Investors Business Daily reports.
Newly declassified transcripts show top defense officials who briefed Obama on the day of the Benghazi attack described it as a terrorist attack and told the president so, yet he pushed a false narrative about a video.
Just as the new book by former Defense Secretary Bob Gates confirmed what many believed, that President Obama was a politically motivated commander-in-chief who had no faith in an Afghan surge he put 30,000 Americans in harm’s way to execute, transcripts of congressional testimony by military leaders confirm that President Obama knew Benghazi was a terrorist attack before he went to bed to rest for a Las Vegas fundraising trip.
Fox News reporter James Rosen examined 450 pages of declassified testimony given by senior Pentagon officials in closed-door hearings held last year by Congress. In those hearings, Gen. Carter Ham, who at the time headed Africom, the Defense Department combat command with jurisdiction over Libya, testified that he learned about the assault on the consulate compound within 15 minutes of its start, at 9:42 p.m. Libya time, from the Africom Command Center.
Ham said he immediately contacted Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey to say he was coming down the hall at the Pentagon to meet with him.
“I told him what I knew. We immediately walked upstairs to meet with Secretary Panetta,” Ham testified, adding “they had the basic information as they headed across for the meeting at the White House.”
Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, an Iraq war veteran and Army reserve officer, asked 29-year Army veteran Ham what he told Panetta and Dempsey. “As a military person, I am concerned that someone in the military would be advising that this was a demonstration. I would hope that our military leadership would be advising that this was a terrorist attack,” Wenstrup said.
Ham responded that “there was some preliminary discussion about, you know, maybe there was a demonstration. But I think at the command, I personally and I think the command very quickly got to the point that this was not a demonstration, this was a terrorist attack” and that was the “nature of the conversation” Ham had with Panetta and Dempsey moments before their 30-minute meeting with President Obama.
This confirms Panetta’s testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee in February of last year that it was he who told the president “there was an apparent attack going on in Benghazi.”
“Secretary Panetta, do you believe that unequivocally at that time we knew that this was a terrorist attack?” asked Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.
“There was no question in my mind that this was a terrorist attack,” Panetta replied.
Despite a briefing by Dempsey and Panetta that it was a terrorist attack, President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would trumpet the false narrative that four Americans were murdered due to an inflammatory video — something Obama would repeat six times before the U.N. General Assembly and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice would say on five Sunday talk shows five days after the terrorist attack.
It is a disgrace that the only person ever jailed for the Benghazi attack was the maker of that irrelevant video. The terrorists got away with it.
The terrorists got away with it, because the Obama administration didn’t bother to conduct an investigation, or hold anyone accountable. And now we know why – because the person who should have been fired was Barack Obama. He should have been fired in the 2012 election. This whole Benghazi cover-up was just another case of “if you like your doctor, you can keep him” and “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it”. The wonder was that the American people were stupid enough to believe that someone with no experience of any kind at running anything could do a good job as President.
And don’t count on the mainstream media to investigate these stories. They are Democrats. This was their Watergate, and they covered it up.
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- Obama administration refused to engage top counter-terrorism resource for Benghazi
- Classified cable sent on August 16th warned of vulnerability of Benghazi consulate
- Requests for support from Benghazi defenders denied by the Obama administration
- White House told that terrorists took credit for Benghazi attack within two hours
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3 thoughts on “Transcripts show that top U.S. military officials briefed Obama on Benghazi terrorist attack”
Part of the blame for not making this and many other decisions/policies that Obama is responsible a big deal is that the American public is only concerned about one thing … themselves. Who cares if Americans get killed overseas? Who cares if the ACA causes insurance companies to go bankrupt? Who cares if future generations will be saddled with debt that cannot be paid? How do these things affect me, right here right now? Put more money in my pocket, now. Give me more free time to entertain myself, right now. Give me less work and responsibility, right now. We have become a nation of spoiled 12 year olds who can not, (no, its not that they are chosing, the actually CAN NOT) see the long term consequences of that attitude. The fast food industry saw it first – Have it your way (Burger King) and You deserve a break today (McDonalds)
So true, Bernie. Remember, too, that our youth are indoctrinated in Leftist propaganda from kindergarten on in the government schools, in a VERY anti-Christian HollyWeird, and by the overwhelming anti-Christian, anti-conservative bias in the news and print media – the Axis of Informational Evil (AIE).
For Heaven’s Sake, it took me 42 years to figure out that not everyone who reads the Bible is an idiot – and I was a conservative by 21! And, it wasn’t nearly as bad back then, either. The forces of darkness are powerful, and the only One Who can cut through them is the Man called Truth. That’s why engaging those in darkness with the truth of Biblical / Christian apologetics can be so powerful.
Ultimately, for me however, the turning point came when God surrounded me unexpectedly with a group of authentic Christians whom you would never know existed on this planet if all you had to go on was propaganda from the AIE.
One of many Watergates the past 5 years. I have lost count. What a hopelessly lost and fallen country we live in. Liberalism is surely the religion of death.