Benghazi – During Attack Denis McDonough and Tom Donilon Replace President Obama and VP Biden…


Two days ago we posted a discussion around a newly released photo from the White House.  The picture was taken in the oval office on Sept 11th 2012:

We thought the picture was worth a thousand words.  After research it appears we were correct.     Yet again, it provides more sunlight into the events surrounding the Benghazi, Libya events and who made the critical decisions in those moments of crisis.

White House 9-11-12

(Sept. 11, 2012)  – ”Denis McDonough, Deputy National Security Advisor, left, updates the President and Vice President on the situation in the Middle East and North Africa. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and Chief of Staff Jack Lew are at right.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The picture was taken at exactly 7:28:16pm DC time.  It was dusk outside, and President Obama had just completed a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  Why is this important?   Because we know the conversation lasted an hour.

Sept 11, 2012 President Obama spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu for an hour tonight as a part of their ongoing consultations. The two leaders discussed the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program, and our close cooperation on Iran and other security issues.  (link)

So we know the phone call began at around 6:30pm and ended just before 7:26pm.

What is equally important is what was taking place in Libya (Benghazi) during the time the phone call took place.

The attack against the CIA/State Dept. Consulate began at 3:40pm D.C. time.   So this phone call between Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama started three hours after the attack began.  

What is also revealing about this photograph is who was where, why, and what decisions were being made.

It might seem odd that both President Obama and Vice-President Biden would simultaneously be tied up, indeed it is a breach of previously established security protocols for this exact “crisis” and “leadership need” reason.

But, they are used to doing it all the time – and besides, what are the odds of something actually being urgent while they are both engaged, and needing one of them immediately.

Indeed the odds are slim.   Slim, but this was one of those moments when it actually existed; and had massive consequences.

You can see the phone notes in the hands of Joe Biden.   Actually if you enhance the picture and zoom in on the notes you can see they are notes, in Biden’s handwriting, of the phone call discussion contents between Netanyahu and Obama.   Whether or not BiBi knew Biden was also on the call is unknown, but he was indeed taking copious notes.

biden hands

(on the left you see the notes from Biden 9/11/12 – on the right you see notes from Biden taken during the Vice-Presidential debate)

We won’t clarify the content of the notes themselves.  We have done that part, but in the interest of embarrassing national security, and out of an abundance of caution for the arrival of Black Helicopters, we’ll let you do it on your own.   Suffice to say they are notes about the call.

It is important to remember how much flack President/Candidate Obama was getting from the opposition about his previously ignoring Netanyahu around the BiBi United Nations speech.

This call was perceived as important by both the Obama Campaign and White House advisors to a defensive pro-Israel narrative.   It could not be skipped by a candidate needing to assure the Jewish electorate of his Israel-Cred.   So from 6:30pm to 7:26 pm both Vice-President, Joe Biden, and President Obama, were “indisposed”.

This phone call took place between 12:30pm and 1:26am Benghazi time.  Again, three hours after the attack began at 9:40pm.

According to numerous reports, in Benghazi, around the same time,  CIA operatives and former SEAL’s Tyrone Woods and Glenn Doherty were returning from the Consulate complex to the CIA annex with the body of State Dept. Aide to Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith.    Ambassador Stevens was missing.

Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith

Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith

During this Oval Office call, Woods and Doherty were setting up defensive positions on the roof of the CIA annex building and maintaining a defensive perimeter while calling for more support.

Annex w-backgate

So we know POTUS and VPOTUS were out-of-the-decision-loop.   Who was making the decisions on behalf of the Commander and Chief?

Back to the timeline – and remember, this is the TIMED VERSION initially released to the media:

(5 p.m. D.C.): Just ahead of the weekly meeting with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey, White House National Security Advisor Tom Donilon tells President Obama of the attack and the fire at the main villa….

(6:07 p.m.  D.C): An alert from the State Dept. Operations Center states that the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli reports the Islamic military group “Ansar al-Sharia Claims responsibility for Benghazi Attack”… “on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on Embassy Tripoli.”

(6:30 p.m. D.C.) : The Pentagon issues an order to a special operations team in Europe to move to Sigonella, Sicily – less than one hour’s flight away from Benghazi….  [Obama and Biden are now on the phone with Netanyahu]  Who is in charge?

