O’Reilly Obama 2014 Superbowl Pregame Interview: Obamacare, Benghazi Attack, IRS Targeting [Full Video & Transcript]
BILL O’REILLY, HOST: Mr. President, thank you for doing this.
BARACK OBAMA: Great to be with you.
O’REILLY: Really appreciate it.
I want to get some things on the record.
So let’s begin with health care.
O’REILLY: October 1st it rolls out.
O’REILLY: Immediately, there are problems with the computers.
O’REILLY: When did you know there were going to be problems with those computers?
OBAMA: Well, I think we all anticipated there would be glitches, because any time you’ve got technology, a new program rolling out, there are going to be some glitches. I don’t think I anticipated or anybody anticipated the degree of the problems with the Web site. And…
O’REILLY: So you just didn’t know when it rolled out that this was going to be…
OBAMA: Well, I don’t think…
O’REILLY: — a problem?
OBAMA: — as I said, I don’t think anybody anticipated the degree of problems that you had on HealthCare.gov. The good news is that right away, we decided how are we going to fix it, it got fixed within a month and a half, it was up and running and now it’s working the way it’s supposed to and we’ve signed up three million people.
O’REILLY: I don’t know about that, because last week, there was an Associated Press call of people who actually went to the Web site and only 8 percent of them feel that it’s working well, working well.
Why didn’t you fire Sebelius, the secretary in charge of this…
O’REILLY: — because I mean she had to know, after all those years and all that money, that it wasn’t going to work?
OBAMA: You know, my main priority right now is making sure that it delivers for the American people. And what we…
O’REILLY: You’re not going to answer that?
OBAMA: — what — what we’ve ended up doing is we’ve got three million people signed up so far. We’re about a month behind of where we anticipated we wanted to be. We’ve got over six million people who have signed up for Medicaid.
OBAMA: We’ve got three million young people under the age of 26 who have signed up on their parents’ plan. And so what we’re constantly figuring out is how do we continue to improve it, how do we make sure that the folks who don’t have health insurance can get health insurance…
OBAMA: — and those who are underinsured are able to get better health insurance.
O’REILLY: I’m sure — I’m sure that the intent is noble, but I’m a taxpayer.
O’REILLY: And I’m paying Kathleen Sebelius’ salary and she screwed up.
O’REILLY: And you’re not holding her accountable.
OBAMA: Yes, well, I — I promise you that we hold everybody up and down the line accountable. But when we’re…
O’REILLY: But she’s still there.
OBAMA: — when we’re in midstream, Bill, we want to make sure that our main focus is how do we make this thing work so that people are able to sign up?
And that’s what we’ve done.
O’REILLY: All right.
Was it the biggest mistake of your presidency to tell the nation over and over, if you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance?
OBAMA: Oh, Bill, you’ve got a long list of my mistakes of my presidency…
O’REILLY: But, no, really, for you…
OBAMA: — as I’ve (INAUDIBLE)…
O’REILLY: — wasn’t that the biggest one?
OBAMA: But this is — this is one that I regret and I’ve said I regretted, in part because we put in a grandfather clause in the original law saying that, in fact, you were supposed to be able to keep it. It obviously didn’t cover everybody that we needed to and that’s why we changed it, so that we further grandfathered in folks and many people who thought originally, when they got that cancellation notice, they couldn’t keep it or not (INAUDIBLE)…
O’REILLY: It’s in the past. But isn’t that the…
O’REILLY: — biggest mistake?
OBAMA: Well, I, you know, Bill, as I said…
O’REILLY: You gave your enemies…
O’REILLY: — a lot of fodder for it.
OBAMA: — you were very generous in saying I look pretty good considering I’ve been in the presidency for five years. And I think part of the reason is, I try to focus not on the fumbles, but on the next plan.
O’REILLY: All right.
Libya, House Armed Services testimony, General Carter Ham, you know, the general?
OBAMA: Yes. Right.
O’REILLY: Security in Africa.
O’REILLY: He testified that on the day that the ambassador was murdered and the three other Americans, all right, he told Secretary Panetta it was a terrorist attack. Shortly after Ham, General Ham, said that, Secretary Panetta came in to you.
O’REILLY: Did he tell you, Secretary Panetta, it was a terrorist attack?
OBAMA: You know what he told me was that there was an attack on our compound…
O’REILLY: He didn’t tell you…
OBAMA: — (INAUDIBLE)…
O’REILLY: — he didn’t use the word “terror?”
