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Obama Skipped Security Briefings, Caught Off Guard on Libya, Egypt

Alexander 2012/09/13 14:45:25
By GOPUSA Staff September 13, 2012 7:13 am

As more information comes to light regarding the violence in Egypt and Libya, including the deaths of four Americans, it becomes apparent that Barack Obama was caught completely off guard. Not only does it appear that the violence in Libya was coordinated and planned, but Barack Obama hadn't even attended a security briefing in a week.

As reported by Tony Lee at Breitbart.com, the Internet movie which is being blamed by the Obama administration as the cause for the attacks in Libya and Egypt most likely was just a cover for a coordinated attack that had been planned for some time.

But a closer examination of the evidence indicates al-Qaeda orchestrated these attacks, and the movie was just a bogus excuse used to trigger the widespread violence. Even worse, it seems al-Qaeda telegraphed these attacks, and the Obama administration still got caught flat-footed, unaware of the terror group's strength in the region, missing key signals and clues that were out in the open.

One day before September 11, al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahri posted a 42-minute video on Jihadist forums urging Libyans to attack Americans to avenge the death of Abu Yahya al-Libi, the terror organization's second-in-command, whom U.S. drones killed in June of 2012 in Pakistan.

In the video, al-Zawahri said al-Libi's "blood is calling, urging and inciting you to fight and kill the Crusaders," leading up to a date heralded and celebrated by radical Islamists.

Another version of the video was actually posted on YouTube on September 9 and yet, President Barack Obama, who has not attended an intelligence briefing since September 5, and his administration did not beef up security at the embassy and consulate on September 11. There were no Marines present to protect Americans abroad, as the Islamic mobs overwhelmed what little security presence there was.

It's just shocking that in the days leading up to the 9/11 anniversary that Obama would be skipping national security briefings. Shouldn't all embassies be under extra alertness and protection at a time when the events of radical Islamic attacks are being remembered and those lost are being mourned?

In a report by Reuters, U.S. officials say the attack in Libya may have been planned:

The officials said there were indications that members of a militant faction calling itself Ansar al Sharia - which translates as Supporters of Islamic Law - may have been involved in organizing the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya's second-largest city.

They also said some reporting from the region suggested that members of Al-Qaeda's north Africa-based affiliate, known as Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, may have been involved.

"It bears the hallmarks of an organized attack" and appeared to be preplanned, one U.S. official said.

The Daily Mail also reports on the "premeditated and coordinated" nature of the attacks.

In particular, the rocket attack on the car of Ambassador Christopher Stevens as he was driven from the Benghazi consulate bore the hallmarks of a well-trained terrorist group.

It appears the killers had identified the ambassador's car, knew what his escape route would be and perhaps triggered the violence to lure him into the trap they had laid. There is a possibility some kind of inside information from within he embassy was used.

In June, a pro-al Qaeda group calling itself the Imprisoned Omar Abdul Rahman Brigades claimed responsibility for detonating an explosive device outside the US Consulate in Benghazi and and later released a video of that attack.

The same group is believed to have been behind a rocket attack on the convoy of Dominic Asquith, the British ambassador to Libya, when he was visiting Benghazi the same month and an attack against the Red Cross in Misrata the following day. Two of Asquith's bodyguards were wounded.

In a statement today, the Qulliam Foundation counter-extremism think tank concludes: 'The military assault against the US Consulate in Benghazi should not be seen as part of a protest against a low budget film which was insulting Islam - there were just a few peaceful protesters present at the event.

'Indeed, there have been no other demonstrations regarding this film in Libya. We at Quilliam believe the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi was a well-planned terrorist attack that would have occurred regardless of the demonstration, to serve another purpose.'

And what has Barack Obama been doing? One thing he has NOT been doing is attending his daily national security briefings. As Marc A. Thiessen notes in an op-ed in the Washington Post, Obama has attended less than half of his daily security and intelligence briefings.

The Government Accountability Institute, a new conservative investigative research organization, examined President Obama's schedule from the day he took office until mid-June 2012, to see how often he attended his Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) -- the meeting at which he is briefed on the most critical intelligence threats to the country. During his first 1,225 days in office, Obama attended his PDB just 536 times -- or 43.8 percent of the time. During 2011 and the first half of 2012, his attendance became even less frequent -- falling to just over 38 percent. By contrast, Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush almost never missed his daily intelligence meeting.

And this is the man charged with the protection of the United States?

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  • SimpleAmerican BN-0 2012/09/13 18:46:31
    SimpleAmerican BN-0
    +10
    Yet he made it to every appearance on The View! This man has no idea, even after being in office what it takes to be POTUS. He sees himself as a celeb, not POTUS. He is a threat to our national security, our constitution, our economy, our freedom!

