Panetta on Benghazi attack: 'Could not put forces at risk'
A protester reacts as the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi burns.
October 26th, 2012
01:28 AM ET

Panetta on Benghazi attack: 'Could not put forces at risk'

By Chris Lawrence

The U.S. military did not get involved during the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, last month because officials did not have enough information about what was going on before the attack was over, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Thursday.

At a Pentagon news briefing, Panetta said there was no "real-time information" to be able to act on, even though the U.S. military was prepared to do so.

"You don't deploy forces into harm's way without knowing what's going on," Panetta said. "(We) felt we could not put forces at risk in that situation."

A defense official provided more context on Panetta's comments about the decision-making involved in not sending U.S. troops to the consulate being attacked in Benghazi.

He said there was a drone aloft but not directly over the area at the time the attack began.

He said the drone was redirected and arrived in time to record some of the attack. But he described what the drone saw as "looking down, seeing a bunch of buildings and fires, a lot of chaos on the ground."

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He said it was not enough to discern exactly what was happening.

"We didn't have good eyes on the situation. There were security forces there on the ground, but they're in the middle of a firefight - not sending a Sitrep (Situational Report).

The official could not reveal the specific reaction times for the military's Fleet Anti Terrorism Security Teams, which are classified, but said "it would be physically impossible for them to get there in time to intervene in that attack from say, Rota, Spain."

He cited the time it takes just to get their transportation in the air. The official said "these situations normally deteriorate over time ... but usually in a few days, not two hours." He explained that even quick-reaction teams are often positioned for places where intelligence shows a "deteriorating situation" near an embassy.

The official also provided context for Panetta's and Gen. Martin Dempsey's remarks about criticism on the response.

"It's not helpful to provide partial answers," Dempsey said. And Panetta criticized what he called "Monday morning quarterbacking."

The defense official said it was directed at criticism coming from pundits and Capitol Hill.

"In perfect hindsight, yes - we'd do it differently. But how it looks weeks later is not how it looked at the time.

"You had the movie, the 9/11 anniversary and unrest in various countries in that region. All that factored into the decision to put troops on a heightened state of alert. But that doesn't mean forces are positioned everywhere in the world, ready to run to the rescue. We're not the fire department. And there was no actionable intelligence that Benghazi was going to be attacked on 9/11."

Next month, the Democratic-led Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a closed hearing in Washington to review the security situation and intelligence surrounding the Benghazi attack, according to a committee announcement released Thursday.

The hearing, not open to the public, will review intelligence collection and threat reporting in Libya and other Middle East countries before the September 11 attack on the U.S. mission as well as what was known and who is responsible for the attack, among other issues.

A number of government investigations continue into what happened on the attack.

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  1. rachni

    CNN, you got the Ambassadors diary, you saw that he was extremely concerned for his safety and he believed he was a direct target of Al Qaeda, which he was, this had NOTHING TO DO WITH THE VIDEO. please cover this story as it is your duty.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Reply
  2. rachni

    Panetta is a fool, they had a drone overhead, they had LASER POINTS ON THE MORTARS AND the guys on the ground fighting for their lives ASKED FOR GUNSHIPS TO TAKE THEM OUT. THEY WERE DENIED. Panetta is a BS liar, they knew exactly what was happening and did nothing. Ya, we got requested to bring in assets by the people on the ground being attacked, they had laser points on the mortars, we could have used gunships to take them out, but we thought that letting them die and not taking out the mortars was the best possible solution.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  3. MrGJG

    You guys are pathetic. I needed a magnifying glass to find this story. Is this what journalism has become?

    October 26, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Reply
    • frankcitec

      Actually the founder of CNN, Turner is a wacko. He said it is a "good thing" more soldiers are dying of military suicides (search this interview with CNN’s “Piers Morgan” last Friday buried somewhere in this site). So don't expect this Libya debacle will be covered by CNN. In addition we have a wacko president who don't mind our service men butchered in foreign lands and who obviously lies about the events leading to the death of Ambassador Stevens. These people do not deserve to call themselves US citizens.

      October 27, 2012 at 12:06 am | Reply
  4. bill

    CNN is NOT responsible journalism! Where is the news? I cannot believe how you have buried this story. Irresponsible and negligent. Un-American.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Reply
  5. jefs83

    Where are you CNN...this is a huge story and cover-up! They asked for help 3 times in 7 hours and teams were 2 hours away. Shameful and worthy of forcing out of office. Watergate was just a coverup and no one died and Nixon was forced out. Get Bob Woodward on it.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Reply
    • bhaskie357

      The movie should be "All the President's Media". You can bet Robert Redford won't be in the cast for this one, though.

      October 28, 2012 at 4:30 am | Reply
  6. cathkol

    CNN is a pathetic form of journalism! These heroes died defending the very soil that your deplorable soles tread. I'm embarrassed that my husband works in Afghanistan to retain the liberties you take for granted. It's disgraceful that your website would promote nearly nude photos of Lady Gaga over the White House knowing of the Benghazi attacks. Why don't you set aside your pathetic political views for two seconds and think about how our Ambassador's faltered body was paraded through the street; how our Navy seals begged for assistance for hours only to be guided to their death. There's nothing American about this website or your station.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Reply
  7. artemus

    Does anyone one know where the whole "It was the video that caused the attack" story came from? With whom did that story originate? To date, I have seen no evidence that suggest the a video had anything to do with the attack. Why doesn't CNN and other's press the White House for answers iinstead of putting out ridiculous articles like this one.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Reply
  8. tommyVA

    Come on CNN, even AOL is linking to the story on FOX,,, And you hide it on your website? Disgraceful

    October 26, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  9. JEM

    I'm curious why CNN gives this story receives so little attention. It smacks of protecting an administration facing a close election. Election or not, this story needs greater scrutiny and anything less is journalistic cowardice.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Reply
    • artemus

      I would have to agree with you. The lact of information coming out of the White House is troubling. Although, the media's unwillingness to ask the tough questions is just as troubling.

      October 26, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Reply
      • jefs83

        Agreed.

        October 26, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
      • Helen

        WELL SAID!

        October 27, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  10. PL Walker

    CNN is NOT a news station!!! Covering up for Pres. Obama so he can get re elected is disgusting!! Four brave Americans died and this government did nothing. Hard to believe that for 7 hours Obama didn't know anything about this until after it was over. Of course once he did find out about our 4 Americans being killed he went to Las Vegas and then to party with Jayz. How can he sleep at night??

    October 26, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  11. Claudia Timsuren

    I want to know what happened and why the President is not discussing this. When I first heard about the anti Muslin film being released and causing protests I wonderred then why a US Embassy would be under attack. It didn't make sense. It does seem like there is a cover up because the President has not addressed it. Doesn't make sense. Why doesnt CNN cover the questions everyone is asking?

    October 26, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  12. Sheila

    Where is Anderson Cooper when we need him? He's usually good about making sure these stories are covered and yet he AND CNN have dropped the ball on this one. What's the deal? We need answers rather than shove all this under the rug.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Reply
    • slubben

      Actually, Anderson Cooper's team did call the father of the bodyguard to ask for an interview. My husband decllined the request. I know, I answered the phone. Really people, it's not about media wars or political wars. Can't we get over these deflections?

      Focus Fools!

      October 26, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Reply
  13. Blair

    CNN, you should be ashamed of yourself. I had to dig to find this story. Unbelieveable. You are all lapdogs for this administration.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Reply
    • p leedly

      Amen...CNN has zero credibility. It's so sad, they think they're righteous LoL!

      October 26, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Reply
    • THL

      I agree ... Watergate was the downfall of a president and nobody died!!!! Four Americans died in Libyia and CNN and others are ignoring the story because they, in effect, are political hacks. It's disgusting!

      October 26, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  14. Cover Up

    According to Panetta's logic, we would never be able to respond to any crisis until after it is over and we have all the facts analyzed. C'mom CNN keep digging on this story. There is a lot more to be "uncovered"!

    October 26, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Reply
    • y.tennis

      We can not ignore this, we can not wait. The world is watching, and we need a true leader. How can Ms. Clinton take responsibility before the President did? What happened to Nixon or Clinton when they Lied to the country? This is to much negative drama for one president: Rev. Wright, 25 years at a all black America hating church, Sgt Crowley, doing now what he said he wouldn't do in 2008, Acorn, 2016 ( the movie), false promise's, unqualified Zars, etc. etc.

      October 26, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Reply
  15. Burns1800

    The embassy called when attacked, multiple times. They said they were under attack. They asked for help before and during the attack. CIA operatives, who were ex spec ops, requested permission to help and were told to stand down. They didn't even start to deploy the reaction forces.

    Americans were left to die because they weren't aware of "what's going on." Our people deserve better than that. If they will leave our people to die this time because we don't have all the details, then they make excuses what keeps them from doing it again?

    October 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  16. OmustGO

    Omustgo!!! Then put on trial for TREASON. Clinton and all the other's with blood on their hands ALSO...vote the rat out!

    October 26, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Reply
  17. Mike

    CNN is a disgrace when it comes to honestly reporting all relevant stories in the news. CNN is not the good news source it once was, many years ago. Now it only selectively reports and has essentially become nothing more than a mouthpiece for the present administration.

    October 26, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply
    • Gino

      Then you should get your news from Fox. I understand that people who watch that "news" station are the most uniformed in the country.

      October 26, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  18. disgracefull administration

    this d00fus is so full of manure i can smell him from across the country. Does this administration really expect everyone to belelive the pile of ________ that is coming out of washington? Situations like these don't happen like they say .. we all know it.. those of you who put up with this and/or support the dialog coming out of these a&& h0les... should also be charged with something. The media as well.

    October 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  19. tommyVA

    If anyone at CNN has any journalistic integrity, America would like to have these questions answered by the President:

    1. On 9-11-2012, emails were sent stating that the consulate was under attack, when were you made aware of this?

    2. It was testified to in a congressional hearing by Ms. Lamb that events were unfolding in real time and they were watching in real time. Did you watch any of this or go to the situation to see what was developing?

    3. You said that you immediately did three things. One of those three was to increase security at all diplomatic installations, effective immediately. If this was the case, then why was CNN able to go to the burned out consulate and retrieve, among other thing the ambassador's personal journal?

    4. Most importantly, who was in charge of this country when all of this happened?

    October 26, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Reply
  20. Sheriif

    My heart goes out to the victims of the Benghazi attack. Hindsight is always 20/20 and mistakes will be made. We have young military men and women who will risk their lives to defend Americans. Their bravery should be praised. A majority of them are born to defend us and die young. Some suffer life long injuries, both mental and physical. I honor these men and women because I could not do the same. It's not that I value my life, because I see life as something one has to endure, but what the military endures is far beyond my scope.

    Can we please put an end to our fighting amongst ourselves for at least one day. I need to feel that we are all brothers and sisters who have differences of opinions, but underneath it all, we are one.

    October 26, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Reply
    • justaguy

      I appreciate your concern for our military personnel. But don't you think it dishonors them if, as happened in Benghazi, their pleas for back-up go ignored, their deaths treated as if they occurred at the hands of protesters, not terrorists, and the whole story is covered up? At this writing, someone named Honey BooBoo is given greater prominence on the CNN homepage than this story about the administration's cover-up.