OBAMA: You know, in — in the heat of the moment, Bill, what folks are focused on is what’s happening on the ground, do we have eyes on it, how can we make sure our folks are secure…
O’REILLY: Because I just want to get this on the record…
OBAMA: So, I…
O’REILLY: — did he tell you it was a terror attack?
OBAMA: Bill — and what I’m — I’m answering your question. What he said to me was, we’ve got an attack on our compound. We don’t know yet…
O’REILLY: No terror attack?
OBAMA: — we don’t know yet who’s doing it. Understand, by definition, Bill, when somebody is attacking our compound…
OBAMA: — that’s an act of terror, which is how I characterized it the day after it happened. So the — so the question ends up being who, in fact, was attacking us?
O’REILLY: But it’s more than that…
OBAMA: And that…
O’REILLY: — though…
OBAMA: — well, we…
O’REILLY: — because of Susan Rice.
OBAMA: No, it…
O’REILLY: It’s more than that because if Susan Rice goes out and tells the world that it was a spontaneous demonstration…
O’REILLY: — off a videotape but your…
O’REILLY: — your commanders and the secretary of Defense know it’s a terror attack…
OBAMA: Now, Bill…
OBAMA: — Bill…
O’REILLY: — as an American…
OBAMA: — Bill — Bill…
O’REILLY: — I’m just confused.
OBAMA: And I’m — and I’m trying to explain it to, if you want to listen. The fact of the matter is is that people understood, at the time, something very dangerous was happening, that we were focused on making sure that we did everything we can — could — to protect them. In the aftermath, what became clear was that the security was lax, that not all the precautions and — that needed to be taken were taken and both myself and Secretary Clinton and others indicated as much.
But at the moment, when these things happen, Bill, on the other side of the world, people…
O’REILLY: It’s the fog of war…
OBAMA: — people — that’s — people don’t know at the very moment exactly why something like this happens. And when you look at the videotape of this whole thing unfolding, this is not some systematic, well organized process. You see…
O’REILLY: Well, it was heavy weapons used…
OBAMA: — you…
O’REILLY: — and that…
OBAMA: — what you…
O’REILLY: — that’s the thing…
OBAMA: — what you see — Bill…
O’REILLY: — heavy weapons coming in.
OBAMA: — Bill, listen, I — I — I’ve gone through this and we have had multiple hearings on it. What happens is you have an attack like this taking place and you have a mix of folks who are just troublemakers. You have folks who have an ideological agenda.
O’REILLY: All right.
OBAMA: You have some who are affiliated with terrorist organizations. You have some that are not. But the main thing that all of us have to take away from this is our diplomats are serving in some very dangerous places.
O’REILLY: But there’s more…
OBAMA: And we’ve got…
O’REILLY: — there’s more than that…
OBAMA: — and we’ve got — and we’ve got to make sure that not only have we implemented all the reforms that were recommended…
OBAMA: — by the independent agency…
OBAMA: — but we also have to make sure that we understand our folks out there are in a hazardous, dangerous situation…
O’REILLY: I think everybody understands that…
OBAMA: — and we…
O’REILLY: — Mr. President.
OBAMA: No, but — but, actually, not everybody does, because what ends up happening…
O’REILLY: I think they do.
OBAMA: — what ends up happening is we end up creating a political agenda…
OBAMA: — over something…
O’REILLY: — and that’s…
OBAMA: — (INAUDIBLE)…
O’REILLY: — that was my next question.
OBAMA: — which Democrats and Republicans should be unified in trying to figure out how are we going to protect people (INAUDIBLE)?
O’REILLY: I’ve got to get to the IRS…
O’REILLY: — but I just want to say that they’re — your detractors believe that you did not tell the world it was a terror attack because your campaign didn’t want that out.
OBAMA: Bill, think about…
O’REILLY: That’s what they believe.
OBAMA: — and they believe it because folks like you are telling them that.
O’REILLY: No, I’m not telling them that.
O’REILLY: I’m asking you whether you were told…
OBAMA: But — and what I’m saying is…
O’REILLY: — it was a terror attack and you…
OBAMA: – and what I’m saying is that is inaccurate.
O’REILLY: All right.
OBAMA: We — we revealed to the American people exactly what we understood at the time. The notion that we would hide the ball for political purposes when, a week later, we all said, in fact, there was a terrorist attack taking place the day after, I said it was an act of terror, that wouldn’t be a very good cover-up…
O’REILLY: All right.
OBAMA: — if that’s what we were interested in.
O’REILLY: I’ve got to get to the IRS…
O’REILLY: — because I don’t know what happened there and I’m hoping maybe you can tell us. Douglas Shulman, former IRS chief, he was cleared into the White House 157 times, more than any of your cabinet members, more than any other IRS guy in the history, by far.
