CBS News:Officials on Benghazi: "We made mistakes, but without malice"
By SHARYL ATTKISSON / CBS NEWS/ May 17, 2013, 10:51 AM
Obama administration officials who were in key positions on Sept. 11, 2012 acknowledge that a range of mistakes were made the night of the attacks on the U.S. missions in Benghazi, and in messaging to Congress and the public in the aftermath.
The official said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s deputy, Patrick Kennedy, quickly dispensed with the idea. A senior State Department official Thursday told CBS News, “Under Secretary Kennedy is not in the decision chain on FEST deployment” but would not directly confirm whether Kennedy or somebody else dismissed the FEST.
quote:I feel much better now.
“We’re portrayed by Republicans as either being lying or idiots,” said one Obama administration official who was part of the Benghazi response. “It’s actually closer to us being idiots.”
“We’re portrayed by Republicans as either being lying or idiots,” said one Obama administration official who was part of the Benghazi response. “It’s actually closer to us being idiots.” [...]
While it was the State Department that's said to have taken FEST off the table, the team is directed by the White House National Security Council. Those officials expressed the same limited view of FEST's capabilities when CBS News asked on Nov. 1, 2012 why FEST hadn't deployed. The officials argued that FEST teams were "used in the past to re-establish infrastructure, communications, etc. after a devastating attack...That wasn't the need here."
As soon as word of the Benghazi attack reached Washington, FEST members "instinctively started packing," said an official involved in the response. "They were told they were not deploying by Patrick Kennedy's front office... In hindsight... I probably would've pushed the button."
LP would have been in direct contact with military response and he is not sending in FEST troops into a foreign country w/o BHO approving or disapproving.
BHO was in the situation room being advised by LP whether to go or not go.
Period. / discussion.
BHO was in the situation room being advised by LP whether to go or not go
“It’s actually closer to us being idiots.”
Thus is born the 'We're idiots' defense.
I don't think BHO was in the situ room. I think he was in bed. Where else would he be? Panetta testified about Obama's complete absence in the hearing.