Comments for: Pentagon defends Benghazi response as Senate schedules hearings Pentagon defends Benghazi response as Senate schedules hearings President Barack Obama's response to the attacks in Libya has been a contentious issue in the hard-fought U.S. presidential race. Read More Pentagon defends Benghazi response as Senate schedules hearings Back to story → Guidelines for posting on bangordailynews.com The Bangor Daily News and the Bangor Publishing Co. encourage comments about stories, but you must follow our terms of service. Keep it civil and stay on topic No vulgarity, racial slurs, name-calling or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. The primary rule here is pretty simple: Treat others with the same respect you'd want for yourself. Here are some guidelines (see more): It should be noted this is not a comprehensive list. Don't insult one another or the subjects of BDN stories. 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Quite often, we won't see a comment until it's reported. Questions about why a comment was — or wasn't — deleted? E-mail us at email@example.com and let us know your username and where you posted or saw the comment. That's about it: Stick to writing about the stories; be civil; be kind; enlighten your neighbors. And we'll keep moderating posts to try to ensure everyone meets those standards. Anonymous “You don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on, without having some real-time information about what’s taking place, Panetta said.” Drones flying overhead providing you video and personnel on satalite phones providing you minute by minute information of the attack seems like pretty real-time to me. It is quite clear that the Obama administration dropped the ball and then tried to lie there way out of it. Obama has claimed that he will not rest until the people responsible for the deaths of these four Americans are brought to justice. Lets hope that also means the people in his Administration! Anonymous CIA fumble, and drones would supply limited info too late to do anything. What even an armed drone do, target the embassy? Keith Colby boy! am.i some glad i never served with you! got my back? Keith Colby um..don’t they hit bad guys with em all the time…why is that? oh that’s right the film in real time..very well i may add Anonymous You apparently never served in the military as you clearly know very little about drones or their effectiveness. There was also a C-130 gunship available that was called off. Anyone who served during Vietnam can tell you the desvastation that can cause to the enemy. Obama now claims that he gave orders that everything that everything that was possible was to be done to save our embassy. If that is in fact true then there in someone failed to carry out a direct order from their Commander in Chief and either needs to be fired or court martialed. If it is false, then Obama needs to be impeached! RJ Good post, Mountain. Unfortunately, literally whistling pass the graveyard on this. The B D N did their “journalistic due diligence” by mentioning this in passing while burying it @ the same time. This entire situation reeks of incompetence @ the least & malfeasance to say the most. Pure hypocrisy on display. @ some point & no matter what your political lean is, one has to stand up & see the truth w/out the filter of a partisan angle. Understandably the so-called “main stream” media ignores this. It is well known that they lack intelligence, critical thinking, & any perception of objectivity & fairness went out the window a very long time ago. What is harder to understand is the great lengths that supporters of a certain political party will go to ignore the truth. All of us sleep under the blanket of security provided to us by those in harm’s way. That obviously includes Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, & Sean Smith. That’s right. Those of you so blinded by your defense of this administration, put names to those who died, go look in the mirror, then tell yourself that you are carping about this for any other reason than either ignorance or blind party loyalty to a failed administration & philosophy. How many of you who hold that viewpoint have a DD214? Anonymous Panetta, Clinton, Rice, Petraeus, Dempsey, Biden and Obama all need to be held accountable for misleading the American people? With only six days before the most important election of our lives is it too late to initiate impeachment procedings? Where is Maines congressman and veterans friend Mike Michaud on this? I would think he would be banging on Obamas door looking for answers, seeing that two heroic former navy seals were killed while they courageously battled to hold off our enemies. All the time they were praying for support from their government that never came? God bless their souls. When we all finally learn the truth about what happened that awful night in Bengazi it cast a long shadow on this administration. RESTORE AMERICAN INTEGRITY ELECT ROMNEY & RYAN Anonymous “You don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on, without having some real-time information about what’s taking place,” Panetta said. Right and if we would have gone with the Republicans’ initial gut reaction to simply malign the President for apologizing for America, or whatever stupidity they came up with to harm him politically, we’d be in no different or better of a situation. Remember how long it took us to realize the 9/11/01 attacks were done by terrorists? You don’t immediately know the facts of the entire situation. This is about politics, plain and simple. Keith Colby ah…we had not one but two.drones over head..live feed..live communication from the men on the ground..a plane over head..with your thinking when there us a mass shooting..we should not react to soon..after all..lets get facts! Anonymous It still amazes me that the place wasn’t guarded by US Marines in the first place. I still believe if