OK, why was Douglas Shulman here 157 times?
OBAMA: Mr. Shulman, as the head of the IRS, is constantly coming in, because at the time, we were trying to set up the, uh, HealthCare.gov and the IRS…
O’REILLY: What did he have to do with that?
OBAMA: — and the IRS is involved in making sure that that works as part of the overall health care team.
O’REILLY: So it was all health care?
OBAMA: Number two, we’ve also got the IRS involved when it comes to some of the financial reforms to make sure that we don’t have taxpayer funded bailouts in the future. So you had all these different agendas in which the head of the IRS is naturally involved.
O’REILLY: Did you speak to him a lot…
OBAMA: — (INAUDIBLE).
O’REILLY: — yourself?
OBAMA: I do not recall meeting with him in any of these meetings that are pretty routine meetings that we had.
O’REILLY: OK, so you don’t — you don’t recall seeing Shulman, because what some people are saying is that the IRS was used…
O’REILLY: — at a — at a local level in Cincinnati, and maybe other places to go after…
OBAMA: Absolutely wrong.
O’REILLY: — to go after.
OBAMA: Absolutely wrong.
O’REILLY: But how do you know that, because we — we still don’t know what happened there?
OBAMA: Bill, we do — that’s not what happened. They — folks have, again, had multiple hearings on this. I mean these kinds of things keep on surfacing, in part because you and your TV station will promote them.
O’REILLY: But don’t…
OBAMA: But when (INAUDIBLE)…
O’REILLY: — think there are unanswered questions?
OBAMA: Bill, when you actually look at this stuff, there have been multiple hearings on it. What happened here was it that you’ve got a…
O’REILLY: But there’s no definition on it.
OBAMA: — you’ve got a 501(c)(4) law that people think is focusing. No — that the folks did not know how to implement…
OBAMA: — because it basically says…
O’REILLY: — so you’re saying there was no…
OBAMA: — if you are involved…
O’REILLY: — no corruption there at all, none?
OBAMA: That’s not what I’m saying.
OBAMA: That’s actually…
O’REILLY: No, no, but I want to know what…
OBAMA: — (INAUDIBLE)…
O’REILLY: — you’re saying. You’re the leader of the country.
O’REILLY: You’re saying no corruption?
OBAMA: There were some — there were some bone-headed decisions…
O’REILLY: Bone-headed decisions…
OBAMA: — out of — out of a local office…
O’REILLY: But no mass corruption?
OBAMA: Not even mass corruption, not even a smidgeon of corruption, I would say.
O’REILLY: OK. I got a letter from Kathy LaMaster (ph), Fresno, California. I said I would read one letter from the folks, all right?
OBAMA: All right.
O’REILLY: “Mr. President, why do you feel it’s necessary to fundamentally transform the nation that has afforded you so much opportunity and success?”
OBAMA: I don’t think we have to fundamentally transform the nation…
O’REILLY: But those are your words.
OBAMA: I think that what we have to do is make sure that here in America, if you work hard, you can get ahead. Bill, you and I benefitted from this incredible country of ours, in part, because there were good jobs out there that paid a good wage, because you had public schools that functioned well, that we could get scholarships if we didn’t come from a wealthy family, in order to go to college.
OBAMA: That, you know, if you worked hard, not only did you have a good job, but you also had decent benefits, decent health care…
O’REILLY: They’re cutting me off…
OBAMA: — and for a lot of folks, we don’t have that. We’ve got to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to expand the middle class…
O’REILLY: All right…
OBAMA: — and work hard and people who are working hard can get into the middle class.
O’REILLY: I think — I — you know, I know you think maybe we haven’t been fair, but I think your heart is in the right place.
Projection for the game — who’s going to win the Super Bowl?
OBAMA: I can’t make a prediction. I don’t know. These guys are too evenly matched. I think it is going to be 24-21, but I don’t know who’s going to be…
O’REILLY: You don’t really know?
OBAMA: — 24 and I don’t know who’s going to be 21.
O’REILLY: Mr. President, thanks very much.
OBAMA: I enjoyed it.
Annnnd …FIVE days after the 9/11 anniversary attack in Benghazi then US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice appeared on FIVE Sunday morning talk shows (blaming the video) pinch hitting for then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton because …wait for it… Hillary had a “painful stressful week”.
FOUR Americans were killed by bloodthirsty Islamic jihadist savages during an 8 hour siege, and Hill’s week was “painful” and “stressful”?!?!
(Politico) –National Security Adviser Susan Rice says she has no regrets about taking the Sunday show interviews that brought her career under fire in September 2012.
