Bracken: Obama Was Asleep

From Matt Bracken:

Matt Bracken 10-25-2012

The biggest stench from the Benghazi fiasco is that it is beginning to smell like Obama went “nighty-night” to rest up for Las Vegas, instead of manning up in the Situation Room and seeing the crisis through and (had he only been awake) ordering a rescue mission.

In Benghazi, after 6-8 hours enduring a few “Fort Apaches,” with running street battles in …
between, (like a mini Blackhawk Down), the living Americans must have been thinking, “Any minute now, here come the helicopters! Just hang on!”

But they didn’t. So even though Delta had forward staged to Sigonella Sicily (rumint) from base in Germany, nobody was willing or able to pull the trigger and send a rescue force. Or even a few F-18 supersonic flybys, to bust windows and warn, “Here comes American airpower, and you camel jockeys know what that means.” Just as a morale booster it would have helped the besieged staffers.

But it was never sent, not even a lousy supersonic low-level flyby. One hour from bases in Italy, max.

Here is the deal. The military automatically does a lot on its own, under standing orders and SOPs. The minute they see that the consulate is under attack, and the ambassador and others are in a “safe room” hiding, it becomes TOP priority. Every other mission aborts or slaves over to support any possible rescue.

At that moment when the critical incident alarm messages start ringing, military steps happen on autopilot in real time. Everybody in the Navy and USAF chain of command swings into a crisis contingency plan mode. What ships are closest? Helicopters? Marines? Delta is in Germany? Get them moving right now. Where is closest? Sigonella, for now. It’s NATO, no permission needed, just fly.

En route in C-17s, the D-boys would even be prepping for an immediate action rescue mission, that is, the C-17s will fly directly to some desert road outside of Benghazi, and here comes “The Raid On Entebbe,” done in crisis mode, canned actions, but they would do it. They practice for these exact scenarios, and leave gear staged for them.

They would coordinate with fighters out of Italy, mid-air-refueling platforms start shifting, it’s a huge show that swings into action for thousands of miles around Behghazi. The ongoing consulate attack is JOB ONE, the only job. VIPs will be tossed off of planes at remote runways if they need that platform.

Or Marines on amphibious ships in the central Med, (if any were available), would also be put on the real-time options board. We used to have a “Amphibious Ready Group” of about 3-5 USN gator freighters, including a helo carrier like a Tarawa class. They carry an entire battalion of USMC, plus SEALs etc, with helos and Ospreys to carry them all. (But not at once.) Where was our ARG? Does our Navy have enough ships for that mission any more?

But while all of that military staging would have happened/did happen during the 6-8 hour battle at the consulate and annex, what the military cannot do on their own say-so is cross an international border without an order from the NCA, the National Command Authority, and that means POTUS, Obama.

Only POTUS can authorize a cross-border hostile mission. That is, guns clear, no official permission from the Tripoli govt (if it really exists outside State Dept fantasies.)

Only one man can pull that trigger and say, “GO!” Obama.

(But for America to act “unilaterally” would have meant the bogus Libyan Arab Spring and so-called new Libyan Unity Govt. that we were propping up didn’t really exist. Libyan sovereignty must be held sacrosanct, even the false image of one, where in reality, Al Queda is top dog in Libya. Even when an Al Queda offshoot is your external “security,” namely, “The 17th of February Martyrs Brigade.” IOW, the White House thought they had a “deal” with AQ in Behghazi, since we were helping to run weaponry from Libya to their pals in Syria. So there was an “institutional bias” at State against crossing the border on a rescue operation sin permisso.)

Anyway, be that as it may, no General or Admiral will order the Marines ashore, or a Delta raid or even an F-18 or F-16 low-level supersonic flyby. They can not and will not cross a border without a clear-cut order from POTUS via the NCA. Not even Hillary can make that decision. Only Obama.

But no order came, as of midnight in DC. And then none would come. Because the POTUS retired for the night with a “do not disturb” sign on his door, punted, and went to bed, to be well rested for Las Vegas.

While his ambassador was off the U.S. radar, missing, at that moment possibly being dragged down a Benghazi street or even raped. But that is when Obama went to bed. Midnight in DC is 0600 in Beghazi.

