Panetta: Obama absent the night Americans were murdered in Benghazi

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified before the U.S. Senate Thursday, saying President Obama did not communicate with him at all during the night of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Panetta said Obama never called to see how events were unfolding, nor did he or anyone from the White House ever call after they had information that Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed, the Weekly Standard reported Thursday.

Obama had a “general” idea of what was happening and what assets were available to help our diplomats during the siege, Panetta said, but Obama left “specifics” up to Panetta and the Defense Department.

The president did have time, though, to make an unimportant and unrelated hour-long phone call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Weekly Standard said.

Read the Weekly Standard article here.


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2 thoughts on “Panetta: Obama absent the night Americans were murdered in Benghazi

  1. No one ever said he wasn't there before. I guess it wasn't important enough for him to be bothered. What does that say about him?

  2. KB Cook says:

    What about the grilling that Sen. L. Graham did in his 2 rounds of questioning? Much more direct than the lady-like method of Sen. K. Ayotte. Let's keep this issue going with the goal of getting the American public to take it seriously enough to put pressure on the WH and the Congress to get to the bottom and make the right decisions for future attacks on our embassies. Know this for certain: future attacks will come – sooner than later.

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