It’s only happened to one president—and he resigned. Two presidents were impeached, the most recent was Bill Clinton. With Obama, impeachment (or indictment) charges have not yet been filed.
Obama’s actions concerning the Benghazi Consulate (Libya) were more than troubling. It’s known 4 Americans, including a still breathing Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed in a terrorist attack on the embassy in a tactically coordinated offensive by Islamic terrorists. Obama knew this within 2 hours.
But Obama would not order the military to move in. In other words, Americans were left to die. The real scandal was how the administration–for days–continued to alter reality by pointing to an obscure video, instead of the actual terrorist uprising, occurring on the 9/11 Anniversary.
Obama actually watched the attacks on surveillance pictures from an American drone camera overhead.Lt. Col. Tony Schaefer reported to Fox News confirmed Obama watched the hideous attack occur ‘live’. “I hate to say this, according to my sources, yes, [the President] was one of those in the White House situation room in real-time watching this. And the question becomes, ‘What did the President do or not do in the moments he saw this unveiling?’ He — only he — could issue a directive to Secretary of Defense Panetta to do something.”
The New York Post also collaborates a military drone was over Benghazi at the time of the attacks, relaying real-time information back to D.C. Bottom line, the president did absolutely nothing to protect the lives of Americans at the embassy. Urgent requests for military support were denied numerous times.
General David Petraeus discusses his witness of the attacks, and desperate requests for assistance, but was helpless to send any assistance without Obama’s direct order. From Petraeus: “…Moreover, no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. In fact, it is important to remember how many lives were saved by courageous Americans who put their own safety at risk that night—and that some of those selfless Americans gave their lives in the effort to rescue their comrades.”
The Constitution states: “[the president] shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
From Alexander Hamilton: “…those offences which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust.”
Impeachment: majority vote by the House; conviction 2/3 vote by the Senate. Majority Republican, the House would certainly impeach. With a Democrat Senate majority, conviction would be unlikely.
Obama told a Denver TV station right after at the Consulate killings, “I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to.”
1) allowing illegal trespassing
2) allowing death of 4 Americans
3) refusal to defend American territory [consulate]
4) not informing public of attack
5) lying about perpetrators of attack, and refusal for aide
6) not fulfilling promises made after attack
7) obstruction of justice
8) abuse of power
During this entire conflict, Washington was continually in touch [by email] with personnel in Benghazi. We learned that a closely associated al-Qaeda group claimed responsibility for the entire siege.
Per FoxNews’ Jennifer Griffin, Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, part of a team about a mile from the consulate, heard gunshots emanating from the consulate. Urgently requesting backup, he asked permission to go to the embassy for help. He and his team were denied 3x, and told to “stand down.”
Woods had no doubt about his reactions to Americans under attack. He defied his orders and rushed to help, but could not find the ambassador. Returning back to the safe house, he made a desperate call again for military assistance, but was refused again. After 4 hours, he was killed on the roof by a mortar shell. No assistance was forthcoming.
It’s known a fighter jet could have arrived within 1 hour, special forces within 3, but fighting raged continually for 7.
In What We Know About Benghazi: Obama Should Resign : The Daily … Ivan Kenneally (Editor/Daily Witness) gives another similar account.
Gary Halbert: What Really Happened in Benghazi on Sept. 11 – InvestorsInsight.com describes the same fiasco.
Halbert even admits the only plausible explanation: Obama knew it was too big a risk to admit to a major terrorist attack killing 4 Americans, he refused to protect. He wouldn’t allow this info publicized shortly before the election.
By the time the whole truth came out, it was called “old news”. Mainstream media treated it as such.
Kevin Roeten can be reached at [email protected].