On MSNBC, Obama offered up the head of whoever “didn’t do their job”.
“What my attitude on this is is if we find out there was a big breakdown and somebody didn’t do their job, they’ll be held accountable. Ultimately as Commander-in-Chief I am responsible and I don’t shy away from that responsibility.”
The “breakdown” here though would appear to be not conflicting intelligence, but a denial of military support to the Navy SEALS in the consulate.
Senator Portman has shifted the question away from the traditional “intelligence failures” which have been used to cover for everything from Iran to September 11, and back to the core question of whether Obama issued an order for military support.
There was a shocking breakdown operationally not having the security there in the first place. And not to respond to these guys and their pleas for help for seven hours during a firefight. It’s unbelievable. And, now we’re hearing that the President of the United States, based on his own words, issued a directive immediately after he found out about the firefight saying he wanted to be sure the people on the ground were safe and they were getting what they needed. It didn’t happen. This means that either the president’s order was not followed. Which would be a breakdown in terms of the White House procedure or it means the order wasn’t issued. We need to find out about this. It’s not about politics.
Meanwhile Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, a top ranking former intelligence officer, whose book on Afghanistan was banned, has said that his sources tell him that Obama was in the situation room watching it happen. Which means the decision came down to him.
“This was in the middle of the business day in Washington, so everybody at the White House, CIA, Pentagon, everybody was watching this go down,” Shaffer said on Fox News’ “Justice with Judge Jeanine.” “According to my sources, yes, [Obama] was one of those in the White House Situation Room in real-time watching this.”
That puts the onus of responsibility right back on Obama. The predictable response of the administration will be to look for a sacrificial goat to blame for “intelligence failures” leading to the attack, and obviously missing a coordinated series of attacks on American diplomatic facilities across the Middle East counts as a major intelligence failure, but it conveniently diverts from the core question of what orders Obama gave or failed to give during the actual attack.