White House Says It Did Not Deny Requests for Help in Benghazi – But Did Not Issue Orders to Save US Security Officials Either

Last night Bing West, a former Assistant Secretary of Defense, told Greta Van Susteren that if Obama gave the order to secure the consulate in Benghazi there would be a paper trail,

“If that actually happened the way President Obama said it happened, there’s a paper trail and I think people reasonably enough can say, “Can we see the order?” because hundreds of others supposedly saw this order.

So far no one has offered any evidence that Obama made the order to protect our men on the ground in Benghazi the night of the attack.

Today the Obama Administration told reporters that they did not deny requests for help in Benghazi.
Top of the Ticket reported:

The White House on Saturday flatly denied that President Barack Obama withheld requests for help from the besieged American compound in Benghazi, Libya, as it came under on attack by suspected terrorists on September 11th.

“Neither the president nor anyone in the White House denied any requests for assistance in Benghazi,” National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor told Yahoo News by email.

Fox News Channel reported Friday that American officials in the compound repeatedly asked for military help during the assault but were rebuffed by CIA higher-ups.

Notice what is missing from the statement?  The administration did not say it issued orders to secure the consulate and protect our ambassador. This is despite the many pleas for assistance coming from the consulate and annex.
Where are the orders Mr. President?

More… In a similar vein Bill Kristol at The Weekly Standard asked these 10 questions of the White House today.

1.) To whom did the president give the first of his “three very clear directives”—that is, “make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to?”

2.) How did he transmit this directive to the military and other agencies?

3.) During the time when Americans were under attack, did the president convene a formal or informal meeting of his national security council? Did the president go to the situation room?

4.) During this time, with which members of the national security team did the president speak directly?

5.) Did Obama speak by phone or teleconference with the combatant commanders who would have sent assistance to the men under attack?

6.) Did he speak with CIA director David Petraeus?

7.) Was the president made aware of the repeated requests for assistance from the men under attack? When and by whom?

8.) Did he issue any directives in response to these requests?

9.) Did the president refuse to authorize an armed drone strike on the attackers?

10.) Did the president refuse to authorize a AC-130 or MC-130 to enter Libyan airspace during the attack?

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  • Oliver

    Does this mean the White House didn’t get any requests, or that they IGNORED the requests?

  • Kate

    No one died in Watergate yet the MSM was frothing at the mouth and all over it. Fast and Furious over 200 people died, one of our agents and now 4 American deaths in Libya while Obama fiddles in the WH. Except for FOX News, what does one hear? The silence is deafening. Guess these liberals don’t much care for American lives either. How can anyone support this horrid excuse for an human being much less a president?

  • donh

    Jim is catching on to the Obama shuck and jive double speak….This is how Obama lies. He says he did not deny the request to send help….and that may very well be true…..He failed to authorize the commitment of force….said wait a minute…let me think about it…..I will get back to you…..but a sin of omission is a denial of service . To not make a decision when one is called for is a decision.

  • Sasja

    There was no request to deny nor was there a plea for assistance nor did they issue orders to secure the consulate or our ambassador even if there had been a urgent plea for help which there wasn’t because the CIA ignored those pleas that never came and which the preezy knew nothing about because no one tells him anything except he said he issued a directive to secure the consulate which was just a target for protestors because of a non-film and AQ is on the run because he got OBL.

    I don’t know what I just wrote.

  • robotech master

    “Did not deny” hmmm can we also get a “Did not tell people to stand down/wait/wait for further order/anything else on this line”?

    Somehow I suspect they are using an insanely narrow definition of “deny”.

  • valerie

    Barack Obama doesn’t sign anything. He thinks that will protect himself.

  • Sasja

    Kate, they support him because they are just as horrid as he.

  • RealMc


    but not for long…………

  • Sasja


    Need to take a few moments from this madness? Then look at God’s creation.


  • mg4us

    No More Shuck And Jive. . .Or else Ambassador would be alive!

    We Demand Answers
    We Demand Accountability
    We Demand The Truth!

    Call your Congressman, Senator and local paper. . .
    All Congress up for re-election. .
    makes a great local paper front page if MSM won’t cover. .

    Behind Every Blade of Grass is A TEA Party Patriot!

    Come Nov 6, We are ready to take OUR COUNTRY BACK
    To Restore & RENEW

    And to Court Marshal any Commander-in-chief
    for Dereliction of duty
    surrendering OUR EMBASSIES. . .
    and for denying fellow Americans help. . leaving them to die (or be sodomized first)

    May even try folks at high level with treason!

  • Patty


  • forest

    Didn’t do this, didn’t do that

    What the hell did Obama Regime actually do?

    Besides sit and watch our people get killed and make up lies to cover themselves politically, did those scumbags do anything else?

  • Sasja


    Barry went to sleep so he would be all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for his fun in Las Vegas the next day.

  • Patty
  • donh

    The decision to save the Ambassador’s life was above his pay grade.

  • Patty

    Defense Secretary Justifies Inaction in Benghazi Attack

    “There was always the chance that an attempt to rescue the Ambassador might make things worse,” Panetta added. “As it now stands, only four Americans were killed. If we had sent in troops there likely would’ve been more casualties on both sides. By declining to charge in we at least have no Libyan blood on our hands.”

    The secretary brushed off reports that those under attack were desperately pleading for help. “It’s to be expected that persons in their position would have a rather narrow perspective of the situation,” he said. “It’s hard to appreciate the bigger picture when you’re in fear for your life. Those of us with broader responsibilities must maintain a calmer demeanor and balance the costs and benefits of escalating the confrontation.”


    not implementing a strategy on 9/11 of all days is not a strategy. THEY NEVER TRIED TO HELP…. PERIOD. AND ANY OTHER ADMINISTRATION WOULD ALL BE FIRED.

  • Patty

    Gallup: Obama’s Job Approval Drops 7 Points in 3 Days



  • Patty

    Operation Bengazi Accountablity-1 Million Calls Monday Oct 29


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  • donh

    #16 The Cowardly Leon is really laying the PC rules of disengagement out for all to see. Ted Turner must be running the whole show.

    “By declining to charge in we at least have no Libyan blood on our hands”

    This is something to be congratulated ? This is exactly what has everybody outraged. 4 of ours dead and NO dead terrorists. The blood would not be on our hands. The blood of any dead Libyans is on Syria and Iran who planned this terrorist strike. Obama is destroying our military and putting the lives of every American civilian at risk .