Panetta’s Turn To Be On The Hot Seat *Open Thread*
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee today on what happened in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. Considering my senator, Sen. Lindsey Graham, will be one of those asking questions, I HOPE we will get some real answers this time around. I’m not holding my breath, mind you, but I am hopeful.
Why? Because of this interview Sen. Graham had the other day with Greta van Susteren:
If you were able to watch the video, no doubt you caught what Senator Graham said about the rescue time for the British Ambassador – TWENTY MINUTES. And who rescued him? The US Military. So why in the hell were they not called in to help OUR people? Secretary Panetta said it isn’t like calling 9/11. I can appreciate that, but this battle raged for HOURS, not minutes, and they surely COULD have sent someone in, couldn’t they?
It would seem so, especially considering what has now come out about the FAST team from Rota, Spain, as well as Special Operations team in Croatia that could have gotten there quickly. What is even more disturbing about the FAST team is that they were told to deplane and change into CIVILIAN clothes so there would not appear to be a “military presence” in Libya. What the hell?? For more questions, and facts, on the timeline and what our government did NOT do, click HERE.
One other note about Senator Graham, and this has to do with the drone issue. He supports using drones in general. He stated that American citizens who turn against their nation can be captured or killed. I totally understand that. But one issue he mentioned – and it is a BIG one – is that dead men do not talk. Meaning, there is no way to gather intelligence from someone who is dead. No kidding. And it begs the question, again, why bin Laden was killed rather than captured. Why the government chose to blow up Anwar al-Awlaki rather than capture him, and get intel. THAT is a big problem, especially in these dangerous times.
Well, the hearing has begun, and Secretary Panetta has already started lying by saying there was no proof that Benghazi was going to be attacked, no proof of any plans. Uh huh. Right. Like the many memos from Ambassador Stevens? Like his contacting them that VERY DAY? Like an attack happening on 9/11??
Good grief, how DO these people sleep at night?
Feel free to talk about the hearing, about Benghazi, the Drones, or perhaps the recent CBO report.
That report was VERY discouraging, btw. Despite the media focusing on the “less than a TRILLION in deficit this year!” piece, instead being in the $800+ BILLION range, the rest of it was even worse. Like us borrowing 77% – that is SEVENTY-SEVEN percent – of the GDP by 2020. That is SEVEN years from now. Just click on the CBO report and take a look at the very first graph shown. It is startling. We are in for a world of hurt, and all the MSM can do is celebrate this one tiny little piece, which is STILL not good. Sheesh.
Enough from me. It’s all yours!