Four empty chairs at the SOTU

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on CBS Sunday’s Face The Nation pursued presidential accountability while attempting a new approach in securing answers regarding the Benghazi massacre.  Senator Graham expressed on CBS:

We know nothing about what the president did on the night of September 11th during a time of national crisis, and the American people need to know what their commander in chief did, if anything, during this eight-hour attack. … I don’t think we should allow Brennan to go forward for the CIA directorship, Hagel to be confirmed to secretary of defense until the White House gives us an accounting.

2012 State of the Union

2012 State of the Union

Senator Graham had appeared  days earlier at the Senate Armed Services Hearing on Benghazi, delivering blistering questions to outgoing  Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army General Martin Dempsey. During the Senate proceedings, Panetta had expressed President Obama’s concern for the lives which had been lost Sep. 11, 2012. Graham, displaying a lack of belief, pointedly asked if the president had called Panetta during the course of the siege.

According to Fox News, “Panetta and Dempsey testified that they had just one phone conversation with Obama on the day of the attacks that started at about 5 p.m. ET and lasted for about 30 minutes.”

Apparently the president did not follow with a call until after the drawn out assault had concluded. It was further revealed that  there was a lack of assistance from the Department of Defense during the onslaught which continued for about eight hours. Theoretically, Senator Graham mused, the attack could have persisted two days, thus questioning the delay of assistance. Again, the echo of Senator Graham’s question of the President invisible footprint, “What did he do that night? … We need to know what our commander-in-chief was doing at a time of great crisis.”

We do know that President Obama had a re-election campaign event in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 12.

President Obama will commence with his second term State of the Union address tonight. During the presentation, the president will beckon heroes from the audience, and for some, their families. Yet four empty chairs remain. Some in the mainstream media would seem to wish the Benghazi narrative to go quietly away. “What difference at this point does it make?” asked a notable Secretary of State as to how and why these unfortunate souls perished.  All the while the Republican Party has been quarreling about how best to succeed in future presidential races.

Katherine Trunk is a contributor to The Brenner Brief. Twitter: @KatherineTrunk

Katherine Trunk is a contributor to The Brenner Brief. Twitter: @KatherineTrunk

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) of the Tea Party movement are set to deliver individual responses to the president’s State of the Union address. The two young Senators represent the promise of the Republican Party’s future. Volumes speak to the extent that the four sacrificed lives are recognized and given due justice.

Our country can still repair a broken chapter in its history. Senator Graham seems determined to do as much. As demonstrated in the Senate Hearings, the senator from Kentucky follows a noble path  by asking the uneasy questions in search of the truth.

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Comments

  1. I put nothing beyond Pelosi, Obama or any of the rest of these Socialist-Marxist Democrats who use people, even children to their political advantage, and I bet you a thousand dollars to a donut that this little “thoughtful fourth grade girl who is concerned about gun control” and made a petition was directed and instructed by some damned bleeding heart Communist/Union public school teacher who she is making this innocent did do her bidding and the bidding of the Obama Regime, of which Pelosi is a part. They are all liars, propagandists and sociopaths who care nothing about anybody, including 4th grade girls, except for their own personal power, wealth and well-being at the expense of every body else.

    On another site, I saw an interview with Ted Nugent, who is also going to make an appearance at the SOTU, but will likely not have a speaking part, and I posted the following.

    “I generally do not watch or listen to anything Obama when he is on one of his propaganda soapboxes talking about “I did this, I did that, I will do this, I will not do that, etc.” and all the other “I” speeches he makes which are nothing more than lies and propaganda being played to the idiots, ignorant and illiterate, know-nothing masses which makes up the base of the Socialist-Marxist-Democrat Party. I turn the dial on radio and change channels on TV every time I see his arrogant voice or see his smug, smart-assed face. But, I may make an exception just to see Ted Nugent, who is a courageous and great American, one of my heroes and one of the best guitar players in the world. Worth a watch, but will not believe one lie that Obama tells as he uses The Chil-Ren, The Poor, Women, People of Color, People of Perverted Sexuality and all the rest of the Props he uses when he makes his Propaganda speeches in an effort to turn this country into a totalitarian fascist dictatorship with him as the Emperor.”

  2. The entire Republican contingency in the senate and house should be taking their responsibilities seriously and demanding a plausible explanation fo the Benghazi Massacre while they sat in a comfortable DC office with cocktails watching our citizens and a couple of genuine heros being slaughtered. And, to have that damned arrogant hag, Hillary Clinton scowl under interrogation, “What difference does it matter how it happened?” Well, Miss Hillary Rodham Clinton, what makes it matter is that you, as Secretary of State, Susan Rice as UN Ambassador, Panetta, Secretary of Defense, General Petraeus, CIA Director and Presidente Barach Barry Hussein Soetero Obama did nothing, and it is further my belief that you, Ms. Clinton, following directions from Obama himself via his henchmen in the chain of commande, helped orchestrate events leading to this massacre and aided our enemies in perpetrating this atttack in order to shut Ambassador Stevens up, so that he would never be able to testify to his orderes from the Secretary of State VIA Obama to move weaponry supplied to the Terrorists in Libya by our own government, into Egypt in order to try and topple another government, that was elected by it’s own people in Syria, the same as Clinton and Rice helped orchestrate and suppy weaponry and other military support to the Jihadist Terrorist who overthrew the legitimate government’s of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and others in order to have Terrorists of Alquieda VIA The Muslim Brotherhood to take over these otherwise stable nations. There is a lot more to Benghazi that just these 4 Americans who were sacrificed to these barbaric and murderous heathens, for the purpose of aiding Terrorists with U.S. Military and other aid. And, then to dare to go on TV for over 2 weeks claiming that the attack and other terrorist actions that were happening on 9-11 on some damned You Tube Video that nobody in that part of the world had even seen or heard of until the Obama Regime showed it to them, after the fact to use as A Damned Lie and Coverup to hide their own complicity in the attacks. Or at the least, they are incompetent, but either way, it does matter that 4 people were murdered by Terrorists that Our Own Government Backed, Armed and Protected. And, as i said, I believe that these terrorists were on a specifically targeted mission to take Out Ambassador Stevens because he was the only one that was a possible Weak Link in the Obama, Clinton, Panetta, and Rice’s gun smuggling operations that they had Stevens orchestrating. Stevens likely had a conscious and was beginning to question them on this terrible act, and he had to be silenced. These terrorists were likely following orders VIA the Muslim Brotherhood VIA the Obama Regime’s orders. Only thing that makes sense to me, and I am sure that Lindsey Graham and others in the United States Senate and House have more information than me, and know the same things I just stated but are too fearful to mention them or they are all in in together, which is likely, and we could just be seeing another dog and pony show by the politicians in both parties that are now in the process of destroying this nation.

  3. Thank you for your comments. Great silence surrounds the lives lost in Benghazi.Undoubtedly much was going on behind the scenes, but lives are not expendable. Answers and accountability are fitting. Thank you for your reflections.

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