At yesterday’s incendiary, four-hour hearing in Washington, congressional Republicans ripped into two high-ranking State Department officials who struggled to explain away the administration’s utterly baffling behavior before and after the murder of four Americans in Benghazi on Sept. 11. The spectacle was agonizing. The officials — Charlene Lamb and Patrick Kennedy — basically said everything they’d done before the terror assault and everything the administration had said afterward was appropriate, “based on what was known at the time.” Lamb and Kennedy said they’d done the right thing as they sat next to two security experts
Comments: It seems to me that Benghazi will be the final stake in Obama's reelection bid. How differently he might have been perceived by the country if immediate action had been taken during those hours of battle. The ambassador and others might not have been saved, but the ongoing dumb regard for Libya's feelings doomed any idea that Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton can move quickly and decisively in an emergency.
John Podhoretz knocks it out of the ball park. Excellent summation of the incompetent handling of a very sad chapter. Should be a Must Read. Maybe it will help some people sitting on the fence. FTA: Obama and his people went for the YouTube play. In so doing, they not only deceived the American people and inappropriately deferred blame, they inflicted on themselves an entirely unnecessary wound.
FTA "It’s unclear why these career civil servants, who are not beholden to the president for their employment, felt it necessary to defend an Obama appointee’s shockingly misleading and now entirely discredited talking points"
No, it's very clear. The State Dept is to the left of even the Obammies.
The State Department was following the Obama book for the election. Obama wants to run as the bin Laden killer and the one that destroyed al-Qaeda with the deaths in Benghazi there goes his foreign policy chops. The coverup was pure politics.
Here we have the umpteenth "well, can you imagine that?" moment. Yes, I can imagine. It would be inexplicable if we had a patriot in the White House. We don't. We need to look at the cumulative effect of what Obama's policies (strangely they are policies) have wrought. I'm afraid that what we fear Obama is doing to the Middle East is true. It is also no accident.
Patrick Kennedy should be made to resign along with Lamb. She heard that going on for 6 hours and STILL she lied and took the Obama message to the nation along with Hillary and Rice and others..... I also was happy when Issa told the 2 whistle blowers..I hate that label... if they had any problem with their careers to come back..they will be protected... They were brave to to step up.. I hope Bite-me tries to explain this away tonight...Ryan will nail him.. I too felt like crying thinking about the fear they must have felt in those 6 hours with the animals coming at them...
This same State Department and government sent the USS Cole into Aden Harbor in Yemen because it was striving for normal relations with terrorists. After the attack and deaths President Clinton thought this was a crime and sent in the FBI?
So, October 11th, and twelve years after the 17 Cole sailors were killed, the local in charge of security in our embassy there is murdered by the same Islamic hatred.
The hearing yesterday proved again that you can't have a successful foreign policy by lying, wishing and hoping.
Considering his favorite Uncle is a member of an Al Qaida affiliated organization, and that he appears to wear a ring that is inscribed with the Shahada, the Islamic call to faith, his behavior is understandable if he is an Islamic Agent.
After we get rid of this bum, we'll have to start the War on Terror all over again. Every gain Bush and our courageous volunteer Armed Forces made has been negated.
And yes I do read WND. Try it. The stories today are quite enlightening.
Another site that has some interesting suppositions mentioned that this might have been planned as a faux hostage crises, resolved just before the foreign policy debate to foist cred on the potus. You just never know where the plotting of this regime will end up. Although, sadly, tragedy seems to follow the Harvard smartest people in the room as if it is the Karma they deserve.
Interesting that everyone has stopped asking why the Ambassador was there with the two former Seals...and no protection. Wasn't it something to do with the weapons we gave the rebels/brotherhood? People were starting to question that until the State Dept. admitted they lied about the video. This Administration is getting very good with their "Ewww, something shiny!" distractions.
Trey Gowdy was good, #17. He's been smoking mad over this from the start. The better moment for me was when the blond congresswoman from Fla went after Charlene Lamb posing yes/no questions and demanding answers. The congresswoman should been given time to go after that slippery weasel Kennedy.
Aww, people, people, don't you realize that the black prez had a fund raiser in Vegas to go to and a date to be on the view? Way to busy to take care of his real job. The dims have no excuses, there are those hours that will live on and on and on.
I watched the entire hearing on C-SPAN yesterday, and wanted to scream. The few Dims that did show up were only interested in trying to make this whole inquiry a political ploy of the Republicans to cast a bad light on the administration... right before the election!! As if, the president and SOS werent playing politics in the whole frikkin mess to begin with. Makes my head want to explode. People are dead. I hope the family members are outraged and come out screaming. The MSM will not be able to hide it.
Where is the call for Hillary to resign? We have the head of the State Dept whose incompetence got 4 Americans killed, an Atty Gen who is in contempt of Congress, a Treasury Secretary who didn`t pay his taxes, Ambassador Susan Rice who lied about Benghazi on a national television show, a Labor Sec who fudged the unemployment number, a First Lady who meddles in our schools, restaurants and grocery stores, a WH Press Secretary who lies daily and a Vice President who is crazy, all lead by Barack Obama who accepts no blame for all the mayhem going on in his regime.
They need to keep asking who told them that the video was the reason for this. Who put that story out there and why. Lamb watched in real time and still went with the video story. These are the keepers of America's security. Sad times for America when the top security people lie and the media won't report it because it might harm the very person who is setting up the lies. It is just stunning to me that this is not the headline on every newspaper and TV newscast.
