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???

  • 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.

  • 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

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  • owl

    This is the best letter I have seen that lays it all out and directly into Obama’s lap.

    Yes, they only need to cool it off and make it old news. They make their facts by quoting where they wrote their facts. They simmer some stories. They attack as one force (Romney said we should not apologize, gaffe overseas). They bring out the nuke, The Silence. They make it old news, therefore everyone knows, move on from their established facts.

  • owl

    Wouldn’t it be something to behold if all the conservative sites operated as Dem media on this one story?

    What if we borrowed their tactics and rubbed their faces in it? Am I dreaming a Breitbart?

    What if every conservative leaning site kept that letter at their top for the next 5 days?

    They operate as a group and no one breaks the line. Kinda like a union strike……..


  • 66chevelle

    #2 SeniorD,

    Well, for terrorists to get that kind of intel, they would have to have a mole pretty high up…maybe even right near Hillary. Hmmmmmm…

  • Campfollower

    If every military and diplomatic family out there would contact their congressman and demand some answers, demand that our representatives really represent US for a change, maybe the Repubicans would grow a set of cueballs half the size of Ty Woods’.

    My mother, 78 years old and widowed in 1968 when my dad was killed in Vietnam, sat in my family room and cried last night about the nightmare the Woods family had to deal with, including the presence of the CinC and VP who not only killed their loved one, but were tacky enough to use them for a prop later. The FBI should probably add widows and children of military war heroes to their list of subversives, because those who are half paying attention are absolutely enraged by this president’s actions. This will not go away.

  • Campfollower

    @66chevelle, the other day Rush was speculating on where the idea for blaming the anti-Muslim video came from and I sat in my care hollering, “Hillary’s girlfriend with the Muslim Brotherhood family!!!!!”
    Who else would be so up to speed on these type of anti-Muslim petty things? It had to be Weiner’s wife.

  • Campfollower

    That should be “my car”.

  • owl

    Please Jim……………..keep this letter toward the top and don’t let it be buried under. It is close to perfect and comes from legit source. It is real news.

    DEM MEDIA attacks as one.

  • cp

    The way Obama keeps avoiding and creating distractions on what is obvious almost appear to even look as though those heroes who died discovered something sensitive and O preferred them to be silenced.

  • Timajin

    This will not cool off! American sons were murdered by terrorists and that pain never goes away. As he likes to say “we will find out what happened and bring those responsible to justice.” That isn’t just for the terrorists. It includes any American who failed to uphold their oath of office.

  • Joanne

    General Ham goes into action and is then taken off his Command. This doesn’t sound like Obama gave any order to do whatever military possible to save those Americans. Obama is going to write an executive order to keep all the information save and sound out of the hands of anyone. What does anyone expect a dictator to do.

  • Patty

    More lies and nonsense coming for LIAR IN CHIEF.

  • WhiteFalcon1

    …He WON’T respond to this…he’ll ‘executive order’ it out of existence and the media will simply pretend 4 Americans weren’t betrayed by their president!

  • Obama pales in comparison to the real men of the U.S. military.

  • American Woman

    The letter should have demanded a response by a specific date.

    Looks like it is just pretending it’s doing its job.

  • Downer

    When you vote, REMEMBER BENGHAZI.

  • Elizabeth

    Problem is, indeed, that Obama will not respond to this and other requests, and the House has no authority to force this, and the media will not publicize it, certainly not before Tuesday.

  • Timothy

    Nice letter, however there is no such thing as a “direct order.” That should have read “lawful order.” There are verbal orders, there are written orders, there are lawful orders, there are also unlawful orders, but there are not any direct orders. That’s a common error and often seen on TV and in movies.

  • bobdog

    Choose your favorite response from the White House:

    1. No response at all, just like Fast and Furious
    2. Executive Privilege
    3. Client-lawyer confidentiality
    4. Immediate transfer and reassignment of all personnel involved
    5. Massive media blitz from compliant allies in the press
    6. All of the above

  • valerie

    #38 November 1, 2012 at 11:49 am
    Timothy commented:

    The military does not move into another country absent a Presidential order, which is in writing. He answered as if he gave an order. If he did, there’s a copy.

  • Patty

    Why Was the Answer ‘No’ in Benghazi?

    Concerning the 9/11 assault on the consulate in Benghazi, the crux of the issue during that tragic night is whether our military should have done nothing or should have tried to do something.

    The president said he immediately directed that all actions be taken by our military to secure our personnel. Since then, he has made clear that he expects fast action when he gives a directive.

    “You return everybody’s phone calls in 15 minutes,” Obama said at a news conference on October 31. “Whether it’s the mayors, the governors, county officials, if they need something, we figure out a way to say yes. . . . We leave no one behind.”

    Secretary Panetta said General Ham, General Dempsey, and he unanimously agreed to take no action because they did not have enough information to place U.S. rescue forces in harm’s way. But if the president directed the military to take action, that is an executive order, not a request for the military to collect more intelligence.

    The Pentagon is now leaking that it had no forces of any kind that could have helped inside seven hours — a different excuse than claiming a lack of information.

    But the president said it was a mob that attacked, and intelligence officials say they didn’t conclude it was a terrorist attack until days later. Well, the U.S. military routinely scares mobs in Iraq and Afghanistan by a flyover of a fighter jet in afterburner. Generals Dempsey and Ham could have taken that action, even if the jet was ordered not to drop any bombs for fear of killing civilians. Surely a flyover at 600 miles per hour would not put the pilot in harm’s way from a mob.