there were a dozen Marines guarding the place with M 16’s then nobody would have gotten in there and they would have had their real time intelligence that they needed. Anonymous It wasn’t an Embassy and even the real Embassy for that Country had not been cleared for Marine Guard detachments yet. That has to be signed off by State and State did not want to give a bad impression to the new Government there. RJ There was a 16 person security team under the leadership of LTC Andrew Wood on station in Libya until mid August. Col. Wood & Ambassador Stevens made multiple request to extend their stay & requested even more security. Unfortunately, (& that is not even a strong enough word,) this administration was in full campaign mode & wanted nothing to disrupt their narrative that OBL was dead & the war against Al Qaeda had been won. Hard to believe that more Americans are not outraged over this entire debacle. It might help if they actually knew what went down under this bunch. Anonymous Leon Panetta should be Fired. That was the most reckless comment that will be discussed for years to come. Since this horrible and senseless attack on the US Embassy, we have been fed lies. So many lies that they hope the lies will become the truth. They, are the current administration. How dare Hillary Clinton tell the father of the Navy Seal who was killed defending the Embassy after he pleaded for a drone to help that she was going to find the person who was responsible and then punish him to the full extent of the law. What a load of hog wash. This situation is another Fast and Furious lying cover up of people not doing their jobs. May the truth be told. Anonymous Yes, another Fast and Furious for sure. Conservatives fanning the flames, exploiting deaths and distorting the facts in order to suit their political needs. Anonymous Do not know what News source you watch but you are NOT getting the facts. There is definately fire but there is NO distortion of Facts in Conservative news venues. Exploiting deaths is a disgusting accusation and you have Zero facts to back it. Anonymous Considering that Fast and Furious is still causing the deaths of innocents in Mexico as we speak I would think Democrats would care about that issue as well. The fact that this President seems to be so out of the loop when it comes to the many decisions his underlings are making in ALL departments is very disturbing. Doesn’t it bother you that we were given a fake story for many days in this case? This never had any connection to any movie and there still has been no one who will show who originally told them it was connected to this movie. No evidence of it and no one to attribute the claim to. Guest The marines in Beirut died under Reagan’s watch. Play poker? You never give your hand away. Anonymous What do the marines under Reagan’s watch have to do with anything? This is not a poker game by the way. Men have died while others were not allowed to come to their aid. We were lied to and are still being lied to about how and why this happend. Yet you wish to talk about games? Anonymous They didn’t spend months asking for more security. They didn’t make calls asking for help. The attack wasn’t being watched by drones and reinforcements weren’t told to stand down and the list goes on. Look up Tyrone Woods and see what you find. Anonymous Fast and Furious. YOU tell your line to the family whose son was shot in the back. Brian Terry. he did not deserve to be shot in the back. It is honest people who want the truth to be shown in this. There has been no distoration of facts by Conservatives, if you feel you need to accuse people , then you best back it up with facts. Anonymous Exploiting deaths. RJ Too nice, HB. “The person” Hillary named as “responsible” wasn’t the terrorist thugs who did the deed, she told the father of Tyrone Woods that “they” were going to get the “filmmaker responsible” the very day his coffin came back from Libya. The Dad was understandably confused along w/the absolute unmentionable grief he must have been feeling. I fail to see how thinking people, caring people, can give this entire administration a pass on this. On the other hand your heroes are cold, calculating, seemingly literal vultures for nothing other than political gain. @ what cost to personal integrity? Examine your own & you may find the answer. Anonymous I believe you are assuming that people are cold , calculating etc.. I have read many reports about this and conclude there has been Much Story Telling. The families and the US People, deserve the truth about all that happened. This has nothing to do about political gain. THis is about getting the truth and nothing more. RJ I think that you misunderstand. This form of communication being unreliable to say the least. I agree w/your previous post. My comment about “cold, calculating…” is about this administration, period. It is EXACTLY about political gain, or more properly diluting by deceiving until after the election. Guest Republicans doing what they do best, wasting time and money on a witch hunt. Anonymous You are so wrong on this. Tunnel Vision is proven in your Witch Hunt description. You neglected to notice that each administrative person has made different comments. How very insulting to the families who sons were killed. This Never should have happened. Guest A witch hunt is a witch hunt is a witch hunt. Conservatives are exploiting these deaths to suit their agenda. Anonymous You are so very incorrect. Sure would not want you to have my back if we were in the service. You can include many democrats who also want the truth. Better luck next time. Guest Not many would want Romney to have their 6. Better luck next time trying to elect a republican who is out of touch and time. There are family members who have asked Romney to stop his exploitation of the deaths. Anonymous Where is the report you state about family members asking Romney to stop his exploitation