(7 p.m. D.C.): The first of two unmanned U.S. Predator drones, which already had been flying over eastern Libya, is diverted to Benghazi, as reported by CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson and David Martin on Oct. 15.  [Obama and Biden are still on the phone with Netanyahu]  Who is in charge?

(7:30 p.m. D.C.): A U.S. security team from Embassy Tripoli lands in Benghazi and learn that the ambassador is missing. They try to arrange for transportation into town, with the goal of locating Stevens.  [Phone call over – Obama and Biden are being updated by Denis McDonough as per the picture]

White House 9-11-12 Donilon - McDonough

But who was representing the Commander In Chief ?  During that critical hour?

(From 2011)  With little to no experience guiding them, everything becomes a first-impression type situation to Obama’s inner crew.  To the point, Henry Kissinger reportedly, refers to Obama’s group of advisers as, “kids.” […]

One of Obama’s closest advisers is his Deputy National Security Adviser.  The person acting the part of  Deputy National Security Adviser is one Denis McDonough.  While McDonough enjoys the credentials of a well-educated 41-year-old, he has sparse work experience.  Working on the hill as a legislative aide before transferring to a liberal think tank before campaigning for Obama before becoming Deputy National Security Adviser, is good for McDonough but embarrassing to the position which he holds. […]

McDonough has a reputation around D.C. – as a rabid mind-fixer in his mission to ‘set the record straight’ with democratic politicians and mainstream media types, who dare veer off the political reservation.  It’s rather humorous in a way to see a glorified political functionary like McDonough act the part of a seasoned and experienced political heavyweight.  McDonough was promoted out of ideological loyalty over convention.  Try telling McDonough that and he’ll likely piss ideological vinegar all over you.  But the thing with McDonough’s verbal piss, it doesn’t stain things, it can’t… it’s too inexperienced.

Above said, guess who is guiding Obama on the crisis in Egypt and the pending melt-down in the Middle East?  If you guessed the low cal aperitivo named Denis McDonough, you would be correct.  The United States’ official response to the crisis in Egypt has so far been one big massive embarrassment.  President Obama is getting bad advice; advice that is fueling his ideological ego; advice that is clearly immature in nature and devoid of geopolitical experience.  (link)

Perhaps this insight from Newt Gingrich , after he spoke to a “key senator” provides some clarity to the “fog”:

“There is a rumor — I want to be clear, it’s a rumor — that at least two networks have emails from the National Security Adviser’s office [Tom Donilon] telling a counterterrorism group to stand down,” [Newt] Gingrich said.”  (link)

Newt Gingrich was specifically talking about his knowledge of a  communication known by at least one Senator, and given to two media outlets – who did not use it.   It makes sense:

Tom Donilon told people to “stand down” while POTUS and VPOTUS were on the phone with BiBi and unable to be interrupted.    At 7:26pm (DC) 1:30am (Benghazi) -when this picture was taken – Ty Woods and Glen Doherty were fighting for their lives.

While Denis McDonough was bringing POTUS up to speed, at that exact moment, events in Benghazi had spiraled.     What took place next, and why they did not reverse the “stand down call” is unknown.

Perhaps they considered it too late, after all, this 7:26pm update revealed the status of Ambassador Stevens as “Missing presumed Dead”.    Damage control time…..

Denis McDonough jumped into action and provided the good cover story.

The cover story already existed because earlier in the same day the State Dept was getting questioned about the attack in Cairo, Egypt.  Again, at another embassy – and a story had already begun about a U-Tube video.

Just continue the same narrative story.

Which he did, effectively, the following day:   [McDonough on Sept 12th]

“This work takes on added urgency given the truly abhorrent video that has offended so many people–Muslims, and non-Muslims  alike—in our country and around the world.” (link)

After all, it was this same 41-year-old “kid”, who was the key deflector between POTUS and the crisis that was “Fast and Furious“:

“Investigative journalists have provided details on McDonough’s background and work history in politics, but the information that makes McDonough relevant to the continually breaking news on the Fast and Furious scandal is his role in silencing complaints from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)…”  (link)

A Thousand Words” indeed:

White House 9-11-12 Donilon - McDonough


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56 Responses to Benghazi – During Attack Denis McDonough and Tom Donilon Replace President Obama and VP Biden…

      • The Deceiver In Chief knew what was going on!As well as his whole administration! They let an American Ambassador be sodomized & murdered as well as 3 other Americans. Crime of aiding & abetting the enemy = TREASON!!! Don’t let these mens deaths be forgotten! Bring JUSTICE to them & for them plus their families & the American People!