      October 26, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Reply
    • Smack Dab

      Hindsight is 20/20 my rear end. Any idiot would know that when you are being attacked, you need reinforcements NOW. Stop making excuses for people sitting around doing nothing. The truth will come out, and it will not be pretty. And if you DON'T know what's going on, you send in armed people or assets to find out what's going on, not wait until the smoke clears. You certainly don't lie and blame a video for this whole mess.

      October 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
      • Sheriif

        I truly believe that what the administration was trying to do was prevent an attack. If they knew in advance that there was trouble brewing, and If they believed that sending armed forces into Benghazi would have prevented the attack, I'm sure that is what they would have done. The only reason I can reasonably conceive for them not doing so, would be because they didn't want a re-election. Even this is a stretch, because they could have lost it in others ways if needed. I don't think this is the case. I don't know why they chose the route of non-intervention, unless they thought it would have prevented an attack. Peace

        October 26, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
  21. bob

    It's true: it's on ABC now... so that poster "Clinton" can shut up now....
    I think even the media bosses are realizing how bad this is GOING to be when we all start tallying up who covered up or IGNORED....

    October 26, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  22. Sean

    Cmon CNN,
    Really not worth front page status......no wonder your news agency is failing. This is a huge scandal. The administration is lying and covering it up. Do something CNN. Terrible coverage.

    October 26, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  23. justaguy

    I've always thought that Panetta was a stand-up guy, even if I disagreed with his politics. I'm disappointed that he's a part of this obvious cover-up (along with CNN). Imagine how those SEALs felt as their calls for help went unheeded. If O wins re-election (god forbid), this will hang over his head for the next four years–and should.

    Oh, don't you guys think it's now time to correct the cutline under the photo? That guy is not a protester–he's a terrorist.

    October 26, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  24. annieL

    All this finger-pointing and fact-checking and email-reading is only Obamahate cloaked in phony concern for the safety of our foreign service corps. If Obama had asked Congress to double the budget for security at all foreign embassies you would be calling him a "tax-and-spend liberal" or a "socialist" or worse. Why don't we go over and over all the intelligence, internal emails, eyewitness accounts and cries for help that went unanswered preceding and during the REAL 9/11 attack on American soil that killed almost 3000 Americans on GW's watch? You think the Bush administration handled that perfectly and told you all the facts and the absolute truth, I suppose. You people go ahead and have your Obama-bashing fun. Get all worked up. Stuff happens. Always has and always will. The world is not a safe place. Next.

    October 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
    • tommyVA

      After the horrible events on 9-11-2001 at least we had a president that was visible, on the job and answered questions about what happened. He had enough guts to go in front of the American people and tell us what happened. He did not go out and blame a video, or a protest or bad food in the vending machine. Obama does not have the respect for America that other presidents have had. His wife was only proud of America after he was elected. And Bush damned sure did not fly off to a fund raiser in Vegas while 4 courageous mens bodies were still warm in Libya.

      October 26, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Reply
      • Kay

        TommyVA – Yeah and where did that lead us – Iraq.

        October 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
    • JPowers

      Obviously just as much "Bushhate" as you decry about obozo.

      October 26, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Reply
    • macranthunter

      It isn't hate to require a leader to be accountable and present. We did the same for Bush and Clinton. Obama is in good company. THIS is when you find the measure of a leader. Obama had his national crisis and came up wanting. I don't hate Obama, he's a good man with a wonderful family. He just didn't show the same care with our security as he does with his family in this instance. That's not hate and it's a hard lesson to learn.

      October 26, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Reply
    • bob

      It's true: it's on ABC now... so that poster "Clinton" can shut up now....
      I think even the media bosses are realizing how bad this is GOING to be when we all start tallying up who covered up or IGNORED....

      October 26, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Reply
    • Samantha

      Bush was never afraid to speak to the American people, the press, or anyone.

      And seriously. Give up on the Bush finger-pointing. Anyone who uses him as an excuse anymore, is only making themselves look foolish and immature and lacking in any real argument to support their opinion.

      Just because "things like this" happen, doesn't mean Obama should get some sort of free pass on it. Election or not, Bush or not, we are talking about *now*. Obama and his administration are directly responsible for the deaths of four Americans. They have spewed out so many different and conflicting stories, that they made their own bed on this. It's not the Republicans' fault that this issue could very well impact the election. It's his own fault.

      October 26, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Reply
    • Smack Dab

      I hate to tell you this, but a lot of blame went around after 9/11, and one of the first things said was that from now on, we are going to "connect the dots", and also have the different agencies talk to each other, which is one reason Homeland Security was created. The size of the budget is not relevant in this case. When we are attacked, we expect a response, we expect the the first priority is to protect our people in foreign locations, especially an ambassador and his mission. We should have known that on the anniversary of 9/11. we are juicy targets and we should have been prepared. This was a political ploy, and I suspect that the video excuse was cooked up way before this attack in case anything did happen, not that they knew something was going to happen, because apparently this administration is not that smart. You can make all the excuses you want, the administration blew it, and if it was a Republican president, conservatives would say the same thing, and not try to cover this up. This was a massive mistake, and people are dead.

      October 26, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Reply
    • Ellie P

      People like you make the USA UNSAFER

      October 26, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  25. tommyVA

    Hey CNN, ABC and Jake Tapper are starting to dig into this a little deeper also. Evidently they think that FOX is onto the truth and don't want to look like a fool when all of this comes out. They (ABC) have it on the front page(web page)
    IN BIG LETTERS.

    October 26, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Reply
    • bob

      It's true: it's on ABC now... so that poster "Clinton" can shut up now....
      I think even the media bosses are realizing how bad this is GOING to be when we all start tallying up who covered up or IGNORED....

      October 26, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  26. Kim

    Ok, BUT if you know something bad is happening, then don't you think common sense would say, try to get more information, especially if the victims cry out THREE times??? I'd hate to call 911 crying for help only to have the police say, we didn't have enough info. I mean come on, let's use some sort of common sense. I'm sure if this had been Bush, the blog would be written differently.

    October 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Reply
    • OvrUrHead

      Obama: 2
      Navy Seals: 0

      October 26, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  27. John Burden

    Panetta and Obama are cowards, caring more about their election then the lives of American's serving their country.

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/26/father-of-slain-seal-tyrone-woods-accuses-white-house-of-murder-video/

    October 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Reply
  28. Hal Atosis

    Liars They had real time information over the hours of the attacks. They turned down 3 different requests for help from the men fighting on the ground.

    CNN refuses to tell the truth and so do the majority of the other left wing networks.

    Video and phone records will be hidden until after the election in order to help Barry try to keep his job.

    October 26, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Reply
    • Kay

      At least you picked a good screen name to go with your rants.

      October 26, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Reply
      • tommyVA

        Almost every post here is somewhat intelligent with you being one of the exceptions. I only hope that my prayers are answered on Nov 6 and we have a new president. Only then can our country realize it's full potential.

        October 26, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
  29. Roger

    The thing is they did know. But CNN won't publish this story. It's coverup time.

    October 26, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  30. tommyVA

    On a seperate note, if your in the path of the coming storm, we are here, be safe and prepare.

    October 26, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  31. J0e Truth

    Other reports are saying that the former Navy Seal had a laser on the attacking mortar for 4 hours from the roof of the safe house with full realtime communications asking for a smart bomb strike from the airforce an hours flight away in Italy. The report also says that CIA operatives in the area that wanted to answer the call for help were told to stand down. Twice. Two of them ignored the order and were of the 4 killed.

    October 26, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  32. inthespirit

    CNN moderator(s) are you reading these comments? Please forward them to your editors and maybe you can get back to reporting news.

    October 26, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Reply
    • whattruth?

      What is with the mainstream media? Are you that determined to get your "guy" elected? What ever happened to truth in reporting? We know that our administration watched it in real time and didn't do ANYTHING! Why aren't our officials charged with murder? I know this sounds crazy, but come on. Why are you always, always keeping the truth from the majority of our citizens? THIS IS WRONG AND UNETHICAL!

      October 26, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Reply
    • slubben

      As a family member of the wounded warrior still at Walter Reed Hospital and the owner of the cell phone called by the media, may I correct the record on the media dialog? I heard from CNN, Fox News, ABC, NBC, CBS, BBC, NY Times, Reuters and more within days of the attack. They all asked for an interview with my husband, the father of David Ubben. Seriously, is this really the issue? And before I'm attacked, please allow me to point out that I had planned to vote for Obama. Planned as in past tense.

      Mr. President and Secretary Clinton, before I retired to bed on Sept. 11th I knew it was a terrorist attack from the phone calls we received. The words "protest" and "video" were never mentioned. Why did I have better infomation than you? My heart breaks for the families of the four men killed and it looked very noble to stand beside their caskets. But what about our son who was seriously wounded? In what way have you acknowledged him and his young family? Is he an embrassement and best ignored now? If, God forbid, he is permanetly disabled will he be swept under the carpet?

      Ambassador Rice, I don't have any questions for you. You are obviously out of the loop completely. However, I did note that you sent a bouquet of flowers to David's hospital room. Thanks.

      Can we all be Americans at this point and please stop the petty squabbling? Isn't it clear that things went horribly wrong? I was raised to respect our country's government no matter what party was in power. I was also taught that interity, honesty and responsibility were not only to be expected but demanded. It is very difficult to continue to do so.

      October 26, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Reply
      • expiscate

        I am so sorry your husband was wounded, and for the horrific events in Benghazi, and the others who were hurt and lost their lives. Please know that many Americans are sad and angry. We are sad when we hear of those like your husband, who put their lives on the line for us, suffer with injuries or death. We are angry because we know we are not being told the truth, so many witnesses and testimonies of people who were there and people inside of what was happening that day, and before, are telling their stories and they conflict with what the White House and this adminstration are telling the American people.

        Please know there are news outlets out there trying hard day and night to get answers and demand the truth. Fox News, Breitbart, The Daily Caller, The Blaze, American Thinkers, PJ Media, Gateway Pundit, The Drudge and many others are staying on top of this. The only reason I am here is to try and shame CNN into telling the truth instead of being a propaganda tool. I used to respect CNN, I used to trust CNN but they have lost it over Fast and Furious and now Libya. I am hoping someone at CNN still cares about the truth.

        It is apparent by the majority of responses to this article that Americans can see through their attempts to cover up. Nothing in the news is more important than telling the truth about what happened in Libya and answering why it happened to begin with. Why didn't they give them the security they needed? Why didn't they give them help during the attack? Why are they lying about the cause and who made those decisions? I have been in a flux of near tears since this happened, and I know many, many others are heartsick about it. Please know that we do care.

        October 27, 2012 at 1:44 am |
      • expiscate

        I'm sorry, after, re-reading your post, it was your son, not your husband. I'm sure he would rather it had been him. I can't bear to think of one of my children having this happen. My prayers to your family, I pray your son heals quickly and you feel God's comfort and peace and the love from those who care about your son.

        October 27, 2012 at 1:54 am |
    • Ellie P

      CNN doesn't CARE about the TRUTH,

      October 26, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Reply
  33. Robert

    This is all you have about the killing of our ambassador and the subsequent revelations? CNN this is pathetic and sad.

    October 26, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  34. Sean

    As a former Naval Officer, I am disgusted by the coverup. Panetta has clearly demonstrated by his lack of action and subsequent statements that he has no business as our Secretary of Defense. General Petraeus, please come forward with the truth!

