It is important to not forget that when our nation faced a crisis on September 11, 2012, that the President of the United States did not discharge his duties to his greatest abilities and as a direct result of that several Americans died, including an Ambassador who was murdered on American territory. Of course I am referring to the attack on our country in Benghazi last year, where more details are coming to light after the Presidential election.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s testimony was fairly useless- she used the opportunity to testify in front of our elected officials about what happened to instead cry and rage and dodge and in the end provide very little information into what happened on that day. But outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey were a little more honest and actually answered questions from our elected officials about the conduct of the executive branch as they are required by law, and in their testimony we get a very damning account of President Obama’s conduct.
I’ve written about this previously- see my earlier post What Did President Obama do from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM on September 11, 2012: An Analysis of the Timeline and Administration Responses for my thoughts about this, where I concluded that
…President Obama has some answers to give the American people about his specific conduct between 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm- a 5 hour window when a real leader could have saved three American lives but instead it appears we got a shirking coward who was not up to the challenge…
This new testimony does not considerably change my analysis or conclusion about the President’s behavior.
From the Wall Street Journal article The Absentee Commander in Chief:
…We’ve seen presidents, vice presidents, chiefs of staff and national security advisers during moments of international crisis. We know that in these moments human beings make mistakes. There are failures of communication and errors of judgment. Perfection certainly isn’t the standard to which policy makers should be held.
But there are standards. If Americans are under attack, presidential attention must be paid. Due diligence must be demonstrated. A president must take care that his administration does everything it can do. 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.
hanks 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….
Several phrases above are quite damning- I’ve emphasized them for your benefit- especially since they are pulled from Congressional testimony given by people who work for Obama and who were attempting to portray Obama’s actions in the best possible light.
President Obama’s actions on the night of September 11, 2012 are quite well explained, because he is a…
- Bad executive. Obama had no experience managing people, assets, finances, money, military forces, or anything else prior to becoming elected President. And as President, he has clearly not grown on the job, as demonstrated by the mismanagement, scandals, and constant crisis that have continued through the past several years. Hookers to parties to assassinated Americans, President Obama does not know how to run anything, perhaps even his own home.
- Lazy man. Leaving major decisions up to others, failing to stay up all night working problems, hanging up on and refusing to meet with Congressman during discussions regarding key issues, frequent vacations, the golfing, being able to discuss the strengths of all the college basketball teams, etc- all of these point to a man that is quite lazy. He is intellectually lazy, that we know from his sloppy arguments, stunned looks when he is rarely asked tough questions, from his utter lack of referencing any books or articles that he’s ever read, from his own accounts of his formative years, and from what I gathered reading his syllabus for his college classes. Oh, he’s curious and interested- but fails to put in the hard work necessary to be successful. And he appears to be physically lazy too- he has never weight lifted, boxed, played hockey, wrestled, played pick up football, or really physically challenged himself. He apparently likes to golf- riding around on a cart and rumored to not even look for lost balls- and likes to kind of play basketball- sort of lazy shoot-around type games. His news conferences begin late, his day ends early, and he clearly is not the same sort of hard worker that even Bill Clinton or Jimmy Carter were. He is a lazy man.
- Dishonest person. Over and over again during his administration, the American people are lied to, fooled, given half-truths, or lied to again. There are lots of websites out there tracking his lies, whether they be during his constant campaigning, during his rare press conferences, during his partisan speeches, or from statements that his administration releases- he is a liar. The truth is out there and the truth does exist, but he is a confused and scared little man and runs from the truth. Waking up on September 13 last year, the truth was that he blew it and that his personal actions resulted in several good Americans dying, and so he lied, and when caught lied some more, and when confronted lied or had others lie for him. Being a good weasel lawyer he usually said something that could be tortured to give him plausibly deniability or cover, but that’s not the same thing as telling the truth. President Obama is a liar.