“I just want to know what the answer is.” - Chris Wallace, May 19, 2013
Subsequent to a meeting with my primary source inside the intelligence community last week, an individual I refer to as my “intelligence insider,” I wrote a column titled The Benghazi deception. Published on Thursday, May 16, 2013, it concerned Barack Hussein Obama’s location and activities on the night of the Benghazi attack when four Americans were murdered during a preplanned attack against a CIA operations compound. My source was extremely emphatic about this particular issue, stating that the Obama administration will never provide a truthful or detailed answer to this question.
“Why,” I asked, “I mean, what could possibly be so damning about his location and activities during the 18 1/2 hour period in question? He was in the White House, correct?” It was here that there was a long, uncomfortable pause as I waited for my answer.
“The White House is a pretty big place, you know,” stated my source in such a way that made it seem that I thought it to be a small, single family home. “I’m telling you, ‘somebody’ in the press will be asking that question and won’t get an answer,” he stated very emphatically. “Just ask the question,” he said, leaving me to wonder momentarily if I was to ask him. “Write about it, and ask the question. Exactly where was Barack Hussein Obama following his 5:00 meeting in the Oval Office until the next day? Where wasn’t he? It’s almost as if the Wizard of Oz himself waved his magic wand to divert attention away from those lost hours. Nobody is asking the question,” he said to me, almost in a scolding manner.
And so I did. I asked the question, using his exact words in my article published last Thursday. What happened within the next 72 hours should also speak to the authenticity of my source.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
It was exactly three days after my article was published when Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked Daniel Pfeiffer, Assistant to the President of the United States and Senior Adviser to the President for Strategy and Communications the question about Obama’s activities that night. During the approximate five-minute question and answer session, Mr. Wallace asked Pfeiffer no fewer than eight times where Obama was and what he was doing as events in Benghazi were unfolding.
The following portion of the exchange was excerpted directly from the show video transcript and illustrates the attempts by Mr. Wallace to get a single, straightforward answer to one simple question (edited for brevity; highlights by this author):
WALLACE: OK. Let’s turn to Benghazi… Question, what did the president do the rest of that night to pursue Benghazi?
WALLACE: But with due respect, you didn’t answer my question. What did the president do that night?
PFEIFFER: He was talking to his national security staff, his National Security Council, the people who keep him up to date about briefings as they happen.
WALLACE: Was he in the Situation Room?
PFEIFFER: He was kept up to date throughout the day.
WALLACE: Do you not know whether he was in the Situation Room?
PFEIFFER: I don’t remember what room the president was in on that night. And that’s a largely irrelevant fact.
WALLACE: Well –
WALLACE: Here’s the point, though.