Despite real-time video, emails to the White House and desperate cries for help, our defense secretary says we didn't send rescue forces to our Benghazi consulate because we didn't know what was going on. In a statement bordering on the Kafkaesque, Leon Panetta told a news conference Thursday that four Americans, including our Libyan ambassador Chris Stevens, were left to die without a rescue attempt by nearby U.S. military forces because there's "a basic principle here, and the basic principle is that you don't deploy forces into harm's way without knowing what's going on,
Comments: If Sandra Fluke Or Lilly Ledbetter had been at our Benghazi consulate, Obama and Panetta would have sent in the 82nd Airborne to rescue them.
One more thing to answer Panetta. Only a coward would say what you said. Ty Woods didn't know what he was getting into but he rushed to help any way and saved lives. Who would I rather have as SOD, you gutless coward or someone like Ty Woods?!
Soooo right #3, and it dovetails with OPs comment...remember this incident of a Cessna 180 innocently breaching Zero's airspace over Seattle in early 2010? TWO F-15s launcched and immediatly went supersonic and covered the 150 miles from the Portland area to Seattle in minutes, thoroughly shaking downtown Seattle early afternoon...F16s Sigonella, Italy would have covered the 400 miles to Benghazi in no time and the WartHogs cuda been there in 2hours...
Lieutenant Kaminsky (played by Neville Brand), to Captain John Earle (played by Richard Anderson, who also played Maj. Saint-Auban in Paths of Glory): You wanted confirmation, Captain? Take a look! There's your confirmation! (Scene outside the window of Pearl Harbor in smoke and flames.)
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
Speaking of Paths of Glory (1957) Colonel Dax to General Broulard: I apologize, sir, for not telling you sooner that you're a degenerate, sadistic old man.
That's just a bald faced lie. They were getting real time intel from the scene from the CIA annex, the consulate, and a drone circling over head. Our guy on the annex roof was painting the mortar location with a laser so an aircraft could hit it with guided missiles. An aircraft that never came. Panetta, Obama, or both, made the decision to watch and do nothing. The scope of their betrayal is breathtaking.
America will send a million to rescue 4. And 4 brave Americans will volunteer to rescue a million. You cannot order a hero to be a coward. He will refuse the order.
Not one product on one single alphabet station (abccbsnbccnnpbsmsnbc) should be bought by anyone. It is beyond time to send a message to the old media that we are NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS CORRUPTION at worst, bias at the least anymore.
IT IS THE JOB OF THE MEDIA TO HOLD PUBLIC OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE...to dig for the truth. WHERE ARE THEY?? Their behavior is shameless.
One good thing: the old media are being exposed as USELESS for democracy.
Shat we are lacking is real time leaders instead of a bunch of PC idiots who think they are supervising a kindergarten playground. Panetta, like the rest of this crowd, are incompetent to the point of criminality.
Really stupid thing to say. You have real time intel, what you don't have is certainty. You're not sure what the enemies strength is, what weaponry they possess or an accurate count of their numbers. You never do in a hot, combat environment. 100% accurate intel should never be the deciding factor. The deciding factor is do you leave your brothers to die or do you attempt to save them. We don't abandon our brothers on the battlefield. Obama turned his back on our brothers and went to bed.
Our Benghazi Consulate was being attacked and that's the key here. It doesn't matter who the attackers are/were or why they were attacking. Help was requested many times by the Benghazi Consulate's defenders and none ever came.
I wonder if Obama, Biden, Hillary and the rest of the real time watchers of the attack had popcorn and sodas brought in while they all oohed and awed as the mortars blew up and killed our Seals????
I have had the misfortune to live through 3 Dim presidents in my life, and every one of them has been an abject failure when it came to foreign policy. We're not talking knowing when to stand at a dinner for the Queen of England. We're talking bumbling, foolish, inept policies and responses(or lack thereof)that put American lives in danger!
Leon Panetta shouldn't even be in charge of the Service Department of Planet Preowned on the Parkway. (Used Car Dealership that USED to be a Chrysler dealer until King Bozo Oldsmobile took it away from the Matthews Family...)
Panetta actually insults the term "Lying through his teeth with this bunch of garbage! I guess we are supposed to believe that they couldn't get the cast iron hot-air surveillance balloon up in time... So Leon, you're saying that you would have done something if you had just only known? What exactly would you have done if you had just only known? Who are you court martialing or indicting for not telling you? Are you not aware that you sound like an explitive deleted moron? People running around concocting lies, stories and excuses is a very clear and direct indication of a severe lack of leadership!!
From what I have read there were PLENTY EYES on the scene, a very comprehensive SITREP from them being communicated to CIA, military, and the WH, drones at the scene giving REAL-TIME vid feeds, CIA guy on the roof LASER PAINTING the mortars for whomever that would show up... what the HELL? Our country couldn't send a few missiles or drones in there within 7 HOURS? Troops were less than 90-120 minutes away.
Even AT THE TIME, someone should have done SOMETHING! Hell, TWO UNARMED ex-SEALs showed up, grabbed guns discarded by the alleged Libyan "guards", and KILLED SIXTY attackers and rescued 30 employees!! It took that mortar fire to take THEM out (the one that the CIA was laser-painting).
