Shocking, though not surprising, testimony Thursday at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Both Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey were asked repeatedly what Obama knew and when did he know it about the Al Queda attack in Libya last fall that left our Ambassador and three other Americans dead.
Here are video excerpts of the relevant portions with questions from Senators Ayotte (R-NH) and Graham (R-SC:
The bottom line? Obama was informed that the attack was occurring at a brief regularly scheduled meeting. Secretary Panetta said that Obama authorized action to "do everything we needed to do to protect lives there." That appears to be the only directive Obama issued though there is apparently no paper trail even for that. There was no follow-up contact with Obama or anyone at the White House as the attacks proceeded.
Not only that, but nothing was done to protect our personnel. Both Graham and Ayotte, along with Senator McCain (R-AZ) were left incredulous that no forces were sent to help.
Considering how the Obama Administration used the photo of Obama in the Situation Room during the raid to kill Osama bin Laden to demonstrate his style as a hands on Commander in Chief, it's a fair question to ask why neither Obama, or anyone else at the White House, expressed any interest in this attack, happening as it did on September 11, 2012. When you consider the political hay made by the left as President Bush remained in the classroom with school children for a few minutes before assuming full command during the original September 11th attack the questions about Obama's conduct, or the lack of it, during the many hours this attack progressed only continue to mount!