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Obama’s Lies About Security Concerns In Libya

There is increasing evidence that the Obama administration has been less than forthcoming about what they knew about the security situation in Libya. According to several reports, not only did the Obama administration ignore concerns that were brought to their attention about increased terrorist activity in Libya, they reacted completely opposite of how we might expect our government to react, given the information they were given. Instead of increasing security, they decreased the number of security personnel. This, according to what Lt. Col. Andy Wood is expected to tell the House Oversight Committee.

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(Breitbart) Lt. Col Andy Wood will go before the House Oversight committee this week to tell them there were 13 “threats or attacks” on U.S. officials in Libya in the six months leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks on the Benghazi consulate. He will also tell them he worried about the safety of U.S officials in Libya from the time of his arrival there in February, but every time he expressed his concerns to the State Dept. they brushed his words aside.

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The State Dept. has already responded to what Wood will say by claiming there was a “constant conversation” between the Site Security Team and the State Dept. Yet this is countered by Wood’s supporters, who say the State Dept. not only pulled Wood’s 16 member security team out, but 18 other U.S. security team members (from other teams) as well.

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Obama LiedAs I have already alluded to in this post, I realize there are some things our government does that we probably have no need to know. However, I become concerned when our government actively ignores recommendations it has been given about the security of our citizens, overseas or here at home. That seems to be what has happened with President Obama and his administration. Some may say that is unfair criticism, that Obama and his team of advisers were trying to see the big picture of the entire region. To that, I would respond with a question. How is it unfair to question a President who has so little concern about these events that he would skip the majority of his national security briefings, preferring to read them on his iPod? I think it is a perfectly legitimate line of questioning and one that should be pursued. What did Obama know and when did he know it? Why has his administration continued to deny what the facts have told us about what happened in Libya to result in the deaths of four Americans?

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Mitt Romney will be giving a major foreign policy speech this morning and according to Fox News, he will be challenging President Obama’s current course of action in the Middle East. He is right to do so and should continue that challenge on October 16, when he will face Obama in another debate, focusing on foreign policy.

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“The attacks on America last month should not be seen as random acts. They are expressions of a larger struggle that is playing out across the broader Middle East — a region that is now in the midst of the most profound upheaval in a century,” Romney will say, according to speech experts provided by the Republican presidential nominee’s campaign.

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“I know the president hopes for a safer, freer, and a more prosperous Middle East allied with the United States. I share this hope,” Romney continues. “But hope is not a strategy. We cannot support our friends and defeat our enemies in the Middle East when our words are not backed up by deeds.”

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I am sure the media will be questioning why Mitt Romney is challenging President Obama on his policies in the Middle East. I say he needs to continue that challenge and possibly become even more aggressive in his questions of Obama on Thursday night. Sooner or later, one would think Obama would run out of lies to spout and places to hide from his record. Sooner or later, the truth will be known and it likely will not favor the current resident of the White House.

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  • Romney needs to hit Obama hard on this issue. With any other President this would be a huge scandal. With Obama, no one even knows about it because the press ignores it.

    For the record, the VP debate is this Thursday. The next Presidential debate is a week from Tuesday. Here’s the problem for Romney. The third debate on the 23rd, it is supposed to be focused on foreign policy. The 23rd is a Monday, which means the debate will be up against Monday Night Football. Whoever thought it was a good idea to go head to head against the NFL is bloody crazy or trying to help Obama by weakening Romney’s ability to connect with the public at the last debate before the election.

    • Thanks for pointing out my error on the debate schedule. I was confused. (That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.)

      You are right. Mitt Romney needs to take it to President Obama on what has happened in Libya, both before and after the attacks that killed our Ambassador and three others. As much as we can, we need to make it very difficult for the press to continue ignoring this glaring example of foreign policy failure by the Obama administration.

    • Actually, the third and final debate is on October 22. I know that because my twin brother and I will be 50 years old that day. It is on a Monday night, which is completely foolish, for the reasons you have stated.