    The second military action could have been the dispatch of U.S. troops to Benghazi. The U.S. embassy in Tripoli — acting on someone’s authority in Washington — sent a plane 400 miles with six Americans to enter the fight around 2 a.m., four hours after the fight started. From Sigonella, about 480 miles away, a relief force of some assortment — surely more than six men — could have been flown in, given that Sigonella had a dozen or more aircraft of all types ready to go within, say, one to two hours.

    So, did the commander-in-chief direct the U.S. military to take action?

    If so, did the Pentagon refuse to do so because of a lack of information about the mob, as the secretary of defense has said? Or did the military lack any air or ground forces that could reach Benghazi within the seven-hour window of the attack?

    “You return everybody’s phone calls in 15 minutes; we figure out a way to say yes.”

    Why, then, was the answer “no” on 9/11 in Benghazi?

  • obamas watergate!

    COngress should put a stop work order on HIM NOW!!!! He and Jarrett will try to pass anything and everything they can get pushed thorugh to help the Islamists more ! Before he exits the white house! The UN treaties to give America away, letting themt ax the internet, the oceans and fly space they are going to cram that through befor ehe leaves office! And REID will help them! We need to stop this islamist supporter now! OMG if he sat and watched 4 men die raped and tortured for 7 hours wait tell you see what he will do to the rest of us! I would put an injunction on:

    MSM, ABC, NBC and all ilsamist owned new media outlets!!!!!! They are triators to America and must be stopped they are in the bucket for the islamist and getting the money to keep them in office!!!! I would charge them all everyone of them for treason against our constitution;and the white house staffers and all who knew about this must be fired!

  • stuart

    None of this matters.
    He’s black.
    The House Armed Services Committee is RACIST!
    If you don’t believe me just ask “Tingles”, He’ll set you straight.

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  • Patty

    More Misdirection from the White House

    The White House continues to offer only this line on Benghazi:

    The White House on Wednesday shot down rumors that President Obama nixed an operation to rescue U.S. diplomats under attack in Benghazi after former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich made the claim on national television.

    “Neither the President nor anyone in the White House denied any requests for assistance in Benghazi during the attack,” National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor told The Hill via e-mail.

    Gingrich told Fox News Tuesday evening that he’d been told by a “fairly reliable” U.S. senator that at least two news networks have emails “from the National Security Adviser’s office telling a counterterrorism group to stand down.” Gingrich qualified the statement, however, saying “I want to be clear, it’s a rumor.”

    This is the only line the White House has offered in the last week—a response to rumors. Here’s the reason: Responding to rumors allows the White House to go after a straw man. It was always unlikely the president and the White House would have explicitly denied a request for assistance during the attack, since it’s unlikely such a request would have been presented formally to the White House in the first place if there was a sense the White House wouldn’t approve it.
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    The real questions have to do with the decisions the president made or didn’t make that evening in consultation with his national security team. For example: How and to whom did the president issue his alleged directive to do anything possible to help the Americans under attack? About that and other relevant questions, the White House continues to provide no answers at all.

  • Patty
  • Patty

    Well, the media has destroyed this nation and if Obama wins again. WE HAVE THEM TO THANK.

  • Patty
  • Patty

    Obama ‘Has Not Participated in the Investigation’ of Benghazi ( Jay Carney told reporters ….)

  • Liz

    I am so sickened by this cowardly man-child. I want to see proof too. Then I want to see impeachment. Watching live-stream while our heros are butchered.

  • Liberty

    If obama ordered the military to secure the compound he would have been waving it in our faces. obama stopped the military from saving Woods, Doherty, Smith and Stevens!

  • owl

    The Poop Scoopers provide millions and millions of free support for Democrats.

    They will win on this issue IF we can not manage to put it on burn BEFORE the election.

    Please put this letter on top and keep it there. It is almost too late because Christie gave him a get-out-of-jail-free card. He gets to tout all this trash freely. Look at him. He is a new man out there. Bouncing happy for the first time since Bengahzi.

    What happens to this issue win or lose?

    The people need to talk about this letter now.

  • #52 owl… I agree with you 100% “What happens to this issue win or lose?” is THE question and the answer: “is what happens to the United States of America” We are at a crossroads, bigger than any other thing is how America responds to her Military in trouble. The left is actually saying this is all ‘conspiracy’ and that the right is using it for politics. SHAME ON THEM. dem, rep, left, right, I DON’T CARE about any crappy political agenda… I care about 4 United States of America Citizens who were left to die a horrific death, alone and without help from the Nation they served.

  • Mahdi Al-Dajjal

    I can see how this letter was received by Obama. His chief of staff walked into the Oval Office and handed it to him while he was leaning back in the chair with his feet up on the President’s desk. He was told what the letter was and what it was asking for him to provide. He took the letter, glanced at it briefly, gushed it up into a ball, and did a basketball-like shot from his chair toward the trash bin on the floor a few yards away… and missed.

    That’s what Barack thinks about letters from Republicans demanding answers.

  • Linda

    #25 November 1, 2012 at 10:14 am
    Campfollower commented:

    If every military and diplomatic family out there would contact their congressman and demand some answers, demand that our representatives really represent US for a change,…


    I agree with you 100%…when America gets together…what America wants…America gets!

    God Bless You and Your Mom