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.
For 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.