If it were a Rand-Hillary face-off in 2016, at least he wouldn't soft-pedal this issue.
Remember, Hillary called Stevens "a friend" ... yet, she wasn't keeping an eye on the Libyan ambassador's safety? And Obama, himself, knew all along that he had gone back to bed and never further inquired while these Americans were dying. I'll give him credit for one thing ... he does have a good poker-face for bluffing. In the debate, Romney backed down from the bluff, and lost the election. If Boehner has half a brain, he should take note of that.
Most of all, it is a tremendous sadness that the two leaders of the country who might have made a difference that night, placed so little value on the life of someone they knew, whom they had placed in harm's way. That person became a pawn in the political game they play. They then proceeded to throw under the bus Rice, Panetta & others. I can only imagine how little value they place on the lives of so many people in our country whom they do not know personally.
Lindsay Graham questioning Panetta:
7-8 hours ... and they could not get off the ground?Quote:
GRAHAM: My question is, did anybody leave any base anywhere to go to the aid of the people who were under attack in Benghazi, Libya before the attack ended.
DEMPSEY: No, because the attack ended before we could get off the ground.
SEN. GRAHAM: Are you surprised that the president of the United States never called you, Secretary Panetta, and say, ‘how’s it going?’
SEC. PANETTA: I — you know, normally in these situations –
SEN. GRAHAM: Did he know the level of threat that –
SEC. PANETTA: Let — well, let me finish the answer. We were deploying the forces. He knew we were deploying the forces. He was being kept updated –
SEN. GRAHAM: Well, I hate to interrupt you, but I got limited time. We didn’t deploy any forces.Did you call him back — wait a minute –
SEC. PANETTA: No, but the event — the event was over by the time we got –
SEN. GRAHAM: Mr. Secretary, you didn’t know how long the attack would last. Did you ever call him and say, Mr. President, it looks like we don’t have anything to get there anytime soon?
SEC. PANETTA: The event was over before we could move any assets.
SEN. GRAHAM: It lasted almost eight hours. And my question to you is during that eight-hour period, did the president show any curiosity about how’s this going, what kind of assets do you have helping these people? Did he ever make that phone call?
SEC. PANETTA: Look, there is no question in my mind that the president of the United States was concerned about American lives and, frankly, all of us were concerned about American lives.
SEN. GRAHAM: With all due respect, I don’t believe that’s a credible statement if he never called and asked you, are we helping these people; what’s happening to them?
You do know how to reach the President correct? The carrier carrying F-16, which can fly max. M-2 and cruise at 11 to 1200MPH, were approximately 600 miles away. That call would have helped them within 45 minutes, correct?
However, refueling would have been a issue and that could be their only defense. He would have to come out and state the fact and gave him a way to save some face.
This a stage show because nobody is under oath.
The ideal system for this mission was the AC-130 but those are slow-movers and there apparently wasn't one within immediate striking distance. They're normally based in the UK.
What will probably happen is that DoD will assess all aspects of the situation and be better prepared for such an instance in the future. This is as it always has been, we always plan how to better win the last war.
What is going on now is really just political posturing and I personally hold it against both sides. If Congress were intent on anything else, they'd have the Pentagon prepare an internal report on "Lessons Learned" and present it in secret.