Benghazi Report – CBS: State Dept. Patrick Kennedy Gave “Stand Down/Hold” Order… Claim “we’re not lying, just idiots”..

WASHINGTON DC – 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.

blood on their hands

The officials spoke to CBS News in a series of interviews and communications under the condition of anonymity so that they could be more frank in their assessments. They do not all agree on the list of mistakes and it’s important to note that they universally claim that any errors or missteps did not cost lives and reflect “incompetence rather than malice or cover up.” Nonetheless, in the eight months since the attacks, this is the most sweeping and detailed discussion by key players of what might have been done differently.

“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.” […]

The Foreign Emergency Support Team known as “FEST” is described as “the US Government’s only interagency, on-call, short-notice team poised to respond to terrorist incidents worldwide.” It even boasts hostage-negotiating expertise. With U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens reported missing shortly after the Benghazi attacks began, Washington officials were operating under a possible hostage scenario at the outset. Yet deployment of the counterterrorism experts on the FEST was ruled out from the start. That decision became a source of great internal dissent and the cause of puzzlement to some outsiders.

Thursday, an administration official who was part of the Benghazi response told CBS News: “I wish we’d sent it.”

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.  (read more)

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18 Responses to Benghazi Report – CBS: State Dept. Patrick Kennedy Gave “Stand Down/Hold” Order… Claim “we’re not lying, just idiots”..

  1. PatriotUSA says:

    Lying, idiots, traitors, clueless, no huevos, This entire fiasco was mishandled from the start and four Americans needlessly died. If FEST was ruled out then Obama himself should have stepped in and taken over as Commander in Chief. This smacks of the Soviet Union and the Red Army chain of command not taking the initiative or bending the rules when lives are in danger or there is an imminent threat of danger, attack or terrorism. “It has to come from the top” and the top was fast asleep while four American lives were sacrificed so world wide mussie sentiment and feelings would not be inflamed.

    Political correctness has polluted and corrupted this country so badly that disasters like Benghazi now happen. NO one died from Watergate. The American sheeple had best wake up and really fast. It is not beyond this traitorous regime to pull something very sinister to enable them to declare martial law or worse.


  2. woohoowee says:

    Mistakes?! The decision to leave them ALL to die was simply a mistake?! The decision to refuse to recognize Mr. Woods and Mr. Dougherty for the heroes they are was a mistake?! Two fine Americans gave their lives to do what the whole d*mn Administration would NOT do and the same sorry excuse of an Administration then lied about everything, and now they want to claim mistakes and idiocy?! Scum.


  3. woohoowee says:

    Speaker Boehner – Why haven’t you already appointed a Select Committee?


  4. czarowniczy says:

    …a range of ‘mistakes were made’….ARRRGGGHHHHHH The Mother of All Bureaucratic Bullsh*t rhetorical devices!

    I swear that if I were a judge any civil servant, elected or appointed, who came before me and gave me that excuse would get the death penalty immediately. Mistakes weren’t made, your inept, gutless, bureaucratic stupidity and inability to make a decision because you have the inner strength of a wet Kleenex directly caused people to die..Even now, with your weasel-like incompetence and ineptitude flashing across the sky like lightening you do not have the moral strength to say you screwed up. God help us, this is the trash the tide of voter indifference has washed in.


  5. John Galt says:

    “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.”

    I think they are both lying and idiots. But, either way, Zero administration should be removed from office.


  6. St. Benedict's Thistle says:

    The preferred takeaway here is that idiots were in charge, because it’s easier to lay blame at the door of “honest” ineptness than to think that the order to stand down was given for political and ideological reasons. CBS is carrying water, as usual.


  7. mcfyre2012 says:

    “We’re portrayed by Republicans as either being lying or idiots,” said one Obama administration official…”

    Ummm…No. The WH administration has doing that job outstandingly well on it’s own since January 2009. No portrayal by anyone else is necessary.

    Now it’s become harder to tell which is worse, the lying or the idiocy, because both are now enmeshed. Is it idiotic lying…or lying idiocy?


    • Sharon says:

      Does it matter? They are in power and intend to stay there. A little self-deprecation is useful to them, and will play very well with the lofos.


      • mcfyre2012 says:

        Imagine how different it would be had they just said, “We were conducting an operation to arm the Syrian rebels, and unfortunately the situation got beyond our control. We screwed up.”

        People would have been mad, but that would have been far more acceptable than the constant lying and idiotic excuses. Admitting a mistake is part of leadership…oops, my bad. Before becoming President, Barry had never been in any type of leadership, managerial, or even a supervisory position of any kind.


  8. Saltwater says:

    The most transparent administration ever!!! right!! I’m also in the Confederate underground paratroopers! Jus sayin…..


  9. Sharon says:

    Donilon Played a Key, Unexplained Role on Scandal-Plagued Admin’s Benghazi Debacle:

    There’s a lot of interesting material here, but the most novel information is from Schoen, who asserts that National Security Advisor Tom Donilon has been leaking to the press in a quid pro quo to keep his own name out of the discussion

    Now why would Tom Donilon be wanting to keep his name out of the discussion…hmmmm???

    The Counterterrorism Security Group (CSG), was never convened on the evening of 9-11-12, although it is supposed to play a central coordinating role under exactly the circumstances presented by the Benghazi attacks…..

    The segment begins with an excellent discussion about the IRS hearing, yesterday. And towards the end Shoen made a very savvy point about how the Regime is handling all the scandals, calling it “the big lie technique.”


    • IMHO, every single high-ranking official in the BHO administration (and a significant number in the other two branches of our government) is a dyed-in-the wool, certified sociopath. Read the list of 10 “red flags” in this article:

      We are being “governed” by the 21st century equivalents of Charles Manson and Jim Jones. Multiplied hundreds of times.

      We are living under a rogue government. Watch out for the Kool-Aid, and the marks to be carved on the forehead.


  10. John Denney says:

    Seems the C.O. of the FEST could simply be asked, “Who ordered you to stand down?”


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  13. ctdar says:

    Obama needs to be held accountable, doesn’t matter if the administration throws Kennedy under the bus, the order can only originate from the top and if it didn’t he should be held accountable for shirking his duties as commander in chief. The only time the President can pass the respondibility of the country to someone else in the line of succession to give or not give the order regarding mobilizing the troops would be if Obama was physically/mentally incapacitated(ie Regan when he went into surgery); paperwork would need to be signed in order to facilitate the change in command.
    Being on a telephone call or otherwise MIA does not change the fact that Obama was derelict in his duties. Whether abroad or within the US, a terrorist attack is an attack of war and should be treated as such….not fckn a game. Impeach.


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