Daily Israel Report

Benghazi Help Requests Denied? Obama won't Say

Asked twice if the consulate was denied help, the president avoids a direct answer.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 10/28/2012, 9:33 PM

Fire near U.S. consulate in Benghazi
Fire near U.S. consulate in Benghazi
AFP/File

Asked twice by an interviewer if it was true that the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was denied help as it came under attack last month, U.S. President Barack Obama avoided a direct answer.

Kyle Clark of Colorado's 9News asked Obama: "Were the Americans under attack at the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, denied requests for help during that attack and is it fair to tell Americans that what happened is under investigation and we'll all find out after the election?"

Obama answered: "Well, the election has nothing to do with four brave Americans getting killed and us wanting to find out exactly what happened. These are folks who served under me that I had sent to some very dangerous places. Nobody wants to find out more what happened than I do. But we want to make sure that we get it right, particularly because I have made a commitment to the families impacted as well as to the American people, we're going to bring those folks to justice. So we're going to gather all the facts, find out exactly what happened, and make sure that it doesn’t happen again, but we're also going to make sure that we bring to justice those who carried out these attacks."

Clark asked again: "Were they denied requests for help during the attack?"

Obama avoided an answer yet again: "Well, we are finding out exactly what happened," he said.

"I can tell you, as I've said over these last couple of months since this happened, that the minute I find out what was going on, I gave three clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to. Number two, we're going to investigate exactly what happened to make sure it doesn't happen again. Number three, find out exactly who did this so we can bring him to justice. And I guarantee you that everybody in our State Department, our military, CIA, you name it, had number one priority making sure that people were safe – these were our folks! – and we're going to find out exactly what happened, but we're also going to do is make sure that we are identifying those carried out these terrible attacks."