The White House National Security Council spokesman said this:
"Neither the president nor anyone in the White House denied any requests for assistance in Benghazi," National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor told Yahoo News by email.
However, we now have the CIA, Department of Defense, and State Department saying something similar. One of those entities is lying...or not.
Imagine this scenario. The President states unequivocally that he is not to be disturbed. His underlings take this literally, and don't bring the necessity for a decision to him until is is way too late to take action. All the relevant intelligence and defense agencies have ceded the decision to our President.
Now there is a big problem, because four Americans are dead. Keep in mind the type ideological mentality that makes up the current Administration's staff. These are the "Give peace and chance" and "Imagine all the people" brigade. At the same time, the answer of the NSC spokesman holds. No one in the White House (authorized to make the decision) denied any requests for rescue. They merely made no decisions at all. It was not out of strategy or politics that this decision was not made. It was out of pure incompetence and the failure to understand the importance and necessity by a sycophantic staff.
I am reminded of the lack of access available to German military leaders during WWII. The gatekeeper, Martin Bormann refused on a number of occasions to awaken Hitler despite the most dire of requests from the military (even during the first hours of Operation Overlord).
Is this scenario likely? Probably not. But, we have seen the level of pure incompetence of which this current Administration is capable. The fact that they won't answer direct questions of the events and detailed requests for clarification put the public in a position to hypothesize. This is one such exercise. Unfortunately, the past four years have done nothing to negate such "wild" accusations. Integrity and trust have not been earned by the President, and so leads to speculation.