WSJ: The Obama Administration Wanted Petraeus Out Over Benghazi

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The Wall Street Journal reports today that there was serious friction between General David Petraeus and the Obama administration over the Benghazi tragedy. Petraeus wanted to release information defending the CIA after the Obama administration began to point fingers once their “it was a YouTube video” narrative collapsed.

The Obama administration didn’t like that so much.

In David Petraeus’s final days at the helm of the Central Intelligence Agency, his relations with chiefs of other U.S. agencies, including his boss, National Intelligence Director James Clapper, took a contentious turn.

At issue was whether the CIA should break its silence about its role in Benghazi, Libya, to counter criticism that increasingly was being leveled at the agency and Mr. Petraeus, said senior officials involved in the discussions.

Mr. Petraeus wanted his aides to push back hard and release their own timeline of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi and a nearby CIA safe house, seeking to set the record straight and paint the CIA’s role in a more favorable light. Mr. Clapper and agencies including the Pentagon objected, but Mr. Petraeus told his aides to proceed, said the senior officials.

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. That undercut the retired four-star general’s backing within the Obama administration as he struggled with the decision to resign.

So the question, as Charles Krauthammer noted yesterday, is what role Petraeus’ affair had to play in this squabble.

The Obama administration claims they didn’t know a thing about the affair before the election, which is hard to believe. The President of the United States didn’t know his CIA director was under investigation for sharing classified information with his mistress?

I’m not buying that bridge.

Petraeus will be testifying before Congress, and what he has to say (though the public isn’t immediately privy to it) will be interesting. Will he stick to his original testimony? Or will he explain, perhaps, how he came to originally support the Obama administration’s narrative about the attack being a spontaneous protest inspired by an internet video clip?

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

    Looks like an impeachment needs to happen soon…

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      Haha! Four more years is happening, while you guys continue to double down on the stupidity that cost you the election. You continue with that!

      • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

        Go away Skippy… Doesn’t you shift at McDonalds start soon.

        • Onslaught1066

          He flunked the entrance exam.

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

          How is that succession thing working out for you, Goon?

          And we both know comparing resumes would prove to be an embarrassment for you, not me.

          • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

            Hey douche bag, where did I say that I signed that thing? I haven’t been really following politics that much lately.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            So when all of your friends rally around asking you for you to vote for secession, you are going to decline?

          • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

            You really can’t be that stupid?

          • Albert Lickenspittle

            Are you saying you’re a better person because you have a tax lien and you take STD meds?
            Don’t trip on your big floppy shoes, clown boy.

          • Onslaught1066

            How is that succession [sic] thing working out for you

            Hey Hanniturd, How is that reading is fundamental (accent on mental) thing working out for you?

            You may now return to the irrelevance of your sand box and continue bobbing for Toosie Rolls™

      • Albert Lickenspittle

        Yup, and last week 439,000 people lost their jobs in response to the Muslim Marxist getting re-elected by the fools who were fooled AGAIN.

    • The Revealer

      Keep hoping!

  • Mike Quinn

    Republicans cannot get traction on any of the new spin. Rather than focus on taxing the rich, the Republicans would like a nice diversion. The people who should be moving the country forward want a petty scandal, it sure beats doing their job.

    • RCND

      What level of income makes you rich? Why that level?

      • The Revealer

        I’d say about $250 grand and above a year.
        Why not that level? The average American makes far less than that.

        • RCND

          So rich is based on average incomes?

          Honestly, it is a subjective measure. Many see rich as anyone making a dollar more than them a year. These terms drive jealousy and envy, which is not productive in the least.

          • Onslaught1066

            For Lime Krushednutz, rich is anyone with spare change.

        • Albert Lickenspittle

          Changing your name again Mikey? you coward.

    • HG

      Only a liberal idiot would think the death of four Americans is a “petty scandal”, while at the same time emphasizing the dire importance of a President’s tax proposal.
      Thanks for showing us exactly how petty and pathetic liberals can be.