The video excuse sounds like something Valarie Jarrett would come up with. While the O was jet-setting around in Air Force One, someone had to make a decision. I hope when we win, there will be a total purging of the State Dept. Down to the janitors and lawn keepers.
harlne Lamb and Patrick Kennedy are career civil service with the state department. The state department is full of people like this - I know and have worked with some of them. President Romney has got to clean up that mess at State.
Libyan authority said it was a terrorist attack, other other foreign sources knew it was a terrorist attack even right after the event. So why did President Obama and his administration call it a riot cause by a video? Even after the event and the evidence showed it was a terrorist attack, they continue to call it a riot. Obama on TV and at the United Nation refered to the attack as a reaction to the video. I guess Obama was to busy campaigning to attend any national security meeting. Oh yes, bin Laden is dead and Al Qaeda is no more! WRONG! Americans lost their lives because campaigning is more important than national security
Another fine example of Hope and Change! This is a Pig in a Poke President and everything he touches turns to crap! Moreover, the State Department needs a top to bottom housecleaning as it is infested with communist cockroaches and anti-American fools that have no use for this country!
The protected government workers trash all running about in the marble hallways and endless rooms of non productive tinkerers with our live. A town gathered around the big printing press where they can all take a shot at unearned fake paper money on a daily basis. Except for the black slums right there in their midst, the money stealing droids Beltway have no real estate crisis. Easy come easy go. And knowing that the Diane Sawyer Protection Racket is there for them 24/7, there is nothing they cannot get away with. Even these hearings, where a few of the "fall buys" take a temporary beating, will go nowhere. Nobody will be punished for the comitting of this massive covered up crime, and within a few weeks, the Diane Sawyers will have already looked the other way and the RepubDemcrats will continue to cover each other's asses 24/7. It'll all just disappear. After all, we musn't embarass the kings and queens of the Old Media either. The good news is that New Media will continue on and it is growing and cutting into Diane's dirty territory, step by Drudge Breitbart Lucianne step.
What is about to happen-one of the Drones at State will suddenly squeal. Seeing their career going down at the stern. Then we will find out who is loyal or not. Also the whole MSM is not in the tank anymore. Cooper,Tapper in particular and, others... There is blood in the water... Also we have the Spooks on our side too.
I watched this agonizing spectacle yesterday. Why does Lamb still have a job that we the tax payers are paying with? The worst offenders in this were the democrats, Cummings and Lynch, who were trying to foist the entire debacle on the republicans. I hope Ryan and Romney will use this as a cudgel to pummel the foreign policy of this administration in the next debate. Fat lot of help Biden's "so-called foreign policy experience" has done to prevent the preventable deaths of 4 Americans!! Let NOT the democRATS not open their gobs about "lack of experience" anymore.
Like most everyone here, i watched the c-span spectacle and i vascillated between rage and tears.
Charlene Lamb said they watched the events in "real time." And yet, she would not nor would Kennedy admit the plain fact: this was terrorism.
When questioned point blank about the nature of the attack, they could not and would not say the words. It was shocking and horrifying to watch... in real time.
Now think back to Hillary's various performances: that languid, slow, painfully articulated rationalization.
Years ago, when Clinton was finishing up his second term, it became clear that the media had discovered that they could be much more active "players" in politics. I remember telling Hubby that we'd see more of this and more extensively and that this would be the real danger for our Republic.
We now have about half of the citizenry who DO NOT HAVE A CLUE. I have an intelligent cousin, but she is completely ignorant because she relies on the so-called MSM.
This is why Ryan and Romney absolutely must bring this up, attack the "video" meme, tell the truth, expose the quislings.
Will bloviator Biden bring up BO's foreign policy "successes"?
All is utterly outrageous. We are, as we here have said since 2008, we are in great peril.
This is what we get when we have an imperial president who decides without congressional support to go to war in Libya. A lawless president who has no regard for the constitution or any other restraint.
The State department has been a thorn in America's side for a long time. The combination of the Obama gang and the State department is almost more than the republic can bear. It was embarrassing to watch these government officials do their best to lay down a protective smokescreen for the administration. One wonders who they think they are working for and what their priorities are.
I did not find the testimony "baffling". It appeared to me that the two bureaucrats were in cover-up mode, particularly Mr Kennedy, a piece of scum. How can a person who has no memory of anything be in a high ranking position. No, he was just lying, and under oath. At least Ms Lamb showed emotion, whether because she was under stress, or she knows the two of them are lying, or she really feels empsthy for the dead men and their families, or a combination. It apeared to me that Mr Issa was WAY too kind to them. At least some of the Congresspeople let loose. We need Mrs Clinton to testify under oath, but you watch Obama insulate her.
I do not entirely agree with the author. If the President had admitted it was a terrorist attack, that would have undermined his whole tact, having ridden the killing of OSB to state that the terrorist organizations were decimated and incapable of inflicting harm on the U.S. His own line of B.S. would have gone into the cesspool. Either way, his talking points were proven false.
55 you may want to read General Vallele's just released statement....
Obama would not give permission for four months to get Osama when they knew where he was...Thus Panetta, Gates, Clinton went ahead without telling him...or Brennan...And informed Obama on the Golf course.
In light of the story that me forth yesterday from Corsi, with pics of Obama's ring, and a Duke professor translation of the inscription...that reads "there is no god but Allah"....
Perhaps many should rethink Obama's national security claims....He s a fraud and a lar.
WND has a post that is either from WHI or another inside-source. http://www.wnd.com/2012/10/oblivious-obama-not-behind-osama-raid/
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