For the Record

The mainstream media have buried the story six feet deep (after all, what difference does it make?), but maybe some archeologist will dig up the truth again some day.

Lord knows, we’ve left enough clues:

On Sept. 11, 2012, as Americans were under attack in Benghazi, Libya, President Obama failed in his basic responsibility as president and commander in chief. In a crisis, the president went AWOL.

Thanks to the congressional testimony of outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey late last week, we know they met with President Obama on Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. in a pre-scheduled meeting, when they informed the president about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. The meeting lasted about a half-hour. Mr. Panetta said they spent roughly 20 minutes of the session briefing the president on the chaos at the American Embassy in Cairo and the attack in Benghazi, which eventually cost the lives of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, security personnel Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, and information officer Sean Smith.

Secretary Panetta said the president left operational details, including determination of what resources were available to help the Americans under siege, “up to us.” We also learned that President Obama did not communicate in any way with Mr. Panetta or Gen. Dempsey the rest of that evening or that night. Indeed, Mr. Panetta and Gen. Dempsey testified they had no further contact at all with anyone in the White House that evening—or, for that matter, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

That’s not all we discovered. We now know that despite Gen. Dempsey having been informed of Ambassador Stevens’s repeated warnings about the rise of terrorist elements in Benghazi, no forces were put in place or made ready nearby to respond to possible trouble. It also seems that during the actual attacks in Benghazi, which the administration followed in real time and which lasted for some eight hours, not a single major military asset was deployed to help rescue Americans under assault.

And we learned one other thing: Messrs. Panetta and Dempsey both knew on the night of the assault that it was a terrorist attack. This didn’t prevent President Obama, Secretary Clinton and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice from peddling a false version of events in the days and even weeks that followed, as the administration called the incident spontaneous, said there was no evidence of a coordinated terrorist attack and blamed the violence on an anti-Muslim video. So the White House, having failed to ensure that anything was done during the attack, went on to mislead the nation afterward.

Why the deception? Presumably for two reasons. The first is that the true account of events undercut the president’s claim during the campaign that al Qaeda was severely weakened in the aftermath of the killing of Osama bin Laden. The second is that a true account of what happened in Benghazi that night would have revealed that the president and his top national-security advisers did not treat a lethal attack by Islamic terrorists on Americans as a crisis. The commander in chief not only didn’t convene a meeting in the Situation Room; he didn’t even bother to call his Defense secretary or the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Not a single presidential finger was lifted to help Americans under attack.

This is an embarrassment and a disgrace. Is it too much to hope that President Obama is privately ashamed of his inattention and passivity that night? And that he has resolved, and instructed his senior staff, to take care that he not be derelict in his duty as commander in chief ever again?

The authors do a fine job, but the are missing one element. What else could have been weighing o President Obama’s mind to have crowded out any concern—any!—for Americans under attack in Benghazi?

[Congressional Medal of Honor to Ken Koffler for keeping track of this crap]

Obama Schedule || Wednesday, September 12, 2012
by KEITH KOFFLER on SEPTEMBER 11, 2012, 10:09 PM

10:45 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
1:15 pm || Departs White House
3:00 pm PT || Arrives Las Vegas, Nevada
5:25 pm PT || Delivers remarks at a campaign event; Cashman Center, Las Vegas

6:40 pm PT || Departs Las Vegas, Nevada
9:10 pm MT || Arrives Aurora, Colorado

When Ward Washington (or was it Darren?) came home from the office to find his newly planted cherry tree felled by malicious axe chops, he summoned his young son, George. “I cannot tell a lie, father,” George confessed. “I chopped down the cherry tree.”

When Obama’s father came home to find young Barack surrounded by a haze of blue smoke, his eyes bloodshot, his fingers stained by the extra-large bag of Doritos (now empty), what did he ask his son—and what did the young man say?

Oops, I forgot! Barack Obama didn’t have a father!

Only an adoring mother and an over-tolerant “white grandmother” who let him get away with everything but murder.

It’s a pattern repeated throughout Barack Obama’s development and career. He screws up at Occidental (by his own admission), yet successfully transfers to Columbia. He leaves little impression at Columbia, yet gets into Harvard Law. He praises the radical “critical race theory” of Derrick Bell (who repeatedly accuses the Law School of racism), yet is elected President of the Law Review (which should have been an early hint). He wins election to the Illinois state senate, in part by having other candidates thrown off the ballot, where he serves his constituency by voting “present” 129 times over eight years—and still wins election to the US Senate (after secretly helping the press to discredit his Republican opponent). Still only a candidate for his first office above dog catcher, he is plucked from relative obscurity to deliver the keynote address at the 2004 DNC convention (where at least one person I know declared him to be the preferred candidate for president). Less than one term into national office (two years and one month, to be exact), he announces his intention to run for president. The rest you know.

Where is the authority figure in his life to tell him he did a good job, but not his best? Where is the person in his life who demonstrates his love not in adulation but expectation? Who in his life ever held him accountable for his actions?

Someone might say no black man in America ever gets ahead without doing more and being better than his white colleagues. In large part, I might agree—but one black man did. Barack Obama might have been deserving, but he hadn’t earned the presidency. As the account of that night in Benghazi demonstrates, he wasn’t ready for it.

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