Could Obama Have Prevented the Benghazi Attack?

On September 11 the New York Times chose to run an op-ed attacking President Bush for not preventing the attacks of September 11 charging that Bush had intelligence about Al Qaeda’s intentions that should have led him to act.

The same question should now be asked about Obama in the wake of the devastating attack in Benghazi, the brutal murder of a US Ambassador and other Americans. It should especially be asked considering that Obama has been skipping half his intelligence briefings.

The Government Accountability Institute, a new conservative investigative research organization, examined President Obama’s schedule from the day he took office until mid-June 2012, to see how often he attended his Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) — the meeting at which he is briefed on the most critical intelligence threats to the country. During his first 1,225 days in office, Obama attended his PDB just 536 times — or 43.8 percent of the time. During 2011 and the first half of 2012, his attendance became even less frequent — falling to just over 38 percent. By contrast, Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush almost never missed his daily intelligence meeting.

This is a criminal level of irresponsibility and raises serious questions about what Obama knew in the weeks leading up to the Benghazi attack and what he did not know because he refused to show up to learn about the latest critical threats to the country and instead stepped out for a game of golf or a campaign stop.

American national security deserves more than 38 percent of the effort and no amount of posthumous posturing in front of a teleprompter will change that.

Questions should be asked about whether

1. Obama was aware of the rising level of instability in Libya and the thousands of Jihadists who had been drawn to the magnet of his Libyan War.

2. Whether he was aware of the threat to Americans in Benghazi, whose rising level of violence has made the city into a central point in Libya’s ongoing civil war.

3. Whether he was even aware that Libya was still effectively in a state of civil war

4. Whether he was aware of the rising levels of Anti-American agitation in North Africa in the last several days

5. Whether he was aware that Libyan security forces had been heavily infiltrated by Islamists, an admission that was made weeks ago by high-ranking government officials.

6. Were appropriate security measures taken to conceal the Safe House that was attacked from Libyan authorities? And if so, why not?

7. Were proposals made to end the US presence in Benghazi or to boost it up with outside security contracts, instead of local Libyans who fled the attack, and were those proposals ignored?

Those are some fairly simple questions and we deserve to know the answers to them.

  • Vis8

    Obama and Hillary Clinton's cravings for "regime changes" have enabled jihadis to come into power in Libya, Egypt and soon in Syria….. The US has financed, helped, and provided favorable media coverage to these hooligans calling themselves "rebels". This extremely short-sighted, foolish foreign policy of Obama (initiated by the masquerader Huma Abedin) is backfiring already……..

    Gaddaffi must be rolling in his grave, laughing.

  • Deerknocker

    Seems to me that the intelligence available to Obama about the Libyan embassy attack was a hell of a lot more specific and actionable than anything available to Bush with respect to 9/11. Having gone through a good many of the several hundred online comments to the NY Times article faulting Bush, I can only wonder how many of those Bushwhacking commentators will apply the same standards of accountability to Obama.

  • scottr95

    Oboma knew this was comming and did nothing to prvent it, I find it very interesting that just days before he is telling everyone that Romney want a war with the Libyan people and this attack happens

  • PaulRevereNow

    And what about those Russian attack submarines that were in the Gulf of Mexico for two months? What other security breaches are occurring because Stinky simply doesn't care? Wait a minute…is this the same jerk that told Israel "We have your back"?

  • Terry

    Here in Australia we have a leftist-green government that hates Australia and has decimated our military. In the US, you have a Presidential team that hate the US and stand by while it is attacked and humiliated.

    Time to claim our countries back.

  • aerostar700p


    According to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted. It is almost certain that those warnings were contained in the daily security briefings; THE ONE OBAMA HAS NOT BEEN GETTING. As a result, Obama never issued a directive to beef up security at Egypt OR Libya.

    Nothing like having an AMATEUR at the helm that feels that it is OK to skip his security briefings to campaign or play golf.
    Had Obama made it a point to take the daily security briefings every day, he probably would have learned of the threat of
    impending attack. Obama SAYS he READ the briefing? Can we believe him? And if he did read them, then WHY did he not see
    the danger and take steps to mitigate that danger with increased marine presence?

    Because of Obama's INCOMPETENCE, Americans are DEAD !!!

  • Deanna Kotkowski

    shame …… shame .. shame…