What was Obama’s biggest Benghazi failure?
The secret has been hidden for years from the American public.
But thanks to Trey Gowdy, the truth has finally been revealed — and it’s even uglier than many feared.
The Benghazi Select Committee recently released their 800-page final report.
There were many jaw-dropping revelations in the document.
Americans learned that the administration was more worried that Libyans would be offended by the uniforms Marines wore than about ordering military assets to perform a rescue mission.
But one of the most shocking new developments in the scandal was the news that Barack Obama skipped his daily intelligence briefing the day after the attacks.
The Weekly Standard reports:
Among the many revelations that will emerge from the voluminous majority report of the Benghazi Select Committee when it is released Tuesday is this one: Barack Obama skipped his daily intelligence briefing one day after the Benghazi attacks on September 11, 2012. The president’s briefer handed a written copy of the presidential daily briefing to a White House usher and then briefed Jack Lew, who was then serving as White House Chief of Staff. But Obama, who sometimes avails himself of the oral briefing that is offered along with the written intelligence product, did not ask for such a briefing the day after the attacks on U.S. facilities in Libya.
That disclosure came during the Benghazi Committee’s transcribed interview with the executive coordinator of Obama’s presidential daily briefing (or PDB, for short), a veteran intelligence officer who rose through the ranks in Army intelligence and then the Defense Intelligence Agency before serving as the president’s top briefer. It is buried deep in the Committee’s report, in Appendix H — a 14-page examination of how that briefer came to include an assessment in the PDB that the Benghazi attacks were likely a planned attack and not a protest gone awry. It’s not unusual for Obama to skip his oral briefing, but his decision to pass on the PDB on September 12, 2012, will no doubt generate additional questions.
The White House has largely kept secret Obama’s whereabouts and activities during the Benghazi attacks.
And what did Obama do the next day?
He flew to Las Vegas for a campaign fundraiser.
This was known during the 2012 election.
Republican nominee Mitt Romney criticized him for the decision to campaign rather than attend to the tragedy.
Obama and the media brushed off the attacks.
But what we did not know then was just how disengaged Obama was from the event.
He blew off his intelligence briefing.
Did he not have time in his busy campaign schedule — or was he worried he would learn things he did not want to know?
Americans discovered in the final report that drone operators and survivors of the tragedy all knew immediately that it was a terrorist attack, and not the result of a protest over a YouTube video.
Was the information contained in the briefing?
And did ignoring the briefing give Obama the plausible deniability to shift blame from his failed policies to a protest gone wild?