        • Sharon says:

          It’s difficult to “bring justice to them and for them” when those who have the authority for delivering that justice and are responsible for delivering it are ok with what’s happened (Congress) and are covering it up (the State Department and the DOD). There is almost no chance that there will be justice for them or their families. Reality.

          And that should not be taken as “I don’t care about it”….we have to accept what we’re up against if we are going to fight it effectively. This is a slow motion nightmare, the fundamental transformation of America, delivered to us by a horrible man who couldn’t survive a security clearance.


  1. ytz4mee says:

    Bumps in the road.


  2. ctdar says:

    ….and people wonder whythe USA economy is in the toilet and 50% of the country is on EBT cards?? The GONG Show administration is in charge.


  3. maryfrommarin says:

    In a perfect world, who should properly have been making these decisions if both P and VP were “unavailable”? The Speaker of the House?

    Despite how much of a disappointment Boehner’s been, I don’t think he would have given the order to “stand down”. What do you think?


    • ctdar says:

      Jarrett of course


    • yankeeintx says:

      I think the decision for military intervention woulld be delegated to the Secretary of Defense (Panetta). I think at the very least a plane (C-130U) was launched, and it someone ordered the mission to be aborted.


    • The perfect world you speak of would be the death of both the Pres and the VP…….As long as the president is alive, it’s the president’s responsibility. This was a dramatic derelection of duty, vastly surpassing the events of Watergate since Americans died but it’s unlikely the MSM will launch the attack dogs as they did against Nixon……since they’re the ones suppressing the facts.


  4. Arkindole says:

    On the roof; designating the target, as the mortars zeroed in. Daisy.


  5. WeeWeed says:

    The Russians are literally, ROTFLTAO, I’m sure.


  6. ctdar says:

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!
    Is Donilon superimposed in photo ? Has a distinct white haze around outline of his body most easily seen on right side of back close to where he meets Lew’s left side. His face doesn’t even seem like the angle is correct in giving full attention to McDonough.
    I smell set up.


    • Mustang380gal says:

      It almost looks like he’s got a knee on the couch. Notice the arm of the couch; it looks odd.


    • ctdar says:

      bottom right of suit fold doesn’t look like natural vertical fall either


      • cajunkelly says:

        His right hand is in his pocket, causing the jacket to flare at the bottom.
        There are two different pillows, one matches the sofa, one is striped. The one I see is the one that is the same color as the sofa, right next to him.


        • cajunkelly says:

          Looking again, that item has diagonal stripes….perhaps he’s holding an attache case of some sort and it’s caught on the bottom of his jacket.
          I agree that he appears superimposed and his body/face position is off.


          • cajunkelly says:

            Yep, appears he’s holding something in his right hand, up against his body and it appears it’s resting on the arm of that sofa.
            It reminds me of an expanding type file, with the elastic wrap-around closure, but those are usually a darker brown.


    • madeline says:

      Not only that, I know he is closer to the camera but he is so much larger.


  7. yankeeintx says:

    Was anyone able to figure out what the label is on the red folder Donilon is holding?


  8. Bill says:

    Sundance- You’re not going to reveal the contents of Biden’s notes “… in the interest of national security…”? When and why did that become a concern? If you know, please share the info.


  9. Sharon says:

    I’m reminded again–adding Denis to the cast–that all these people are doing is role-playing. It truly doesn’t appear that a single one of them is really qualified for even being suggested for the jobs they hold, much less have the experience or skill required to function usefully in those jobs.

    It’s embarrassing. It’s frightening.

    I would imagine that the US has, in limited situations or time frames, had inexperienced people in terribly important positions in the past, but I really don’t think there has ever been such wall to wall saturation of the halls of our government with such a bunch of wanna-be socialist frat boys.


    • lovemygirl says:

      BINGO, they are led by a guy with no experience in the real world.


