Obama Absent Night of Benghazi

That's according to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

[He] testified this morning on Capitol Hill that President Barack Obama was absent the night four Americans were murdered in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.

Panetta said, though he did meet with Obama at a 5 o'clock prescheduled gathering, the president left operational details, including knowledge of what resources were available to help the Americans under siege, "up to us."

In fact, Panetta says that the night of 9/11, he did not communicate with a single person at the White House. The attack resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Obama did not call or communicate in anyway with the defense secretary that night. There were no calls about what was going on in Benghazi. He never called to check-in.

It's inexcusable that Obama left the critical decision-making to subordinates and it's inexcusable that Panetta took it upon himself to make decisions that should have been the president's.

Former President Jimmy Carter was criticized for micro-managing, with at least one fatal result (the failed attempt to rescue the American hostages held captive in the U.S. embassy in Iran). Now comes the disconnected Obama, the other extreme. Can't we get someone who knows how to manage?

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