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David Petraeus Could Nail Obama To The White House Wall On Benghazi

The greatly anticipated testimony by former CIA Director David Petraeus is almost upon us. In less than half an hour, General Petraeus will be going behind closed doors to testify to before members of the House and Senate intelligence committees. Specifically, he will be asked about what he knew about the attack in Benghazi and when he knew it. According to CNN, Petraeus will also testify that the CIA was not responsible for the talking points used by Susan Rice when she famously went on five different Sunday talk shows and spread the false rumor that a video was responsible for the attacks.

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PetraeusFor security purposes, much of the content of Petraeus’ testimony will be classified. I am hopeful, however, that enough information will be released to allow us to gain some knowledge about what really happened, before, during, and after the attack in Benghazi. There is no doubt in my mind that the American people were fed a load of lies. There is also no doubt in my mind that it was done for two specific purposes.

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First, President Obama was embroiled in a very tight reelection bid against Mitt Romney. A scandal of these proportions could have very well derailed that bid. As such, there was a concerted effort by his campaign, the White House, and the media to keep the truth about what happened in Benghazi out of the news as much as possible.

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Secondly, I believe it goes against Obama’s ingrained prejudice to allow any such event, attack or protest, to make Muslims appear in a bad light. He doesn’t want them to appear to be the terrorists many of them are, therefore the video excuse was concocted. For days and weeks afterward, the media fed the American people the lie that the attack was the direct result of a video maligning the precious Muslim prophet, Muhammad. Even the casual observer could tell that wasn’t the truth, but they continued the lie until after the election.

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We could discuss much more about the cover up that continues to surround Benghazi. President Obama had his first press conference in a very long time and used it to attack Senators McCain, Graham, and Ayotte for going after Susan Rice. He famously said they should come after him instead. I am looking for the Senators to take him at his word. If David Petraeus testifies, as is being reported, that the talking points used by Susan Rice on the Sunday talk shows were provided by the White House, then go after Obama they should. Obama is fond of saying the buck stops with him and he likes to go it alone a lot of the time, albeit without the inherent responsibility of the job description. This is one time when he should be held completely and totally responsible for what has transpired.

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Forget Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice. Forget David Petraeus and the rest of the intelligence community. Never mind about the staff in the White House who may or may not have told President Obama about the attack in Benghazi and how it was transpiring. Any investigation that proceeds from this day forward should go straight to the man who likes to claim he is responsible. I am not a vindictive man, but I hope David Petraeus nails President Obama to the White House wall for his role of responsibility about what happened in Benghazi and the cover up he has perpetrated.

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UPDATE:  Fox News is now reporting that the CIA’s talking points were changed by the Obama administration.

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.
This has the potential to be big news. We’ll have to wait and see how it transpires.

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  • Dragonconservative

    For me, I just want to know about what happened to that embassy in Benghazi, and I want to know what Obama’s doing about it. This whole Libya business represents an abysmal failure to create a semblance of order in the region. Even now, Hamas is attacking our ally, Israel, and we don’t hear a peep out of Washington with regards to their response. I’ve commented about this before, but the problem still remains. The lack of order in the region is a result of a failed foreign policy. Obama stated in 2008 that he would attempt to work with the Islamic community. How’s that working out? The Islamic community, and I’m not trashing them for this, respects strength. They do not respect diplomacy nearly as much. In order to create order in the region, we need to have strength in the region, represented by Israel. An Israel-backed America would make Hamas think twice about making trouble.

    • You raise some good points. What happened in Benghazi is the result of a failed foreign policy. There seems to be no coherence to what the Obama administration is trying to do in the region. Benghazi makes that abundantly clear, especially with the cover up that is in progress.

  • With the possibility of prison time hanging over his head for allowing Broadwell access to clasified data, Petraeus will tow the administration line and stick to his earlier statements that let Obama off the hook. His affair is being used against him to protect Obama. I don’t believe it’s a coincidence the story on his affair just came out. The Obama administration knew about it for a long time and are using it against him to force cooperation with the coverup. And it’s his own fault for being an adulterer. His career and reputation are in the toilet and he did it to himself.

    • It appears Petraeus wasn’t quite ready to fall on his sword. He didn’t exactly toe the line the Obama administration wanted him to toe.

      • True and that surprised me. It probably consternates the administration somewhat. I do believe he still knows far more than we will ever hear about.

  • I will be surprised, Larry, If we learn much that is useful from General Petreaus. The more I learn about senior Generals and the political games they play to advance their careers, I am not sure that Petraeus was the great General we thought he was before the news of his affair broke. It appears that he willing played along with the cover up and now it is too late for him to save any part of his reputation. I do hope I am wrong!

  • Chris: Petraeus did not allow her access to any classified data. That was quickly verified by the markings on the documents.

    She was an intel officer, apparently lazy and stupid, in that she used her laptop to cart off classified material from her work.

    Petraeus has nothing to lose by coming clean. I hope he blows the lid off, but I somehow doubt that will happen.

  • Fast & Furious did nothing. Solyndra did nothing. Riots in Iran did nothing. Selling Poland down the river to Russia over SDI did nothing. Benghazi will do nothing.

    The president is the thief and the media is driving the getaway car.

    What saddens me is our military, our civil servants sent to far off countries… they are not being protected and, after their murders, are being forgotten and sold down the river.

    • Somehow, I do not believe this is the way it should work. My wife and I have been discussing this and I have told her, more than once, that Benghazi troubles me more than anything Obama has done so far. That he would sit by and allow our people to be killed, and then cover it up, is wrong in so many ways.

  • While Obama has been trying to blame the intelligence agencies for the misinformation General Petraeus confirmed yesterday that the CIA knew it was terrorism almost immediately. This throws a monkey wrench into the cover up story that the fog of war led to confusion. The CIA talking points were changed and we need to know who changed them, but I still think the biggest story is what is the regime really trying to hide in Benghazi?

    • I would like to know the same thing, Steve. I’ve said all along, there is much more going on here than we realize. The Obama administration did not want this much attention focused on Benghazi.

      I’m not holding out a lot of hope that we will learn a lot. The Obama administration is doing its best to focus on other things, such as how rich Americans are not paying enough taxes. They have their priorities and we have ours.

  • Well, actually, the General gave us S. Rice. It’s up to S. Rice whether we get the Empty Suit.

    • Somehow, I doubt that happens. At least, not from Susan Rice.