      • Sharon says:

        Think of his roleplaying as a Senator from Illinois: he truly never did anything more than fill the role.

        Then he played the role of up’n’coming young politician at the 2004 DNC.

        Then he played the role of campaigner, starting in 2006 (and hasn’t stopped).

        The most obvious tell of his self-conscious roleplaying was when he created The Office Of The President Elect in November of 2008.

        When I use that term, I am specifically not being sarcastic: a review of how he does not function in ordinarily demanding political offices makes it very plain that he is not “filling the office.” He is “roleplaying the office.” Much less demanding.

        His mindset is not that of an office holder.


  10. BertDilbert says:

    I am more concerned with McDonough’s eyes. His head is tilted down and his pupils are max up in order to be able to make eye contact with Obama. Remove Obama along with his pupils and his head is angled as though he is addressing an…. empty chair.


  11. thefirstab says:

    I have just read the link to article re: two emails to stand down. This was written in Oct. I don’t recall much, if any, coverage of these. I realize the election farce was in full swing. What has happened to these emails, the Senator that Newt says is “key”, anything??? Wouldn’t NOW be an opportune time to play this hand? All of this info seems to be good ammmunition. IYKWIM..


  12. woohoowee says:

    “(6:30 p.m. D.C.) : The Pentagon issues an order to a special operations team in Europe to move to Sigonella, Sicily – less than one hour’s flight away from Benghazi….  [Obama and Biden are now on the phone with Netanyahu]  Who is in charge?”

    Is the time of the phone call w/Bibi odd? Israel is nine hours ahead if I’m not mistaken. That would make it 3:30am in Israel. Maybe early hour phone calls aren’t uncommon.


  13. elvischupacabra says:

    These guys are so inept and so hapless that we should change the president’s flourish from ‘Hail to the Chief’ to the “Benny Hill Theme’ (Yakkity Sax). Obama’s clown crowd is starting to give incompetence a bad name.


  14. brocahontas says:

    Ideologues who have poor judgment but good PR. They can’t do a good job but they can pretend they do and the public goes along with this pretension because Obama fulfills some strange psychological need. They will need a herd of scapegoats in to pass their sins onto.


  15. itsy_bitsy says:

    A perfect example of the lack of competency that exists in Obama’s White House, with him at the top of that list. He and his underlings put his campaign above the lives of the men serving this country in Lybia! It also shows the total lack of an honest news corp, whether it be television or print news, with only a few exceptions (and thank god for those exceptions)! Obama and his White House crowd are a joke, nothing but bungling fools! They cannot be trusted with the lives of Americans who are in harms way! They are also totally DISHONEST, or they would not have tried to cover their a$$es with the lie about the film, which they clung to for quite a while!

    We are tied to this “not for prime time” group of selfish politicians for at least another four years! God help us, because we can be sure the MSM won’t!!


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  17. danshanteal says:

    I wondered where Donilon was thoughout this mess. He’s a flack. So, now we have two flacks on the job. Can we recall the phrase: People died and he lied. The military has to take some heat.
    They have the right stuff to know what’s going on everywhere almost instantaneously. So where was the Italian baker? And Dempsey? And the hordes of lower level guys overseeing our security?
    I smell rot in D.C. Wonderful analysis.


  18. Rich Branson says:

    Speaking of typical prog behavior…..
    One such prog idolizes Biden so much he has created a petition to get Biden a TV show. Yes, Biden, who was recently caught red-handed LYING about Benghazi, and recently displayed rude, disgusting behavior by laughing and mocking Ryan at the debate for the whole world to see, should have his own TV show. I guess his behavior is something libs would like to instill in their children. Wonders never cease to amaze…


  19. marie says:

    So, Sundance, if you are not going to reveal the contents/timeline results any further, can you at least tell us if the powers-that-be on the GOP side—Issa, Graham, etc.–know that these men were in the Oval, not in the Situation Room at the times you specify?


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  21. scubachick75 says:

    A US Embassy is under attack and it’s not important enough to interrupt a phone call with Israeli??


  22. Oakley says:

    Love the chimpanzee picture. Shows perfectly the treasonous MSM and their covering this administration’s rear end at every turn.