    October 26, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  35. Gnews

    What many here fail to see is that what started as a peaceful protest was infiltrated by a sub group intent on causing harm. Now suppose the drone was harmed and Penneta gave the go ahead to fire on the protesters, the strike killing 10, 20 or more, what do you think would have happened? Don’t you think that the diplomatic staff in Tripoli would have been killed as well? What about Embassies in other nations that were facing protest, imagine the escalation when word spread that the USA has killed even more Muslims on top of the hundreds of thousands of deaths it caused in Iraq by a war based on lies?

    It appears the low level of military security in Benghazi was based on an apparent governmental policy of trying to put a more softer face on the USA’s interaction with the people of Libya, which is not an easy objective to accomplish as it will take time for the entire population to trust the USA; this because the US was against their dictator then started doing business with him, even outsourcing some torture his way. Then, all of a sudden when the people rose up the US was against him, maybe the ones amongst the crowed that inflicted live fire on the consulate were victims of the outsourced torture or their friends and relatives.

    The mistake of the administration was to think that the years of wrongs by the USA would be quickly forgotten just because they assisted in riding the people of a dictator whom the USA had started doing business with only one administration prior and continued to do so with up until the revolutions started.

    October 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Reply
    • tommyVA

      There was not a protest of any sort, none, zilch zero. No protest period. The whitehouse did finally admit there was no protest. The protest was in Cairo and it is possible that with that protest, they were testing security before attacking Benghazi.

      October 26, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Reply
    • realist

      Gnews, what koolaide did you drink? Have you hidden your head in the sand? Perhaps you just listen to one side and expect them to tell you the truth, as opposed to doing a little research and critical thinking on your own, and then spout off like a good little drone.

      October 26, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Reply
      • Gnews

        I'm not a US citizen and I make my evaluation from a none biased perspective after reading Right wing, Left wing and international news sources. I don't see how military action could have done anything -within the two hours that it took the attack to play out- to resolve the issue. Call in an air strike kill the attackers as well as the regular protestors and the curious by standers with a 500- 1000 pound bomb and then watch as things escalate and air strikes become required in other places.

        October 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
      • JPowers

        The attack lasted for 7 hours not 2.
        Obozo couldn't be bothered to do anything, just like the past 4 years and we have dead americans to show for it.

        October 26, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
      • realist

        Nonbiased my as#, Gnews! When an American is in need and asks for help, we come running! If we are too late it isn't because we didn't try! Just goes to show that the present administration has priorities upside down!

        October 26, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
    • jwj3

      Denial is an ugly thing! Dude, wake up. Winning the election is more important than a few american heroes. We don't want to have a terrorist flare-up 30 days from the election that would be real bad to our "Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive" tagline. Vote these idiots out folks. We are not safe with them asleep at the wheel.

      October 26, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Reply
    • Charlee

      PROTEST? WHAT PROTEST? Where have you been? Oh...on CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC etc.! These networks are either 'not' covering this at all, or they are 'soft pedddling' for the sake of 'politics' and I find that as disgusting as I find the 'Commander in Chief' for not being a 'Commander in Cheif'....... At least we had two heroes that tried, even if it meant disobeying an order. They should be praised!

      October 26, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Reply
    • tommyVA

      Gnews, evidently you can write English, but you must not understand it. The attack went on for 7 hours. Thats 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 HOURS. 420 minutes, almost 1/3 of a whole day. There were NO protesters, NONE, ZERO PROTESTERS. An unmanned drone was overhead, watching and sending real time video. No one in this administration lifted a finger to help. 7 hours, no protest, no help, allowed 4 murders. CRIMINAL

      October 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
      • Gnews

        Actual life impacting attack was in a short space of time, looting and protesting went on for much longer, either way I don't see what could have been done that would not make matters worst; so if someone could outline to me the steps that should have been taken to facilitate a better outcome for that day and for the days ahead please do so.

        For those who think the outcome of this occurrence is good cause to pick the Mittsi over BHO, from what I see it does not matter who the American president is, the person is still controlled by the Zionist lobby. Hence, not much in the way of American foreign policy is executed for the benefit of the American people.

        October 26, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
  36. tommyVA

    Here's an idea. If you are close to an Obama campaign stop for the next week gather your friends and family, as many as you can get, and go to his rallies with big LIBYA signs and make our voice heard. We can at least do it to honor the courageous men who gave their life in this fiasco. Maybe, if enough do it, it will finally garner some attention. I am in eastern VA and will find out if Obama campaign is scheduled any where near here. We should at least try.

    October 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    • montanalibertarian

      Great idea! Too bad I'm not in a swing state. Obama flies over to get to his big money guys in Seattle, but all we see is the contrail behind Air Force One.

      I think this administration is beneath contempt.

      October 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Reply
  37. Larry Gibson

    I am heart sick of the lies and half truths coming out of my Government. How can someone who has the "gift" of saying, I am an American, get elected to Office and then turn thier head to attrocities against this country. In my opinion it amounts to TREASON. And we look to our news services for the truth and what do we get,....mostly the same lies and half truths given by politicians. WE, the American people DESERVE better than this. Of all the news channels I used to always defend CNN for straight information and truth(as best can be determined). You now seem to be an extention of the Obama campaign. Granted FOX is slanted to the conservative view but they report more of the actual news now than you. Thanks for letting me down.

    October 26, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  38. Jillk

    Impeachement proceedings should be started against Obama for the blatant coverup of four murdered Americans.

    October 26, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  39. Matt Mattson

    So a couple of SEALS can hold on for 7 hours, but we can't figure out what's going on (after they've called for help 3 times)? Time for this administration to go. Do your duty when you vote and back up those that did theirs in Libya. Shame on CNN and the rest for not covering this story.

    October 26, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
    • JK

      Matt-
      Great take on this tragedy. Seal teams and trained operators know how to make themselves count and they train to hang on while the good guys can come. Apparently no one in Washington knows that. Shameful that they did not back up a fellow soldier engaged with an enemy. Anyway great thought that should inspire others to think about that in the voting booth. Idiot cowards unaware of honor bound traditions or.....

      October 26, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  40. David

    See a pattern here? Fox reports it. You report around it. In doing this, you are creating more and more right-wingers. People see right through your omission of relevant stories, and recognize this behaviour as bias. Shameful...

    October 26, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Reply
    • jwj3

      What is shameful is that these are the facts and you refuse to do your own investigation on a topic that should concern every american. Research it and then you can comeback and apologize for your asinine statement.

      October 26, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  41. Political Slice

    How can we believe that President Obama cares about whether we find jobs, lose our home, have health care, etc when it is not worth the risk to save the lives of those who were in Libya to represent the United States. If there were a hostage situation at a bank and the criminals were executing a hostage every hour, but the Chief of Police did nothing because it was not worth the risk of sending his officers in, how long would he have a job? We need a President that values the lives of Americans abroad, especially those in the military and that represent our country.

    October 26, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Reply
    • bob

      Didn't read the article, huh?

      FAIL

      October 26, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Reply
      • Jennifer

        I guess you did not engage your brain while reading the article.

        October 26, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
  42. Pampered

    This news that the administration was watching this in unfold in real-time yet chose to do nothing is both "disgusting" and "reprehensible"!

    October 26, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Reply
    • bob

      Your very existence is "disgusting" and "reprehensible".

      October 26, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Reply
      • Disturbed

        Bob... you have nothing to add to the conversation other than name calling? You don't care that our people died and we didn't... or perhaps couldn't ... do anything about it? You are so partisan that a story of this import holds no interest for you... because it seems to be negative for the President. You are absurd. You shout "FAIL" as if you had a clue... and you clearly don't. Go read a book or something and come back in about 5 years.

        October 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
      • jwj3

        Good one bob – What are you twelve? Four american heroes are dead at the hands of terrorists while Obama and Panetta watched from unmanned drones and did nothing because it would be bad for business. This is so much more significant than your juvenile comments.

        October 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
      • Ellie P

        People like you should go live in some other country where you could be happy...

        October 26, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
  43. Pharos

    Another day of Republicans trying to politicize tragedy. I think it's pretty disgusting.
    What can you expect from these people though? The Republican leadership is used to lying as we saw at the Republican convention and the debates. It amazes me that they have no conscience about it.

    October 26, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Reply
    • Disturbed

      Politicize? Are you kidding me? Don't you think that, if we couldn't... or wouldn't go in to support and save our embassador from a direct attack.. and then we characterize it as a protest because of some video... that this isn't important? I don't want to rush to judgement, but it really smells like the President is covering this thing up. President Nixon was Impeached for less than this. This is an issue of national importance... all Americans should be concerned with this development.

      October 26, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Reply
    • Ricky

      Im sorry and I mean no disrespect but you are the one trying to make this something that it's not. There have been emails that show they knew what was going on almost in real time. There are 4 dead because officials told the CIA office a mile away to stand down. The white house and state still continue to blame this on a video. It seems to me that CNN is trying to brush this under the rug. I voted for Obama and have been a democrat my whole life but you must give credit when it's due. Our elected leaders messed up big. The sad thing is that decisions may have been made by the WH for political reasons. The information is out there. Maybe if we all tried to get our news from more than one source we wouldn't be so blind.

      October 26, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Reply
    • Charlee

      Some people just live with their heads in the sand. Pharos...please come up for air! This would not be political if it were not for it hitting during elections. Obama does not know how to be a Commander in Chief. He just proved this beyond a reasonable doubt with the needless loss of four American lives. Had any of them been your son, brother or father, perhaps it would be different for you. Or maybe not! Air!

      October 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Reply
    • jwj3

      WOW – Politicize? What is unbelievable is how much this is being ignored and buried. Not to mention you have the audacity to talk about politicizing a terrorist killing – have you ever heard the phrase "Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive"???unny part about that is that Bin Laden was tracked down with information supplied by water boarding and carried out by the same commanders that were put in place by Bush. Obama simply said "Go ahead" and takes all the credit. Amazing!

      October 26, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Reply
    • Ellie P

      Whooooo lies???

      October 26, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Reply
  44. mautry

    WE HAVE A LOW TECH PRESIDENT IN A HIGH TECH WORLD!

    October 26, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  45. mautry

    DIDN'T TAKE 7 HOURS TO CROSS THE ENGLISH CHANNEL FOR D-DAY STUPID

    October 26, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Reply
  46. Kristi

    WHY is this not a bigger story for you CNN? I had to try to find it. This is news and it matters to me!!!! The way I found out about this was threw facebook so I keep looking for the story to try and find out what happen. It was easy to find on Fox news but I had to look for a long time on your webpage again WHY? The American people need to know all sides of the story I like to look at several news websites on big stories and I really can't believe this all I could find on your site.

    October 26, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Reply
  47. captdave

    Where are your high-paid CIA correspondents? Fox News has the edge in this and you are trailing badly.

    My confidence in CNN is being seriously challenged

    October 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  48. Ron

    News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. consulate and subsequent attack several hours later on the annex itself was denied by the CIA chain of command - who also told the CIA operators twice to "stand down" rather than help the ambassador's team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11.

    Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was part of a small team who was at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When he and others heard the shots fired, they informed their higher-ups at the annex to tell them what they were hearing and requested permission to go to the consulate and help out. They were told to "stand down," according to sources familiar with the exchange. Soon after, they were again told to "stand down."

