Panetta, Dempsey Paint Awful Picture of Benghazi Response

by Ryan on February 8, 2013

in International Relations,Politics,War on Terror

Buried in the hinterlands of media coverage yesterday was the testimony of outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, as well as Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey on the administration’s response to the terrorist attack in Benghazi last September 11.

Apparently, Panetta informed the President of the attack during an already previously scheduled telephone meeting.  However, no one bothered to keep Secretary of State Clinton in the loop during the hit (hmm… I’m not convinced that she’s clean here).  Disturbingly, during that eight hour attack the Defense Secretary testified that he and Obama did not speak again until after it was over.

Then came the C.Y.A. — there was “not enough time” to help them (over eight hours), “events moved very quickly” (over eight hours), there was a lack of “adequate warning” (which is kind of ridiculous when dealing with an insurgent attack on consulate in a country like Libya on the anniversary of 9/11), yet they “spared no effort… to save American lives”  while every American involved on the ground was killed.

What an awful picture yesterday’s testimony paints of a disinterested President, a disorganized administration, along with a half-hearted military calculation which preferred a dead ambassador along with three other Americans to an airstrike.

The more we learn about Benghazi, the more incompetent this administration looks, and the less likely this story will be going away soon.

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