of the deaths? national enquirer/ ?? Mike Jones You are distorting the truth here 180 degrees. The family members asked that the issue not be politicized. But Obama’s team did this from the start by proclaiming that it was due to a video. All that Obama’s team needed to say that they didn’t know enough and keep their mouths shut. But they went with the video story for political reasons. So you are 180 degrees wrong on this. Guest They asked Romney to stop using their sons story. Keith Colby remember that if your house is on fire..we need more info. how hot? two story..etc Anonymous The Pentagon defended its decision not to deploy forces to Benghazi,Libya, as soon as the U.S. mission came under attack on Sept. 11th, saying it would have been irresponsible to put forces in harm’s way without better information. What? Harm’s way is what our troops are dedicated and the best trained for and what with the available drone “eye in the sky” technology in place they sat there for 7 hours while our available support troops were chomping at the bit to engage the enemy. STAND DOWN was the repeated response while Americans were slaughtered on sovereign ground, no different than if the attacks occurred in Washington DC!! Obama and his Arab Spring concerns took precedence over our National Treasures and for that he will lose his bid for a second term…guaranteed. Anonymous Exactly! The headline “Pentagon defends Benghazi response”…..How can they they possibly “defend” the undefendable. Anonymous Where was this for Iraq? Mike Jones Anyone who buys this explanation of the military not able to get in there due to lack of information or violating Libya’s air space is pretty gullible. You have to be looking through pretty thick partisan glasses to not be able to see that this whole thing stinks of cover-up. This is like Watergate except the press actually covered the initial crime in 1972. After Nixon was elected for a second term by the foolish voters, it was 1-2 years before Nixon resigned. America doesn’t have that time to waste. Guest Obama 2012 BDN Ombudsman The only logical explanation for the administration’s handling of Benghazi is that Obama was the one who made the decision to not intervene (and then he went to fund raise in Vegas). There is no other reason for them to lie about it and continue to perpetuate the lie. Unless they just think the American public will be angry at Obama for fund-raising when he knew we had been attacked by terrorists. But he has already admitted that he knew it was a terrorist attack, so that would not explain why they continue to obfuscate. A few months after the election when the liberals finally join the rest of the country and stop defending this man, we will learn just how incompetent and negligent this administration really was. entitled4life “This happened within a few hours and it was really over before, you know, we had the opportunity to really know what was happening,” Panetta said. Somehow I just do not feel safe with this incompetent in charge. It’s time for a change, it’s time for Romney. Guest Romney and Ryan are a foreign policy disaster as well as a disaster for the working poor and the middle class. Anonymous Holy Trout, you have it backwards. It is Obama and Biden who are the foreign policy rude dudes. How do you like your taxes being spent on the entitled who have now grown in numbers so large it defies imagination. THis is happened during Obama watch. Guest Holy Catfish you have it wrong all the time! Romney wants to increase defense spending by beefing up the military and costing the taxpayers more money to build more warships. With so many screaming entitlement these days, it’s people like you who feel the most entitled. Ironic. TeaPublicans/Romney/Ryan= The Entitled Elite Anonymous Labeling people backfires most of the time. You certainly have a long accusatory finger . You do not have a clue as to “People like me”, when you point that finger with name calling. Entitled are the Food Stamp generation who were Born Into Poverty. They only seem to know Welfare is the only way of life. Perhaps you could use your long pointed finger and educate the Entitiled as to what a real job is and being independent of handouts. I do Not accuse all who get Food Stamps. of being Entitled. It just would be better to stop the teens from following in the footsteps of a parent. Get pregnant Just to stay in the Syster. That represents the Entitled . You forget that calling people names is a mirror reflection of yourself. That in itself is a failure. Keith Colby holy sperm whale ..your wrong! now break out your.constitution and look.up.what the government is suppose to spend on..ya…entitlements are not in there Anonymous Where was all the republican outrage after Iraq? Keith Colby two different issues..but nice try Anonymous I fail to see how so, Except that they had more then a day in for Iraq. Anonymous When Obama calls for the Seals to help they respond. When Seals call for Obama to help they get …sorry, you are on your own. Panetta can say what he wants but they were watching this real time…getting reports real time..had communications real time. They had NO IDEA what was going on? And people BELIEVE this? Then Obama jets off to Vegas? This is a disgrace. People were outraged when they found there was no WMD in Iraq and rightfully so. You know who finally convinced me they were there? Colin Powell! He must have been lying and evidently didn’t believe it either. But this isn’t Bush, this is Obama, our present leader who ignored calls for help…who could have had help there in a short period of time and didn’t. He had to get ready for Vegas and Letterman. And he along with many of his subordinates tried to blame a movie. He was hoping no one would cover this and the media has done a good job of sweeping this under the rug. Biden claimed they didn’t know certain things….then he AND Obama are either incompetent or negligent. Take your pick.