    Woods and at least two others ignored those orders and made their way to the consulate which at that point was on fire. Shots were exchanged. The rescue team from the CIA annex evacuated those who remained at the consulate and Sean Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack. They could not find the ambassador and returned to the CIA annex at about midnight.

    At that point, they called again for military support and help because they were taking fire at the CIA safe house, or annex. The request was denied. There were no communications problems at the annex, according those present at the compound. The team was in constant radio contact with their headquarters. In fact, at least one member of the team was on the roof of the annex manning a heavy machine gun when mortars were fired at the CIA compound. The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Spectre gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights.

    CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood, though, denied the claims that requests for support were turned down.

    "We can say with confidence that the Agency reacted quickly to aid our colleagues during that terrible evening in Benghazi," she said. "Moreover, no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. In fact, it is important to remember how many lives were saved by courageous Americans who put their own safety at risk that night-and that some of those selfless Americans gave their lives in the effort to rescue their comrades."

    The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours - enough time for any planes based in Sigonella Air base, just 480 miles away, to arrive. Fox News has also learned that two separate Tier One Special operations forces were told to wait, among them Delta Force operators.

    Watch "Special Report Investigates: Benghazi - New Revelations" on Fox News at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, 3 p.m. on Sunday and 10 p.m. on Sunday.

    A Special Operations team, or CIF which stands for Commanders in Extremis Force, operating in Central Europe had been moved to Sigonella, Italy, but they were never told to deploy. In fact, a Pentagon official says there were never any requests to deploy assets from outside the country. A second force that specializes in counterterrorism rescues was on hand at Sigonella, according to senior military and intelligence sources. According to those sources, they could have flown to Benghazi in less than two hours. They were the same distance to Benghazi as those that were sent from Tripoli. Spectre gunships are commonly used by the Special Operations community to provide close air support.

    According to sources on the ground during the attack, the special operator on the roof of the CIA annex had visual contact and a laser pointing at the Libyan mortar team that was targeting the CIA annex. The operators were calling in coordinates of where the Libyan forces were firing from.

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters at the Pentagon on Thursday that there was not a clear enough picture of what was occurring on the ground in Benghazi to send help.

    "There's a lot of Monday morning quarterbacking going on here," Panetta said Thursday. "But the basic principle here ... is that you don't deploy forces into harm's way without knowing what's going on."

    U.S. officials argue that there was a period of several hours when the fighting stopped before the mortars were fired at the annex, leading officials to believe the attack was over.

    Fox News has learned that there were two military surveillance drones redirected to Benghazi shortly after the attack on the consulate began. They were already in the vicinity. The second surveillance craft was sent to relieve the first drone, perhaps due to fuel issues. Both were capable of sending real time visuals back to U.S. officials in Washington, D.C. Any U.S. official or agency with the proper clearance, including the White House Situation Room, State Department, CIA, Pentagon and others, could call up that video in real time on their computers.

    Tyrone Woods was later joined at the scene by fellow former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty, who was sent in from Tripoli as part of a Global Response Staff or GRS that provides security to CIA case officers and provides countersurveillance and surveillance protection. They were killed by a mortar shell at 4 a.m. Libyan time, nearly seven hours after the attack on the consulate began - a window that represented more than enough time for the U.S. military to send back-up from nearby bases in Europe, according to sources familiar with Special Operations. Four mortars were fired at the annex. The first one struck outside the annex. Three more hit the annex.

    A motorcade of dozens of Libyan vehicles, some mounted with 50 caliber machine guns, belonging to the February 17th Brigades, a Libyan militia which is friendly to the U.S., finally showed up at the CIA annex at approximately 3 a.m. An American Quick Reaction Force sent from Tripoli had arrived at the Benghazi airport at 2 a.m. (four hours after the initial attack on the consulate) and was delayed for 45 minutes at the airport because they could not at first get transportation, allegedly due to confusion among Libyan militias who were supposed to escort them to the annex, according to Benghazi sources.

    The American special operators, Woods, Doherty and at least two others were part of the Global Response Staff, a CIA element, based at the CIA annex and were protecting CIA operators who were part of a mission to track and repurchase arms in Benghazi that had proliferated in the wake of Muammar Qaddafi's fall. Part of their mission was to find the more than 20,000 missing MANPADS, or shoulder-held missiles capable of bringing down a commercial aircraft. According to a source on the ground at the time of the attack, the team inside the CIA annex had captured three Libyan attackers and was forced to hand them over to the Libyans. U.S. officials do not know what happened to those three attackers and whether they were released by the Libyan forces.

    Fox News has also learned that Stevens was in Benghazi that day to be present at the opening of an English-language school being started by the Libyan farmer who helped save an American pilot who had been shot down by pro-Qaddafi forces during the initial war to overthrow the regime. That farmer saved the life of the American pilot and the ambassador wanted to be present to launch the Libyan rescuer's new school.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/26/cia-operators-were-denied-request-for-help-during-benghazi-attack-sources-say/#ixzz2ARdjiydP

    October 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Reply
    • bob

      Faux Noize

      October 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Reply
      • Ricky

        Wow.. You're stuck in an echo chamber bud. Wake up. Get your news from more than one source.

        October 26, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
      • Disturbed

        Well... it's official Bob... you sir... are a mor0n.

        October 26, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
      • Not a CNN Fan

        Please realize that Bob is an acromyn for a B arak ob ama political operative. Expect nothing more, or less, from B ob.

        October 26, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
  49. Mark

    CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC will eventually have to start rethinking their tendentious editing (and omission) of news which doesn’t favor their mindset. It is obvious that Fox tends to give favor to republican views. It is equally obvious that CNN and the others don’t. The market exists for one of the broadcast networks to compete for the Fox audience. The demand is there. Cable has its limits. The first broadcast network to present a news program that can lose that ‘donkey’ smell will see a flood of viewers.

    October 26, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Reply
    • Kevin

      Truth has no party affiliation. CBS, NBC, ABC, and CNN demonstrate their bias by ignoring the truth when it doesn't fit their political viewpoint. Luckily we have alternatives for the truth to surface.

      October 26, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  50. Mark

    Yet another example of the media as a conduit for Obama's propaganda is right there in the photo caption... A "protester" reacts as the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi burns. They still can't bring themeselves to call a terrorist a terrorist.

    October 26, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Reply
  51. OmustGO

    We all should be marching on the WH....they let OUR people die...for 6 plus hours this went on!!!! OmustGO!!! How do you think our brave warrior's felt during those last hours? Did they know the calvary was not coming? Did they realize they were being sacrificed for O's dictatorship? OmustGO along with all the other rat's in our city/state/federal gov....let's clean it up or we are just their slaves. Vote out the rat's......

    October 26, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Reply
  52. ertdfg

    So the State Department WATCHES THE ATTACK WITH A LIVE VIDEO FEED FROM A DRONE FOR HOURS... but Panetta requires MORE intel than that in order to attempt to save Americans?

    Ok, if LIVE VIDEO OF YOUR OPPOSITION FOR HOURS still isn't enough, under what hypothetical situation COULD our military have done something useful?

    And if they're that useless, why are they overseas anywhere?

    October 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  53. EX Dem

    I'm suprised CNN even has this story. The way the media is covering for Obama is just over the top. If the same set of facts existed with a Republican administration, they would be all over it. Face it America, the media is nothing more then a mouthpiece for the Democratics.
    I want to know how Obama can lie so many lies and no on calls him on anything.
    He grants asylem to illigal immigrants in direct violation of immigration law – Oh it OK it's Obama
    He tell companies not to notify employee's of layoffs because it is bad for his campain – Oh its OK it's Obama
    He misleads the American People of about a Terrorist Attack on 9/11 – Oh it OK it's Obama
    He has an American citizen arrested for a "parole violation" in th middle of the night in front of all three network news cameras ( so they can show the Musliems he did something about the evil person who would dare make a bad movie they don't like! )
    He tells employeers they must pay for birth control and abortion drugs even though it is very much against their religous beliefs.

    I could go on all day. How can anyone who loves this country every vote for this guy. Even if you support the Democrates, this guy is a Soviet Style dictator socialist/communist. Get him out of office NOW!

    October 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  54. paulm5545

    "It's not helpful to provide partial answers," Dempsey said. And Panetta criticized what he called "Monday morning quarterbacking."

    Sounds more like Monday morning back peddling. You had a drone, you had photos, you had intelligence, but still not enough to send in help for the ambassador. Yet with what little you did have (according to you) was enough to blame a video and continue to blame the video even though the rest of the world had a pretty good idea it had absolutely nothing to do with the video. After all, in such a controlled country, how many over there actually saw the video?

    Not enough information to send help for the 4 people at the consulate, but certainly enough to blame a video. This administration is a disgrace. I feel sorry for our military and anyone else who serves under the current administration. Sad. So very sad.

    October 26, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Reply
    • LiberalBlues

      please vote

      tell everyone

      TO VOTE !

      October 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  55. LiberalBlues

    Sucks bad I have to go to FOX to get the scoop on this mess
    The tighty righty news is more believeable than anything I haven't seen elsewhere

    What's with the cover up CNN
    Looks like headline news to me
    My goodness, I remember the Bush Bashing Party – anything at all to trash on him was headline news

    October 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  56. Michael

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/26/cia-operators-were-denied-request-for-help-during-benghazi-attack-sources-say/#ixzz2ARLtJXbj

    This is a complete lie. It turns out that the White House knew exactly what was going on and refused to send in support even though the people on the ground asked at least twice after the attacks started. They were ordered to stand down. These people are murderers.

    October 26, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  57. Fenton

    Since when does our military not get deployed to protect Americans? This is all about a cover up for a highly incompetent, corrupt Obama Administration. A COVER UP! to protect Obama.

    October 26, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Reply
    • Michael

      Exactly. There is breaking news today and apparently only Fox news is willing to publish the facts.
      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/26/cia-operators-were-denied-request-for-help-during-benghazi-attack-sources-say/#ixzz2ARLtJXbj

      October 26, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Reply
  58. Maggie

    Why does this story keep "evolving"? And how does this latest version explain how Obama and Clinton lied for two weeks about what the attack was all about? It doesn't.

    October 26, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
    • paulm5545

      Amen!

      October 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Reply
      • Gork

        How appropriate for you American Taliban Equivalent members to say "Amen".

        October 26, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
  59. Paul Dillingham

    CNN, please interview the families of deceased men who died in service to our country trying to protect the consulate. Please report on why we could not at least target with drone attacks the terrorists during the hours long operation. Please find out why the U.S. would not help these people. Please find out why officials would not level with us on what this attack was....nothing to do with a video. Please find out one way or the other if there was a cover-up. Please just simply give this story some level of real attention. Please do your job and report. Those who died for all of us at least deserve that you simply do your job and report.

    October 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Reply
    • Dennis Barry

      Agree – why is this not receiving more attention? It is incredible to think that Mr. Woods reached out for help, was denied three times, disobeyed orders and rescued people – only to perish 6 hours and 20 minutes after the beginning of the attack. Please give them the respect they are due and honestly report!

      October 26, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  60. Crazy-stan_g

    What a line of complete BS from the entire Obama administration. And to think, O called Romney a bullshi**er!
    I guess it takes one to know one.

