On the previous post, Dave posted a comment that Gen. Dempsey and Panetta were “conflicted” on what to do about the attack in Benghazi. That’s what we hear. Well, could that conflicted mode apply to Obama too? [H/T to Dave for the inspiration]
So I followed that description and the latest reports confirm and echo it. (an article below)
Allow me the liberty to take a stab at defining “conflicted” to Obama.
Let me see: It was September, 11th, during the anniversary Obama was paying his respects to 9/11 attacks and taking another victory lap in his marathon to take credit for killing bin Laden. While on the same day he would hang an ambassador and 3 Americans out to dry in Benghazi, Libya – a country he takes credit for liberating on the campaign trail. Abandoning the same type people who actually got bin Laden.
Now someone may want to disagree with my conclusion, but that takes “conflicted” to a whole new level. If that isn’t an absurd amount of conflicted… I don’t know what is.
*A psychic struggle between opposing or incompatible impulses, desires, or tendencies
Glenn Fawcett/Department of Defense
Details released after pressure from Boehner
By Stephen Dinan and Shaun Waterman
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Thursday that the U.S. didn’t send troops to defend the consulate in Benghazi from a terrorist assault last month because the intelligence was too sketchy.
The details emerged as House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, demanded that President Obama explain why his administration failed to heed security warnings ahead of the Sept. 11 attack in, and why it has struggled to explain the matter in the weeks since.
In a letter to Mr. Obama, Mr. Boehner told the president that he must answer questions including why it took the administration two weeks to acknowledge that the assault was a terrorist attack rather than a spontaneous protest against an anti-Islamic video.
At the Pentagon, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, pleaded Thursday for time for reviewers at the Defense and State departments to finish their work. [delay, delay]
“It’s not helpful, in my view, to provide partial answers,” he said.
Mr. Panetta decried “a lot of Monday-morning quarterbacking” in the questions his department has faced about why it didn’t send help in the middle of an hours-long assault on the U.S. Consulate.
Mr. Panetta said the military had forces positioned to respond, but the situation was too uncertain to send them in.
“The basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on, without having some real-time information about what’s taking place,” he said. “It was really over before, you know, we had the opportunity to really know what was happening.”
And so it was over before they had an opportunity to know what was going on?