwise, they already had enough reasons not to give Obama a second term.

    • Not necessarily, before the election since he still had to work with Obama and he wasn’t under fire at that point. I believe his thought process was probably, I’m on my way out now, they can’t do anything to me so why should I take the fall for Obama and Hillary, which is where the buck stops.

      I’m sure Panetta knows, as do the rest of us, that nothing will come of this, in the end no one will be held responsible and there will be no repercussions to any of them, so why not just let it all hang out. If he was concerned he could have given the same ambiguous answers like Hillary did, but he didn’t.

      When have you ever known or seen hearings where anyone was prosecuted at the conclusion? It never happens, it’s all a waste of time and money and, obviously, by the time elections come around, all is forgotten by the voters, which is evident by those that keep getting re-elected.

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