    NOBAMA 2012

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  • Pale Horse 2012/09/18 00:51:59
    Pale Horse
    Yes, but he did get a good night's sleep.
  • sglmom 2012/09/16 06:31:35
    sglmom
    +1
    yet the 'public face' was readying for yet another 'appearance' in Hollywood ..
    couldn't be BOTHERED to even respect the deceased either
    (Twitting 'made for tv campaign tokens for sale')
  • ScoutLdr 2012/09/15 04:12:21
    ScoutLdr
    +2
    The Campaigner in Chief has been to busy to worry about the nation. His job one is being re-elected and nothing must interfere with this, including US National Security. "Barack Obama has already held more re-election fundraising events than every elected president since Richard Nixon combined, according to figures to be published in a new book.
    Obama is also the only president in the past 35 years to visit every electoral battleground state in his first year of office.
    The figures, contained a in a new book called The Rise of the President’s Permanent Campaign by Brendan J. Doherty, due to be published by University Press of Kansas in July, give statistical backing to the notion that Obama is more preoccupied with being re-elected than any other commander-in-chief of modern times."


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ne...
  • Bevos 2012/09/14 13:45:40
    Bevos
    +3
    He is not interested in the business of being President. He thinks he is a GLORIFIED WELFARE RECIPIENT!!! THe WHOLE USA supports his ass while he plays golf and takes vacations on our dime. He is one IGNORANT SORRY EXCUSE FOR A POTUS!!!
  • John Hall 2012/09/14 01:50:34
    John Hall
    +1
    When you don't meet with your security team or council things like this happens but we all know Obama is a great leader .
  • MsStretch 2012/09/14 00:46:24
    MsStretch
    +3
    According to a WH Spokesperson, Pres. Obama "is more intelligent than anyone sitting in those meetings. He gets the "minutes" first thing every morning. He doesn't need to be in attendance.
    ...really???
  • John Hall MsStretch 2012/09/14 01:54:03
    John Hall
    +3
    This incident shows how intelligent he really is . I hear people call him a narcissist .
  • Bevos John Hall 2012/09/14 13:49:01 (edited)
  • John Hall Bevos 2012/09/14 14:52:00
    John Hall
    +1
    Nicely said .
  • flrdsgns 2012/09/14 00:28:11
    flrdsgns
    If it comes from breitbart.com, then you know it's made up
  • ed 2012/09/14 00:00:44
    ed
    +1
    EXCUSES
  • none 2012/09/13 21:50:14
    none
    +3
    Put things in the proper perspective, we're talking about a narcissistic egotistical megalomaniac, Obama thinks he's the only important person in the world and getting reelected is the most important thing to him. Campaigning comes first and the country and it's security comes in a distant second.
    NOBAMA in 2012, throw the POS out of the White House.
  • Jim 2012/09/13 21:33:08
    Jim
    +4
    Why go to a security briefing when you aren't going to do a thing about the attacks. He would never do anything to harm his Muslims brothers.
  • DDevlin780 2012/09/13 20:47:54
    DDevlin780
    +3
    Looser in chief. Dump the bum.
  • sammanilla 2012/09/13 20:15:51
    sammanilla
    +2
    He has to be with his family.

    family
  • Max 2012/09/13 20:06:12
    Max
    +4
    Considering 9/11 was coming, he skips Intel meetings? What the…!

    If this isn't his Waterloo, there's not much that could be worse.
  • tdterry1999 2012/09/13 19:11:35
    tdterry1999
    +5
    You know it's bad ,when the spin masters of SodaHead will not even try to make a excuse for Obama.
  • MsStretch tdterry... 2012/09/14 00:52:39
    MsStretch
    +2
    Double Like...
  • ID51 2012/09/13 18:50:17
    ID51
    +5
    It's pretty obvious he's an empty suit and professionally AWOL.
  • SimpleAmerican BN-0 2012/09/13 18:46:31
    SimpleAmerican BN-0
    +10
    Yet he made it to every appearance on The View! This man has no idea, even after being in office what it takes to be POTUS. He sees himself as a celeb, not POTUS. He is a threat to our national security, our constitution, our economy, our freedom!

