Thursday’s testimony by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey revealed that President Barack Obama had not been in touch with anyone on Sep. 11, 2012, the night of the Benghazi attacks. Nor had they been in touch with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Yet Obama said in October that he had given “three directives” as soon as he found out “what was going on”–i.e. as the attacks were ongoing:
…the minute I found out what was going on I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure we are securing our personnel and that we are doing whatever we need to. Number two, we are going to investigate exactly what happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice.
Where are these directives? Why did neither Panetta nor Dempsey nor Clinton receive them? Do they exist?
Maybe it’s time for the media to, you know, ask a very simple question. Jay Carney should be eager to help.