Panetta - YOU need to be charged with TREASON as well. You are a disgrace to America.
Obama and his cronies are unworthy of the offices they hold. Was there no one in the situation room who argued for the rescue of these four men? If there was one, he needs to come forward with the truth.
Maybe the empty chair needs to explain to his defense secretary about how we don't need a large navy or armed forces because they are so much better equipped, powerful, etc.
Did Panetta seriously think the Afghan terrorists had a nuclear bomb or some other such overwhelming threat that he needed to hesitate to send our far superior forces and weapons? Absolutely NONE of the administrations's representatives have said one thing that hasn't made them fall into the category of being either a jackass or a liar, or both.
Since his election, Obama has never made a military decision. He had made political decisions involving the military, which is far different. His boy Petraeus is no different from the panty-waisted flag officer corps whose primary mission is to elevate muslims and gays as exemplars of our fighting forces.
But his imbecillic fans chant, "he really cares about us, talks like us and thinks like us". You have part of that right, thinks like you... maybe but clearly does he care a bit about those people in the battle for their lives and watched as they lost, when he had to power to help? If that =caring, then I don't buy it. But, if another teen like Trayvon pops up, ( but not in Chicago or Detroit- we don't care about you) then we bring out the race hustlers, Sharpton and Jackson and make a federal case of it.
#14 is eloquently spot on. Panetta, with that despicable, lying crapweasel Dempsey sitting next to him, lied outright to the American people. The key decision makers in the WH, Pentagon, CIA, State and AFRICOM knew within minutes what was going on, in real time. To do nothing to help those men in Benghazi is just criminal negligence. And cowardly to boot. People, starting with Obama, need to go to jail over this.
Maybe I didn't learn about it in my History classes as I grew up, but did we have "real time intel" during the attack of Pearl Harbor? Did FDR have to launch an investigation of who did what and why? And promise to bring the perps. to "justice"? And did our military have to make sure that no "innocent bystanders" are harmed.
The shear stupidity of Panetta's remarks are beyond belief. Any one of us who have spent even one term in the military knows how stupid it is. When we are attacked, we fight back as soon and as hard as we can. With every thing we have available. None on that happened here and 4 Americans died needlessly. I, like all others here, am sick to my stomach over it.
# 52,I suggest that months ago,this administration made a committment that regardless of any outcomes resulting in "uprisings in Country", under no circumstances shall anyone on "my team" retaliate. Tripoli must remain as our conduit to reflect my Administration's effort to support Democracy in that part of the world. The Ambassador will be phasing out our assets in Benghazi as part of my cost-cutting promise to the American people.
Panetta was meeting with Hussein in the White House as Tyrone Woods was asking permission to rescue Amb. Stevens. Panetta, Clinton and Obama will have to explain what did they know and when did they know it.
General Petreus has declared that the CIA is not to blame for the cowardice.
There are 3 lines of comminication from the Ambassador to the WH. One is a hot line. The message that would be sent on the hot line was "Ambassador in Peril". THAT message had to be confirmed as received. Then that message MUST be given directly to the President face to face. Mark Levin checked Obama's schedule on 9/11 and he returned to the WH at 4:50, and at 50 was in a private meeting with the VP and DOD. He knew then. No doubt in my mind.
And even now, information is creeping out that an AC-130 may have on station awaiting an order to release weapons. It never came. While our SEALS painted the mortar location with a laser, that's not something they would do unless there was an AC-130 or possibly an armed drone ready to put ordnance on target.
All those lies have a bad habit of eventually biting the liars in the butt.
Now here's a definite impeachable offense, lying to Congress and falsifying information in reporting. Phone calls, e-mails and a drone overhead and Panetta is automatically lying. He should be summoned to Congress, have this evidence thrown in his face and told he must resign that day or be impeached the next. Grow some, Republicans. Make the Democrats try to defend the indefensible. Imagine the testimony from the families of those killed and how it would completely demolish the 0bama regime and any Democrat who tries to defend this.
Obama is a KGB plant. Panetta gave a eulogy at the funeral for Frank Marshall Davis, known communist and said by some obummers real father (see side by side pictures for comparison)? We have communist infiltration at the highest level of our government.
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Race Relations: A quarter-century after a black teenager falsely accused an innocent white man of rape, she has begun paying reparations for her slander. The man who rocketed to fame on her falsehoods is still at it. If ever there was a case of racial injustice it was the case of Tawana Brawley and Steven Pagones, except the roles of victim and perpetrator were reversed in the parallel universe of the racial grievance industry. The master of that universe is Al Sharpton. Pagones is not as well-known
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Guns: Illinois has become the last state in the union to allow citizens their full Second Amendment rights, and officials in the murder capital of America worry about the consequences of citizens defending themselves. Illinois´ legislature on Tuesday voted to let gun owners carry concealed weapons. The action followed a violent and bloody Fourth of July weekend in President Obama´s hometown during which 74 people were shot and 12 were killed.
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"So, how many black friends do you have now?" It´s a question I get asked a lot, ever since I set out five years ago to find out why I, your typical middle-class white person, had no black friends at all. I do have black friends now, actually. Several. But I rarely offer that information when asked, because to ask white people how many black friends they have is to pose the wrong question. (Snip) It helps if white people know how to be better white people.
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