“Where Was Obama on Night of Benghazi Attack? WH Isn’t Saying”
If I had to guess? Cheeseburgers and ESPN, followed by an early bedtime. So he could be nice and refreshed for his visit with Beyonce. Who rumor has it detests men with puffy eyes.But who knows? It’s all speculation, because evidently it’s none of our goddamn business.
The White House isn’t saying where President Barack Obama was, what he did or whom he spoke to between 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11, 2012—when he finished a meeting with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, which took place while the Benghazi terrorist attacks were unfolding—and 11:26 p.m. that night, which is approximately the time former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed in the attacks.
According to timelines of the Benhazi attacks released by the government, they began at 3:42 p.m. Washington, D.C. time when dozens of armed terrorists swarmed through a gate at the State Department’s compound in Benghazi. A U.S. security officer at that compound almost immediately notified the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, which in turn notified Washington, D.C.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, were informed of the attack at 4:32 p.m. while they were at the White House waiting for a pre-scheduled 5:00 p.m. meeting with the president. According to government timelines, an unarmed Defense Department drone arrived over the State Department compound in Benghazi at about 5:10 p.m., while Panetta and Dempsey were meeting with Obama.
In his testimony in the Senate Armed Services Committee last week, Panetta said he informed the president at their 5:00 p.m. meeting of what was going on in Benghazi. Gen. Dempsey testified that the meeting lasted a half hour. Panetta and Dempsey also testified that after the meeting ended they did not talk to President Obama or the White House again that night.
Almost six hours elapsed between the end of the Panetta-Dempsey-Obama meeting and the deaths of Woods and Doherty at the CIA’s Annex in Benghazi.
At about 5:30 p.m., when the Panetta-Dempsey-Obama meeting ended, the five State Department security officers, who had been at the Benghazi mission compound when it came under attack, fled the compound in an armored car to go the CIA Annex. They came under fire, were covered by CIA security officers as they evacuated the compound, and evaded an ambush between the compound and the Annex.
The timelines indicate that terrorists continued to fire on the Annex until about 7:00 p.m. Washington, D.C. time, or about an hour and a half after the Panetta-Dempsey-Obama meeting ended. From 7:00 p.m. until about 11:15 p.m., there was a break in the fighting. But at 11:15 p.m., after a rescue team of security personnel had arrived at the Annex after taking a chartered private flight from Tripoli to Benghazi, the terrorists attacked again.
This battle lasted about 11 minutes. It was during this time—about six hours since Obama’s sole conversation with Panetta and Dempsey–that Woods and Doherty were killed by a terrorist mortar and a State Department security officer was severely wounded.
On Friday morning, CNSNews.com called the White House press office to inquire about where President Obama was, what he was doing, and who he was communicating with, after 5:30 p.m. on the night of Sept. 11, 2012. At 10:29 a.m. on Friday, CNSNews.com followed up by emailing questions to the White House press office.
On Friday afternoon, CNSNews.com additionally followed up by calling the White House National Security Council press office and also emailing that office the questions. CNSNews.com also followed up on Friday afternoon by again calling the White House Press Office and emailing the questions again to that office.
Here are the questions CNSNews.com asked the White House:
1.) Where was President Obama between 5:30 p.m. when his meeting with Panetta and Dempsey ended and 11:26 p.m., when the terrorist attacks on the U.S. personnel in Benghazi finally stopped?
2.) What was President Obama doing between 5:30 p.m. when his meeting with Panetta and Dempsey ended and 11:26 p.m. when terrorist attacks on the U.S. personnel in Benghazi finally stopped?
3.) Who did President Obama communicate with between 5:30 p.m. when his meeting with Panetta and Dempsey ended and 11:26 p.m. when the terrorist attacks on the U.S. personnel in Benghazi finally stopped?
4.) Why didn’t President Obama speak with Panetta or Dempsey again that night after their 5:30 p.m. meeting ended?
On Monday morning, CNSNews.com followed up yet again by phoning the White House press office and the National Security Council press office and emailing them the questions again. The White House press office Monday morning confirmed receiving the questions but did not have a timetable for when it could provide answers.
Two things: first, the GOP needs to request a special counsel investigation, because pace Hillary Clinton, it matters a whole lot what our President and State Department and Defense Department and CIA were doing — and it particularly matters why we were lied to, and why money was spent on TV spots in Pakistan apologizing, on behalf of Americans, for the supposed impetus of the “riots,” an internet trailer for a film that those at the highest levels already knew wasn’t the cause of the attacks on the consulate.
Meaning, considerable tax dollars were spent to continue to promulgate a lie — and apologies were offered on behalf of Americans for the murder of several of our own, include one of our ambassadors and the two SEALs who initiated a rescue effort.
And the American people should be reminded of that, which won’t be the case unless the press is practically forced into covering the story more thoroughly — which itself won’t happen without some sort of contentious / adversarial inquiry.
Second, as the White House is allowing us to speculate on Obama’s whereabouts and doings on the night of the Benghazi terror attacks — on 9/11/12 — I say we take them up on it. And post our speculations in list form. For instance,
1. On the night of the Benghazi terrorist attacks, stories continue to circulate that Obama and Sarah Silverman got drunk on wine coolers, then used a Ouija board to summon the ghost of Barry White, demanding he sing “I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby” while two of the dwarfs the President is rumored to keep at his court for amusement were ordered to get busy on one of the dog beds.
2. On the night of the Benghazi terrorist attacks, Obama was working on what he likes to call his “commando three” — essentially, a naked jumpshot from the left corner that he pretends to hit over an equally naked Larry Bird, resulting in an NBA Championship.