If you had tuned into the mainstream media’s reporting of the Benghazi Commission’s findings, you were likely subject headlines such as “Hillary exonerated” or “Benghazi Commission finds no new evidence against Hillary Clinton.”
Those headlines are misleading, and they ignore one key figure in the case altogether, Barack Obama.
First, Hillary Clinton’s actions in Benghazi were beyond deplorable. Despite mounting evidence that Clinton knew the attack had nothing to do with an online video, nor that it was a “spontaneous protest,” the former secretary of state continued to lie about the cause of the event to both the American people and the victims’ families.
Luckily for Clinton, lying to the family of the dead isn’t a crime — but that’s hardly an accomplishment of which she should be proud.
What isn’t being discussed, however, is the supposed “three directives” Obama apparently laid in in the aftermath of the attack. They aren’t being discussed, it seems, because they never happened.
Hillary Clinton may be on the receiving end of most of the accusations regarding the Benghazi terrorist attacks, but now it looks as if Obama is being brought into the fray, as well.
The House Select Committee on Benghazi report contains at least one major bombshell: the committee found no evidence of the “three directives” that President Barack Obama claimed he issued when he first learned about the ongoing terror attack.
Neither the committee’s official report, nor the Democrats’ dissenting minority report, mentions the “three directives.” (In fact, President Obama barely features in the Democrats’ report at all, as if someone else were Commander-in-Chief that evening.)
The Democrats’ report does mention a general instruction that Obama gave to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair General Martin Dempsey when they met shortly after the attacks began on Sep. 11, 2012: “[T]he President made clear that we ought to use all of the resources at our disposal to try to make sure we did everything possible to try to save lives there,” Panetta said.
However, that “ought” is a suggestion — not an instruction, nor an order or a directive, much less three directives.
The evidence seems clear. In the aftermath of a terrorist attack, the Obama Administration went into over overdrive — not to protect the lives of those still in danger — but to protect their own image.