    October 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  61. CAL USA

    It is amazing how so many people keep insisting that Obama did not call the attack an act of terror. People, go back and check, but this time turn on your brain and really listen. Romney asked him if he claimed to have called it an act of terror (exact words), Candy Crowley said he did, and she was completely accurate. There is a video of the President and Secretary Clinton the next day saying those exact words. Did you notice that Romney himself has dropped the issue? He realizes he got caught in a lie and wants it to go away. You guys are just too stupid to realize it.

    October 26, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Reply
    • Givemeabreak

      He mentioned it generally, referring to all the events at the time. If he thought this exact situation was an "act of terror", then how could he then send all his people out to say it was the video and himself go everywhere (UN, talk shows, ect.) talking about a video nobody saw? Still haven't seen any evidence at all that someone thought the ongoing assaults were related to a video or protest. Givemeabreak.

      October 26, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Reply
      • Shaeri

        If we give Obama a wink and a pass on his lapse of security on our own consulate, we give him a pass on all our security. That's his job. If you want him to be responsible for your security, you better hold him responsible for Ambassador Stevens, the Navy Seals, and ANY Americans stationed in Benghazi - they were working for him.

        October 26, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • Michael

      Dear Cal USA. Read this article.
      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/26/cia-operators-were-denied-request-for-help-during-benghazi-attack-sources-say/#ixzz2ARLtJXbj

      Obama knew exactly what was going on and refused to send in help. He and his minions are guilty of murder.

      October 26, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Reply
      • Lydia

        Michael-I completely agree with you. Those in the White House who ignored pleas for help from those in Benghazi do deserve to be branded "murderers" , and prosecuted as such. Time to give up folks! You can no longer protect Obama from answering for his actions!

        October 26, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • GW

      You need to go back and check the facts. Candy even addmitted she was wrong the next day. Get a clue!

      October 26, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Reply
    • Samantha

      He called it an "act of terror", and then he said it was the "youtube video" and felt like hopping on a plane to Vegas thinking that it would all be brushed under the table, and then the Sec of State said they're responsible, and then he comes and says, he's responsible and not the State dept, and then the Sec of Defense is now saying they didn't have enough information and that they don't put military in harm's way. Uh, I put myself in harm's way for my cat. The local police dept. puts themselves in harm's way every time they pull someone over. The fire dept. puts themsleves in harm's way when they run into a building on fire. But the mlitary doesn't put itself in harm's way for an initially claimed "act of terror", for a U.S. ambassador and those supporting him?

      Can't you see? Their story never added up. Not only that, but it also revealed that they tried to lie to Americans (and the world), and thought they'd get away with it.

      Why is Romney quiet about it? Because it all speaks for itself. Obama and his admin may as well nail the final nail on their own coffins and let us give someone else a chance to prove transparency. If they (Romney) proves later on that he isn't transparent either, we'll get rid of him too. it's not about Republican or Democrat. It's about who can treat this country and its people the way it deserves. You fail, you're out. Hopefully...

      October 26, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply
      • Lydia

        Samantha-I'm so glad that others like you are beginning to speak out about obvious problems with this administration. You put it so well,in answering Panetta: that is what we do-put ourselves in harms way to go to someone else' aid if they are in trouble. Thanks, Lydia

        October 26, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • J. Walker

      I did hear the caller to Rush Limbaugh. And I listen to ABC every morning. I was brought up that I should be ashamed if I became a sheeple. My father said, "Most people say 'I think' when all they've done is listen to a news report or read a paper. What I see the general illness here is, is that nobody is willing to actually listen, read, weigh the materials, and draw their own conclusions. I don't think I'm better than you, just more fortunate than most of you because I was taught to think for myself. That being said, I think it is possible that the military was truly afraid of repeating the Carter Debacle and did not send aid for that reason. I think the Obama administration lives in a cloud of Progressive smoke that prevents them from distinguishing dogma from reality. I think their politics did and do, as the politics of other Presidential minions of the past has affected military decisions because their politics dictate policy. And I think that the Obama administration and everyone in the Progressive movement hopes no one under 30 never reads 1984, studies the Cold War, or the effects of Mao and the Revolutionary Guard on China, or reads Life and Death in Shanghai. I think it was a political decision to decrease security repeatedly in Benghazi in the first and second place, and the political climate that affected the decisions made on 9-11 in the White House and therefore down the chain of command. The buck stops at the White House, brothers and sisters.

      October 26, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  62. sean

    BS – two Navy seals went to help, asked for air support, told to stand down. How could they not be ready on 9 1 1 ? in that area ?

    October 26, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Reply
    • Lydia

      Sean-That's what I want to know! Latest news indicates that navy seal Woods was at the Annex, told to "stand down" and went there anyway. Because there was no backup, he was eventually killed. It is his father who is now dubbing those in charge "murderers"!

      October 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  63. joe american

    Unacceptable answer <Panetta must go

    October 26, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  64. keepnitreal

    If this was just a "protest" started from a "video" that the Administration thought it was all along, why would it be thought of as something that would be "putting our troups in harms way"? Wouldn't it be seen as crown control, something that we immediately send police and the National Guard into in every situation? IT'S BECAUSE THEY KNEW THAT IT WAS WAAAAAY MORE THAN THAT AND THEY LET THOSE PEOPLE DIE!!!!!! I'm embarrassed for the current administration, sad for the American people that have been lied to, and devestated for the families that have lost loved ones. The Administration should be ashamed of themselves and the way this was handled. I agree.....OMUSTGO, along with his supporting cast.

    October 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Reply
    • Debi in Rhode Island

      I agree! If this was a "PROTEST" then why would they not send in help.. Please, they KNEW what it was.. Those 2 HEROS that went to help DESERVE JUSTICE!!!!

      October 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  65. Floridavoter

    4 people are dead and this is all they can come up with for a reason why they didn't respond?!! Obama needs to be voted out now! This whole team can't be trusted. I just hope that a lot of people pay for this terrible tragedy. WHY ISN"T CNN COVERING THIS?!!!!! There was a lot of breaking news today. You are not doing your job, unless you job is to re-elect OBAMA!!!

    October 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Reply
  66. Dude

    When our countrymen are under attack, the military does not get the luxury of perfect, real-time, information. Fog of war be damned. The mission is to go in harm's way and defend the U.S. An American president will NEVER lose votes by killing too many crazy Muslims.

    October 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  67. Jessica

    CNN, ABC, and most other MSMs should be ashamed for either not reporting on the Benghazi cover up or trying to spin it. I wish people would refuse to watch them until they want to actually start reporting the news and not trying to spin it or ignore it all together if the news looks like it may be bad for Obama. None of these news stations actually report the news and are basically just spin doctors for Obama. It's disgusting and I hope their ratings fall so low they either have to do real reporting or go belly up all together.

    October 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Reply
  68. ohiograndma

    I am heartsick about Benghazi and the loss of four Americans. No one with an ounce of sense would believe what Secretary Clinton, Leon Panetta or even our President said about this. ("It was the video.") It was a tragedy that will be remembered, along with the failure of the US to protect their own.
    I am very disappointed that Fox seems to be the only one covering this. A debacle of this magnitude would ordinarily be a continuing headline at every news source and yet - where are our journalists?!?
    A very sad time for America.

    October 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Reply
    • J. Walker

      I suggest we print up bumper stickers that say, Remember the Alamo? Well, don't forget Benghazi!

      October 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  69. bobJ

    Let me get this straight, you had two drones in the air, security officers providing enemy positions, lased mortar positions and returning fire not to mention continuous communication–yet, you don't know what's going or have "enough real-time info" to put "boots on the ground." What a bunch of BS!!!

    October 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  70. Greg

    Has anyone seen our commandor in hiding, He and sec of state like being seen as tough watching obl being taken down. Now we have 4 or our own killed while our comandor in hiding and sec of state watched

    October 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Reply
    • RedNo5

      Ya – It looks like the two of them want a collection of snuff films

      October 26, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  71. Carolina

    With all due respect to CNN, there's a breaking video report posted on the FOX News Web site of Megyn Kelly interviewing Charles Woods, the father of slain Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods. (Mr. Woods is also an attorney.) His comments are powerful – deeply critical but expressed nobly. I highly recommend that readers tune in to this video. Other significant details have surfaced within the hour regarding requests for security as the attack unfolded. Like so many Americans, I'm still trying to piece together what really happened – and why. I wish to be respectful of leaders in office (in both parties), but what's surfacing surrounding this tragedy in Benghazi is deeply disturbing. As I mentioned in a previous post, my father was a diplomat and a military strategist. I agree with Mr. Woods that part of leadership is having the courage to address difficult situations, no matter how inopportune. I'm confused by President Obama's reluctance to hold a press conference. Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods risked his career, his life. He and each of these fallen heroes are portraits of courage. I thank the press for any further details they can provide – accurately and objectively – on this immense loss.

    October 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  72. Bert

    Clinton

    It use to be that CNN was a reliable news provider.
    Like Clinton's quote....."Go read PBS or BBC and see what they're reporting, they are the least bias news agencies around."
    It's just a shame our MAINSTREAM MEDIA cannot be credible; just another liberal lying machine.
    Fox new is increasing viewers....have they been coming from CNN? I don’t want opinions just investigations of the TRUTH.
    I cannot believe that you see no story regarding the truth about Benghazi.
    At least in Watergate the President wasn’t implicated in DEATH.

    CNN letting down the American people, sad; very sad.

    October 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Reply
    • Todder

      You should look back to the bush Jr. era of incompetence that allowed 9-11 to happen in the first place. They have the deaths of thousands on their greedy, uncaring, non veteran hands. Turn off Faux entertainment (not news because they are a paid sponsor of the R party) and look at the destruction and death every Republican brings to office.

      October 29, 2012 at 6:11 am | Reply
  73. freedom

    There is no way in this age of technology that we believe this administration did not have enough information to send reinforcements to these men. In addition, they knew that this location was a target for months prior to the horrific night, so there is no excuse!! We need a new Commander-in-Chief!

    October 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  74. Alan Falzone

    It is a shame that network news people refuse to tell the american public all the news! You should all be ashamed or yourselves as new reporters. The American public and our decisions should be based on all information and facts reported without bias. You have a responsibility see that a great majority of the public depend on you for the information. Can we really trust what is said.

    October 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Reply
  75. pcegon

    Clinton, you have obvisiously never watched Fox News. You are really something else. How many more adjectives can you come up with for those of us awake to what's going on here. Are you on the White House payroll?

    October 26, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
    • MaryKaye

      Bill- you should havve told Obama 4 years ago about how to not deficit spend, not stump the excuse trail now in support of Obama and his huge deficits. Look, Obama has not kept his promises to the American people. He will lose on Nov 6th.

      October 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  76. CryBabies

    "Transparency will be the cornerstone of my administration" President Barack Obama, Jauary 2009. What a crock of crap! The President needs to do his job, stop the campaign for 2 hours and hold a press conference to answer the tough questions to the American people about what happened. Forget this bs story about a video and spontaneous attack and man-up about what happened. He tells Brian Williams of NBC that the American people should trust him????? Well Mr President , sir, heres your opportunity to earn that trust....show some backbone or forever be labled a "liar"

    October 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Reply
    • liberal disease

      we can drill this into a libs heads 24/7 but they are as Biden is Dumber than a stump!