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  25. Latt says:

    Oh Jeesh! Can we get some REAL men again ??? Pleaseeee!!! Forget the kids and wimps and wanna be men like Hillary and Janet n Valerie and Susan rice! We NEED LEADERS! REAL MEN LEADERS! With a big ” PAIR” !!!


  26. JET99999 says:

    Fast forward to current events and looking at the broader picture, consider POLITICALLY DRIVEN 1.Massive national security leaks 2. leaving SEALS to die 3. rigged talking points 4.politicizing IRS in swing state Ohio – all part of a broad array of probable high crimes and misdemeanors designed to WIN AN ELECTION AT ANY COST

    The national security leaks were devastating, and included the Drone kill list, Joint Israeli-USA Iranian nuke hacking program, Operational details of Bin Laden raid, and many other critical secrets and programs, so many that even Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) on July 24, 2012 took notice saying ” I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks.” However apparently now, Ms Feinstein, like the President, has no further interest in finding out the source of these leaks

    Many programs in fact were left in shambles, field operatives exposed or even killed, and Pakistani Dr Afridi (who helped established DNA evidence in the Bin Laden raid) tortured and given a 33 year prison sentence – all for political reasons. Note left wing reporter Judith Miller, known for her White House sources, very oddly last summer was all over town putting out the convenient explanation “well if the President first declassified a program, then it was leaked, its not a crime.” Sources at the NY Times among other entities said they multiple times offered the White House (go or no go) “story callbacks” on these leaks, yet the White House each time said they had no objections. All of these leaks just coincidentally making Obama look like the strong Commander and Chief, such theme itself becoming THE central theme of the Democratic National Convention mere days before the Benghazi attack.

    Even though there is no way one could have known ahead of the time the length of the Libya firefight, we are now being told that nobody could have been saved. Why are the mid level theater commander not being allowed to testify?

    There is absolutely no doubt that UN Ambassador Susan Rice understood the words she spoke were at best highly misleading, and no doubt she knowingly allowed her high office to be used to lend credibility and authority to assist in presenting a false premise, the purpose of which was to extend the cover up and win an election mere weeks away. Conscious ignorance (willful blindness) will not protect her.


  27. charlotta says:

    RedFlag EXCLUSIVE: President Obama was ‘incapacitated’ due to ‘staggering, inapt activities’ between 1800 and 2300 on the night of Benghazi.

    ***This is a developing story. It will be updated when new information is discovered…*** Two sources close to the inner circle of the Obama White House have communicated exclusively to RedFlag News that during the night of Benghazi, President Obama was ‘incapacitated’ due to ‘staggering, inapt activities..
    Not apt; not appropriate or suitable.
    inappropriate – inept – unsuitable – improper – unfit
    Snorting coke and having sex with Reggie/others. Lame Cherry says Obama is a pedophile and young boys are regularly brought into the WH in unsearched vehicles. Someone from Chicago is the procurer.


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  29. Yael says:

    It seems odd that Obama would call Netanyahu at 1:30-2:30 AM Israel time, unless it were somehow important. So we have to wonder what was so important to Obama at that time. He was in a tight race with Romney; see NY Times’ The Caucus blog, Sept. 14th: “Obama holds narrow edge over Romney … With 53 days remaining before the election, and only two weeks before early-voting begins in some states, the presidential contest has assumed a new feeling of urgency….”

    Don’t forget Obama would be campaigning the next day in Nevada, which was a “key swing state,” one where the Jewish vote was important, especially given that the Mormon vote (at 6% of the population) would go to Romney. According to Real Clear Politics polling averages, Obama only had a three-point advantage in Nevada and Romney was nipping at his heels. Again, the Caucus blog (Sept. 12): “While Mr. Obama was the obvious star attraction at the cavernous Cashman Center near downtown, the event seemed to be more about getting the attendees registered before the October deadline – after which they will have 10 days to do so in person only — and to the polls when early voting starts two weeks later.”

    I could be wrong, but we all know how much the president prefers campaigning to governing. My armchair guess is that he called Netanyahu to get something he could take to Nevada… for his CAMPAIGN, and so delegated to others the responsibility for Benghazi, which – I hate to say it – might have seemed to him a mere “distraction” from the main event… his re-election.


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  32. Anton says:

    He called Netsnyahu in the middle of the night for PR …for the Jewish vote…that he was loosing big time


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