      • Guest

        The right wing isn’t upset that Americans died. Everybody agrees that was terrible and Obama took full responsibility for it. They’re upset that Obama initially said it was connected to the youtube video, which is minor. Just scroll up half a page to see the crux of Rob’s argument about the “Obama administration’s narrative about the attack being a spontaneous protest inspired by an internet video clip.” He only complains about that, not the deaths .

        • HG

          Just because some liberals don’t care, doesn’t mean that the right wing doesn’t. The fact that we’re demanding accountability for the circumstances that led to their death means some of us do care. That is the least we owe the families.

          • azul

            You keep pretending like the left doesn’t care about the deaths, and you’re a disgusting person for holding such a belief and spreading it. You and Fox News obsessing about Obama’s initially incorrect story actually detracts from that and what can be done to prevent another attack.

            Look at fox news right now: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/11/15/lawmakers-dig-for-answers-on-libya-in-round-public-private-hearings/

            They don’t even mention the security situation at the embassy or whether attacks could have been prevented. They solely complain about Obama’s initial mistaken account of the attack, never whether deaths could have been prevented. Thus, it’s clear they don’t realy want accountability like you claim, they’re using the deaths for political points, and frankly, that’s even more disgusting than your belief that left doesn’t care that we lost four of our own.

          • HG

            Nope. Never said the left doesn’t care about deaths, I said “some liberals”. As for yourself, I only have your own words upon which to draw conclusions. You say I am “disgusting” for pointing out the very words of a liberal nut on this site who called this story a “petty distraction” from the President’s tax proposals. That says more about you than it does me.
            The circumstances of this story would not carry such a great concern for clarity among republicans and some democrats if 4 people hadn’t died. You cannot separate the concern over the circumstances from the deaths in an effort to criticize republicans. It’s not honest.

          • Guest

            Actually, what’s not honest is pretending you only want accountability, but then focusing on Obama’s initial mistaken account, not whether more could’ve been done to protect the embassy, which has nothing to do with responsibility for the attack.

          • HG

            You haven’t been paying attention then. We have been talking about the requests for additional security and why it was denied. That is a huge part of this story.

          • Guest

            Oh, I’m sorry, where in Rob’s post did he mention that? Where on Fox News’s front page story did they address that?

          • HG

            You’re apparently late to the story. If you care to back up through the posts on this site you’d see it. Just because it isn’t the primary focus of this post doesn’t mean it is not being discussed. Don’t go acting all Hannitized on us.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            This post doesn’t say anything of the sort. HG just like to conflate issues in order to defend against the indefensible.

          • Onslaught1066

            Racist! How can a sort of God be mistaken?

            Don’t answer that you racist, you’ll only be doubling down on your racism.

          • Guest

            Are you having a stroke? Do you need medical attention or something?

          • Onslaught1066

            Are you stupid or just reading impaired, I said “Don’t answer that.”

            BTW, has anyone ever told you that you are beautiful when you’re angry?

            Well, they lied.

          • Guest

            It must be a stroke, there’s no other explanation for your incoherence. Exposure to reality must have popped a blood vessel in the brain.

          • Onslaught1066

            Enchanting, simply enchanting…. You know, like any other witch.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof
          • azul

            Wow a link to a right wing blog contianing only speculation. If that’s the standard for credibility, we should explore whether the earth is in fact flat. http://theflatearthsociety.org/cms/

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            A link to something I’d written, you moron. I figured that linking you to anything you had to read was probably a waste of time. I was right.

            Good news is, you don’t have to worry about losing credibility, since we don’t do negative numbers.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            You think blatant self promotion gives you credibility? Brahahaha!

            You have have and never will have any credibility.

          • Onslaught1066

            How’s that $800 belt buckle of yours holding up, hanniturd?

            Have any other peripheral acquaintances you like to pass off as co-workers on a non-existent radio show you’d like to tell us about?

            How about your plethora of military contacts you claim to caddy for play golf with, any more of those?

