Petraeus Personally Investigated Benghazi Attack


From ABC News:

In late October, (Former Director of Central Intelligence David) Petraeus traveled to Libya to conduct his own review of the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

This new discovery casts an even darker shadow over why Petraeus, who resigned as the Director of Central Intelligence on Nov 9th after his affair with Bismarck native Paula Broadwell was discovered as part of an FBI investigation, will not testify in closed session this week to the Senate Intelligence Committee as originally planned. Add this to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s apparent wine-tasting “scheduling conflict” and you have makings for an administration in full delay, distract, and dilute mode regarding the Benghazi tragedy.

In his own defense, apparently Petraeus feels he no longer should testify:

Petraeus has offered two reasons for wanting to avoid testifying: Acting CIA Director Morell is in possession of all the information Petraeus gathered in conducting his review and he has more current information gathered since Petraeus’ departure; and it would be a media circus.

If this really is his stance, there are a few fatal logic flaws that even the youngest private who served under him while in the Army would see through:

  • * The point of a congressional hearing is not to present a report which the committee members should already have been provided before the meeting. The point is to allow those committee members to ask him the hard questions that must be asked about this tragedy — and for him to provide them answers.
  • * Petraeus, of all people, should recognize the importance of the impressions and observations of the person “on the ground” to this hearing. No report handed off to a replacement can ever substitute. He valued those same inputs from the subordinate commanders he led while in the Army, and had those same impressions and observations valued by those who led him while he was a more junior officer coming up through the ranks.
  • * The actual hearing Petraeus and Clinton will duck out of is closed due to the sensitive nature of the information to be discussed. While the media may speculate on what was covered, and claim to have some inside baseball information, it will be difficult to generate a circus when the big tent will be closed to the media and public.
  • * Right now, with the truth unfolding too slowly after misinformation (some will argue disinformation) ruled the days and news cycles after the Sept 11th attack, a media “circus” may be exactly what is needed. The biggest problem with Benghazi-gate (not including four Americans being killed while their leadership watched via drone and did nothing to help) is a lack of truth.

It is time the media — and the people of this republic — insisted on a more rapid and full disclosure on Benghazi. Perhaps Charles Krauthammer is right — now that there is a sex scandal tied to it, we may finally get some answers:

“This is a sex scandal that mainstream media has now embraced; but, it leads to the story they have ignored.”

Congress must insist, with all the authority and influence they possess, on testimony from Petraeus and Clinton. The people of this nation whom they serve, and especially the families of four dead Americans, are entitled to the truth that has been lacking for too long.


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  • Game

    This is a complete non-story. Acting Director Morell is going to testify. Furthermore, Congress has the ability to subpoena Petraeus if they are not satisfied with the information that Morell provides.

    Petraeus resigning has nothing to do with Benghazi, and it will do nothing to change the investigation. This is just a pathetic attempt by people on the right to create some tin-foil hat conspiracy.

    Compare this to the 9/11/2001 attack. The 9/11 Commission did not form until November 27, 2002 (442 days after the attack) and their final report was issued on July 22, 2004.

    Americans do have a right to know what happened. However, it always takes time. The sad thing is that Mitt Romney and the GOP rushed to blame the President and to use the death of 4 Americans for political purposes without knowing any of the details. How embarrassing for you?

    Remember, one week ago, Charles Krauthammer was telling you that Romney was going to win in a landslide. He is part of the GOP echo chamber that is not credible.

    • Albert Dunderfinch

      “Americans do have a right to know what happened”

      And when anyone gets too close to the truth, you can expect “executive privilege” to come into play, just as in Fast?Furious.

      • Game

        You do know that this post is about a CLOSED session of the Senate Intelligence Committee?

        If information is leaked, it could be grounds for treason.
        We are not going to know what the CIA director says, regardless of who testifies.

        • RCND

          But it will start other more public discussions

  • Harold

    Looks like the general did what the Obama administration instructed him to do, stay on the party line that a movie video caused those 4 deaths in Behgahzi. Army and military as a whole has become political when they should be non political. One of my friends just got out of Marine Corps recently because thats what he was seeing there, that judgements and rules were being made for political gain or for political correctness, and the Uniform Rules for MIlitary Justice were being ignored in many cases, so he left.