Pressed Sunday on CBSâ€™s â€œ60 Minutesâ€ as to why Hillary Clinton didnâ€™t appear for interviews following the lethal attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Rice said she had filled in willingly because of the then-secretary of stateâ€™s particularly â€œpainfulâ€ and â€œstressfulâ€ week.
â€œI donâ€™t have time to think about the false controversy,â€ Rice said. â€œIn the midst of all of swirl about things like talking points, the administration has been working very, very hard across the globe to review our security of our embassies and our facilities. Thatâ€™s what we ought to be focused on.â€
This video is from October 2013, but as Mr. Pinko at iOwnTheWorrld said; it’s “worth repeating”.
(Please note: I have embedded several relevant links throughout the transcript text.)
“We will not waiver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act in Benghazi. And make no mistake justice will be done. ”
That was the president of the United States over a year ago.
“We’re investigating exactly what happened. But my biggest priority now is bringing those folks [al-Qaeda islamic jihadists FIFY] to justice. ”
That was the president of the United States over a year ago.
No one has been arrested. No one has been prosecuted. No one has been [air quotes] brought to justice. We don’t even have access to the witness’. You in the media were good enough for my 16 years as a prosecutor not to tell me how to do my job. And so far in congress you all have been good enough not to tell me how to do my job.Â I’m not telling you how to do your job. But I’m gonna ask you some questions, and if you can’t answer these questions, then I’ll leave you to draw whatever conclusions you want to draw about whether or not the media has provided sufficient oversight.
- Can you tell me why Chris Stevens was in Benghazi the night that he was killed?
- Do you know?
- Does it bother you whether or not you know why Chris Stevens was in Benghazi?
- Do you know why we were the last flag flying in Benghazi after the British had left and the Red Cross had been bombed?
- Do you know why requests for additional security were denied?
- Do you know why an Ambassador asking for more security days and weeks before he was murdered and those requests went unheeded?
- Do you know the answer to why those requests went unheeded?
- Do you know why no assets were deployed during the siege?
- And I’ve heard the explanation which defies logic frankly, that we couldn’t have gotten there in time.
- But you know, they didn’t know when it was gonna end.
- So how could you possibly cite that as an excuse?
- Do you know whether the president called any of our allies and said can you help we have men under attack?
- Can you answer that?
- Do any of you know why Susan Rice was picked?
- The secretary of state [Hillary Clinton] did not go.
- She says she doesn’t like Sunday talk shows, it’s the only media venue she does not like. If that’s true.
- Why was Susan Rice on the five Sunday talk shows?
- Do you know the origin of this mythology that it [the attack] was spawned as a spontaneous reaction to a video?
- Do you know where that started?
- Do you know how we got from no evidence of that to that being the official position of the administration?
- In conclusion; congress is supposed to provide oversight, the voters are supposed to provide oversight, and you [the media] are supposed to provide oversight.
- That’s why you have special liberties and that’s why you have special protections.
- I am not surprised that the president of the United States called this a “phony scandal“.
- I’m not surprised that Secretary Clinton asked; “What difference does it make?”
- I’m not even surprised that Jay Carney said Benghazi “happened a long time ago“.
- I’m just surprised at how many people bought it.
@60Minutes: #Benghazi “Planned,Sophisticated al-Qaeda Attack” On “Barely Protected American Outpost” [Full Video & Transcript]
It’s all there in the keywords:
(CBS)–”Benghazi was a planned, sophisticated attack by al Qaeda against a barely protected American outpost. Lara Logan reports.”
A solid report and [the video] was not mentioned –once. In fact all fingers point to an incompetent, oblivious, callous Obama administration. An administration who knew from the beginning that it was a planned islamic jihad attack NOTÂ repercussion from some obscure internet video!
When Chris Stevens was killed in Benghazi, Libya, on the anniversary of September 11th last year, it was only the sixth time that the United States had lost an ambassador to its enemies. The events of that night have been overshadowed by misinformation, confusion and intense partisanship. But for those who lived through it, there’s nothing confusing about what happened, and they share a sense of profound frustration because they say they saw it coming.
Tonight, you will hear for the first time from a security officer who witnessed the attack. He calls himself, Morgan Jones, a pseudonym he’s using for his own safety. A former British soldier, he’s been helping to keep U.S. diplomats and military leaders safe for the last decade. On a night he describes as sheer hell, Morgan Jones snuck into a Benghazi hospital that was under the control of al Qaeda terrorists, desperate to find out if one of his close friends from the U.S. Special Mission was the American he’d been told was there.