          • COVARRUBIAS

            Poor little willie bonilla, talking to his mirror, again. Pathetic, just pathetic.

          • azul

            Linking to something with no citation or evidence and only speculation was a waste of my time, yes. You appear to be an experienced expert on having no credibility, so I’ll defer to your judgment on that issue.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            afool – It you are unable to read the words that preceded the link, it may be understandable, since they were in English.

            I do know what you mean about wasting time. I did that with some of your blather. I’ll try not to let it happen again!

          • azul

            Unverfied, uncited, pure speculative English, yes. Sorry for not taking a blog that’s mostly entries for “babe of the day” seriously.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            At least he’s moving away from posting pictures of 17yr old girls. The dude’s over 70.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            You care about making political points, and that’s about it. Allow me to prove it.

            Did the anti-Islam film motivate the terrorists to attack on 9/11? Yes or no?

          • COVARRUBIAS

            As the drone tapes prove…NO!
            As Petraeus now has testified to…NO!

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            You confuse protests with motivation. The terrorists were motivated by the movie trailer, by their own admission.

            SAB conservatives are opposed to facts, which is why they were shocked when they lost the election. Only hard realities like that reveal your deep seated denial.

        • Spartacus

          Obama didn’t take responsibility for anything. Never has and probably never will. Obama blamed, and is still blaming the deaths of four Americans at Benghazi on an obscure YouTube video.

          • azul

            WRONG. He took responsibility in the second debate, You right wingers probably blocked it out since the debate was a huge disaster for Romney. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/17/obama-takes-responsibility-for-issues-around-benghazi-attack/

          • yy4u2

            No, he said what you wanted to hear. Romney questioned him, the moderator intervened and sided with Obama…only to have to eat crow that she was wrong. But hey, cherry pick what you want to hear and have others hear. It works well for you and the sheeple.

          • azul

            He specifically said he took responsibility. Do you have a learning disability or something? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giCa_nzMwPw

          • Guest

            Also Crowley never said she was wrong about whether Obama referred to the even as a terrorist attack (which is wholly irrelevant to whether Obama took responsibility for the attack, which is what we are talking about anyway), athough Republicans said she had. Go ahead and deny reality, it funny to see how far in denial you are. http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/david/crowley-refuses-backtrack-romney-surrogate-s

          • yy4u2

            http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/post/obama-still-wrong-on-libya-crowley-blows-it/2012/10/17/b2e7eede-1841-11e2-a55c-39408fbe6a4b_blog.html

            The liberals never seem to get full when gorging in the trough of minced words. I’d love to deny reality, but the reality is Obama is more of an accomplished liar than a leader. It isn’t funny for the adults to see how many like you are in denial. Reading your responses is like running the book ‘Animal Farm’ on the monitor.

          • Guest

            You don’t even appear to comprehend that we’re not talking about the issue of whether Obama called the event a terrorist attack, but rather if he said he took responsibility. He categorically said he did, case closed.

            If you really want to re-ignite that dead debate of whether he called it a terrorist attack the day after though, get the transcript. He said terrorist attacks and then referenced the deaths. Fact checkers agreed that he the reference did implicate the event as a terrorist attack, http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/17/politics/fact-check-terror/index.html. Your right wing blog post has zero credibility. Non partisan Politifact even said “In fact, Obama described it in those terms the day after the attack”

            It’s also extremely funny that Obama was slammed by Republicans for that “you didn’t build that comment”. Since “if you got a small business” was next to the comment, they argued that’s what he was referrring to (even though it was clear from the context that not what he met). Here we have a same situation, “terrorist attack” was in the same pargraph next to the Libya attacks, but now Republicans argue the two somehow weren’t related.

            What’s actually funny is that you can be sure of yourself despite being so wrong. It’s like living Idiocracy.

          • Onslaught1066

            “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”
            Barrack Mahdi Obama – “Audacity of Hope”

            Oh! and this too, also:

            “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
            Barack Hussein Obama 7-13-2012.

