“Retired Lt. Col.: My Sources Say Obama Was in the Room Watching Benghazi Attack Happen”
Retired Army Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer said Saturday he has sources saying President Barack Obama was in the room at the White House watching the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya unfold.
Two unarmed U.S. drones were dispatched to the consulate and recorded the final hours of the attack, which killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
“This was in the middle of the business day in Washington, so everybody at the White House, CIA, Pentagon, everybody was watching this go down,” Shaffer said on Fox News’ “Justice with Judge Jeanine.” “According to my sources, yes, [Obama] was one of those in the White House Situation Room in real-time watching this.”
Shaffer said the question now is what precisely Obama did or didn’t do in the moments he saw the attack unfolding. The CIA reportedly made three urgent requests for military backup that were each denied.
“He, only he, could issue a directive to Secretary of Defense Panetta to do something. That’s the only place it could be done,” Shaffer said.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said last week the military did not intervene because they did not have enough information about what was happening on the ground.
Col. David Hunt, a Fox News military analyst, said the military could have had jets in the air within 20 minutes and forces on the ground within two hours.
“The issue is always political with the White House, but the secretary of defense gives the order, has to be approved by the White House, they wouldn’t pull the trigger, and it’s disgraceful,” Hunt said. “We’ve got guys dead.”
This is entirely consistent with much of our speculation — and does nothing to either strengthen or weaken Obama’s statement, issued through an aide, that he denied calls for military support. And that’s because I believe he weighed his options, dithered, and let things play out. He voted present, in effect — and the motivation was the election and the possibility of a military disaster so close to November 6, and on 9/11, to boot.
What will cost him is that Tyrone Woods defied orders, rushed in to help, saved many in the consulate, and then was left to die later at the CIA annex, having identified and tagged the mortar team that eventually cost him his life. And because of Obama’s inaction — why were no jets scrambled, or an armed drone flown in? — that team at the annex was left to die.
Incidentally, I don’t buy the story about the “trap” being set by the Iranians to draw in US forces — this being the reason our CiC, under advice from Panetta, deferred. Because if they knew about the plan, they’d have a remedy ready for the situation — essentially, they could have moved in other forces, including Delta, behind the first responding forces to spring their own surprise trap on the trap setters.
More likely, Obama just let things play out and started working on finding a fall guy. That we paid money to advertise on Pakinstan TV that the culprit was some filmmaker is all part of the distraction.
It is sickening. To lead and govern effectively in a society such as ours, virtue is a precondition. Obama lacks that. And for that reason alone he should never see power again.