The lies over Libya and Benghazi are emulating Tribbles.
The media is now in full spin mode looking for any moving target they can to cover their beloved Obama’s backside. The Petraeus affair has reached movie of the week proportions, effectively shelving the four dead in Benghazi from the public’s mind. I’m not saying the affair isn’t news, clearly there are serious implications, but this seems like an obvious attempt to distract. The affair itself perhaps should be treated as a separate entity; the level of intimacy Broadwell had with Petraeus is disturbing. (Related: Jill Kelley is an ‘honorary consul’ of South Korea and Camera Crews Tracking Paula Broadwell as She Stays in D.C. )
This has not silenced calls for an independent counsel to be assigned nor the continuing closed-door hearings that went on yesterday and again today, where Petraeus is now testifying. Attempts to keep Petraeus silent or at a bare minimum, obedient, have failed. This administration has to have a scapegoat, so they’re pushing their media pals to muddy the waters some more. Just a heads up, John McCain is the target Du Jour. (Related: To Protect Obama From Libya, Media Turns McCain Into Captain Ahab)
The other moving target, being used in an effort to distract from Obama’s own admission that HE sent Susan Rice out to pimp a lie to the American public, is Condoleeza Rice. Don’t take my word for it if you didn’t see the presser, watch him admit it for yourself:
What the Hell was Rice doing out there in the first place? Why would the CIA give such talking points out when information to the opposite was already readily available and circulating beyond their circles? Consider all the fuss being made out of poor little Susan Rice. This is a woman Obama has hinted that he would like to see replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, who by his own admission, he sent out to lie like a puppet to the American public. So either she knew it was a lie or she was being used like a useful idiot puppet. Either way, she’s not fit to replace Hillary Clinton by any stretch of the imagination. (Related: Yes, Susan Rice did claim the Benghazi attack was a spontaneous reaction to a stupid YouTube video also, Susan Rice has been a Flop at the United Nations )
The Leftist media is also now turning their attention to churning up a comparison to WMD’s and Bush’s defending Condoleeza Rice. This is a false comparison. The intelligence that was gathered in Iraq and presented to the White House was done over the course of years by the CIA. It was indeed faulty information, and in hindsight that is being kind about it. What happened in Benghazi and the story pushed out by this administration was a willful lie about known and confirmed events. Very different. It also conveniently ignores the Democrats beloved Colin Powell as the one to kick it all off with his speech at the UN.
Krauthammer sums up Obama’s performance and the related media side-show attacks on Republicans handily:
Excerpt of Krauthammer’s statements via Daily Caller:
“This is all the usual, you know, if you attack his pride, he’ll strike you on that,” Krauthammer continued. “And it was clearly defensive, and it was also a stonewall. I mean, after all, what she said was absolutely and completely misleading. Either inadvertently, in which case it’s complete incompetence or on purpose, in which case it’s deception. And then he basically — he took bait on that and said look, that wasn’t her speaking. That was me speaking. If you want to pick on somebody, pick on me. Well, how can anybody pick on him or even question him, if he hasn’t had a press conference in eight months? You know, he clearly hasn’t been out there. He’s been hiding behind inquiries, behind investigations, and now behind Susan Rice. But now I think he is out there and he is vulnerable on this. I think he may regret having said that.”
Yes, I think he will regret having said that. He admitted that at his request, she went out and lied. Whether or not she knew she was lying is irrelevant. Obama sent her out there and he can only hide for so long. Which brings us back to who did or didn’t give the order not to assist our men and the CIA altering their story yet again.
With Petraeus testifying, the CIA is doing a contortionist’s act now in trying to explain their own timelines and statements. Late yesterday, another Tribble popped up. The report was that the acting Director, Morrell, was set to testify that no requests for help came from the consulate that night. (Related: CNN: Petraeus To Testify He Knew Libya Was Terrorism ‘Almost Immediately’)
When the CIA’s acting director, Michael Morell, testifies Thursday before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, he is expected to say that the agency never requested Europe-based special operations teams, specialized Marine platoons, or armed drones on the night of the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official.