            And This:

            “It’s all about the video baby”
            Barrack “The Lying Presmadent”
            Obama 9-12-2012, 9-13-2012, 9-14-2012, 9-15-2012, 9-16-2012, 9-17-2012,
            9-18-2012, 9-19-2012, 9-20-2012, 9-21-2012, 9-22-2012, 9-23-2012,
            9-24-2012, 9-25-2012, 9-26-2012, 9-27-2012, 9-28-2012, 9-29-2012,
            9-30-2012, 10-1-2012, 10-2-2012, 10-3-2012, 10-4-2012, 10-5-2012,
            10-6-2012,10-7-2012,10-8-2012,10-9-2012,10-10-2012,11-10-2012,10-12-2012,
            10-13-2012,
            10-14-2012, 10-15-2012, 10-16-2012, 10-17-2012, 10-18-2012, 10-19-2012,
            10-20-2012, 10-21-2012, 10-22-2012, 10-23-2012

            “OOPS”
            Barrack “The Lying Presmadent” Obama 10-24-2012

          • Guest

            This a perfect example of the lies used by the right wing to attack Obama.

            “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

            The full quote is “In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific reassurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

            If you think that quotes a bad thing, would you prefer he tell Muslims we were going to lock them up like the Japanese during WWII?

            “”If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.””

            Full quote was actually:

            “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”

            Factcheck.org specially rejects the right wing interpretation of that quote: http://factcheck.org/2012/07/you-didnt-build-that-uncut-and-unedited/, saying “There’s no question Obama inartfully phrased those two sentences, but it’s clear from the context what the president was talking about. He spoke of government — including government-funded education, infrastructure and research — assisting businesses to make what he called “this unbelievable American system that we have.”

            There’s plenty of legitimate reasons to criticize the President, but you’re post didn’t include any semblance of one.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            az, don’t sweat it. Even Winged Dick Head Avatar Guy doesn’t think he is telling the truth. After the pounding his party took at the polls, it’s kind of adorable how he keeps up with his losing meme.

          • Onslaught1066

            My but you are a long winded runt, aren’t you, Well you just keep telling yourself how wonderful you are, I’m sure you’ll come to believe it yourself one day.

            Oh and don’t let Boob fool you he’s never been outside of his mother’s basement and couldn’t now, unless they decide to excavate.

            But then, you already knew that didn’t you…Mom?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            The proper term is “willful ignorance”. The majority of SAB conservatives suffer from it.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Funny, but sad. I am firmly under the belief that they are pathetic.

          • Spartacus

            ^ fails to understand mirrors.

          • COVARRUBIAS

            Truly sad that everyone knows you’re mentally defective.
            No one liks you, everyone just laughs at you.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Yet, you are the clown who doubles down on denial and believes in right wing conspiracy theories. Let’s not kid ourselves. If you have any friends at all, they are just right-wing whack-nips.

          • COVARRUBIAS

            The only conspiracy is obama’s attempt to cover up the murder of four Americans, not to mention the cover up of the murders of our border patrol agent and innocent Mexicans thanks to Fast?Furious.

            No one likes you, everyone just laughs at you, and your mental illness, which is obviously genetic.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            You dumb dingers will double down on any nutter conspiracy that comes before you.

          • COVARRUBIAS

            The
            only conspiracy is obama’s attempt to cover up the murder of four
            Americans, not to mention the cover up of the murders of our border
            patrol agent and innocent Mexicans thanks to Fast?Furious.

            No one likes you, everyone just laughs at you, and your mental illness, which is obviously genetic.

          • Carl

            You’re firmly under Robert Gibbs when he’s fu*king you in your a*s.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Most SAB conservatives have a disability. They avoid facts, it’s how they disillusioned themselves for a Romney win.

          • COVARRUBIAS

            What a surprise, you, one of the fools, believing the lies of a liar.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            No, she doubled down on what Obama said, because Obama said it. She only said that Romney was also partially right.