That is the greatest scandal of Benghazi. The POTUS slept through it, while all around the world, military forces were poised for the Raid on Entebbe or any other damn thing the POTUS ordered them to do. (And the were raring to go, believe me.)

But the POTUS said, “We’ll discuss it further in the morning,” and then he went to bed around midnight in DC, 0600 in Benghazi, with a missing ambassador and a full-blown crisis in full mega flap.

He punted. He went to bed.

God help us.

I think that’s the big secret they are keeping. The President went to bed, with his lost Ambassador being dragged through streets.

Obama went to bed.

35 responses to “Bracken: Obama Was Asleep

  1. “Der Fuhrer schlaft” (sorry didn’t get umlaut over the ‘a’). As I remember, someone was trying to get NumbNuts to release a Panzer division when the Allies invaded. Hitler had taken a sleeping pill and couldn’t be disturbed. Apparently Barry is taking his cues from the moustachioed one…

    • Daniel K Day

      Hairball, you have my permission not to give a damn, as if you needed it, but in order to get an umlaut over the a, you open Word, type Ctrl-Shift-semicolon and then type a. Then copy that into your browser. HTH

  2. I believe you have it exactly right, like Hitler sleeping through the D Day
    invasion. Don’t wake up the Fuehrer.
    Oh my God!

    • Myth. Hitler did not “sleep through” D-Day. Foxed by Patton’s “3rd Army” deception, he held his Panzer Divisions back to cover the “expected” invasion coast further north. And I doubt if Zero simply “slept through” Benghazi: it’s just hard to admit that, in order to get Libya back on the petrodollar, Amerikwa replaced Co. K. with the Jihad.

  3. Interesting analysis. It wouldn’t surprise if this were true.

  4. I just wish to God I could say I’m surprised…

  5. Bracken is a joy and curse to read and digest. My blood pressure rises after each read. More please.

  6. I know you are right, Matt, because everything else he has ever said or done betrays his utter cowardice and his complete disdain for anything inconvenient to himself… such as the lives of those who serve our nation.

    Not only must soetoro jr. be defeated in this election, he MUST be tried and convicted of crimes too numerous to list here. I’m quite certain that everyone reading this knows exactly those of which I speak, the penalty for many of them being death.

    Yes, I will not hold my breath. Yes, yes, I know it won’t happen…. unless we make it happen, some where down the road. I care not how long it takes. This business of allowing politicians to retire to a life of ease without penalty for their crimes while in office MUST cease. And this asswipe is b y far and away the worst criminal ever to “Occupy” the White House.

  7. Jimmy the Saint

    This is history. We are living an historical moment. We are going to lose the war because our glorious Führer has taken a sleeping pill and is not to be awakened. Sometimes I wonder which side God is on.

    – Gen. Blumentritt from The Longest Day

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  9. Mr. B….I’ve stated before and I’ll do so again….soetoro-obama is a fake, a hoax, an illegitimate occupant of the West Wing. He is not a natural-born citizen. He DOES NOT meet the constitutional requirements of Article Two, Section 1, Clause 5. He and his handlers, along with millions of ignorant Americans with SCOTUS turning a blind eye to our Constitution, have sanctioned this criminal enterprise we call POTUS.

    soetoro-obama is NOT my POTUS. At a minimum he deserves a cell in Leavenworth. He has committed “high crimes”.

    Do you or any readers of your essay believe this individual, who has hidden every trace of his past, gives a Rat’s ass about POTUS responsibilities ?

    We are in deep trouble in our nation.

    “There Are Enemies Amongst Us”

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  11. Obama? Most of America is asleep FFS!
    I just hope that the fighting men of the U.S. get a chance to make it home and call it a day. Seems to me like every new war is just a quasi-legitimate means to kill off the types of citizens that keep Barry and his ilk up at night…
    “Can you quote the bill of rights, son? Good! You’ve just volunteered for the next suicide mission.”

  12. Simon Jester

    “der führer noch immer schlafen”
    This is the same excremental giant who finds time to chat up the libtards on “The View” tv show instead of engaging in the responsibilities of his office. If the powers that be let him lose this election, we should be treated to an emotional (among other things) outpouring that’s sure to be your best entertainment value.

