During a campaign trip to Denver Obama went on KUSA TV where he was asked twice if Americans under attack in Libya were denied assistance. He said, “...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... And I guarantee you that everyone in the state department, our military, the CIA, you name it, had number one priority making sure that people were safe.”
Question: Did the president give an order that wasn't carried out? If he did, Bing West would like to see it.
Surely it is in the president’s best interests to release a copy of his order, which the military would have sent to hundreds in the chain of command. And if the president did not direct the NSC “to do whatever we need to do,” then who was in charge? When the American ambassador is attacked and remains out of American hands for over seven hours as a battle rages — and our military sends no aid — either the crisis-response system inside the White House is incompetent, or top officials are covering up.
I think we're looking at option two — they're covering up.
Update: It's both, actually. There is monumental incompetence on display in the Obama administration. It arises from a combination of stupidity, dishonesty, and sheer arrogance. And now they're trying to cover it up. Too late. It's right out there in the open for everybody to see.
This incompetence is not limited to Obama. Like Obama, Hillary was supposed to be an intellectual giant. But there she was telling Charles Woods, "We're going to have that person arrested and prosecuted that did the video." Woods is the father of Tyrone Woods who was killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. While consoling the grief stricken father Hillary took the opportunity to promote a lie. She made a political move, using the moment to promote the administration's weak explanation of what went on in Benghazi. What's smart about that?
To use the words of Mark Steyn, Obama, Clinton, the White House, they all suffer "the wretched shrinkage that befalls those unable to conceive of anything except in the most self-servingly political terms."