Morgan Jones: I was dreading seeing who it was, you know? It didn’t take long to get to the room. And I could see in through the glass. And I didn’t even have to go into the room to see who it was. I knew who it was immediately.
Lara Logan: Who was it?
Morgan Jones: It was the ambassador, dead. Yeah, shocking.
Morgan Jones said he’d never felt so angry in his life. Only hours earlier, Amb. Chris Stevens had sought him out, concerned about the security at the U.S. Special Mission Compound where Morgan was in charge of the Libyan guard force.
Now, the ambassador was dead and the U.S. compound was engulfed in flames and overrun by dozens of heavily armed fighters.
Although the attack began here, the more organized assault unfolded about a mile across the city at a top secret CIA facility known as the Annex. It lasted more than seven hours and took four American lives.
Contrary to the White House’s public statements, which were still being made a full week later, it’s now well established that the Americans were attacked by al Qaeda in a well-planned assault.
Five months before that night, Morgan Jones first arrived in Benghazi, in eastern Libya about 400 miles from the capital, Tripoli.
He thought this would be an easy assignment compared to Afghanistan and Iraq. But on his first drive through Benghazi, he noticed the black flags of al Qaeda flying openly in the streets and he grew concerned about the guard forces as soon as he pulled up to the U.S. compound.
Morgan Jones: There was nobody there that we could see. And then we realized they were all inside drinking tea, laughing and joking.
Lara Logan: What did you think?
Morgan Jones: Instantly I thought we’re going to have to get rid of all these guys.
Morgan Jones’ job was training the unarmed guards who manned the compound’s gates. A second Libyan force — an armed militia hired by the State Department — was supposed to defend the compound in the event of an attack. Morgan had nothing to do with the militia, but they worried him so much, he could not keep quiet.
Morgan Jones: I was saying, “These guys are no good. You need to– you need to get ‘em out of here.”
Lara Logan: You also kept saying, “If this place is attacked these guys are not going to stand and fight?”
Morgan Jones: Yeah. I used to say it all the time. Yeah, in the end I got quite bored of hearing my own voice saying it.
Andy Wood: We had one option: “Leave Benghazi or you will be killed.”
Green Beret Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Andy Wood, was one of the top American security officials in Libya. Based in Tripoli, he met with Amb. Stevens every day.
The last time he went to Benghazi was in June, just three months before the attack. While he was there, al Qaeda tried to assassinate the British ambassador. Wood says, to him, it came as no surprise because al Qaeda — using a familiar tactic — had stated their intent in an online posting, saying they would attack the Red Cross, the British and then the Americans in Benghazi.
Lara Logan: And you watched as they–
Andy Wood: As they did each one of those.
Lara Logan: –attacked the Red Cross and the British mission. And the only ones left–
Andy Wood: Were us. They made good on two out of the three promises. It was a matter of time till they captured the third one.
Lara Logan: And Washington was aware of that?
Andy Wood: They knew we monitored it. We included that in our reports to both State Department and DOD.
Andy Wood told us he raised his concerns directly with Amb. Stevens three months before the U.S. compound was overrun.
Andy Wood: I made it known in a country team meeting, “You are gonna get attacked. You are gonna get attacked in Benghazi. It’s gonna happen. You need to change your security profile.”
Lara Logan: Shut down–
Andy Wood: Shut down–
Lara Logan: –the special mission–
Andy Wood: –”Shut down operations. Move out temporarily. Ch– or change locations within the city. Do something to break up the profile because you are being targeted. They are– they are– they are watching you. The attack cycle is such that they’re in the final planning stages.”
Lara Logan: Wait a minute, you said, “They’re in the final planning stages of an attack on the American mission in Benghazi”?
Andy Wood: It was apparent to me that that was the case. Reading, reading all these other, ah, attacks that were occurring, I could see what they were staging up to, it was, it was obvious.
We have learned the U.S. already knew that this man, senior al Qaeda leader Abu Anas al-Libi was in Libya, tasked by the head of al Qaeda to establish a clandestine terrorist network inside the country. Al-Libi was already wanted for his role in bombing two U.S. embassies in Africa.
Greg Hicks: It was a frightening piece of information.
Lara Logan: Because it meant what?
Greg Hicks: It raised the stakes, changed the game.
Greg Hicks, who testified before Congress earlier this year, was Amb. Stevens’ deputy based in Tripoli – a 22-year veteran of the Foreign Service with an impeccable reputation.
Lara Logan: And in that environment you were asking for more security assets and you were not getting them?
Greg Hicks: That’s right.
Lara Logan: Did you fight that?
Greg Hicks: I was in the process of trying to frame a third request but it was not allowed to go forward.
