Tags: obama | benghazi | al-qaida | stevens

Where Was Obama During Benghazi Debacle?

Thursday, 08 May 2014 12:24 PM

By Deroy Murdock

Former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor made news when he recently told Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier, “Dude, this was like two years ago.” Vietor’s juvenile comment regarding the Benghazi terrorist attack plunged jaws from coast to coast.

With somewhat less fanfare, Vietor also revealed that “I was in the Situation Room that night.” Asked if Obama were there, too, Vietor replied: “No.” He then challenged Baier saying, “The fact that your network at one time reported that he watched video feed of the attack as it was ongoing is part of what I think has been a pattern of inaccurate . . .”

Baier interrupted: “Where was the president?”

“In the White House,” Vietor said, but “not in the room I was in.” He added: “I don’t have a tracking device on him in the residence.”

So, where was Obama and what was he doing while al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists were busy killing four American public servants?

Nobody knows.

“We’ve got no info. on the whereabouts of the president the night of the Benghazi attacks,” one top House staffer probing this matter told me. “Wish we did.”

“Over a year and a half has passed since the terrorist attacks, and the American people still do not have an accounting of your activities during the attack,” GOP Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and John McCain of Arizona wrote Obama on May 2. “Mr. President, can you now confirm that Mr. Vietor’s account of your absence in the White House Situation Room is accurate?”

One would expect that Obama followed the real-time drone images of the horrific onslaught as they poured into the Situation Room, just as he famously viewed live video of the Navy SEALs’ Osama bin Laden raid.

But beyond just watching, why was Obama not huddled with his advisers, organizing a robust counterattack, ordering a surgical rescue operation, or at least scrambling fighter jets to make noise and drop flares overhead? Perhaps the “spontaneous demonstrators” — who just happened to bring mortar launchers to the U.S. compound — might have had trouble fatally targeting their volleys against Americans if they also had to eye American military aircraft. Instead, these militant-Islamic killers calmly aimed their weapons at Americans and murdered them without the distraction of the U.S. armed forces.

As Jack Cashill recounted for AmericanThinker.com on May 5, then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, saw Obama at a White House meeting previously scheduled for 5:00 p.m., about 80 minutes into the attack.

They discussed the still-devolving calamity for 15 to 30 minutes. As Panetta later told a Senate hearing, Obama “directed both myself and Gen. Dempsey to do everything we need to do to try to protect the lives” in Benghazi. They then returned to the Pentagon to handle the crisis.

According to the House Armed Services Committee’s February 2014 Majority Interim Report: Benghazi Investigation Update, Panetta and Dempsey “testified they had no further contact with the President, nor did Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ever communicate with them that evening.”

So, while al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists slaughtered U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, Obama evidently failed to drop by the Situation Room — where even Tommy “Dude” Vietor knew to present himself. As the attack roared on until about 11:15 p.m. Washington time, neither Panetta nor Dempsey heard from Obama.

Aloof and detached, the commander-in-chief was elsewhere in the White House. Perhaps something was more pressing than preventing — or at least observing — the assassinations of four American government officials at the hands of al-Qaida franchisees.

With any luck, Congress’s brand-new select committee on Benghazi — chaired by tungsten-tough former federal prosecutor and current U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy, R–SC, will exhume the answer to this question: What did the president know and where the hell was he?

Deroy Murdock is a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. Read more reports from Deroy Murdock — Click Here Now.

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Jihad Advances as Freedom Retreats

Friday, 23 Jan 2015 10:44 AM

From virtually every direction, radical Islam is on the march, spreading havoc and horror in its path. Simultaneously, t . . .

Prominent Muslims to Radicals: End Madness

Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 14:35 PM

Prominent Muslim officials are standing up and telling radical Muslims to stop their madness, lay down their weapons, an . . .

How About 10 Percent Across the Board for Tax Reform

Thursday, 08 Jan 2015 14:46 PM

What did you make in 2014? Send 10 percent to Washington, D.C. Period. See you next year. . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved