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May 17, 2013 - 9:49 am
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Tommy Vietor’s ignorance of the basic details of his job may have contributed to the deaths of two of the four Americans who were slain in Benghazi. The FEST was not deployed, in part because Vietor and others in the administration were ignorant of its capabilities. Vietor didn’t even know it existed, and thought it sounded “antiquated.” We’ll see what contribution Jen Psaki’s ignorance makes to the U.S. position in the world. The president sets the tone.

Either ignorance or stupidity, or the consistent tone-setting on terrorism, made another contribution to the Benghazi disaster.

In an unfortunate turn of events, on Sept. 11, a special U.S. military force based in Europe, designed specifically for quick reaction to unforeseen emergencies, was off on a training mission in Croatia. By the time the so-called Commander’s In-extremis Force was diverted to an airfield at Sigonella, Italy, an hour’s flight from Benghazi, the attacks were over.

“They didn’t get there in time to have an impact, which is unfortunate,” said a Defense Department source who was involved in the Benghazi response.

It was the anniversary of 9-11. Why was the quick reaction force closest to one of the most volatile regions off on a training exercise? Did they not see the potential for jihadists to mount an attack on that day? Why was Ambassador Stevens so exposed that day?

Jay Carney says that the president sets the tone. Based on his answers to numerous questions on a range of issues, setting the tone may well be the only thing that the president acknowledges doing. His claims add up to the president being a bystander in his own administration, not knowing about any scandals until he reads about them in the news.

On September 12, Obama set the tone again in an interview with CBS’ Steve Kroft.

KROFT: Mr. President, this morning you went out of your way to avoid the use of the word “terrorism” in connection with the Libya attack.

OBAMA: Right.

KROFT: Do you believe that this was a terrorist attack?

OBAMA: Well, it’s too early to know exactly how this came about, what group was involved, but obviously it was an attack on Americans.

The first rule of Fight Club is, you don’t talk about Fight Club. Obama’s first rule of terrorism is, you don’t mention terrorism. After Obama dodged the terrorism question on September 12, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would blame a movie on September 14 and Ambassador Rice would blame that movie five times on September 16. But who set the tone? The man who blamed that movie again, on the The View, on Letterman, and in an address to the United Nations.

Here we’re seeing the effect that even just setting the tone is having. Barack Obama really believes that his election was so transformative that it would end the war. It hasn’t, but this president consistently downplays terrorism and demotes its importance in his government to convince Americans that it has. His government plays games with words and organizational charts to wish the war away.

When crisis struck and one of his ambassadors may have become a hostage to jihadists, the choices that flowed naturally from the tone Obama had set had serious consequences. Four Americans including that ambassador were murdered.

 

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Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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It's astonishing that someone as empty of all the qualities that most of us would call human - empathy, sincerity, respect for other humans - would become our president twice. Even more astonishing is that he seems to have been able to find enough people just like him to staff his administration. How is this nightmare going to end?
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There is reason to believe that what happened in Ben-Ghazi was a kidnapping attempt that went wrong because Mssrs. Woods and Doherty disobeyed orders to stand down. Obama's behavior at the time and the behavior of others at in the regime, suggests complicity. But don't look there, let's go investigate the IRS, then let's look at Sibellius, and then let's look into the AP's gripe.
Good grief. The one scandal that could rid us of the jerk and no one can see it.
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Barack "Depraved Indifference to everything but politics" Obama.
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Would this have turned out any different if obama is a muslim?
48 weeks ago
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There were reports that enemy targets were laser lit up, meaning the people were expecting aid, and were exposing themselves to make sure the aid helped those left, that aid never came, and those people spent the rest of their life waiting for that aid, which we are now told were told to stand down, an order that the president had to give.

And where was the president the night that this all was going on?????????
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I remember the early discussions of the Benghazi debacle having perhaps been a hostage situation gone wrong. After all, everyone else was shot but Chris Stevens died of smoke inhalation and the attackers were attempting to find him and bring him out alive.

I think the deal was to have been a set-up where Stevens was traded for the Blind Sheikh and everyone went home happy. Mubarak would've promised prison for the BS, but once back in Egypt, the Brotherhood would've released him. Meanwhile, the OIC would've continued its honeymoon with Hillary and Obama would have looked like a hero for getting Stevens home.

The scramble to find something, ANYTHING, to cover over that debacle left them with a lame 'movie" in place of their planned derring-do rescue of an American career foreign service officer. And giving BS back to Egypt? Small price to pay for getting an American home safely.
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It's astonishing that someone as empty of all the qualities that most of us would call human - empathy, sincerity, respect for other humans - would become our president twice. Even more astonishing is that he seems to have been able to find enough people just like him to staff his administration. How is this nightmare going to end?
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I have a brother who has the Narcissist personality disorder as Barack Obama has. Narcissists lack empathy and sympathy. They cannot laugh at a joke because they lack empathy. They do learn when to laugh and how to fake it so as to appear normal.

Barack learned to put "a mirror" before everyone so that they see themselves in him and it was effective.
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The latest misdirection is an attempt to throw the blame, once again, away from himself. After all, he never accepts responsibility for any failures, only for the successful actions of others, ones that he had no part in. He won't credit the people that made the successes happen, it was all due to his efforts, only.

He now states that the Conservatives are at fault for not funding, or budgeting, higher levels of security at diplomatic locations. He doesn't clarify that he is responsible for the budget, which he has failed to submit, until this year for the first time, & even then it was beyond the deadline.

If him & his wife had foregone some of their frequent vacations, I would supposed that the millions of dollars saved would have easily paid for enough security to prevent the deaths of Americans in Benghazi. Even if they could have seen fit to take the vactions together, instead of seperately, it would have saved millions.

His sequestration caused the budget shortfalls, within the defense budget. His refusal to cut some of the spending, caused the impasse. The fault always lies with someone else, when his shortcomings come to light.

I bet President Bush is saying to himself, that the blame belongs only to Obama, for the flood of scandals, that have finally started to appear after all of the lies & coverups have failed to prevent their emergence.....
48 weeks ago
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There is reason to believe that what happened in Ben-Ghazi was a kidnapping attempt that went wrong because Mssrs. Woods and Doherty disobeyed orders to stand down. Obama's behavior at the time and the behavior of others at in the regime, suggests complicity. But don't look there, let's go investigate the IRS, then let's look at Sibellius, and then let's look into the AP's gripe.
Good grief. The one scandal that could rid us of the jerk and no one can see it.
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Yes. Exactly. And the kidnapping was going to be done...why? Calling Andrew McCarthy.
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Barack "Depraved Indifference to everything but politics" Obama.
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