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Bryan Preston

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May 2, 2014 - 7:42 am
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Former Obama National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor dropped a mini-bombshell on Fox last night. We’ve already gone over his surfer boy treatment of the politicizing of the terrorist attack that left four Americans dead.

During the same interview, Vietor disclosed a fact that up to now had been elusive: Where was President Barack Obama on the night of the Benghazi attack? Vietor did not disclose where Obama was, but he did disclose where Obama was not.

Vietor tells Fox’s Bret Baier that he, Vietor, was in the White House Situation Room during the assault. Baier asks Vietor a straightforward question: “Where was the president?”

Vietor responds, “In the White House,” before he dismisses the notion that the White House could tell what was happening from the real-time video feed provided to it by a drone orbiting over the scene in Benghazi.

Baier asks again, “Where was the president?”

Vietor responds, “In the White House.”

Baier: “He wasn’t in the Situation Room?”

Vietor dodges: “At what point in the evening?”

Baier asks, “At any point in the evening.”

Vietor refuses to place President Obama at any specific place in the White House, but allows that the president was not in the Situation Room, where the video feed and other information from the ongoing battle were being gathered and examined.

President Obama practically posed for the iconic photo that was taken in the Situation Room during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, three years ago today. That photo showed an image that the president wanted broadcast: That he was in charge when bin Laden was eliminated.

There is no such photo from the night of the Benghazi attack because Barack Obama was elsewhere, doing something else, while the assault unfolded and four Americans died.

At 10 p.m. on the night of the attack, Obama emerged from whatever he was doing to speak with then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by phone.

Eight minutes after that, the State Department released a statement that is no longer on its website, but has been preserved by the New York Times. That statement links the YouTube video to the ongoing coordinated terrorist attack in Benghazi.

I condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our mission in Benghazi today. As we work to secure our personnel and facilities, we have confirmed that one of our State Department officers was killed. We are heartbroken by this terrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and those who have suffered in this attack.

This evening, I called Libyan President Magariaf to coordinate additional support to protect Americans in Libya. President Magariaf expressed his condemnation and condolences and pledged his government’s full cooperation.

Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.

In light of the events of today, the United States government is working with partner countries around the world to protect our personnel, our missions, and American citizens worldwide.

Emphasis added.

Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had motive and opportunity to start blaming anything but their own policies and their own decisions for Benghazi as quickly as possible, as I’ll explain on the next page.

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They didn't simply blame it on a video-they blamed it on the Christian Coptic community-thus the Cairo connection-probably the most vulnerable group of people in the world-they sided with the fanatics-how many Coptic Churches were burned, businesses looted, how many members of this community were murdered b/c of this lie
16 weeks ago
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What a sickening lack of character and morals. Instantly seeking some way, any way, out of the consequences of their decisions, any way at all. That they defaulted virtually instantly to a huge lie tells you everything you would ever need to know about their character - that is, they have none.

Sickening, depraved people, the lot of them.
16 weeks ago
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Actually IIRC Tommy said that Dear Liar was somewhere in the residential section of the White House.

Now, if your ambassador is under fire, it does not take much effort to move from watching a basketball game in the residential area of the WH to the Situation Room. At least, it wouldn't if you actually cared.
16 weeks ago
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More disturbing than the video lie and cover up is the pathetic fact
that 2 months later this pathetic joke of
a leader was re-elected. Have we become a nation of idiots ?
15 weeks ago
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I love the smell of Hillary's Presidential ambitions burning in the morning.

Smells like defeat.
15 weeks ago
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Your keyboard ==> God's inbox.
15 weeks ago
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Just a quick point about the probable reason the evil king never appeared in the situation room; in all liklihood he made the decision that an appearance would make it appear that the battle was something significant.

In his mind, how could the deaths of a few dozen people be even remotely compared to his reelection, which was for the saving of the human race.

And I say a few dozen because that is how it must have looked at the time. Remember, the heroics of the Seals saved many lives..lives that obama willing threw away that night.


