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By NWV News Writer Jim Kouri
Posted 1:00 AM Eastern
February 13, 2013

Following the Senate committee hearings with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding the Benghazi, Libya, terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate, many observers have arrived at the conclusion that the U.S. Commander in Chief, Barack Obama, was off duty and unavailable to make military decisions within the Chain of Command to rescue Americans under attack, according to Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely (U.S. Army- Ret.).

According to Gen. Vallely, who is a frequent Fox News Channel military analyst and reports regularly for television and radio stations across the nation, the cover up "appears to be a White House order to 'Stand Down' and not issue a rescue mission operational order. For over seven hours Obama did nothing."

"There was no communications with his national security team, and then he flew to Las Vegas for a campaign event," Vallely stated.

”Weakness and dithering and flying to Las Vegas the next day for celebrity fund-raising parties are somehow better," the general asserts.

The Senate committee testimony revealed that Obama stated to Panetta and Dempsey, “Do what you have to do.”

"Where was the order to execute a rescue mission now, Mr. President? The investigation regarding the 9/11 al-Qaeda raid on Benghazi and the deaths of four brave Americans began, but to date it has no end or acceptable findings, and provides no answers for the families of the four murdered Americans," said Gen. Vallely, who founded the non-partisan Stand Up America, a military think-tank and public-interest group. (Full disclosure: This reporter is a contributor to Gen. Vallely's group.)

Gen. Vallely is on record promising the father of the slain former Navy SEAL Ty Woods, Charles Woods, that he and Stand Up America "will press the investigation to the end."

"My son violated his orders in order to protect the lives of at least 30 people. He risked his life to be a hero. I wish that the leadership in the White House had the same moral courage that my son displayed with his life...," said Mr. Woods.

"Malfeasance and ineptitude borne from a foreign policy steeped in naivete' in the least and complete indifference to the threat conditions provided by the intelligence community has degenerated into a massive cover up of the facts on the ground and is minimized by political corruption and ineptness by the national security team," the general added.

Vallely claims the Senate hearings were more congratulatory than probative, and a steady parade of the changing of the guard. Facts cannot be disputed, yet access to facts has been impossible. The objective has been to obscure actions to prevent the ability to sift through the events, conjecture, political rhetoric, and the steady attempt to move beyond the elections and to the cabinet changes; especially by those of us without high clearance in ‘fly-over’ country, the general contends.

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The cumulative effect of all these facets is that one must suspend all manner of logic and reason to swallow the miasmic trail. This is precisely the point – there has been an obvious attempt to muddy the waters, ‘chill the mark’, and deflect focus. It expected the onlooker to be so confused they have to just look away, feel bad for the losses, and swallow that this is all a learning experience and rest assured that they will all try harder, now under newer administration officials, according to Gen. Vallely.

The most cogent report to date on Benghazi was crafted by Senators Lieberman and Collins but it does not go deep enough into the weeds with regard to dereliction of duty, omissions, waivers, mission, objective, and names to hold responsible, Vallely asserts.

"Most important, where was the President? Was he ‘absent’? Absent, really? No, he just did not want to make himself available and have to make a difficult decision or have his actions traced with any paper trail. He seems to hide or not be available when the going gets tough? What, the President is unavailable during a crisis?" the general sadly asks.

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"There was no communications with his national security team, and then he flew to Las Vegas for a campaign event,"