      October 26, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  77. Smitty

    It seems apparent to me that Obama was concerned that any aid/rescue might turn into an Iran redux.
    I suspect that the decision to do nothing was a *political* decision, and had nothing whatsoever to do with the well-being of the Ambassador and staff. After all, Obama is a purely political animal.
    The vigorously promoted 'video' cover-up is inexplicable. An overlooked element of that ploy, is that Obama actually *promoted* the video, thereby encouraging discontented elements of Islamic countries.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Reply
    • Archer

      Its Interesting how we ARE TOLD ........ we can't really 'trust' a Facebook post as to who was responsible.. but THEN the top leaders all come forward after the attack and want us 'TO BELIEVE' them that is was all about the 'you tube video'.... BWAAHHHHHHHH thats so funny! they don't realize how many 'lies' they have out there.. one lie to cover up another... the blind leading the blind... WOW... its time for a change.. and JFtR... Im neither Republican or Democrat.. Im an Independent.. enuf is enuf with this Incompitent Administration.. its time to bring back Grace, Dignity, Humility, and Respect back to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.....

      October 26, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Reply
    • MaryKaye

      You are correct Smitty! This is nothing but a cover-up in an election year. Why does CNN not ccomment on this? Oh, I see. You are campaigning for Obama too!

      October 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Reply
  78. delindadewick

    "Could not put forces at risk" to protect an ambassador??? That' is what the forces are for – to protect Americans! Panetta must go, Clinton must go, Obama must go.

    An idea, instead of airing "Seal Team 6" two days before the election how about we air "The Untold Story of Benghazi"?

    October 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Reply
    • Gary Beyer

      As a retired enlisted Marine I can tell you that had any branch of the service members who may have been in reaching distance been told of the situation and asked for volunteers to attempt a rescue that the biggest fight of the night would have occurred at the helo loading site as volunteers scrambled to board the first helo. Thats what we do! Its in our DNA All combat situations are unclear, but if our comrades are in need.....we go!! This is classical FUBAR and from the joint chiefs up should be driven from office.

      October 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
    • Ayala

      Fire Obama and his whole arrogant team! Vote Nov 6th.

      October 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  79. danielteeboom

    Come on CNN do some real reporting!

    October 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  80. Susie

    I think "CLINTON" is really Chris Matthews spouting off.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Reply
    • Archer

      I believe u... Chris Matthews in disguise as 'clinton'.. LOL!

      October 26, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  81. OmustGO

    Omustgo!!!! Enough of this coward and now more blood on his hands...A pure TREASONIST !!!!!!

    October 26, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
    • old man on the mountain

      where were the marines? I am a 9 yr. Disabled Vietnam Vet who has had his share of run-ins with them. But, once more Washington has slapped them in the face. Another Democratic president to force peace on the Muslims when they only wanted to fight. Carter had 52 Americans locked up for 444 until Ronnie Ray-gun was elected. Now another man of the same stripe has put American lives on the line and lost the gamble.

      where were the marines? The corp got a dirty deal in Tehran and now in Libya. The first thing older vets ask is where were the marines. Older corp vets have no answer because 45 days after this attack, there are still no believable awnsers comming from the admin.As I said before, I've had run-ins with them so I can say from experance, if the place had been staffed as it should have been, the attack would have ended different, Ask any vet who they want to have supporting them, Marines. There is no back-up in their nature, there is no excuse offered why they were not there, but for the four that died, I hopesome one is wasking their hands and muttering out out Damn spot.

      For the Seal, all I can say is Simper Fi.

      October 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Reply
      • Disturbed

        Thank you for your service Old Man... May God bless you and your family.

        October 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
      • Todder

        I must assume your condition is mental to spout such nonsense. Reagan, besides working out a deal for IRAN to KEEP the hostages so he could get elected also sold weapons to Iran, against Congress and lied about it. Then funded death squads in Central America so his friends could make a profit. I'm sorry but anyone who holds Reagan up as an example is either mentally challenged or willfully ignorant. I'm glad he's dead and I hope he is rotting comfortably in hell.

        October 29, 2012 at 6:14 am |
  82. heh

    Cmon now lets can the partisan politics and see that theres little to no difference between the two candidates. They both beat feet to keep Ron Paul out of the elections for wanting to crack down on banks including the Fed.

    Both Romney and Obama (Obamney) are the same on the economy, on foreign policy, energy. Both wanna push a bigger police state here in the US, further eroding what little rights we have left and using military drones to spy on everyone. Id love to see these candidates featured in a REAL debate with REAL questions. Furthermore God forbid we need a choice of actual candidates and not two mouthpieces for Wallstreet CEOS and Bankers.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  83. Clinton

    I can see that getting through to conservatives is impossible at this point, not sure why that would suprise me since they've literally spent the last 4 years refusing to help America simply to try and win political points. I will leave you conservatives with this though... 1. Fox News is full of crap, they put up "facts" and "witnesses" that said Obama wasn't a citizen as well and you morons ate that up too, so you have no hope in my eyes, you're drones and you don't even see it. 2. Obama is going to win this election. You might disagree, but that is the truth, He's winning in the majority of swing states even if the margin is small they're still going his way... You will all be a bunch of losers on Election day, i hope you just crawl back into your holes because this one is in the bag. I'll be here to laugh at you on election day.
    3. I know this is the furthest long shot but, i might as well give it a shot... When Obama is re-elected... Will you please try to stop following Fox news all day long like it's a reliable news source? You know it's a Right Wing News source, there is a reason Fox is only reporting specific things and other news sources aren't reporting the same thing... It's because Fox is fake... they're a political propoganda machine. You ALL should know this... If you want truly unbiased news you should seek out PBS and other sites that are not tied to a specific Party... All this does is create a horde of Conspiracy theory nutjobs like those in this blog today, you look really stupid to everybody that's Democrat or Independent. You seriously do, you look really dumb and mindless. In the end of this, hopefully you'll all settle down and just get over it... the economy is on it's way back and in 4 years the country will be on track and looking for a new leader... so lets just look forward to the future... oh and very lastly... Remember... Politicians are politicians... They aren't like you and me... All of them are Rich and they don't know what it's like to really grow up and live in America today... So be nicer to your fellow Americans that maybe believe differently than you about politics. Politics aren't the most important thing in life... Family, friends, God and Country should always come before Politics.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Reply
    • Archer

      Clinton, you HAVE to stop drinking the kool aid.... are u for serious? either you are or your placed on here by CNN as a 'troll'.. you wouldnt know Truth if it come up and smacked u across the face.. WOW..

      October 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Reply
      • Clinton

        Archer, Just like Obama isn't a citizen right? Just like how Fox news put up "Facts" and "witnesses" that could "prove" Obama wasn't a citizen, you expect me to believe what they're reporting about Benghazi? You're on Meth if you think i'm going to believe them. Sorry dude, the facts are not decided by political parties and you believe whatever your Fox news reports... That's sad, that makes you a drone, in my eyes people like you are just flat stupid. If I sat here and spouted everything i heard on MSNBC I would be a fracking ret#rd too. But i don't... I read several news sources and listen to real news sites not trumped up BS that comes from Political leaning News sites... It's a joke... and you all are the butt of it.

        October 26, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
      • Mark of CT

        Nice one Archer!

        October 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
      • Archer

        we'll find out who really is the 'butt' of it in a few weeks... and I really want to know.. .what flavor is ur kool aid? Have a Great weekend Clinton! u take care now!

        October 26, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • SickandTiredof being SIckandTired

      " Politics aren't the most important thing in life... Family, friends, God and Country should always come before Politics."...tell that to the Chicago machine that runs this country, it would have served them well on the evening of September 11, 2012.

      Don't go away mad, Clinton.....just go away.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Reply
    • Patrick

      Fox news is rarely wrong and they are heavily scrutinized. If you have examples please post. I think you are mixing up Fox hard news with their commentators. CNN and Fox have taken the lead on this story so when an insider wants to set the record straight they go to Fox and CNN. Every time there seems to be a claim an interested party comes in with new evidence. That's what happens in these cases, when you try to pin blame on someone that someone fights back. You can be sure Sec. Clinton is behind the scene also protecting her image. The truth will all come out but these two news sources deserve a lot of credit. Without them the video would still be relevant.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Reply
    • dorkicus

      Haha, you are unhinged.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
    • RedNo5

      Have you heard from the Father of one of the Navy Seals that was murdered? Hillary actually said to him " don't worry- we will get the filmaker and prosecute him for this" Not heard on Fox

      October 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Reply
      • Dave

        You mean heard on FOX!

        October 26, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • Samantha

      We know you'd rather listen to Chris Matthews say that Obama puts a thrill up his leg. That's real journalism.

      Everyone has the right to view what they want. Including the rise in unemployment, rise in the deficit, murder of four Americans at the hands of terrorists, skyhigh gas prices... Those are facts. This president and his administration have driven us further into the dirt than we were. It would be one thing if he couldn't improve it but didn't make it worse. He has made it dramatically worse and there's no light at the end of the tunnel – unless he moves out of the White House.

      You're making this about Republicans v. Democrats. That's part of the problem. If the "D" was replaced with an "R", you would not be supporting Obama as you are now. Supporting Obama right now is only revealing the lack of your mental capacity for good judgement.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Reply
    • pcegon

      You are totally missing the BIG PICTURE. This administration has lied, cheated and covered up way too many things. I personally don't like my tax dollars going to companies that file bankruptcy. Our embassies are under attack pleading for help and told to stand down. Also the lies about why we were under attack. Oh yeah, that was because of a video, which had been on utube for months prior. You dumb, stupid fool. I hope when all is told your Usama bin Obama is impeached and held for war crimes against America

      October 26, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Reply
    • Jan

      One question Clinton..... Should Hillary be fired? Her leadership...Her Department.... Her Responsibility??? or Panetta??? His leadership.... His Department.... His Responsibility??? What about it was a movie???? Some idiot makes a movie and he is in JAIL. Talk about throwing away 1st ammendment rights. The ACLU is stunningly silent right now...I thought you all hated warrentless wiretaps.... but a guy makes a movie and now he is in Jail.... Why is no one talking to him???? There is a story??? I am being told to just wait until all the facts come out..... Fact they blamed it on a movie... Fact there was a drone overhead.... Fact CNN got a journalist on the ground and beat the US military to a Journal.... We couldn't even get in there before CNN??? Men died because of our inaction... It was a hotbed of activity.... The redcross pulled out Nato Pulled out.... Why was our guy there.... Was he funneling arms to help overthrow people??? How this is not a national scandal with people outside the white house waiting for answers is amazing to me... You beat up on a latino man for shooting and killing a black kid, (The media all ran with this story and pushed it every way possible) but don't question a black man or white women when diplomats die??? Lets just wait and see... Wait for what, how about they tell us who ransacked the embassy??? I have been waiting but it feels very very very bad. Someone screwed up majorly and policital careers feel like they are in the balance with this.... Waiting....Waiting....Waiting........................Waiting............................................................

