Benghazi: Panetta, Dempsey Throw Obama, Clinton Under the Bus


Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey provided stunning testimony at a US Senate hearing on the Benghazi tragedy, which confirmed president Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were derelict in their duties before and during the evening of the September 11, 2012 attack on the embassy annex in that city.

Panetta’s testimony can be found here:

Dempsey’s testimony can be found here:

Damning parts of the testimony provided by Panetta centered around Obama and the White House staff’s failure to lead and be actively engaged during this crisis.

Sen. Ayotte: Okay, and um, since then has the president asked you why weren’t we able to get, in light of the second attack that occurred seven hours later, armed assets there in order to help those who were left and attacked in the annex?

Sec. Panetta: The president has made very clear to both myself and General Dempsey that, uh, with regards to future threats we have got to be able to deploy forces in a position to where we can more rapidly respond.

Sen. Ayotte: Just to be clear, that night he didn’t ask you what assets we had available and how quickly they could respond and what we could do to help those individuals?

Sec. Panetta: The biggest problem that night, Senator, was that nobody knew really what was going on there.

Sen. Ayotte: And there was no follow-up during the night, at least from the White House directly?

Sec. Panetta: No.

Dempsey confirmed suspicions that Secretary Clinton and the State Department failed to act upon Ambassador Chris Stevens request for increased security capabilities in light of heightened concerns in the area.

“Why didn’t you put forces in place to be ready to respond?,” Senator John McCain asked the general.

Dempsey started, “Because we never received a request to do so, number one. And number two, we –”

McCain interrupted, “You never heard of Ambassador Stevens’s repeated warnings?”

“I had, through General Ham,” responded Dempsey, referring to the commander of AFRICOM. “But we never received a request for support from the State Department, which would have allowed us to put forces–”

“So it’s the State Department’s fault?”

“I’m not blaming the State Department,” Dempsey responded.

While both Panetta and Dempsey stopped short of outright blaming Obama or Clinton, their statements of the facts preceding and occurring on Sept. 11th speak for themselves. These testimonies also highlight what has been blatantly missing from the Obama Administration on this tragedy — facts and the truth.

The facts and the truth is this — President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are directly culpable in the deaths of four Americans who were left to fend for themselves abroad. Their failure to lead and act surpasses mere negligence; it is outright criminal. And now the main stream media can’t even cover that up for them anymore. The question remaining — what will Congress do about it?


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  • realitybasedbob

    So when someone says: “The biggest problem that night, Senator, was that nobody knew really what was going on there.” or: “I’m not blaming the State Department,”

    Nutters automatically believes there is a bus and some throwing going on?

    No wonder nutters crack me up!

    • jl

      Bus or no bus, not the point. It’s just an example of the leader of the free world and his Secretary of State being clueless.

    • sbark

      Where does he go after 5:00 quittng time? They had to photoshop him into the Osama Bin Laden “kill room”, and now AWOL again………golf? Man Country DC? Greasy Burgers? a NBA game?

  • Roy_Bean

    “what will Congress do about it?”

    Nothing, that would be both racist and misogynist. I thought you knew.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    What difference does it make anymore?

  • matthew_bosch

    Can’t blame him, he had all that campaigning to do. We can spare some lives for the good of progressive social justice that the president has brought upon this nation. By any means necessary…

  • sbark

    Hey Boehnor, McCain, Mitt……the “tough questions” prior to the 2012 election would’ve been the time to be asked………

  • SigFan

    Panetta also slammed Obama’s profligacy and the crushing debt he’s putting this country into. Perhaps the more rational of the Democrats (there are a few) are finally realizing that they have made OneBigAssMistakeAmerica.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    The followers of the prophet obama will wage jihad before they ever allow anyone to tarnish his name with fact

  • Yogibare

    I watched and listened to most of the testimony and questions. Interesting how the word is they never really knew what was going on, but there never was a response put in place. Not even an airplane doing some low level runs over the attackers to warn them that more was coming—nothing !
    Yet, when the Sunday news shows came on there was Susan Rice telling the world that it was a demonstration by a mob who were p—–ed at some video. The politicians in DC seemed to have control of the news cycle, but could not figure out how to get a relief force to the compound.
    The whole affair is so lame and pathetic ! Do we deserve this kind of national leadership?

    • Gern Blanston

      Well, we elected Obama twice. So… I guess we do desrve it…

      • banjo kid

        The 3 million who stayed home and did not vote in protest are the ones who elected Obama

  • WOOF

    February 8, 2013 – Hillary Clinton
    Is Most Popular National Figure,
    Quinnipiac University National Poll
    with a 61 – 34 percent
    favorability rating among American voters,
    national poll released today.

    • Gern Blanston

      On a side note: That pic posted above is of a significan;ty better looking Clionton than the one whining “what difference does it make!” at the Senate hearings. Jeez – what happened, Hilary?

      • Snarkie

        The only properties that women politicians ought have are aesthetic ones.

        Conservative die-off can’t happen quick enough.

  • Hellboy

    Now…… Let’s subpoena and hear from General Ham….. and get on with the investigation because he is the one that got ‘run off” because he wanted to send in reinforcements and was told to stand down….

  • Snarkie

    Hey, maybe in another month you guys can use Benghazi again… to go after some more black, women, or black women.

    I remember when the Democrats acted all classy like you guys, after 9/11, and used that event, where 1000% more Americans died, to take down the people on the right they have racist and sexist problems with. Oh wait, they didn’t do that. Nope, it was you guys blaming Clinton.

    Stay classy, boys.