  • Obama is a feckless, unserious non-leader. It happened under his watch–he’s responsible, but of course, his lapdogs in the press gave him a free pass.

    • lou222

      SF, we also have our Sec. of State that is responsible for the protection of every Embassy and every Consulate in a foreign country, correct? IF so, then why is she still in her position after she miserably failed at that protection?

    • That’s what is so frustrating to me, Kurt. Were it any other President, the media would be all over him like stink on a skunk. With Obama, nothing like this seems to stick. Someone else is always to blame. It’s sickening to watch.

  • This is what happens when the American President decides to lead from behind. Romney needs to expose Obama for the inept president he is. And, Mr. Birn is right. Whoever agreed to go head to head with Monday Night Football is a fool.

    • Obama has done everything but lead America in the right direction. He has no real vision for our country, except to make us more dependent and less self-reliant. That isn’t a good vision, in my opinion.

  • Dragonconservative

    As Steven said, it’s the VP debate on Thursday, not a presidential debate. Aside from that, I agree with you heartily, Larry. We’ve seen too much evidence that Obama is extremely lazy when it comes to foreign policy, such as skipping national security briefings. And we’ve seen how that foreign policy has failed. Obama’s foreign policy platform in 2008 was based on “working with” the Muslim community. However, that has largely failed. Words alone do not make the Middle East respect the US. It is strength that will keep the Middle East in line. We need to make it clear that any unrest in the Middle East will be met with military force from the US or its allies in that region (Israel, Libya once things clear up). Obama does not believe in those things, but simply thinks that some namby-pamby “working together” with the Middle East will work. As a final word, I suggest that everyone read this.

    • I think Obama is extremely lazy, whether you are talking foreign or domestic policy. His idea of being President involves him being able to order people around and tell them what to do. He doesn’t really apply himself to the concept of governing or leading. That is one of the biggest reasons his presidency has been such a failure.

  • It’s not just that the administration blew it in Libya and elsewhere; it’s that they then turn around and lie about it. Mistakes happen (this one was beyond terrible), but at least be man enough to own up to it. The truth eventually comes out, then the liar goes down for the lying more than for the initial mistake. How hypocritical that they are trying to brand Romney a liar (after calling him a tax cheat and a murderer). I don’t think this kind of tragedy should be used for political gain, but Romney MUST call Obama out on his lies.

    • lou222

      John, as I have said before the mantra of this administration is, “lie, deny and make them prove it”.

    • The lies are what trouble me the most. The willingness of this administration to do that makes me wonder how far they will go to achieve their political agenda. I agree that the death of Ambassador Stevens and the other Americans in Libya should not be used for political gain, but someone has to call Obama out on his lies. We know the media will not do that, so it’s up to Mitt Romney and those of us who blog to ask the pertinent questions that need to be answered.

  • Barack Obama had good information that this attack was coming and he did nothing to stop it. But really he did worse than nothing because not only did he ignore Chris Stevens when he begged for more security, he cut security in the region. Because of this he has been in CYA mode from the beginning and now an American citizen is rotting in jail because Barack Obama has made him a scapegoat for his own failing. I am beginning to think this scandal might be worse than Fast and Furious, or at least equally offensive.

    • It is totally unacceptable for Obama, or any other President, to act in such a manner. The lies, the deceit, and the unwillingness to accept responsibility for the results of his policies make me want to vote him out of office even more. This is right up there with Fast and Furious and it’s time Obama took some responsibility for his actions.

      • lou222

        He is not going to take responsibility for anything. He was raised to lay blame at someone elses feet. Even as he is going out the door at the WH, he will still be blaming someone else for his losing the election (I am hoping for this scenario). Anytime that there is murder involved, someone should be responsible, right? Then why are we having such a hard time getting someone to own up to it? I hope the media finally realizes at some point they are vastly to blame not only for him being elected, but for all the coverups they have condoned.