  13. I believe he went to bed .What was ambassador Stevens doing in Benghazi?the baddest part of town, with no security?? Running guns, to AQ, to our ENEMY’S. Providing material supp.ort to people who are going to use these weapons against us I believe that is called treason. And the media covers it up for them. I don’t pray for Gods blessing on the US any more, I pray for mercy. We are going to need it.

    • you mean providing munitions, like MANPAD SAMS and rockets to be used against Israel?. Spot on, sir.

  14. I read somewhere that he might have actually said stand down to the rescue . . .

  15. WHY? B.O. probably did go to sleep. But why? I think he set up the Ambassador, probably turned over his location(s) to the hit squads via some 3rd party, then slept soundly knowing a “loose end” was being taken care of. What did Stevens know that got him whacked? Everything has a purpose and a reason.

  16. As tragic and humiliating as it is, Benghazi is a non-issue. The vast bulk of the FSA cannot even spell Benghazi, let alone tell you where it is. Look at Black Hawk Down and Les Aspin’s screw-up in Somalia. Did that hurt Billary? And, when the Dead Elephants did make a comeback in ’94, the Clinton minions orchestrated OKC to put him back on top.
    The Dead Elephants and their fauning buffoons on FAUX NEWS are still trying to get traction over this dead ambassador thing, The FSA is just looking at their government freebies and doing whatever they can to give the Kenyan Marxist another four years.

    • Semper Fi, 0321

      How do you shut down Faux News when the masses believe it to be the word from heaven? Sad day when the nation idolizes a phoney TV network.

  17. indyjonesouthere

    And you can bet POTUS knows every last detail of fast and furious. Nothing and no one crossing the border goes without his knowledge. He knows the details of this fiasco better than those who died from his commands.

  18. Yeah the more I learn about this incident the more I think this was a Vince Foster or Ron Brown moment.

  19. I really like history, and this reminds me of June 6 1945, as the allies hit the beaches Hitler was sleeping and his general in charge didn’t have the power to bring the tanks held in reserve to the fight………..That’s our Barky, asleep at the wheel…….

  20. Anyone stupid enough to place anything related to their life in the hands of this rotten assed gov’t does so at their own peril.

    How is this NOT abundantly clear?

    You are on your own whether you realize it or not.

  21. I believe the term that best describes Mr. Soetoro is Quisling.

  22. Every time I see that ambassador’s picture where he’s being drugged out of the embassy really tugs on my heart strings. Imagine how his poor family feels by seeing that picture. It would be too painful for me to see one of my family members in that position.

    POTUS is a despicable man. His contempt and disdain for us is heir apparent. I cannot for the life of me understand why anyone would vote for his man, anyone.

    What I don’t understand is why in God’s green earth has none of the military come out publicly on this one?

  23. But (a day later) it now seems MUCH WORSE than this if there was a C-130 on station, already inside the borders, and the CIA doesn’t necessarily follow the same authority rules.

  24. Simon Jester

    Look at the way they’ve played rope-a-dope on fast & furious. Win or lose, there’s no way the puppet masters are going to let the “legacy” of the magic Kenyan be tarnished with such heresy as the truth.

  25. I am sort of tempted to ask “What do you expect?”, given the moral convictions of a man who would hold a “campaign” function in the armpit of all of America’s filth and degeneracy.

    Welcome to consequences, both of a morally lost president, and of interventionism overseas.

  26. From the Silicon Graybeard’s blog:
    The information I heard today was that General Ham as head of Africom received the same e-mails the White House received requesting help/support as the attack was taking place. General Ham immediately had a rapid response unit ready and communicated to the Pentagon that he had a unit ready.

    General Ham then received the order to stand down. His response was to (say) screw it, he was going to help anyhow. Within 30 seconds to a minute after making the move to respond, his second in command apprehended General Ham and told him that he was now relieved of his command.

    The story continues that now General Rodriguez would take General Ham’s place as the head of Africon.

  27. Well, I guess Hillary was right about one thing. Barry got his “3 AM call” and fucked it up. (not to say the witch would have made a different call.)
    One thing at play here is the horror of Affirmative Action writ large.

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