It seemed obvious in the 1972 election that Richard Nixon knew about the Watergate break-in of the Democratic campaign office. It took more than a year of investigations after the election to uncover that self-evident truth, leading to his resignation in 1974. Let’s hope we don’t have to see Barack Obama reelected to find out what he knew about the terrorist attack that killed the American ambassador to Libya and three others.
With the election days away, it looks like the president is going to make it past election day with his phony stories.
On Oct. 18, during his deaths “not optimal” interview with comedian Jon Stewart, Obama said, “everything we get, every piece of information we get — as we got it we laid out for the American people.”
The State Department is refusing to answer questions until the department’s investigation is complete after the election. The FBI refuses to answer questions about an ongoing investigation and the White House’s national security staff refuses to answer questions about the president’s schedule during and after the attacks on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
A reporter for a Denver television station asked Obama whether Americans under attack in Libya were denied requests for assistance. Obama gave a long-winded response that did not in any way answer the question.
So, Libya is no longer an issue of how long he told the phony story of it being a spontaneous demonstration about an Internet video that nobody has seen. It is now much more basic. Why didn’t the president issue an order to send military aid and reinforcements? Why were security personnel and an airplane to transport them and their weapons removed from the embassy before Sept. 11? Who told the Navy Seals working for the CIA in Benghazi to “stand down” instead of what they did, which was to help defend the consulate with their lives? Gen. David Petraeus, who is the CIA director, said no such order came from his organization. Where did that order originate? This takes us back to the president. The defense secretary may talk about confusion on the ground and the secretary of state may talk about the “fog of war,” but it all comes back to the president. Why did he not issue an order to send military aid and reinforcements?
And after repetitively saying he is still investigating it, how can he on Oct. 26 suddenly say, “The minute I found out what was happening … I gave the directive to make sure we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to do. I guarantee you everybody in the CIA and military knew the No. 1 priority was making sure our people are safe.”
No written directive has been produced. This so-called directive didn’t seem to include any sort of rescue. Gen. Carter F. Ham, in charge of the Africa Command, told Congressman Jason Chaffetz during his visit to Libya he had never been asked to provide military support to Americans under attack in Benghazi.
How could President Obama watch the video from the drone and from the consulate and read the e-mails coming from the consulate, do nothing, and then go to Las Vegas for a campaign event?