    NOBAMA 2012
  • Jack Sprat 2012/09/13 18:41:13
  • HOMBRE 2012/09/13 18:25:48
    HOMBRE
    +9
    U.S. Marines defending the American embassy in Egypt were not permitted by the State Department to carry live ammunition, limiting their ability to respond to attacks like those this week on the U.S. consulate in Cairo.
  • snipe HOMBRE 2012/09/13 20:40:35
    snipe
    +5
    I read that. Now, ain't that a crock o' sh!t?
  • Bevos snipe 2012/09/14 14:01:13
  • M A HOMBRE 2012/09/13 21:32:05
    M A
    +3
    Sure could have used some of those hollow points, the rest of the govt are being issued
  • Bevos HOMBRE 2012/09/14 13:59:31
    Bevos
    +3
    Whatever IDIOT gave that order needs to be ignored by the Marines. Marines should ALWAYS be ARMED AND READY
  • Dave 2012/09/13 18:18:04
    Dave
    +9
    When you think you are so SMART and so ALL-KNOWING, what could possibly be learned at security briefing ? Obama already knows EVERYTHING ! (False) Pride truly does come before the fall.

    Why not fall back on "blame Bush." The Kool-Aid swilling O-bots always fall for that one !
  • RTHTGak... Dave 2012/09/13 18:24:46
  • Dagon 2012/09/13 18:14:46
  • Jim Dagon 2012/09/13 21:36:06
    Jim
    +4
    It's Letterman's show he is going on. Liberals stick together. Leno has had both liberals and conservatives on his show.
  • Dagon Jim 2012/09/13 22:51:52
  • MsStretch Dagon 2012/09/14 00:55:00
    MsStretch
    +2
    Me either...they all suck O's ass so much I can't stand to see their faces.
  • McCate 2012/09/13 18:14:35
    McCate
    +6
    Makes me sick. Here is another that is good.
    OBAMA SKIPPED INTEL BRIEFINGS PRIOR TO ATTACKS

    (BREITBART) According to the White House calendar, there is no public record of President Barack Obama attending his daily intelligence briefing–known as the Presidential Daily Brief (PDB)–in the week leading up to the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Cairo and the murder of U.S. Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens and three American members of his staff:
    9/6/2012- http://www.whitehouse.gov/sch...

    9/7/2012- http://www.whitehouse.gov/sch...

    9/8/2012- http://www.whitehouse.gov/sch...

    9/9/2012- http://www.whitehouse.gov/sch...

    9/10/2012- http://www.whitehouse.gov/sch...

    9/11/2012- http://www.whitehouse.gov/sch...

    The last time prior to the slayings that the White House calendar publicly confirms Mr. Obama attending his daily intelligence briefing was September 5th. (The White House did not provide an official public calendar for September 8-10.) Mr. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta at 5:00 p.m. yesterday.


    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-...
    Makes me sick. Here is another that is good.
    OBAMA SKIPPED INTEL BRIEFINGS PRIOR TO ATTACKS

    (BREITBART) According to the White House calendar, there is no public record of President Barack Obama attending his daily intelligence briefing–known as the Presidential Daily Brief (PDB)–in the week leading up to the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Cairo and the murder of U.S. Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens and three American members of his staff:
    9/6/2012- http://www.whitehouse.gov/sch...

    9/7/2012- http://www.whitehouse.gov/sch...

    9/8/2012- http://www.whitehouse.gov/sch...

    9/9/2012- http://www.whitehouse.gov/sch...

    9/10/2012- http://www.whitehouse.gov/sch...

    9/11/2012- http://www.whitehouse.gov/sch...

    The last time prior to the slayings that the White House calendar publicly confirms Mr. Obama attending his daily intelligence briefing was September 5th. (The White House did not provide an official public calendar for September 8-10.) Mr. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta at 5:00 p.m. yesterday.


    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-...
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  • Elaine Magliacane 2012/09/13 18:03:41
    Elaine Magliacane
    +5
    Chanting... we are all Osama!!!... Maybe they were offended by Barrack and Biden BRAGGING about killiing Osama Bin Laden. Maybe they just hate Americans and wanted to do us harm on Sept 11.
  • mimi 2012/09/13 18:02:40
    mimi
    +8
    I would believe any reporting other than the liberal Lame Stream Media and of course, the Obama admin. I believe all of what was reported above is true. It just didn't happen in quite the timeline Obama wanted it to. I pray this causes him to LOSE this election big time. He is absolutely NOT qualified.
  • johnc 2012/09/13 18:00:18
    johnc
    +8
    Obama don't need no briefings, he bees da know it all man

    NOBAMA 2012
  • RTHTGakaRoland 2012/09/13 16:24:49
    RTHTGakaRoland
    +8
    Even more evident of Obama's inexcusable incompetence and warped priorities is that Obama skipped his intel briefing even after the Consulate and embassy attacks for his Vegas fundraising trip.
  • jerry 2012/09/13 16:06:42
    jerry
    +8
    Why do you need meetings? Islam is a religion of peace, isn't it? This is a list of violent muslim acts in THE LAST FEW DAYS!


