Posts Tagged ‘David Petraeus’

#Benghazi: The White House says they didn’t hit “delete”

Monday, November 19th, 2012

White House denies terror delete

The White House yesterday denied it edited talking points about the terrorist attack that killed the American ambassador to Libya — contradicting remarks made a day earlier by disgraced ex-CIA chief David Petraeus.

“The only edit that was made by the White House and also by the State Department was to change the word ‘consulate’ to the word ‘diplomatic facility,’ since the facility in Benghazi was not formally a consulate,” Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters aboard Air Force One.

“Other than that, we were guided by the points that were provided by the intelligence community. So I can’t speak to any other edits that may have been made.”

So, who took the CIA talking points Petraeus testified about and edited out al-Qaeda references for the version Susan Rice offered on the Sunday shows four days after the attack?

Possibilities include: 1) The White House is lying; 2: Petraeus is lying; 3) The CIA gave the talking points to an intermediary who made the edits before giving them to the White House; 4) The White House simply came up with their own talking points; or 5) a “combo platter” mix n’ match of any of the above.

Obama 3 Days Ago: And If You Have A Problem With That, You Can Have A Discussion With Me
Obama Today: And If You Have A Problem With That, You Can Have A Discussion With the State or Defense Departments

Are we pretending these people are entirely isolated from each other with a virtual fire-wall between them?

Meanwhile, the WaPo continues to work the gossip angle, pointing out that the Petraeus scandal puts four-star general lifestyle under scrutiny

The commanders who lead the nation’s military services and those who oversee troops around the world enjoy an array of perquisites befitting a billionaire, including executive jets, palatial homes, drivers, security guards and aides to carry their bags, press their uniforms and track their schedules in 10-minute increments. Their food is prepared by gourmet chefs. If they want music with their dinner parties, their staff can summon a string quartet or a choir.

Maybe they think they’re Senators.

But all the accouterments many just point to a beta male in alpha clothing:

The hard bright line separating ALPHA from BETA is how a man deals with female aggression.

Nowhere is that made more clear than on the tango floor, but I digress.

Should the Secretary of State be a dupe?

Petraeus testifies; focus on #Benghazi

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Intel officials unable to say who changed CIA talking points on Libya, lawmaker says

Former CIA Director David Petraeus stoked the controversy over the Obama administration’s handling of the Libya terror attack, testifying Friday that references to “Al Qaeda involvement” were stripped from his agency’s original talking points — while other intelligence officials were unable to say who changed the memo, according to a top lawmaker who was briefed.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told Fox News that intelligence officials who testified in a closed-door hearing a day earlier, including Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Acting CIA Director Mike Morell, said they did not know who changed the talking points. He said they went out to multiple departments, including the State Department, National Security Council, Justice Department and White House.

CIA Benghazi Talking Points Were Changed, Older Version Mentioned Al-Qaeda

Looks like the key question now is who changed the original talking points to the version Rice was given.

Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King,

At Drudge,


Air Force Base Scrub List of 'Friends'...

Benghazi: Focus, focus, focus

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Back in the olden days García Marquez managed to annoy Fidel Castro by writing a story called No One Writes to the Colonel. Today we can amuse ourselves by reading about the General’s 30,000 emails; General John Allen, that is, not Gen. Petraeus.

Are You Effing Kidding Me With This Right Now?

Jill Kelley, the woman who was (allegedly) threatened by Gen. Petraeus’s squeeze Paula Broadwell and who (apparently) started the FBI investigation that led to Petraeus’ ouster, who went to the FBI for help after the threats and then (allegedly) had a relationship with the FBI agent in charge of her own case, who (allegedly) sent her shirtless pics of himself, also (apparently, allegedly) had “compromising” communications with Gen. John Allen, the Big Damn Commander of our war effort in Afghanistan.

Good grief. America’s national security has been entrusted to the pledge committee at Delta Tau Chi.

But wait, the farcical plot thickens,

if you were thinking that what the story of the under-the-desk CIA director, the bunny-boiling biographer, the email-crazed Afghanistan commander, the CentCom socialite, and the shirtless FBI agent lacked was a “psychologically unstable twin sister” . . .

Your wish has been granted.

What’s with the beads?

Yes, after all this it may be hard to focus, focus, focus on the real questions,

The Petraeus scandal is a sideshow. Those of us who want to know what happened and why in Benghazi need to focus. Keep asking the basic questions. I have provided some of them and you can peruse the archive log for the many pieces on Benghazi.

Why was it Rice and not Clinton who appeared before the press? Who wrote the talking points for Ambassador Rice? What was the facility in Benghazi? If it was important, why wasn’t it protected? Why was the Ambassador there on 9/11? What was the meeting with the Turkish official about? Were we “walking guns” to Syria’s rebels? If so, is there any indication of Iranian or Syrian involvement in the attack? What did Secretary Clinton know and when? What did she do about it? What did Petraeus know and when? What did he do about it? What did Panetta know and when? What did he do about it? What did President Obama know and when? What did he tell the military, et al, to do? What did they do?

And THAT’s the real story.

Eric Holder Knew About Petraeus Probe Months Ago.

Petraeus Personally Investigated Benghazi Attack

In late October, Petraeus traveled to Libya to conduct his own review of the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

While in Tripoli, he personally questioned the CIA station chief and other CIA personnel who were in Benghazi on Sept. 11 when the attack occurred.

The Libya stop was part of a six nation trip to the region. Petraeus intended the review as a way to prepare for his upcoming testimony before Congress on Benghazi.

“He was looking forward to testifying,” a Petraeus friend told ABC News. “He wanted to be fully prepared.”

He’s ready; have him testify before Congress.

Oh, fer cryin’ out loud, Why in God’s name does Angelina Jolie get photographed on the seventh-floor office of the CIA?

Linked by The Other McCain. Thank you!

McChrystal out

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Fox News just announced that Gen. David Petraeus will replace McChrystal.

Source: Petraeus chosen to succeed McChrystal

A source tells The Associated Press that President Barack Obama has decided to oust Afghanistan commanding Gen. Stanley McChrystal over inflammatory remarks he made about Obama and other high administration officials.

Breaking: General Stanley McChrystal tenders his resignation



Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Via Hot Air

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