          • Spartacus

            All he did was ask for an out of context sound bite be confirmed. After the debate the moderator confirmed Obama lied. It’s very well documented. Would you still like to argue your losing narrative?

          • azul

            You’re delusional and wrong. Crowley did not confirm she made a mistake. In fact she stoood by her evaulation and outright rejected your claims. It’s not well documented at all because it patently untrue. http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/david/crowley-refuses-backtrack-romney-surrogate-s

            It’s not out of context. He said terrorist attack in one sentence and referred to Libya in the next. What’s out of context is to think he was referring to events several paragraphs before he mentioned Libya.

            Go ahead and keep thinking your right though, it’s funny to see you in such denial despite all the evidence to contrary and no evidence to support your beliefs.

          • Spartacus

            Yes she did. Go back and look at what she admitted after the debate. It’s a matter of public record. Denial ain’t just a river.

          • azul

            I posted the video where she said she wasn’t backtracking the day after. You’re the one denying the record. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/10/17/crowley-refuses-to-backtrack-as-romney-surrogate-says-fact-check-not-your-place/

          • azul

            O’Brien: “Not a backtrack?”

            Crowley “No!”

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Just because the video caused the terrorists to attack doesn’t mean Obama is still not responsible for the security.

          • Spartacus

            Exactly the point, thank you. Obama is irresponsible and thus responsible for the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and an Obama sycophant just admitted it.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            No, the video is responsible for the deaths, Obama is responsible for the lax security, if it is determined he allowed republics who cut funds affect the security.

          • Spartacus

            So when it comes to security, Obama is irresponsible? is that what you’re saying? I think we can agree upon that. He’s responsible for disregarding the pleas for help from four dead Americans, a fine leader he is. In Obama we trust.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Ultimately, even if the reason for security to be cut back was the result of Republicans who cut funding for security.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            You keep bleating the same lie. Obama’s state department has said that funding cuts were not the problem. You guys need to compare talking pints.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            They also said that the video was the motivation for the attack. So are you saying you are selective in what you believe?

          • jl

            “The video is responsible for the deaths..” Ah, yes, the “someone else made me do it” excuse used by wife-beaters everywhere. Not even President Affirmative Action is saying that anymore. Who’s responsible for you being an idiot?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            So you are saying the Muslims protested all across the Mid East because of inner hate, not because of the trailer?

            You fools will never come to grips with reality. And you will continue to lose voters as a result.

          • jl

            Yes I am saying they protested because of inner hate. You really think in the absence of any more videos there wouldn’t be any more Mid East violence directed, and blamed, at the US? And let’s say your opium dream is real- so what? Would you want to limit the freedom of speech because the religion of the perpetually agrieved is whining again? You’re an idiot and pussy. Time to come to grips with reality.

          • Onslaught1066

            His alcoholic mothers live in boyfriends crack smoking sisters pimp.

          • Price

            ” Who’s responsible for you being an idiot?”

            The mongoloids are responsible.

          • Price

            As proven by the drone tapes, there was no demonstration, and as Petraeus has testified to, it was a terror attack. As usual, you are wrong, again.
            P.S. Did the video cause the two previous attacks on the consulate? NO!!
            You remain a moronic troll.

          • azul

            We were talking about whether Obama referred to it as a terrorist attack, not whether he said he was responsible. Are you admitting you were wrong about Crowley? Your acclamation that Obama is responsible is not controversial, Obama took responsibility for Benghazi in the second debate retard. http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/17/president-obama-on-benghazi-i-am-always-responsible/

  • Mike Quinn

    Bush got thousand killed with his lies and fake war in Iraq. That doesn’t count on the Republican ledger. Four lives in Bengazi is a big deal. Can anyone say hypocrites?

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      And it’s not just that, it’s also the lie that the video wasn’t responsible for the terrorist attack.

      Rob conflates the fact that protests got out of hand with the video being the motivation, so he can excuse that actions of his right-wing crank friends who love to hate on Islam, when it should be directed at Islamic radicalism.