    09.12 Somalia Mogadishu 8 10 Eight people are turned into 'pieces of meat' by a suicide bombing at a hotel.
    2012.09.11 Yemen Sanaa 12 12 Twelve people bleed out following a suspected al-Qaeda blast.
    2012.09.10 Iraq Mussayib 3 2 Sunni bombers take down three Shiites near their shrine.
    2012.09.10 Pakistan Parachinar 14 45 Sunnis murder fourteen members of the minority Shiite sect with a car bomb that rips through a packed market.
    2012.09.10 Afghanistan Kunduz 21 15 A Holy Warrior blows himself up at a demonstration, sending twenty-one other souls to Allah.
    2012.09.10 Syria Aleppo 17 40 The FSA claims a bombing outside a hospital and school that leaves seventeen civilians dead.
    2012.09.09 Syria Homs 4 24 Sunni terrorists are suspected in a bus bombing that leaves four dead.
    2012.09.09 Thailand Narathiwat 2 1 Two men are killed and a 9-year-old boy loses his leg to Muslim 'rebels'.
    2012.09.09 Iraq Amara 16 100 Dedicated Sunni car bombers massacre sixteen Shiites outside their shrine.
    2012.09.09 Iraq Kirkuk 7 70 Two Islamic Army of Iraq bombs tear apart seven people outside of a police station.
    2012.09.09 Iraq Nasiriyah 2 3 Mujahideen...















    Why do you need meetings? Islam is a religion of peace, isn't it? This is a list of violent muslim acts in THE LAST FEW DAYS!


    09.12 Somalia Mogadishu 8 10 Eight people are turned into 'pieces of meat' by a suicide bombing at a hotel.
    2012.09.11 Yemen Sanaa 12 12 Twelve people bleed out following a suspected al-Qaeda blast.
    2012.09.10 Iraq Mussayib 3 2 Sunni bombers take down three Shiites near their shrine.
    2012.09.10 Pakistan Parachinar 14 45 Sunnis murder fourteen members of the minority Shiite sect with a car bomb that rips through a packed market.
    2012.09.10 Afghanistan Kunduz 21 15 A Holy Warrior blows himself up at a demonstration, sending twenty-one other souls to Allah.
    2012.09.10 Syria Aleppo 17 40 The FSA claims a bombing outside a hospital and school that leaves seventeen civilians dead.
    2012.09.09 Syria Homs 4 24 Sunni terrorists are suspected in a bus bombing that leaves four dead.
    2012.09.09 Thailand Narathiwat 2 1 Two men are killed and a 9-year-old boy loses his leg to Muslim 'rebels'.
    2012.09.09 Iraq Amara 16 100 Dedicated Sunni car bombers massacre sixteen Shiites outside their shrine.
    2012.09.09 Iraq Kirkuk 7 70 Two Islamic Army of Iraq bombs tear apart seven people outside of a police station.
    2012.09.09 Iraq Nasiriyah 2 3 Mujahideen bomb a hotel, killing at least two.
    2012.09.09 Iraq Baghdad 7 21 A Mujahideen bomb targeting a market seven dead bodies.
    2012.09.09 Iraq Basra 3 24 A vicious bombing along a city street kills three.
    2012.09.09 Iraq Tal Afar 2 7 al-Qaeda bombers take down two innocents.
    2012.09.09 Iraq Kirkuk 8 17 al-Qaeda car bombers slaughter eight oil company employees.
    2012.09.09 Iraq uz Khormato 4 41 Four shoppers at a market are flattened by an al-Qaeda blast.
    2012.09.09 Iraq Dujail 11 7 A Shahid suicide bomber sends seven Iraqis to Allah.
    2012.09.09 Iraq Baghdad 5 21 A restaurant blast by the Islamic Army of Iraq kills five patrons.
    2012.09.09 Iraq Baghdad 3 14 Holy warriors detonate a bomb outside a pet market, killing three people.
    2012.09.09 Afghanistan Farah 1 16 A 12-year-old boy is disassembled by a Taliban bomb.
    2012.09.09 Afghanistan Mula Khel 6 0 Religion of Peace extremists pull six civilians out of a vehicle and execute them.
    2012.09.09 Iraq Maysan 5 40 Five Shiites are blown to bits outside their own mosque by Sunni bombers.
    2012.09.08 Afghanistan Kabul 6 4 Six civilians, mostly children, are torn to shreds by a Fedayeen suicide bomber.
    2012.09.08 Iraq Qaim 1 0 A 5-year-old girl is killed instantly by an FSA rocket.
    2012.09.08 Pakistan Shalobar 2 0 A Religion of Peace blast sends two highway patrolmen to the morque.
    2012.09.08 Afghanistan Kajaki 5 2 Five Afghans are taken down by Taliban roadside bombers.
    2012.09.07 Iraq Kirkuk 9 80 Sunni bombers take out nine Shias near their mosque.
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