      October 26, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      Wow this guy clinton has really been brainwashed by obama and the lefties.......I now see its true, left wingers are zombies doing obamas bidding....hey Clinton, you are in the minority with your ridiculous statements...and I highly doubt obama will win re-election, expecially after this fiasco which is not going away...you say dont watch fox, fox lies, fox is right wing, then what the he ll is CNN? You should probably get your news from more then one source, especially a left wing source that is in bed with obama...time to wake up kid and open your eyes, like most of the rest of America is doing and seeing what a failure obama, this admin and CNN are.......now go take your meds and take a nap.....

      October 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Reply
      • TWEB

        AMEN! Lefties can repeat any Obama Administration LIE they want...FACT is that 4 AMERICANS...4 AMERICAN HEROES gave their last full measure of devotion for the principles of this nation and were IGNORED by this administration..there is NO QUESTION about it. TIME TO FIRE THIS CROOKED ADMINISTRATION!! Lets face it LEFTIES...if this was a REPUBLICAN administration you would be screaming your liberal brains out right now. Right/left/conservative/liberal...doesn't change the fact that AMERICANS BEGGED for help and gave their LIVES and it was covered up and lied about for weeks now. WAKE UP PEOPLE!! Liberals...If it was YOUR family member over there, maybe you'd care a little more. GOD BLESS AMERICA...time to vote out these morons. CNN..WHY ARENT YOU COVERING THE STORY ABOUT DENYING OUR GUYS HELP OVER THERE??? SHAME ON YOU TOO!

        October 26, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • David

      Clinton, You're thughts are lucid, well thought and articulate. obviously you're an intelligent person. Either that or you simply know how to use spell-check. So saying you're dumb as a box of rocks just doesn't seem to do you justice. Its more than that, its dangerous and at the same time terrifying knowing an intellegent person truely believes that. Your thoughts are incredulous, unreasonable and ludicrous. So I'm guessing you're a government employee following your time in the service. You live in a societal bubble and believe you will not be affected by these decisions. You will be, our president and his ardent supporters such as Ted Turner are not your friends. You will not get their support as you so feverishly give yours. And thank you for your service.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Reply
    • Zoran

      Your insanity will be covered under Obamacare. Please do NOT kill yourself on November 7th.

      October 26, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Reply
  84. Patriot

    Just read this article on many lefty and righty news sites....and Im reading it right here on CNN which is ridiculously left leaning, so why are you libtards saying only fox is making a big deal out of this? You lefties are tripping out because this is steam rolling and getting bigger, and worse for this admin and obama by the minute.......

    October 26, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Reply
    • youpeepole

      They say "I just dont understand, he called it a terror act, why dont they understand. " Why wont they accept the lies? Is that what they mean?

      October 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  85. Mark of CT

    Please explain to me CNN why you bury this article way down at the bottom of the page and don't even reference the fact that emergency requests for help were denied three times while the attack was still occurring??? This is possibly the biggest liberal media cover-up in the nation's history. Absolutely disgusting!

    October 26, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
    • Givemeabreak

      I absolutely agree. As a journalism major, and having written for a paper, this type of story should be front page news for investigation. However, it does not fit the persuasion of most reporters and although it will say it is "covering" it, CNN buries it. I thought journalism was suppose to be the gatekeeper to the government. Sad that it has become in many respects the guardian of it where the political persuasion is the same.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Reply
    • pcegon

      Good for you. Saying it like it is.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Reply
    • everdene

      Fully agree. The story isn't too confusing. Now that we know how much was known at the time and how much certainly was passed to the president at the time, we know that the president (and CNN) has been lying to us. CNN needs to stop hiding this story. People aren't as stupid as CNN thinks.

      October 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  86. FedRed

    Talk about Bull$h##

    October 26, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  87. On their watch

    Sounds like it came out of the scenes from the movies the rock and clear and present danger...politicians giving the order to stand down and let personnel behind enemy lines die.

    October 26, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  88. Lee

    CNN will not report this because they are afraid. What it is they are afraid of becomes more clear when we realize our Leader is a traitor to his own troops. Step up CNN, man up and get in the news game again, or lie down and quit. But stop with all the warm and fuzzy National Rag reviews.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/26/cia-operators-were-denied-request-for-help-during-benghazi-attack-sources-say/

    October 26, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Reply
  89. ann marie

    CNN is a joke. I scrolled down the top news stories....funny, not not funny, disgusting how Benghazi didn't make it. Had G.W. Bush been president, you would not have been able to find anything other than this story. Turn in your credentials and join MSNBC or Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update. Good Grief!!!

    October 26, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Reply
  90. OmustGO

    Send the liar back to chicago.....Omustgo!!!! Enough of this guy taking down america!

    October 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  91. exboston

    The embassy staff and CIA had clear communication lines, and tried for 3 times to report on their situation. Three times help was requested and three times it was denied. Some CIA ops ignored the order to stand down and rushed over to help. The last two men killed were the two ex navy SEALS, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. They manned a machine gun on the roof. They were killed almost 7 hours after the first attack by mortar fire.

    There were special forces available in northern italy that could have arrived in time. I'm sure there is no way this can be kept quiet. There are enough people who knew exactly what went on in there.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  92. Clinton

    It's really sad to see how many Americans are truly dumb. They're over here disgusted with CNN because they feel CNN is underreporting this story or because they don't have the facts straight... How obvious can it be... Fox News is a republican channel. It's absolutely 100% biased towards the right wing... They are a propoganda tool... If nobody else is reporting it... Not CNN, Not PBS, not BBC... Not any of the other major news sources... It should be obvious to you... Fox news is full of SH!T... Everybody who's not a republican KNOWS that... They make stuff up... They tried to say the President of the United States wasn't even a citizen, despite PROOF of the opposite... That should show you immediately that Fox news is not reliable, it's not reporting facts to people... yet here you are, railing against CNN for not reporting the bias bull$#it that Fox News reports... Don't get mad at CNN you should be angry at Fox.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Reply
    • Realist

      So your argument is.... "No matter how much proof there is, I don't like from where the is coming so it must not actually be proof..."

      Uh... Yeah. /boggle

      October 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
      • Clinton

        Realist – Nope, I am reading the story right here on CNN. I also read on BBC and PBS and other news sources that ARE NOT BIASED... You take everything Fox reports as facts, you realize how stupid that is right? They tried to push the idea that the President wasn't a citizen, and came up with "Facts" and "Witnesses" that could "prove it" and guess what, The President is a citizen, they lied to you they made up facts, they got people to lie for them to push the idea... Why on Earth would you put ANY stock in Fox news at this point? They are willing to say anything for the right wing agenda.

        October 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • exboston

      So will you believe Charles Woods? Woods lost his son Tyrone. Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were the two ex navy SEALS who rushed in to help and they were the last two casualties in there. Why don't you do some digging and find out what is going on instead.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Reply
    • Samantha

      If FoxNews is a "Republican network", then CNN and MSNBC are "Democratic networks". Who cares. That's old news (pun not intended). You're missing the entire point. Whether or not Fox is reporting facts, the truth is that Obama and his administration *did* provide the American public with conflicting information, backpeddled, and are likely now strategizing over how to approach damage control. That, alone, is enough to raise red flags that yes, they *are* covering something up.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Reply
    • FedRed

      Joe Biden brother James Biden awarded a massive federal contract which could potentially be worth up to $1.5 billion over the next few years with roughly $735 million of profit. to build houses in Iraq. A huge pay day for a company that has been hemorrhaging money since the housing market bubble burst in 2008. In addition to that, the State Department is expected to pay an estimated $22 million for it to manage the construction project on its offices. Don't believe it just goggle it. Where are you CNN on this?

      October 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Reply
    • afsonhg

      Just would likd to know why was the US Marines remove from the Embassy over there where the US Ambassador and 3 other Americans was killed? The Marines have always been permanently assigned to security of all of the US Embassies overseas and here in the USA! Somethings sounds and smells fishy! And what about all that money that President Obama received from the black farmers for their appreication of the bill he pushed thru for their welfare. Sounds a little one sided.
      Truth Speaker for Jesus Christ.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Reply
    • Mark of CT

      Clinton, you're the idiot ... Fox was way out in front of this story and caught all the other networks with their pants down. They were all scrambling to catch up but as soon as BO went on the attack during the debate, they all buried it. CNN and most of the press has a sever left slant, Fox news is the only outlet that gives the other side of the story. Yes, they lean right on shows like Hannity or O'Rielly, but their news team (i.e. Bret Bier) is absolutely unbiased.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Reply
      • Nick

        Bret Bier is unbiased??? What planet are you from??

        October 26, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  93. dorkicus

    So, liberals. Are you guys prepared to defend this one to the bitter end?

    Is Fox News always wrong?

    Will you try to spin this story?

    Or will you acknowledge, that there's a chance that the administration was managing the situation by hope over reason. And that maybe, just maybe, that radical Islam will hate us regardless of how many times we help Muslims in need. And, perhaps, come to the conclusion that more reporting and investigation are necessary.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Reply
    • Clinton

      dorkicus – To answer your question YES Fox news is absolutely always wrong. They report whatever they want, without facts, with bull$#it evidence all the time, You conservatives eat it up without a single question of its validity, you're nothing but drones. If you really wanted a true honest story, with just facts, you would be looking at PBS or BBC news not Fox or MSNBC... Even CNN is pretty close to the middle, they have republican strategests on here all the time and opinion articles from conservatives etc. but you guys have labeled it bias because they don't report what fox reports... Fox is a fake news organization... It's full of crap and anybody with a brain can see that.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Reply
      • exboston

        clinton,

        IBD has a report as well.

        You can try all you want, thiswill not be covered up. Even if Panetta take the fall, the white house were watching the attack as it unfolded. There are enough people in Northern Italy who knew an attack was going on and were ready to leave on a rescue mission, and someone told them to stand down. Who did that? And why didn't someone override that order?

        October 26, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
      • Brandon

        Clinton, you are what is wrong with this country. Luckily peoplw such as yourself are only a mental danger to small farm animals. Enjoy your close mind and the loss of your massiah.

        October 26, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
      • dorkicus

        Did I say I was a conservative?

        If Fox's report proves accurate, will you have to renounce your absolutist beliefs? That will cause some serious truth pain if you do it too quickly.

        October 26, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
      • JD

        Fox no news is just that no news it is just all propoganda. No one can believe anthing from fox.

        October 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
      • dorkicus

        Was Fox wrong in their previous reporting of this story? It seems that CNN has always been days behind the revelations that this was an organized attack and that real-time information was available. That one father of one of the SEALs reported that Joe Biden made a typically macho and inappropriate comment. That the same social media that was trumped as reliable news sources during the "Arab Spring", and was followed by the chain of command to be considered briefing-worthy was part of the reporting chain?

        October 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
      • An American

        Clinton I hope Obama yawns soon , if not You will smother to Death , your ignorance has No boundaries !!

        October 27, 2012 at 7:30 am |
  94. Kenneth MacKenzie, Plaintiff Pro Se, U.S. Supreme Ct. 08-9595,

    ..Wern't there also U.S. Satellite & Drone photos of the U.S. Consulate , benghazi, depicting Libyan Terrorists "stalking" U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens for days before he was murdered. these high quality photos could have been "investigated" by U.S. Intelligence teams to "cross match" the U.S. Satellite & Drone, Iraq, Intelligence photos and cross matched against the Sinjar Photos and U.S. Awakening photos in U.S. Intelligence efforts against the known Libyan Terrorist volunteers from Benghazi as established in 700 ""TARPLY" files at U.S. Military Academy, West Point, USA? SEE: http://tarpley.net/docs/CTCForeignFighter.19.Dec07.pdf

    October 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  95. greg lehrer

    cnn reporting is a joke they do not ask the right people did they ask anything about the request for help during the fight there were three request where is the reporting and the had questions cnn is loosing listeners

    October 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Reply
    • Mark

      CNN & the other left wing news are a joke,all protecting the v Obozo from a cover-up bigger than WATERGATE!!!!!!!!

