But we are not the least bit shocked any more, are we?
Maybe ambassadors should start hiring their own security.
And speaking of shocking, I have to say that I have retained the capacity to be shocked by this:
Under questioning from Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) Panetta says that President Obama knew “generally” what US military assets were deployed in the region, but did not ask for specifics. He left the strategy, according to Panetta, “up to us,” meaning himself and military leadership. Panetta says that after the initial briefing, which took place at about 5 pm Washington time, he had no further communications at all with President Obama that night. The president never even called to ask how the attack was progressing. No one from the White House ever called later that night, according to Panetta, to inquire about the attack. President Obama went to bed that night not even knowing whether the Americans under assault had survived the attack.
I wrote “shocked,” but that’s probably an overstatement. Let’s just say that, as little as I have come to expect of President Obama, this is even less than I expected.
In a comment the other day on the blog, “southpaw” wrote:
Kerry, Hagel, and Paul would be a formidable trio in advancing US incompetence in foreign policy. Under their leadership, there’d be virtually no end to what the USA can’t do.
Substitute “Panetta” for “Paul” and you’ve got Obama’s second term foreign policy. “No end to what the US can’t do!”—put it on a bumper sticker, and call it a day.
[ADDENDUM: Oh, and now we know about that 3 AM call. No need to answer it—it was never made.
Notice that all this information is coming out three months after the election, and so the almost-inevitable question is: would Obama have been defeated if the American public had learned it before November? Sadly, I think the answer is “no.” ]