Boom! House Committee to White House: Show Proof You Ordered Military to Secure Benghazi Compound

On Friday October 26, a Denver reporter pressed Barack Obama on his response to the attack on the Benghazi consulate on 9-11.
Barack Obama told 9News,

“I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to.”

But, despite his words, there is no proof that the White House ever ordered the military to secure the consulate. The US military did not deploy any assets to secure U.S. personnel in Benghazi during the seven hours the consulate and the annex were under attack.

On Wednesday, the House Armed Services Committee sent a letter to the White House to demand proof that the military was ever called up to secure the Benghazi consulate.

From the Armed Services

October 29, 2012
The President
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

I noted with interest your interview with Kyle Clark on October 26th, in which you stated, in reference to whether or not any requests for help from U.S. personnel under attack in Benghazi were denied, “Well, we are finding out exactly what happened. I can tell you, as I’ve said over the last couple of months since this happened, the minute I found out what was happening, I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to.” (Emphasis added.) Although this response did not specifically answer the reporter’s question, your first directive would appear to involve potential actions by the U.S. military. Since you personally provided this directive, I have a series of additional questions that I am confident you can answer in advance of the conclusion of any formal investigation.

There appears to be a discrepancy between your directive and the actions taken by the Department of Defense. As we are painfully aware, despite the fact that the military had resources in the area, the military did not deploy any assets to secure U.S. personnel in Benghazi during the hours the consulate and the annex were under attack. I find it implausible that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Commander of U.S. Africa Command, and the Commander of U.S. European Command would have ignored a direct order from the Commander in Chief.

Therefore, could you please clarify:

** To whom did you issue this first directive and how was this directive communicated to the military and other agencies – verbally or in writing?
** At any time on September 11, 2012, did you specifically direct the military to move available assets into Libya to ensure the safety of U.S. personnel in Benghazi? If so, which assets did you order to Libya?
** At any time on September 11, 2012, other than ISR assets, did you provide the authority for the military to take any and all necessary measures to secure U.S. personnel, including specifically the authority to enter Libyan airspace?
** Did you have any communication with the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or any Commanders of regional Combatant Commands regarding military support to U.S. personnel in Benghazi on September 11th? If so, could you please describe any recommendations provided to you regarding available military support and any orders you gave to them?

Thank you for your prompt attention to these matters. Members of the Committee on Armed Services are keenly concerned that any breakdown in communication that may have occurred not be repeated. Given your stated interest in transparency and sharing all relevant information with the American people and the families of our fallen, I am hopeful you can promptly address these questions.


Howard P. “Buck” McKeon

Let’s see how the Obama Administration spins this since Obama never ordered the troops in despite the several calls for help.

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  • TXPatriot

    If he ever ordered this (which he didn’t), he sure did seem quite nonchalant about the military not carrying out orders AT ALL when he flew off to Vegas the next day. What CEO would order something this major and then not care at all if it was done or not?

  • SeniorD

    One COULD argue the various State Dept. cables and e-mails MAY have been the intelligence the Islamists needed to overrun the Consulate. But that would be too speculative, even for the closet Marxist/Socialist/Islamist occupying the Oval Office.

    Or is it???

  • TeachX3

    I am so happy to read this… I could not of logged on to anything better

  • Redlite

    I will have more flexibility after the election. Get back to you on that…

  • nadadhimmi

    Barry doesn’t have to prove a thing except the color of his skin. That takes care of any possible problems he may have caused. How can we judge him on the content of his character when he doesn’t have any? Best fall back on his skin color.

  • Grandma Perkins

    The “investigation” will begin in about a six months.

  • myohmy

    It seems that lying seems come out natural with Obama. A few more days, he and his henchmen will be booted out of the WH.

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  • Chris Light

    The Administration will spin his comments. They’ll say that when he gave the 3 directives that he meant, AFTER the “figurative smoke” cleared, he ordered people in to secure the Americans known to be at those locations. If this becomes his new defense, then again, he needs to be pressed on why nothing was done during the attacks. This is HIS Fault and there is no escaping the responsibility. These deaths are on his FAULT!

    Congress, Republicans need to start screaming for the truth. I know its election time, but people need to force their representatives to fight for the truth. This deception and negligence is too important to allow Obama to stay in power over this country. The media won’t fight for the truth, so the People needs to demand it from their Reps.

  • succotash
  • Redlite

    No 9
    Bill Hemmer just covered this letter on FOX .

  • Bitter Clinger

    There will be radio silence from our White House. Jay Carney, Press Kidlet, has turned out the lights in the briefing room. No comment. We’re exempt. Obama is immune. You people are racist for wanting answers. MSM: Cue the crickets……

  • squeaky

    while everyone else hunkered down for sandy obozo was hunkered down for benghazi. underestimating your adversary one lie at a time – will they ever learn you can fool some of the people some of the time and so on.

  • Granny

    Too bad he didn’t also ask him the opposite questions – “At any time did you order military assets to stand down”

  • Devon

    The admin will not spin it. They will ignore this letter like all of the others.

  • SoLongSong

    Over at Town Hall there’s an article by Thomas Sowell about “cooling off”. About how you just draw stuff out long enough, so that by the time everything FINALLY comes out, it’s “old news” and just doesn’t matter anymore.

    Clearly, that’s what Obama is trying to do here – with a complicit media, as usual.

  • TeachX3

    Exactly #16 SoLongSong… draw it out so the people get tired and it becomes the new normal. The same strategy is being used with the economy…

  • snewb

    Answers will be the same as Janet Reno on Waco disaster.
    I can not comment on an on-going investigation.
    Once the facts are known, we’ll have a better idea of what happened
    and can disclose the results to the American people.

  • saveus

    don’t hold your breath waiting for obummer to respond

  • H8Unions