You could see the pained expression on President Obama’s face worsen as a 61-year-old undecided voter told the president during the second presidential debate that he and some co-workers “were sitting around talking about Libya, and we were reading and became aware of reports that the State Department refused extra security for our embassy in Benghazi, Libya, prior to the attacks that killed four Americans.”
“Who was it that denied enhanced security — and why?” he asked.
A very good question — and one an honest news media would have so relentlessly hounded any president to answer five weeks after the Benghazi attack that no voter would need to ask it.
President Obama’s answer did not include even so much as a hint about who denied the requested security or why. Instead, he:
explained that our diplomats “serve all around the world.” No kidding.
explained that sometimes they serve “in a very dangerous situation.” Which, of course, is exactly why that voter was questioning why our security was so obviously inadequate in one of the world’s most dangerous spots.
claimed that “[n]obody’s more concerned about their safety and security than I am.” Which, of course, does not explain why his administration had refused the requested level of security support that our diplomats serving in Libya deemed absolutely necessary for their safety and security.
said that “[a]s soon as we found out that the Benghazi consulate was being overrun, I was on the phone with my national security team.” This is an admission that he did not bother to summon his top intelligence and diplomatic officials to meet with him. This would have helped him determine through face-to-face cross-examination why the intelligence community was supposedly claiming that Benghazi was some spontaneous demonstration that spun out of control while the State Department was supposedly claiming that there was no such demonstration and that this was a well-coordinated terrorist attack.
said that he ordered that his administration “beef up our security.” Too late for our murdered ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi.
said he ordered his team to “investigate exactly what happened.” But State Department officials only blocks away from the White House had witnessed the entire five-hour-plus attack streamed on video in real time. Did no one Obama spoke with on the phone inform him that we already knew that, unlike Cairo, Benghazi was much more than a demonstration — that it was a full-fledged terrorist attack? Was he told but forgot?
said he ordered that they “make sure that folks are held accountable.” And yet five weeks later he can’t — or won’t — say if anyone has been held accountable.
attacked Mitt Romney for supposedly not acting “as a commander-in-chief operates” because of what he said on the day of the Cairo and Benghazi 9/11 attacks. Romney had pointed out that in response to the threat of and actual attack against our Cairo, Egypt embassy, the embassy had issued a statement about an internet video that Muslims found objectionable, condemning “the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims” and denouncing it as an “abuse of free speech.” Sounding like Ronald Reagan, he said this was “disgraceful.” Soon after he said this, the Obama White House asked its media allies to report that the statement that Romney took such exception to “doesn’t reflect the views of the U.S. government,” which was akin to claiming that the U.S. government does not reflect the views of the U.S. government.
The Obama administration was refusing to provide anything approaching adequate security for a U.S. ambassador and other Americans serving our country in one of the most dangerous postings in the world, but the administration also committed to spending millions of dollars a year to provide a six-person, round-the-clock Secret Service detail to protect the assistant to the president for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs.