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House Armed Services Chair: 'I Don't Think' Obama Issued Order to Help Americans in Benghazi

1:49 PM, Oct 29, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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House Armed Services Committee chair Buck McKeon says he doesn't think President Obama even ordered the military to help the Americans under siege in Benghazi, Libya on September 11:

"If the president thinks that just throwing his hands-up in the situation room and saying, do whatever you can to prevent this, is equated with a military order, he's sadly mistaken," said McKeon. "If in fact he did issue such an order, and the order was not carried out by the military, then Congress needs to get to the bottom of it. But I don't think he issued such an order. I think the inadequate security and not heeding the warnings leading up to the attack, and the seven hours that they watched this attack and did nothing to help our people on the ground, and then the six weeks of different kinds of responses, different stories coming out of the White House, the administration.

"The American people want to know what really happened," McKeon said on Fox earlier today. "This is just a terrible response. The president's leadership has been woefully lacking. Looks to me like a cover-up, they just want to keep everything under wraps, until after the election. But that just doesn't cut it. We need to find out what happened. Why we left those people without protection. And why we did nothing to help them."

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