Lara Logan: So why didn’t you get the help that you needed and that you asked for?
Greg Hicks: I really, really don’t know. I in fact would like to know that, the answer to that question.
In the months prior to the attack, Amb. Stevens approved a series of detailed cables to Washington, specifically mentioning, among other things, “the al Qaeda flag has been spotted several times flying over government buildings”.
When the attack began on the evening of September 11, Amb. Stevens immediately called Greg Hicks, who was back in Tripoli.
Greg Hicks: Ambassador said that the consulate’s under attack. And then the line cut.
Lara Logan: Do you remember the sound of his voice?
Greg Hicks: Oh yeah, it’s indelibly imprinted on my mind.
Lara Logan: How did he sound?
Greg Hicks: He sounded frightened.
In Benghazi, Morgan Jones, who was at his apartment about 15 minutes away, got a frantic call from one of his Libyan guards.
Morgan Jones: I could hear gunshots. And I– and he said, “There’s– there’s men coming into the mission.” His voice, he was, he was scared, you could tell he was really scared and he was running, I could tell he was running.
His first thought was for his American friends, the State Department agents who were pinned down inside the compound, and he couldn’t believe it when one of them answered his phone.
Morgan Jones: I said, “What’s going on?” He said, “We’re getting attacked.” And I said, “How many?” And he said, “They’re all over the compound.” And I felt shocked, I didn’t know what to say. And– I said, “Well, just keep fighting. I’m on my way.”
Morgan’s guards told him the armed Libyan militia that was supposed to defend the compound had fled, just as Morgan had predicted. His guards — unarmed and terrified — sounded the alarm, but they were instantly overwhelmed by the attackers.
Morgan Jones: They said, “We’re here to kill Americans, not Libyans,” so they’d give them a good beating, pistol whip them, beat them with their rifles and let them go.
Lara Logan: We’re here to kill Americans.
Morgan Jones: That’s what they said, yeah.
Lara Logan: Not Libyans.
Morgan Jones: Yeah.
About 30 minutes into the attack, a quick reaction force from the CIA Annex ignored orders to wait and raced to the compound, at times running and shooting their way through the streets just to get there. Inside the compound, they repelled a force of as many as 60 armed terrorists and managed to save five American lives and recover the body of Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith. They were forced to fight their way out before they could find the ambassador.
Not long afterwards, Morgan Jones scaled the 12-foot high wall of the compound that was still overrun with al Qaeda fighters.
Morgan Jones: One guy saw me. He just shouted. I couldn’t believe that he’d seen me ’cause it was so dark. He started walking towards me.
Lara Logan: And as he was coming closer?
Morgan Jones: As I got closer, I just hit him with the butt of the rifle in the face.
Lara Logan: And?
Morgan Jones: Oh, he went down, yeah.
Lara Logan: He dropped?
Morgan Jones: Yeah, like– like a stone.
Lara Logan: With his face smashed in?
Morgan Jones: Yeah.
Lara Logan: And no one saw you do it?
Morgan Jones: No.
Lara Logan: Or heard it?
Morgan Jones: No, there was too much noise.
The same force that had gone to the compound was now defending the CIA Annex. Hours later, they were joined by a small team of Americans from Tripoli. From defensive positions on these rooftops, the Americans fought back a professional enemy. In a final wave of intense fighting just after 5 a.m., the attackers unleashed a barrage of mortars. Three of them slammed into this roof, killing former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.
Lara Logan: They hit that roof three times.
Andy Wood: They, they hit those roofs three times.
Lara Logan: In the dark.
Andy Wood: Yea, that’s getting the basketball through the hoop over your shoulder.
Lara Logan: What does it take to pull off an attack like that?
Andy Wood: Coordination, planning, training, experienced personnel. They practice those things. They knew what they were doing. That was a– that was a well-executed attack.
We have learned there were two Delta Force operators who fought at the Annex and they’ve since been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Navy Cross — two of the military’s highest honors. The Americans who rushed to help that night went without asking for permission and the lingering question is why no larger military response ever crossed the border into Libya — something Greg Hicks realized wasn’t going to happen just an hour into the attack.
Lara Logan: You have this conversation with the defense attache. You ask him what military assets are on their way. And he says–
Greg Hicks: Effectively, they’re not. And I– for a moment, I just felt lost. I just couldn’t believe the answer. And then I made the call to the Annex chief, and I told him, “Listen, you’ve gotta tell those guys there may not be any help coming.”
Lara Logan: That’s a tough thing to understand. Why?
