The controversy over the Obama administration’s response to the Benghazi attack last year began at a meeting over coffee on Capitol Hill three days after the assault. It was at this informal session with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that the ranking Democrat asked David H. Petraeus, who was CIA director at the time, to ensure that committee members did not inadvertently disclose classified information when talking to the news media about the attack. “We had some new members on the committee, and we knew the press would be very aggressive on this, so we didn’t want
What a bunch of !!!! These two clowns at the Washington Post are accusing Petraeus of drafting the original talking points in a way that would present the CIA in a favorable light. Forget the fact that they represented the truth ! Then they say that the White House didn´t really have a role in shaping the changes in the talking points, they merely acted as a go-between in facilitating the various edits by State and CIA. There´s still lots of kool aid left to be guzzled out there. It´s going to be a long hot summer.
The journ-0-leestas were summoned to the White House this morning. Was it just coffee in the West Wing or could some talking points have been distributed. I can hardly believe the most ethical WH ever would do that.
This article has been cut and spliced to clear the White House. The talking points most specifically did not find that the attack on Benghazi resulted from a spontaneous demonstration against a video. It is absurd to declare that the White House was the only group disturbed by the honesty of the initial version of the talking points.
So, the washing machine is on SPIN cycle again. Carney cannot keep his stories straight so he has requested help on Benghazi. The IRS spin Carney puts out changes each time he opens his mouth. The knee-pad wearers to the rescue, once again!
So we now know that Hillary sold stinger missiles to terrorists, and then she sent our ambassador over to buy them back, and these terrorists used them against us and murdered Stevens and three other brave Americans. Now we know why she stalled being questioned about these matters. Petraeus was scared to death that his affair would be outed, and they had him over the barrel. No wonder Hillary and 0bama left them all there to die; they were afraid the truth would come out, and it did.
Washington Post ..... Donald (Facebook) Graham´s & Warren Buffett´s crony capitalist propaganda machine.
But then there is Bloomberg .... then the NYTimes.... then NBC ..... then even the redoubtable Financial Times has gone elitist (think this statement a bit much? ... go read the FT the weekend after UKIP shocked British politics a few weeks back ..... FT: UKIP essentially are populist thugs versus the enlightened majority parties of the UK who favor the Euro project -- the FT has lost its financial bearings!) ...ugh
Patraeus should be cellmates in federal hardtime prison with Obongo, Panetta, Clinton, Dempsey, Donilon and McDonough (at a minimum) for criminal negligence in the deaths of 4 Americans and the abandoment of 30+ Americans. If some of the above don´t go to prison over Benghazi, then we are through as a nation.
I guess we shouldn´t be too harsh on Petraeus in all this. After all, he was doing a lot of thinking below his belt at the time, he was very preoccupied and Obama was holding Petraeus´ trashy affair over his head. Really smart for the director of the CIA to be having an illicit affair at the time. I wonder what Obama had over the traitor Justice Roberts, or has over John Boehner?
Petraeus´s role in drafting the talking points is really irrelevant. The fact is they had to come up with a storyline 3 days after the attack and decided to lie about the anti-muslim film being the reason for it.
It was all hands on deck for that phony narrative and I´m dubious on how big a role Petraeus played.He´s still in a position where he can´t defend himself because of some form of blackmail.He sure didn´t tell Susan Rice to do the big 5.
These people are still manufacturing lies to cover this up and there has to be a big reason why.
#11, I´ve read that the way Justice Roberts and his wife adopted their two lovely children from Ireland might have skirted Irish law. I have no idea if that´s true. Alas, I don´t think Boehner needs to be blackmailed to make a mixed of good and really bad decisions. I think of him as a mostly good guy who has been in Congress too long and has a dangerous "failure of imagination." People should take a 30,000-foot view of why Obama and the progressives are so intent on giving weapons to terrorists like the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and al qaeda who is fighting on the side of the Syrian rebels. Do they think the aligator will eat them last? Do progressives mistake themselves for aligators and see terrorists as just honey badgers? Do progressives think they can give the ME to islamists and they´ll be satisfied with a partial califate and be so grateful for the help that they´ll leave leftist elites alone? Fat chance.
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Johnny Angle, 5/22/2013 5:50:50 AM (No. 9338997)
This article is baloney. The whole scheme arose to hide the sale of stingers that wound up with Al Quaeda - which is a fact that would have changed the election, and now can bring down this rotten Administration.
Did not know about C.Justice Roberts adoption situation. That might explain the hold Obama has on him. We have criminals in charge of our country and our Republican leadership is corrupt too. If Repubs let Obama´s administration and the Dem party off lightly we will all know Repubs are in the tank for them. The next election would be a cake walk if Repubs wanted to win. Somehow I doubt we take the Senate with the current lack of passion for the truth and the desire to go for the throat(figuratively) fighting spirit among the Repub establishment. None of them want to rock the boat of their own power and perks.
If the Rats hit on Petraeus too much he´s liable to take the whole bunch down. He doesn´t have much to lose anymore except his honor, and I don´t think he´s going to give that up without a big nasty fight.
“We had some new members on the committee, and we knew the press would be very aggressive on this, so we didn’t want any of them to make mistakes,” Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (Md.) said last week...´´
´´...and we knew FOX NEWS would be very aggressive on this...´´
#14, the information almost came out during Roberts confirmation hearings. Someone in the press started asking questions about his kids and all of a sudden, silence on the subject. I would say that he screwed his job and Country because of his kids.
There are some LOL areas in this piece. " A close reading of recently released government e-mails..." is WaPo speak for transcribing the dictation of the WH. You see, all along, the White House was the one who wanted to tell the truth about Benghazi , but, it was General Petraeus who masterminded the plot to deceive Americans, The WH must feel pretty confident that they can still control Petraeus . The bugging obviously didn´t stop with the AP and James Rosen. Perhaps DeYoung and Wilson in their zeal for the truth might investigate the whereabouts of the Commander in Chief on the night of the attack. So far, that elephant in the room is always ignored. We know he was last seen at 5 pm Sept 11. The White House released this statement on Sept 12, 2012 : " The President was notified last night that Ambassador Stevens was unaccounted for and then notified again this morning about his tragic death."
What a BS coverup of the role of the president and his Chicago mob. Put Petreaus on the witness stand under oath. Still no answer to"Where was the president while his ambassador was being raped and killed"!
My guess is that when Blessed Hussein saw the footage of Benghazi streaming the pm of 9/11, he immediately left the room and went off the grid- telling them to stonewall first and foremost and to handle it themselves so that he has no record with which to be attacked.
The ´Who, Me?´ gambit.
Meanwhile, he gets the bong out and has a great evening watching TV, eats some Cheetos and goes to bed and leaves for Vegas next morning.
We are arguing about what Petraeus might or might not have put into his report. Have we ever seen a copy of his original report? I certainly have not.
It seems to me that it is obvious that his first report did not please Washington and they have taken care to keep it secret. Until we have seen it we really have no way to draw conclusions. Some poster here wants him in jail. What for?
Did the far left wing WP mention about the invasion of Petraeus´s emails etc...my guess is the report did not please Petraeus soooo they brought out the emails etc affair .... and he retired... everyone really believes Petraeus is only one in the military to ever have an affair...
New Obama strategy: Scandal kiting... Change scandal emphasis every day and rotate them so that no one scandal gets public and press traction. It will take a bunch of nothing burger WH releases, pressers and astro-events, all roughly coordinated of course. All just a theory, but I put NOTHING beyond these arrogant Alinsky acolytes.
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