The disclosure may put an end to one line of inquiry into the Benghazi affair about why reinforcements from the region were not sent on the night of the attack. “Assistance from the U.S. military was critical, and we got what we requested,” the senior U.S. intelligence official said.
According to a Pentagon timeline made public last week, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta prepared multiple military responses from the region at around midnight Benghazi time, more than two hours after the initial assault began. Those orders included mobilizing two special Marine platoons known as Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) from Rota, Spain, to deploy to Tripoli and Benghazi. Panetta also ordered a special operations force, training in central Europe, to deploy at the Signonella Airbase in Italy. Another special operations team based in the United States also prepared to deploy to Libya.
The CIA, however, requested none of that assistance. Neither did the State Department. None of those teams ever arrived in Benghazi.
This flies in the face of previous statements and eyewitness accounts. I suppose that Woods and Doherty, when met with over 100 terrorists firing mortars and rounds on them, just said, “Hey, we got this.”? Accounts that they were painting targets with lasers was just for fun? The flip side of this insane statement, is that while watching the assault live via Predator Drone, our guys would have had to ASK for help in order to receive it? In other words, it’s the fault of those that died there? Way to cover your asses with the corpses of those you stood by and watched be murdered. (Related: DEFENESTRATED: “By all accounts, the driving force behind Mr. Petraeus’s departure last Friday was the revelation about his extramarital affair with his biographer. But new details about Mr. Petraeus’s last days at the CIA show the extent to which the Benghazi attacks created a climate of interagency finger-pointing.)
We’ll see what shakes out of the last two days of testimony. Meanwhile, Panetta and Clinton are living it up in Australia and blowing off the hearings. This hasn’t reflected too well, so Clinton will be testifying with she gets around to it, sometime in December. I’m sure that will give the administration ample time to try to cobble together their patchwork of lies into one big one they expect us to swallow.
I’ll just end this post for now with this – since their own words are what this administration should be choking on. The buck stops here:
“Former CIA Director David Petraeus testified in a closed-door hearing Friday morning that his agency determined immediately after the Sept. 11 Libya attack that “Al Qaeda involvement” was suspected — but the line was taken out in the final version circulated to administration officials, according to a top lawmaker who was briefed.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who spoke to reporters after Petraeus testified before the House Intelligence Committee, indicated he and other lawmakers still have plenty of questions about the aftermath of the attack.
“No one knows yet exactly who came up with the final version of the talking points,” he said.
Petraeus was heading next to the Senate Intelligence Committee to testify. At the same time, lawmakers unexpectedly convened a briefing with top members of various committees to examine a Sept. 25 letter to President Obama that asked a series of classified questions on Benghazi.
Petraeus’ testimony both challenges the Obama administration’s repeated claims that the attack was a “spontaneous” protest over an anti-Islam video, and according to King conflicts with his own briefing to lawmakers on Sept. 14. Sources have said Petraeus, in that briefing, also described the attack as a protest that spun out of control.
Read the whole thing.
UPDATE II: Conservative Treehouse reporting that sources say Petraeus testified that Rice did not get talking points from CIA.
UPDATE III: Front Page Mag reporting Petraeus’ testimony reflecting that he won’t be thrown under the bus; denounced Rice talking points came from CIA.
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- Benghazi Hearing Turns Into Blamefest; Rep. Cummings Forgets Amb. Stevens Name
- Inside Benghazi: “No practical training”
- Biden Bungled Benghazi
- Benghazi-Gate: Get Under The Bus Edition
- Hey, Where’s Nakoula?
- CBS Confirms Obama Lied.
- Benghazi-Gate: Debate Lies
- White House Responds to CBS Email Dump
- Libya Timeline (Video)
- The Friday Focus: The Biggest Scandal No One Will Cover Edition (updates)
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