Greg Hicks: It just is. We–, for us, for the people that go out onto the edge, to represent our country, we believe that if we get in trouble, they’re coming to get us. That our back is covered. To hear that it’s not, it’s a terrible, terrible experience.
The U.S. government today acknowledges the Americans at the U.S. compound in Benghazi were not adequately protected. And says those who carried out the attack are still being hunted down.
Just a few weeks ago, Abu Anas al-Libi was captured for his role in the Africa bombings and the U.S. is still investigating what part he may have played in Benghazi. We’ve learned that this man, Sufian bin Qumu, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee and long-time al Qaeda operative, was one of the lead planners along with Faraj al-Chalabi, whose ties to Osama bin Laden go back more than 15 years. He’s believed to have carried documents from the compound to the head of al Qaeda in Pakistan.
The morning after the attack, Morgan Jones went back to the compound one last time to document the scene. He took these photos which he gave to the FBI and has published in a book he has written. After all this time, he told us he’s still haunted by a conversation he had with Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, a week before the attack.
Morgan Jones: Yeah, he was worried. He wasn’t happy with the security.
Lara Logan: And you didn’t tell him all your worries?
Morgan Jones: No. No, didn’t want to–
Lara Logan: Why not?
Morgan Jones: I didn’t want to worry him anymore, you know? He’s a nice guy. I sort of promised him he’d be OK.
Lara Logan: You think about that?
Morgan Jones: Every day, yeah.
The U.S. pulled out of Benghazi and al Qaeda has grown in power across Libya. When a member of our team went to the U.S. compound earlier this month, he found remnants of the Americans’ final frantic moments still scattered on the ground. Among them Amb. Stevens’ official schedule for Sept.12, 2012, a day he didn’t live to see.
More: 60 Minutes Overtime — Voices from the Benghazi investigation
â€” Velvet Hammer (@velvethammer) October 28, 2013
Obama To Name Samantha ‘R2P Military Invasion Of Israel’ Power As UN Ambassador, Susan ‘Face Of Benghazi Coverup’ Rice As National Security Advisor [Updated]
Watch your back Israel. Obama has been setting the stage, and this appointment is but the latest of his anti-Israel maneuvers.
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” A White House official says President Barack Obama will name former aide Samantha Power as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Power will replace Susan Rice, who will take over as Obama’s national security adviser. The official says Obama will announce both appointments from the White House Wednesday afternoon.
Power is a longtime Obama adviser who worked on his 2008 presidential campaign and ran the human rights office in the White House. She left the administration in February but was considered the favorite to replace Rice at the U.N. [...]
It appears that being the face of the Obama Regime’s Benghazi coverup has been quite lucrative for Susan Rice.
BTW Samantha Power’s other half is Cass “Nudge” Sunstein
Update: Fox News’ Tod Starnes shares his pithy thoughts:
Susan Rice will soon be responsible for our national security. Sleep well, America.
â€” toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) June 5, 2013
I do not see restful sleep coming for a long time.
Obama’s appointment of Susan Rice is a great big “up yours” to the nation.
â€” toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) June 5, 2013
Most notably the Benghazi Four and their loved ones.
Anyone remember the last presidency that intentionally tried to destabilize the nation?
â€” toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) June 5, 2013
No. But I’d take it a step further by saying that Obama is intentionally destabilizing the world.
Update 2: Meet Upcoming U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power: 10 Reasons Why Sheâ€™s the Most Dangerous Woman in the World –Politichicks.tv
Update 3: Power’s “doctrine of the mea culpa.” Admitting guilt and apologizing for America. Spit.
Update 4: Cold, calculating bastard. Straight up.
Fox Analyst: Obama Elevated Susan Rice To Position Where She ‘Doesn’t Have To Testify’ On Benghazi
H/T BC at I’m A Man I’m 41
Samantha Powerâ€™s Five Worst Statements – Washington Free Beacon
@RepJBridenstine’s House Floor Obama Scandals Smaaackdown! O ‘Unfit To Lead’ Biden Equally So [Video]
Home run! Out. Of. The. Park!
“Mr. Speaker, the presidents dishonesty, incompetence , vengefulness and lack of moral compass lead many to suggest that he is not fit to lead. The only problem is that his vice president is equally unfit and even more embarrassing.”
After which “rising star” Jim Bridenstine appeared on the Mark Levin show.
Have a listen:
“We’re at a crossroads in our country. We’ve got to make a decision, do we want liberty or do we want tyranny.”
PJM’s Roger Simon has dropped an explosive new Benghazi whistleblower exclusive:
More whistleblowers will emerge shortly in the escalating Benghazi scandal, according to two former U.S. diplomats who spoke with PJ Media Monday afternoon.
