Not only was the security problem noted a month before the attack, but now it has been discovered that more warnings were sent just hours before. The latest:Fox News is reporting that cables from the consulate clearly stated they expected an attack from local militia groups hours before the attack! They also told the State Department they had reason to believe their local security was gathering intel for the attack:
If this is the case, then why wasn’t the FEST team ready to intervene? Actually, as Allahpundit noted last night, the military and CIA did have their teams ready. Now it appears that the State Department, at least, had three hours’ notice of radical Islamist activity in the city “gathering weapons and gathering steam,” plus a very big warning about consulate security being compromised. Yet while the attack took place, no one gave the order for a military intervention. Even hours into the attack, the White House didn’t go any farther than order an evacuation effort at the Benghazi airport.
This “spontaneous demonstration” story is falling apart. And it’s interesting to see how it’s falling apart, too. Earlier, the White House tried to lay off the failure on the intel community, which sparked a flurry of leaks showing that the intel community had warned of this issue and wanted to respond during the attack. This week, the White House has started to shift blame to State, and now we’re seeing these leaks showing that State knew exactly what was going on.
And the cover story continues to fall apart:
All of this raises the question: What was the president doing and was he even involved throughout the crisis? The president still hasn’t explained why he clung to the anti-Muslim video as the trigger for the attacks long after the intelligence community had determined it was an organized jihadist attack. (Given the heavy presence of CIA operatives at the scene, it makes it even more obvious that senior officials knew the attack was a coordinated assault, not a spontaneous reaction to the film.) President Obama still has not explained how it could have escaped notice that Libya had become a haven for terrorists. In fact, the president has behaved throughout as a candidate trying to avoid blame instead of a commander-in-chief and chief executive who is transparent in his actions and accountable to the American people.
Obama would no doubt like us to think of him strutting around disaster areas in New Jersey and New York, brow furrowed and telling people to answer their phones. But the job there is for the governors and local authorities. His job is not Sandy cleanup but national security. It is not a job he has fulfilled sufficiently, so no wonder he’d rather don his leather jacket (presidential seal-embossed, naturally) and hang out with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Briefings! Reports! On-site investigations!
Meanwhile, who was answering the phone at the White House on 9/11/2012? Who was briefing Obama , and how did he get the facts wrong for so long? Why did he go to Las Vegas after Benghazi but cancel campaigning after Sandy (hint: proximity to Election Day)?
We’ll have to wait for a special investigator, a bipartisan commission, a Senate investigation or a new president, I suspect, to get to the bottom of it. Obama will never cough up the facts voluntarily.
Related: Las Vegas Review Monitor rips Obama!
This administration is an embarrassment on foreign policy and incompetent at best on the economy though a more careful analysis shows what can only be a perverse and willful attempt to destroy our prosperity. Back in January 2008, Barack Obama told the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle that under his cap-and-trade plan, If somebody wants to build a coal-fired power plant, they can. Its just that it will bankrupt them. He added, Under my plan electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. It was also in 2008 that Mr. Obamas future Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, famously said it would be necessary to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe $9 a gallon.
Yet the president now claims hes in favor of oil development and pipelines, taking credit for increased oil production on private lands where hes powerless to block it, after he halted the Keystone XL Pipeline and oversaw a 50 percent reduction in oil leases on public lands.
These behaviors go far beyond spin. They amount to a pack of lies. To return to office a narcissistic amateur who seeks to ride this nations economy and international esteem to oblivion, like Slim Pickens riding the nuclear bomb to its target at the end of the movie Dr. Strangelove, would be disastrous.
Candidate Obama said if he couldnt fix the economy in four years, his would be a one-term presidency.
Mitt Romney is moral, capable and responsible man. Just this once, its time to hold Barack Obama to his word. Maybe we can all do something about that, come Tuesday.