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Panetta Says We Lacked Real-Time Benghazi Intel.He’s a proven liar now!

October 29, 2012
"(The) basic principle is that you don't deploy forces into harm's way without knowing what's going on; without having some real-time information...“(The) basic principle is that you  don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on; without  having some real-time information… View Enlarged ImageClick here for video:

Despite real-time video, emails to the White House and desperate cries for  help, our defense secretary says we didn’t send rescue forces to our Benghazi  consulate because we didn’t know what was going on.

In a statement bordering on the Kafkaesque, Leon Panetta told a news  conference Thursday that four Americans, including our Libyan ambassador Chris  Stevens, were left to die without a rescue attempt by nearby U.S. military  forces because there’s “a basic principle here, and the basic principle is that  you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on, without  having some real-time information about what’s taking place.”

That would seem to sum up the Obama administration’s assessment of and story  line about the Middle East — it has no real-time clue about what’s going on.  Osama bin Laden is dead, but Islamofascism is very much alive, and to send an  ambassador and his diplomatic mission into harm’s way without so much as a  Marine security detachment with bayonets is unconscionable.

Excuse us, Mr. Secretary, but your administration had a drone over the  consulate on Sept. 11, and you and President Obama had a meeting that included  Vice President Joe “Nobody Told Us” Biden in the Oval Office at 5 p.m.  Washington time, a little more than an hour after the onset of the attack. There  were at least 50 minutes of real-time video of the attack as the battle was sent  streaming directly to the Situation Room in the White House.

Real-time emails were also pouring into the Situation Room detailing that 20  armed terrorists were attacking our Benghazi consulate, that Ambassador Stevens  was crouched in a safe room waiting for help as the al-Qaida terrorist group  Ansar al-Sharia was taking credit for the attack. Most claims of responsibility  for a terrorist attack come days after the event. This was, as they say, in  “real-time.”

If indeed you had insufficient knowledge concerning the attack itself, you  certainly had knowledge of the threat. Ambassador Stevens had been begging for  even the most basic security, and all his requests for additional security were  denied. And how about this little factoid: the Benghazi consulate was and is  sovereign U.S. territory that you and President Obama had a responsibility and  duty to defend.

According to Fox News, administration cowardice extended to the real-time  denial of an urgent request from the CIA annex for military backup during the  attack on the consulate and subsequent attack several hours later. The request  was denied by U.S. officials, who also told the CIA operators twice to “stand  down” rather than help the ambassador’s team.

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