These whistleblowers, colleagues of the former diplomats, are currently securing legal counsel because they work in areas not fully protected by the Whistleblower law.
According to the diplomats, what these whistleblowers will say will be at least as explosive as what we have already learned about the scandal, including details about what really transpired in Benghazi that are potentially devastating to both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
The former diplomats inform PJM the new revelations concentrate in two areas â€” what Ambassador Chris Stevens was actually doing in Benghazi and the pressure put on General Carter Ham, then in command of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and therefore responsible for Libya, not to act to protect jeopardized U.S. personnel.
Eric Holder’s House Judiciary Committee Testimony: “I Don’t Know, I Don’t Know, I Don’t Know, I Don’t Know, I Don’t Know…” 57 Times! [Video]
Attorney General Eric Holder used the phrase â€œI donâ€™t knowâ€ or some variation, at least 57 times during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee today as House Republicans grilled him over controversies including the IRSâ€™ targeting of Tea Partiers, the Justice Departmentâ€™s seizure of journalist phone records, and the security lapses surrounding the Boston bombing.
Bad Day For Holder When Heâ€™s Lost The Washington Post – PJ Tattler
As the nationâ€™s top law enforcement official, Eric Holder is privy to all kinds of sensitive information. But he seems to be proud of how little he knows.
That was my thought exactly earlier today. Maybe now that Dana Milbank agrees with me it is magically no longer a racist thought.
On and on Holder went: â€œI donâ€™t know. I donâ€™t know. .â€‰.â€‰. I would not want to reveal what I know. .â€‰.â€‰. I donâ€™t know why that didnâ€™t happen. .â€‰.â€‰. I know nothing, so Iâ€™m not in a position really to answer.â€
Holder seemed to regard this ignorance as a shield protecting him and the Justice Department from all criticism of the Obama administrationâ€™s assault on press freedoms. But his claim that his â€œrecusalâ€ from the case exempted him from all discussion of the matter didnâ€™t fly with Republicans or Democrats on the committee, who justifiably saw his recusal as more of an abdication.
â€œThere doesnâ€™t seem to be any acceptance of responsibility in the Justice Department for things that have gone wrong,â€ said Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), after Holder placed the AP matter in the lap of his deputy. â€œWe donâ€™t know where the buck stops.â€
- Doc Drop: White House Releases 100 Pages Of #Benghazi Emails â€“Admin. Talking Points
- Eric Holder: â€œNot Sureâ€ When I Recused Myself on Secret AP Subpoena, Not In Writing
- Photo: Obamaâ€™s DOJ AG Eric Holder Being SWORN IN Prior To Testifying On IRS & AP Scandals
- Obama Believes In An â€œUnfettered Pressâ€? What About His War Against @FoxNews??
- @TheDailyShowâ€™s Jon Stewart Excoriates Obama Over #IRS & #DOJ @AP Scandals [Update: Stewart Doubles Down! You Canâ€™t Keep Saying You Found Out About News At the Same Time As Us!]
- @ABC Analyst Trey Hardin: Very Likely West Wing Of White House Authorized #IRS-Gate Targeting Conservative Groups [Audio]
- CNN: Decision To Scrub Terror Reference From #Benghazi Talking Points Made At White House Meeting
Doc Drop: White House Releases 100 Pages Of #Benghazi Emails –Admin. Had Huge Role In Scrubbing Talking Points
WASHINGTON â€“ Â State Department officials repeatedly objected to — and tried to water down — references to Al Qaeda and prior security warnings in the administration’s initial internal story-line on the Benghazi attack, according to dozens of emails and notes released by the White House late Wednesday.
The documents also showed the White House, along with several other departments, played a role in editing the so-called “talking points,” despite claims from the White House that it was barely involved. And they showed then-CIA Director David Petraeus objected to the watered-down version that would ultimately be used as the basis for U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s flawed comments on several TV shows the Sunday after the attack.Â
One email sent the night of the Friday after the attack from an unknown official said: “The State Department had major reservations with much or most of the document.” Individual emails leading up to that assessment show State officials repeatedly objecting to the intelligence community’s early version of events.Â The early versions stated that “Islamic extremists with ties to Al Qaeda” participated in the assault and discussed links to militant group Ansar al Sharia — and referenced prior attacks against western targets in Benghazi.
In response to her concerns, Assistant Secretary of State David S. Adams voiced agreement. He said the line about prior incidents “will read to members like we had been repeatedly warned.” ……
The documents describe how the administration developed “talking points” to describe what the administration wanted to discuss publicly immediately after the Sept. 11, 2012, attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. [...]