      The video is responsible.

      • Onslaught1066

        Hanniturd, Why do you hate non-radical Islam?

        Libyan president Mohammed Magarief continues to insist that the attack
        on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was a pre-planned terror
        attack and that the obscure YouTube video had nothing to do with it.

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

          I know your allegiance is to the president of Libya, over your own, but he didn’t hear of the eye-witnesses who were told by the attackers that they were responding to the video.

          There is no evidence of a plan to attack on 9/11, just more right-wing conspiracy non-sense that cost you the election.

          Good luck with that.

          • Onslaught1066

            Your Islamophobia is duly noted as is your massive hypocrisy and hydroencephalitis.

            You may now return to the continuing irrelevance of your sand box to bob for Tootsie Rolls™.

      • Albert Lickenspittle

        So, in your tiny little mind, it doesn’t matter what the President of Libya knows, and continues to confirm.
        The film trailer was irrelevant in Benghazi.

        You idiot.

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

          So in your pea brain you believe the president of Libya more than your own president?

          You idiot.

          • Spartacus

            Obama now has his legacy to worry about without worrying about his own future election, the President of Libya actually has a country to rebuild for the future. Which do YOU think is going to be honest? Choose carefully, you’re not immune from Islamophobia, or racism.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            The Libyan president was more interested in calling out terrorism, but not making the link between the motivation and the video. He bought into the right wing hysteria that it couldn’t be both.

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

          So you do prefer to believe the president of another country, over your own. You really are an idiot, and a traitor.

          BTW, he never said the video was not the motivation for the attack.

    • Spartacus

      How do you fake a war?

    • jl

      What lies, professor?

  • RCND

    Sometimes the smokescreen is so thick you can see right through it anyways

  • Guest

    What a stupid conspiracy theory. Petraeus would have even more reason to come out with an alternative side of the story (if he has one) with the affair exposed and him out of the CIA since he has nothing to lose now. Petraeus himself said his resignation had nothing nothing to do with Benghazi and he would testify to Congress regardless.

    The right wing’s obsession over Benghazi is so bizzare, at worst the administration initially had bad information about what caused the attack. It’s not like they used bad intel to launch an unprovoked war costing thousands of American lives.

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      Yep. Rob “doesn’t do logic too good”.

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    Dumbed down right wing conservatism continues:

    “The President of the United States didn’t know his CIA director was under investigation for sharing classified information with his mistress?”

    No, he was being investigated for POSSIBLE classified information leaks. Only once it is determined Patraeus had leaked information should the president be informed. It’s the CIA’s job and the FBI’s job to separate fact from fiction.

    But maybe you would prefer a president mitt romney ask about the whereabouts of peoples penises?

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    Does anyone doubt that Rob won’t report that it was a right wing crank, narking out to Eric Cantor that cost Patraeus his job?

    If that would not have happened, nobody would have had to take action.

  • SigFan

    Obama is as McCain said dangerously incompetent or inherently corrupt – or IMO both. Should Petraeus be out for what he did? – yes. The timing of it and the conflicting testimonies on Benghazi are just a convenient excuse for Obama to do it now. It will be very interesting to find out what he says to congress today and what if anything congress chooses to do in response.

  • banjo kid

    This reeks of Chicago politics . destroy your enemies and the general was his and still his enemy . I sure hope he tells the truth and does not cave to Obama and his thugs,Obama won an election it does not change him being a thug , a Chicago thug. He sat there and let four men die .

  • Waski_the_Squirrel

    Just think…if Petraeus had more control over himself he might have the moral standing to be taken seriously. As it is, he will have his lack of judgment thrown in his face over and over.

  • Lynn Bergman

    Petraeus is scheduled to testify tomorrow… should be on Cspan.

  • awfulorv

    Now I ask you, if you had sent 20k to 30k e-mails to your girl, or boy friend, where would you find the time to work and pay the rent? He deserves to go for those syrupy e-mails alone. This is getting quite embarrassing, don’t you think?

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