The Weekly Standard sums up a little bit of testimony from outbound Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that will be a mere footnote for Barack Obama.
At 5:00 PM on the afternoon of the Benghazi consulate attack, Panetta had a scheduled meeting with President Obama… who then walked away from the whole mess and never looked back:
Panetta said, though he did meet with Obama at a 5 o’clock prescheduled gathering, the president left operational details, including knowledge of what resources were available to help the Americans under siege, “up to us.”
In fact, Panetta says that the night of 9/11, he did not communicate with a single person at the White House. The attack resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Obama did not call or communicate in anyway with the defense secretary that night. There were no calls about what was going on in Benghazi. He never called to check-in.
The 5 o’clock meeting was a pre-scheduled 30-minute session, where, according to Panetta’s recollection, they spent about 20 minutes talking a lot about the American embassy that was surrounded in Egypt and the situation that was just unfolding in Benghazi.
This is pretty much what we right-wing types suspected all along. Empty Chair, bumps in the road. It’s still breathtaking to hear it confirmed. The media never would have allowed this to be kept secret throughout a Republican re-election campaign, and if it had somehow remained buried this long, it would immediately explode into a national scandal that would re-shape popular culture.