Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was on Capitol Hill today to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Benghazi. But — shockingly — the focus quickly shifted away from Benghazigate and onto sequestration:

Because pushing a faulty budget deal is far more imperative than investigating the deaths of four Americans.

If this hearing was designed to draw attention to government incompetence, mission accomplished. Instead of addressing the murders in Benghazi, the Democrats used this hearing as an opportunity to pressure Republicans into approving Obama’s crappy budget deal. Is this real life?


We’ve already got third-rate palace-guard politicians covering up the truth.

Indeed. Benghazigate, sequestration … what difference does it make?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcy-Cook/1001619613 Marcy Cook

    HOLY CRAP!!!! He better watch out he’ll end up like Vince Foster.

    Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi

    12:05 PM, Feb 7, 2013

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified this morning on Capitol
    Hill that President Barack Obama was absent the night four Americans
    were murdered in Benghazi on September 11, 2012:

    Panetta said that Obama left operational details, including knowledge
    of what resources were available to help the Americans under seize, “up
    to us.”

    In fact, Panetta says that the night of 9/11, he did not communicate
    with a single person at the White House. The attack resulted in the
    deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

    Panetta said that, save their 5 o’clock prescheduled meeting with the
    president the day of September 11, Obama did not call or communicate in
    anyway with the defense secretary that day. There were no calls about
    the what was going on in Benghazi. He never called to check-in.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcy-Cook/1001619613 Marcy Cook

      And…Hillary was AWOL too!

      No Word from Hillary During Benghazi Attack

      Panetta, Dempsey did not speak to Clinton.

      12:55 PM, Feb 7, 2013

      Neither the secretary of defense nor the chairman of the Joint
      Chiefs of Staff spoke to the secretary of state during the 8-hour attack
      on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. At a
      Thursday hearing in the Senate, Republican Ted Cruz asked both Leon
      Panetta and Martin Dempsey, “In between 9:42 p.m., Benghazi time, when
      the first attacks started, and 5:15 am, when Mr. Doherty and Mr. Woods
      lost their lives, what converations did either of you have with
      Secretary Clinton?”

      “We did not have any conversations with Secretary Clinton,” Panetta responded.

      “And General Dempsey, the same is true for you?” Cruz asked. Dempsey confirmed this

  • Roto

    Watching the hearing on C-SPAN, every Democrat on the committee started off by saying, “Secretary Panetta, may I begin by kissing your ass. And now on to something completely different than Benghazi….” I was waiting for Claire McCaskill to do a Monty Python fish-slapping dance with Carl Levin. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2P86C-1x3o

  • Gothguy

    Oh look, something shiny.