15 weeks ago
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You make two important points.
First, Obama and Clinton watched the entire raid on bin Laden's compound, an action that was fully committed and in which they had no further role except as observers. But neither one was in the Situation Room during the Benghazi attack and it began during working hours. Their orders would have been crucial and they weren't there to give them.
Second, in not attempting (as far as we know) to succor our people in Benghazi, they had every reason to believe they were sacrificing something like 30 lives. I said "sacrificing" but that's wrong; the term would be "wasting" them. Something like twelve people suffered serious injuries.
And I'll add this point: the official story, approved by Obama and Clinton, was known to be a lie even as it was given out. Unless there was some incredibly important operational reason to lie like that, it was as infamous an act as any president has carried out.
15 weeks ago
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WHERE are the survivors? WHY haven't they been called to testify as to what happened?
15 weeks ago
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So, here's the taxonomy of Hillary's lie:

Four brave mice died. The cat killed them but I can’t say that. So I want to blame something else.

X died. Y were mad because of Z. Each statement is true, but the two statements are put side by side to let your thinking jump the airgap and form the false conclusion in your own head that X died because of Z, and Z is conveniently out of my control...

"It is terrible that these four brave mice died. We have seen a situation in the house where the dog was enraged by a mailman that we did not send to the house. We think the mailman is a reprehensible and offensive figure to dogs. But violence against innocent mice solves nothing."
15 weeks ago
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Re:
"...President Obama practically posed for the iconic photo that was taken in the Situation Room during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, three years ago today. ...."

Couldn't disagree more.

Obama looked totally out of place, crouched down at the side-aisle by the wall. He's the one who looked like he'd just happened by and who'd delivered pizzas for the whole crowd.....not that woman in the back who appeared to be asking, "How many pizzas should I order?", as some wit at that terrible time commented.

Hillary looked like she was thinking, "Oh! Sh*T! Look at this!"

Gates looked as if he was the only one totally in charge of his thoughts inside the room. He alone looked competent and appropriately on hand observing that literally awesome scene.

Yes, indeed. An unforgettable image.
15 weeks ago
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had to keep the narrative that Al Qaeda is on the run, the fact that they were on the run to kill our Ambassador and others, well that was just too bad. Can't let that get in the way of the campaign fundraiser and of telling us how Bin Laden is dead.

What a sorry excuse for a person that is supposed to the commander in chief, and with an attack is nowhere to be found, and he still can't tell us where he was.

Guess we will find out where he was when some media prints the story.
15 weeks ago
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The sad thing for me was.... it was such a BAD lie. Anyone with half a mind could figure out it was a lie. I hadn't heard of this video beforehand. A year or two earlier, some guy in Florida threatened to pour gasoline over a bunch of Qu'ran's and burn them. That didn't start a massive attack on our embassies with the Al Qaida flag flying above it. On the other hand, some obscure video that nobody ever heard of caused this?

To me, this was so markedly a bad lie that it was laughable. I can't believe this criminal got away with it.
16 weeks ago
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Eh. They didn't really need a good lie, just talking points so their media could coordinate their coverage with the WH and Obama campaign.

I do find it hilarious that Ben Rhodes, the particular WH "national security adviser" in charge of this has an advanced degree not in any policy field, but in creative writing! Who says Obama doesn't hire real experts?!?
15 weeks ago
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Surprised? The man is a prop, probably locked up in a closet in the basement.
16 weeks ago
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It appears that several administration types were "unavailable" the night of Benghazi. If the President was in the WH but "unavailable" a person has to wonder what he was doing. So, smoking pot or...?
16 weeks ago
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Maybe well Petraeus.

Petraeus flat out lied to the House Intelligence Committee three days after Benghazi when he testified to them that it was a "spontaneous" protest over a YouTube video that was responsible for Benghazi. When committed knowingly, as former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy and PJM columnist pointed out quite some time ago, such deception is a felony. Blaming the YouTube video for the violence was also, in effect, blaming free speech, which is a Petraeus hallmark when Muslims "act out".

16 weeks ago
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My guess is that the Obama Admin had some real dirt on Petraeus, and force him out there to lie.
15 weeks ago
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His MO has always been to excuse muslims when the "get upset" and "act out" and blame free speech.
15 weeks ago
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