Janet M. LaRue

Obama claims that we know him and can trust him, unlike Mitt Romney.

Romney can’t be trusted as President, Obama told those attending a campaign rally in Dayton, Ohio on Oct. 24:

"There's no more serious issue in a presidential campaign than trust. … Trust matters. You want to know that the person who's applying to be your president and commander in chief is trustworthy, that he means what he says, that he's not just making stuff up depending on whether it's convenient or not."

Obama pledged on Jan. 21, 2009, that “transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency?”

Instead, we have a cover up, aided by mainstream media, which portends to be worse than Watergate. Nixon lied but nobody died.

The New York Times and The Washington Post, the Watergate paper of record, have buried Benghazi on back pages. The Post’s endorsement of Obama was page one on Oct. 25, and with an editorial on Oct. 26. And Big Bird’s Beak is sealed.

Obama might want to put Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on bayonet watch, judging by her comments during her press conference on Oct. 24. She barely looked up and chuckled inappropriately about “an attack like this.”

What were her “clear directives”? What did she do to locate Ambassador Chris Stevens when she learned that he was missing as a result of the attack?

Were Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s “clear directives” to do nothing militarily? According to Bloomberg News, Oct. 25:

“Panetta said the U.S. military lacked intelligence needed to respond during the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, during which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed. ‘The basic principle is don’t deploy into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on,’ Panetta said today at a Pentagon news conference. He said he and top generals ‘felt very strongly’ that deploying forces sooner wasn’t the right option.”

Seven hours of real time video taken by a Drone hovering above the attack site wasn’t sufficient intelligence to send a fighter jet or a gunship to strafe a crowd waving guns and torching the consulate?

Is Panetta admitting that he advised Obama not to intervene militarily, or did Panetta advise intervention and Obama refused?

CIA Director David Patraeus issued a statement that raises questions about Obama’s “clear directives.” According to Fox News on Oct 26, CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood denied claims that requests for support were refused.

"We can say with confidence that the Agency reacted quickly to aid our colleagues during that terrible evening in Benghazi," she said. "Moreover, no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. In fact, it is important to remember how many lives were saved by courageous Americans who put their own safety at risk that night-and that some of those selfless Americans gave their lives in the effort to rescue their comrades."

Is Patraeus acknowledging that it was a CIA Drone circling above the attack site that was providing the Agency’s “aid to our colleagues”? Was it armed? Is that all Obama directed Patraeus to do?

There are more questions for Obama that don’t require an investigation:

1. Why didn’t you send help to Americans under attack?

2. Where is the transparency you promised the American people?

3. How can we trust you as President?

Obama told Rolling Stone Magazine in an interview posted Oct. 25:

“You know, kids have good instincts. They look at the other guy and say, ‘Well, that’s a bulls******, I can tell.’”

Kids aren’t the only ones.

Janet M. LaRue

Jan LaRue is Senior Legal Analyst with the American Civil Rights Union; former Chief Counsel at Concerned for Women; Legal Studies Director at Family Research Council; and Senior Counsel for the National Law Center for Children and Families. Be the first to read Janet LaRue's column. Sign up today and receive Townhall.com delivered each morning to your inbox.