During his testimony this week regarding the Benghazi Massacre that left four dead Americans including the firt U.S. Ambassador to be killed in the line of duty in over 30 years, outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta offered some subtle distinctions between what he states as fact, and what the Obama White House told the American public in the days and weeks after the Benghazi attack.
Here are excerpts of Panetta’s testimony from The Washington Times: LINK
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Thursday revealed he personally broke the news to President Obama that the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, was under attack last year — but he and the president didn’t speak the rest of the night as the assault on the compound unfolded.
Now place that very clear statement by Leon Panetta against Barack Obama’s own description of his actions the day after the attack during his now infamous Rose Garden speech on September 12th:
I have directed my Administration to provide all necessary resources to support the security of our personnel in Libya, and to increase security at our diplomatic posts around the globe. While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants. LINK
Leon Panetta indicated this week to Congress that after the president was informed of the Benghazi ATTACK, Barack Obama went to bed. That is a far cry from the description Obama gave of himself the next day. I have emphasized the word attack by Mr. Panetta as well – he stated he informed the president that the U.S. diplomatic post was “UNDER ATTACK”. That is a very important descriptive term when placed alongside the fact Barack Obama then ignored the event and went to bed. It indicates the action was ongoing – that those ultimately killed in Benghazi were fighting for their lives. The attack against them and against the U.S. consulate represents an attack against the United States – and Barack Obama DID NOTHING.
Also, note another important part of the Obama Rose Garden speech. That was a speech dedicated to the four American lives lost in Benghazi – and yet, the language of Barack Obama makes it very clear he was still maintaining the silly YouTube video as the cause of the attack when he delivered the teleprompted line “While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others”. This line would of course be followed up and repeated by United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice – who was given the script to do so by the Obama administration. The only time Barack Obama used the term “terror” in his Rose Garden speech was when he was remarking on the anniversary of September 11th, 2001. He went on to openly lie about this during the presidential debates of course – given strong aid to do so by moderator Candy Crowley of CNN. When speaking on the actual Benghazi attack – Barack Obama NEVER used the word terrorist attack in the days after it took place.
Now back to another comment by Leon Panetta this week that once again suggests Barack Obama’s repeated lies on Benghazi:
Republicans said they were dismayed that the Defense Department’s top officials and Mr. Obama didn’t speak again over the next six hours, during which two attacks claimed the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
“Did he ask you how long it would take to deploy assets, including armed aviation, to the area?” asked Sen. Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire Republican.
“No,” answered Mr. Panetta.
“He didn’t ask you what ability you had in the area and what we could do?” Ms. Ayotte asked.
“No,” Mr. Panetta responded again.
Panetta again reinforced the image of a detached and largely unconcerned Barack Obama in the hours following the Defense Secretary telling the President of the United States that a diplomatic outpost (considered American soil) was under attack.
Toward the conclusion of Leon Panetta’s testimony, the reality of a White House cover-up was being openly presented:
“What I think is worse is the cover-up,” Mr. Inhofe said, adding that even as the events in Benghazi were unfolding, there could be no denying that the second wave of the attack, on the annex near the diplomatic post, was “unequivocally a terrorist attack.”
Mr. Inhofe said that Mrs. Rice knew this but went on a string of Sunday morning talk shows anyway to say “something that was completely false.”
“That’s something that can’t be ignored,” he said. “We sit around all day long and talk about the resources that we should have and don’t have. … [But] the big problem here is the cover-up, and nobody talks about it, and that’s a tragedy.” LINK
Unlike the testimony given by Hillary Clinton earlier, which was an exercise in deflection and denial (Panetta himself noted the Secretary of State was not “in the loop” in the hours after the Benghazi attack took place), Panetta’s testimony gave a tepid at best endorsement of Barack Obama’s role as Commander in Chief both during and after the Benghazi Massacre, and opened up clear examples of contradiction between the words of the president and the words of Secretary Panetta regarding Benghazi.
Sadly, as Senator Inhofe expressed, the seemingly obvious fact a full on White House cover-up continues to be engaged on the issue while too few are willing to discuss it, is and will remain, the lasting tragedy of Benghazi – and that lack of discussion, of outrage, is not entirely the fault of Congress, or even the Mainstream Media – but of the American people, far too many of whom continue to ignore important events in favor of mindless entertainment and Barack Obama’s never-ending teleprompted soundbites…