      October 26, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  96. jack

    Where is CNN on fact finding r/t Libya. They really take obama's "trust me" to heart. Two American heros are being brushed under the carpet. Obama and the dems know this screw up could cost them the election. This is a disgrace to true Americans.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  97. Teresa

    How is it that CNN is not reporting on this or anyone else for that matter but FOX ! Do you realy have to wonder where your ratings went. Buck up and report already there is so much new info. out and NOTHING from CNN ???

    October 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
    • Clinton

      Teresa, Maybe the fact that nobody else is reporting these things should key you in on something. You think CNN or PBS or BBC or any of these other news sources don't want to report big stories? You should be asking yourself if what Fox news is reporting is actually legitimate. See some places actually still try to report the news ACCURATELY... Fox news is an extension of the Republican Party. You know this. The reason nobody else is reporting these things is because... here's a shocker... IT'S NOT TRUE

      October 26, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
      • Doug

        Taken a step further if NBC, CNN and BBC (why I would trust BBC to report US stories is beyond me) did want to report news, even potential news maybe they could start with, "Fox News is reporting that actual operators on the ground in Benghazi called for help but were refused..." - Maybe real reporting would at least acknowledge the story is out there and that CNN and ABC are now trying to verify the authenticity of the claims!

        October 26, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
      • Clinton

        BBC America is an American News source, and despite your misgivings they are fairly balanced, watch them, they don't spin anything either way. Did you really just suggest that other news sources should cite Fox news reporting these events? That would literally be like citing Rush Limbaugh as a news source... he's a biased commentator, all of Fox news is too. Believe me, if there were any credibility to what Fox is reporting, there would other news sources reporting it.

        October 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
      • JD

        Fox NO news is just that no news it is just all propoganda. No one can believe anthing from fox.

        October 26, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
      • hombre

        Is this a joke? You think the legacy media is not reporting this stuff because it is unreliable or not newsworthy? And when CNN quotes "a defense official," that's reliable?

        Well then you must believe that this was a spontaneous outburst, replete with mortars and automatic weapons, to protest a movie. And there really were no requests for security before the attack, or requests for assistance during the attack.

        The real problem here is you folks think this is a political game and if people died because of the negligence or callousness of the Obama administration, who cares, as long as he wins the game. You are some sick puppies!

        The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic. Joseph Stalin
        The death of four men is not optimal. Barack H. Obama

        October 26, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
      • Wake up America

        This is a major cover up. The Aministration tried to pawn this event off as an event caused by a movie rather than a terrorist attack. The press needs to be fair and accurate in their reporting. CNN, you should be ashamed.

        October 26, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
  98. Realist

    Sooo.... 3 calls to command in "Real" time begging for help were not actually in "Real" time???
    Wow... Our military abandons a diplomatic mission to thier murder and as usual the relativists argue.. "It's not my fault, I'm not to blame!" This is truly disgusting... :'(

    October 26, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  99. Clinton

    What I find interesting is how many Republicans are willing to believe what Fox News reports as absolute fact, knowing that they are just as Bias as MSNBC. Then they come on here, and attack CNN's story because it doesn't match with what Fox is reporting. Fox is a bias news source, they admit it, it's not even a question. They employ the majority of Conservative talk show hosts out there. I guess my question is, why are you so willing to take Fox's explanations of events over Military Commanders on the ground? Do you really think our Military is political? Do you really think the Commanders on the ground are more invested in politics than they are in their own comrades? Really? You guys are a joke. So many of you are easily led by propoganda it's really scary... You would think in this day and age, Sensationalist Journalism wouldn't have a place. Watching the responses on this forum shows me that it's alive and well, you might as well be chanting "Remember the Maine!" ... though from what i see, most of you posting will not get that reference as you obviously have never opened a history book in your lives.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Reply
    • Segeny

      How 'interesting' that you find FOX coverage 'interesting'. When FOX provides real-time video of the attack, provides administrative e-mails, provides interviews with the families of the victims - then, YES, we'll trust FOX over the talking heads provided by the Obama cabal of liars.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
      • Clinton

        Real time video? Are you stupid? There was no streaming video coming out of benghazi during the attack, they got video from the same place every other news source got it and edited it how they saw fit. Next, how do you know any of the supposed "administrative e-mails" are authentic Fox news also tried to push the story that the President wasn't born in this country, how reliable are they? lastly, the family of the fallen Seal came out and told Romney to stop politicizing their son's death, and Romney lied about how he met the man, that was according to the Seal's BEST FRIEND... Honestly don't sit here and report to me what Fox news is reporting and try to act like it's a bunch of facts, they're full of crap over there and you know it. Go read PBS or BBC and see what they're reporting, they are the least bias news agencies around.

        October 26, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • Jackfrost

      The answer to your questions regarding the Military appointed by Obama, Yes they are truly political. From 0-6 on up they have to be to get to that position....

      October 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
      • Clinton

        Jackfrost – The commanders back at the Pentagon yes, the Commanders that are surrounded by Politicians all day and work at a desk yeh, but not the Commanders on the ground. If you've ever been in combat you would know our officers do not act in accordance to political leanings, they take their jobs seriously and they don't purposely let men and women of this country die, to suggest as much is absolutely embarrassing to everything the Military stands for.

        October 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • Teresa

      You can not compare the two CNN is not reporting on it so you have to go to FOX you just go where the info. is. And Military is as political as the leader calling their shots. Seems these guys who disobeyed orders are the only ones not being political to me.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • Cinci

      Clinton – You really are a democrat. If you have this much time to be on a thread like this, you must be one of the many unemployed. Get a job and get a life.

      October 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
    • Charlee

      LISTEN AND LEARN. You have too many of your own conspiracy theories going here!

      October 26, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Reply
      • Charlee

        Who do you think the military takes their orders from? The Commander In Chief aka The President of the United States.

        October 26, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
  100. Linda

    Liar! I just listened to a military person who called in to Rush Limbaugh and described the process by which urgent information is relayed to those who need to know. It's practically instantaneous! They knew exactly what was going on and they denied 3 requests for help. Those there that were trying to fight back were told to stand down. Horrifying! Heads should roll and Obama should be charged with treason!

    October 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
    • Clinton

      Linda,
      are you serious? First off, you're talking about Rush Limbaugh, the most Anti-Liberal personality in our society, he was also a birther. Limbaugh lied to you and the rest of his listeners about that, why do you believe he wouldn't also lie about having a military person who described this... not only that, I'm a former US Army Soldier and I served in Iraq, despite what you want to believe, we can't react as quickly as you think and Commanders on the ground make the call whether to send soldiers into harms way, so you're not calling out Obama in this, you're trying to say that US Army officers are liars and they are backing the President, i can tell you right now, Having been a serviceman, none of this political BS matters to us when we're over there. I know how it works, i can tell you flat out, no commander is going to drop his guys into the middle of something when they have no idea what's going on. Because instead of 4 bodybags that commander is potentially putting a dozen or more body bags on planes to send home... You may think you know what you're talking about, but i guarantee you don't. When it's really life or death, you don't jump before you even know what's beneath you.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Reply
      • Brandon

        Is your head buried in the sand. Obama has just made watergate look like a lemonade stand without a permit in a liberal town. Pay attention to a real news network covering the real news. Fox news is currently shedding light on the libya debacle and you couldnt care less. They let 4 american heroes die and then tried to cover it up. To compound the issue networks such as CNN are conspiring to help the cover up by not reporting it. Quit pointing fingers elsewhere and wake up. Obama is finished and will go down as the worst president in americas history. He should be impeached at the least.

        October 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
      • Hack

        Ah Clinton must be an unemplyed liberal, he has so much time to respond to all the conservatives.

        October 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
      • hombre

        Clinton wrote: "I'm a former US Army Soldier." A "soldier," eh? I've never heard a veteran describe himself quite like that.

        In any event, Panetta was quoted saying they "were ready for any contingency." If so, Clinton the "former soldier," maybe you can explain how it is they weren't ready for this one.

        October 26, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
      • Joe

        Clinton,

        If you are a true fomer Soldier please state MOS/RANK and time served in Iraq. I am asking because you either are not really a soldier or did not serve in a combat unit at least not at the level that would be required to conduct this type of operation. I agree with you that on the battle field in the FOG a Commander may be hesitant (if COMMS are not clear which in this case they were) to send in forces to re-enforce a squad, platoon, company etc without getting some ground truth. But in this case we are talking a U.S. Ambassador and U.S. Territory with ISR overhead and good COMMS with the security team on the ground, you don't think this would have at least warranted a fixed wing flyover maybe a show of force?. So please do us all a favor and either tell us what you did in the Army (credibility) or prepare to bring more discredit to what this WH administration has already done to itself by being a tool.

        V/r,

        180A USA SF OEF 09/12

        October 27, 2012 at 1:10 am |
    • Realist

      It's SOP now... They get the call.... They can't fathom in thier denial of reality that 1) It's actually happening 2) For political expediency it shouldn't be happening... 3) If we wish hard enough maybe it isn't really happening.... Soooo It must not actually be happening. La La La La I can't hear you!!!!!

      "Sir, what do we tell them"

      "Request denied, we don't know what's going on so it must not be going on at all.", "There! That solved it! What a geeneeous I is! :-)"

      Later:

      "Uh oh.... Not My Fault!!! We didn't know what was going on!!!!!"

      October 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Reply
    • youpeepole

      They have video from the building security and from the US drones that watched the whole thing! You are not getting the news here on CNN.

      October 26, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Reply
      • Kenneth MacKenzie, Plaintiff Pro Se, U.S. Supreme Ct. 08-9595,

        ..U.S. DoD Secretary of Defense Paneta said there were Drone photos of the U.S. Consulate while U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was being murdered. However, wern't there also U.S. Satellite & Drone photos of the U.S. Consulate , benghazi, depicting Libyan Terrorists "stalking" U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens for days before he was murdered. these high quality photos could have been "investigated" by U.S. Intelligence teams to "cross match" the U.S. Satellite & Drone, Iraq, Intelligence photos and cross matched against the Sinjar Photos and U.S. Awakening photos in U.S. Intelligence efforts against the known Libyan Terrorist volunteers from Benghazi as established in 700 ""TARPLY" files at U.S. Military Academy, West Point, USA? SEE: http://tarpley.net/docs/CTCForeignFighter.19.Dec07.pdf
        ..U.S. Executive Branch Departments ignoredU.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens in the same manner it ignored the family of PFC Kristian Menchaca despite the fact we litigated denials of Victim Protection against the U.S. Justice Deprtment in our "Supplemental Briefs" to U.S. Supreme Court Case 08-9595 explaining the TERRORIST life threats against the Menchaca Family so strenously ignored by the U.S. Justice department.

        October 26, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
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