"...it’s inconceivable Panetta didn't raise the question of what to do when he met with the national security adviser and the president at 5 p.m. on the evening of September 11 for an hour."
Right....that is inconceivable. Panetta probably raised this emergency with the President and he received the same thing from Obama as he did when deliberating about going in after Bin Laden. Indecision... pandering to Valerie Jarret about political fallout !
"And it's beyond inconceivable he didn't then stay in touch with the White House after he returned to the Pentagon. So the question remains: What did President Obama do that evening?"
No, it's conceivable... Obama told Panetta to handle it. Obama can't make tough decisions.