I want to know who changed the talking points. Who took the references to Al Qaeda out of the talking points given to Susan Rice? We still don’t know…. I want to know what our president did. What did he do as commander in chief? Did he ever pick up the phone and call anybody? I think this is the stuff the country needs to know. – Senator Graham
THERE IS no stopping Republican Senator Lindsey Graham who has bit down on the Benghazi terrorist attack and won’t let go until the Obama administration reads from his script. He’s still back on Ambassador Rice’s talking points, which have been discussed, but he doesn’t believe.
President Obama gave direct orders to then Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, as well as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dempsey. When Senator Kelly Ayotte questioned them both there was no doubt that the biggest challenge was that there wasn’t enough time to do anything, since the DOD had “no presence in Libya.” I walked through these facts last Friday.
This included Dempsey’s admonishment of Senator Ayotte who didn’t know how it all worked any more than Graham does.
“Yeah, if I could just help with that one. The process is you tell a unit to prepare to deploy. When they report readiness you tell them to move. That’s just a piece of the process. There is nothing that held them up.” — Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Dempsey
There is little doubt that Republicans simply will not believe that the diplomatic work of slain Ambassador Chris Stevens happened in a volatile country where U.S. military presence was not welcomed, with the mission a precarious one from the beginning of the NATO bombing.
The only thing that will satisfy Lindsey Graham is if he gets a rewrite from the Obama administration that includes the absurd notion that there should have been a large military footprint on the ground in Libya from the start. Nothing less will do.