    • ellinas1

      Your “friend’s” stated reasons for getting out of the Marine Corps seem superfluous and are one man’s opinion.
      Pressure him for the truth.

  • 11B40


    I don’t know, but the way the Obama administration put the kibosh on “Fast & Furious” doesn’t auger well for the Benghazi fiasco. Dead Americans ≠> Bumps in the Road.

  • Mike Quinn

    Fox News has lost all credibility, even among Republicans. Watching Fox spin this story is just incredible. News has become insinuation. Fox has gone so far from reality just to entertain. Republicans have finally blamed Fox for what Fox deserves. Fox makes a fortune creating a fantasy for Hoopleheads. It is absolutely amazing to hear Republicans admitting that too much lying just doesn’t work. Republicans are admitting Fox lying has done more harm than good to the Republican party. Fox just keeps on spinning a lying. No rational person could fail to quickly see how slanted Fox is. Constantly Fox pumps out questions like ” How could they not have known”. How could Columbus possibly not have known the world was round. The dumbing down of our country is something you can make money doing, Fox has clearly proven that.

    • mickey_moussaoui

      It doesn’t get much dumber than reelecting someone with a record as bad as obama’s

      • SigFan

        Mr. Quinn is making a valiant attempt at claiming the title of Dumber though.

      • Mike Quinn

        Mr. Mouse. Let’s make this easy. Do you believe in Fox News?

        • Tim Heise


          • Mike Quinn

            I rest my case. If you have been watching normal media lately you may have noticed the number of prominent Republicans that have denounced the excess lying of Fox, and blamed the loss of the election on too much ” right wing entertainment media”. That is code for dolt media like Fox and Rush. Once you go too far with your lying and spinning even the Hoopleheads get wise.

          • Mike Quinn

            Now I wil go back to prancing about my house in laced panies sipping hot coco. Don’t worry, I’ll be wearing my manzier to minimize shaking.

          • A Citizen

            Does your wife know you’re using your daughters panties?

          • Mike Quinn

            By the way, thanks for using your real name. Each person that takes responsibility for their thoughts just makes the hiders look like what they are, little mice that come out steal the cheese then run back in their hole.

          • two_amber_lamps

            So when are you going to use your real name Mike Quinn-Lime Krushednutz-Albert-Milbert….

            Pathetic wretched insane hypocrite.

  • Tim Heise

    What country is this? It is not the America I know and love. We are becoming a joke?

    • Geoff

      One correction Tim… Not becoming… BECAME A JOKE

    • Mike Quinn

      Fox News and Rush have made us a joke. When people from Europe come to visit our country and see crooked stump preachers like Pat Robertson, Billy Gram, and then Fox and Rush, we do look like a joke. Hoopleheads that are so caught up in sports they only have time to watch Fox discount news. Fox provides a quick simple explanation for everything. Obama did it. Dingers let a pig on Oxycontin tell them stories for hours. Yup the red states are a sad joke on the bubbas.

      • Mildred Midlefinch


        Speaking of pigs…

        • two_amber_lamps

          So when are you going to use your real name Mike Quinn-Lime Krushednutz-Albert-Milbert….

          Pathetic hypocrite.

          • Onslaught1066

            You know, his wife Bathilda doesn’t even know his real name…

            But she does know that he was impeached.

          • two_amber_lamps

            That’s impeached MUNICIPAL judge to you there mister! Give the office the disrespect it’s due.

        • Snarkie

          Is that Dr Phil?

    • Snarkie

      I know. We better get involved in some outrageously expensive invasion where we rebuild an entire country’s infrastructure for our enemies, and give them universal healthcare… or you GOP morons might not have anything to be proud of.

  • $141015

    I like to know who said to the military to ”Stand Down”?

  • Snarkie

    So he f#cked some bimbo and compromised his work laptop because of his investigation in Benghazi? As intelligence chief, why wouldn’t he investigate such things?

    I remember when y’all were apologizing for Clinton’s philandering. And you wonder why no one takes you hypocrites seriously.