ABC: Petraeus conducted investigation in Benghazi after attack

posted at 11:21 am on November 13, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday, Dianne Feinstein threatened to subpoena the CIA over a trip report from David Petraeus that he allegedly wrote after a personal trip to Benghazi after the terrorist attack that killed four Americans.  Today, ABC News reports that Petraeus’ visit to Libya was no mere observational tour.  The then-Director of Central Intelligence conducted his own interviews with personnel on the ground in Libya in preparation for testimony that has now been cancelled:

In late October, Petraeus traveled to Libya to conduct his own review of the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

While in Tripoli, he personally questioned the CIA station chief and other CIA personnel who were in Benghazi on Sept. 11 when the attack occurred.

The Libya stop was part of a six nation trip to the region. Petraeus intended the review as a way to prepare for his upcoming testimony before Congress on Benghazi.

“He was looking forward to testifying,” a Petraeus friend told ABC News. “He wanted to be fully prepared.”

This makes the decision to withdraw Petraeus from the hearing even more curious.  According to their source, Petraeus thinks that acting DCI Michael Morrell can testify to Petraeus’ findings and add more of his own, plus Petraeus wants to avoid a “media circus” after the revelation of his affair.

However, while that may be understandable, those reasons aren’t enough to deprive the committees of his personal perspectives.  Petraeus has years of hands-on experience dealing with terrorist networks as a military commander.  Morell has over 30 years’ experience in the CIA and can obviously give a good accounting of the intelligence, but doesn’t have Petraeus’ insight.  Plus, after having personally conducted the reviews in Libya, Congress needs Petraeus to expand past whatever made it into his trip report — the very document that the CIA is now reluctant to share with Feinstein and other Congressional investigators.


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Sorry General – your personal failings are no reason to cover up the failings of the Obama Administration. Everything needs to be laid bare now – sorry for the pun……..

redguy on November 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM

The more you peel the onion, the more it stinks.

and BISHOP!!!!!

UltimateBob on November 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Odd how the media is very curious about a sex scandal involving a General but not at all about the many scandal worthy incidents involving the President.

Speakup on November 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Yeah, I wouldn’t share it with Feinstein either.

jake49 on November 13, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Maybe they can get a copy from Paula Broadwell.

Curtiss on November 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM

And we need to know if what Broadwell said is true????

Was the CIA holding prisoners???

Were they shown the Mohammad video????

redguy on November 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Petraeus has years of hands-on experience dealing with terrorist networks as a military commander. Morell has over 30 years’ experience in the CIA and can obviously give a good accounting of the intelligence

Morell is a CIA man, and will circle the wagons to protect it.

While Patraeus’ personal credibility is shot to hell, I still trust him more than anyone else in the Obama Administration.

portlandon on November 13, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Good luck with that. First the regime will attack his credibility then they will arrest him and keep him incognito so he can’t testify.

At the very least.

dogsoldier on November 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Odd how the media is very curious about a sex scandal involving a General but not at all about the many scandal worthy incidents involving the President.

Speakup on November 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Yeah maybe the General & Bill Clinton can compare notes???

Who is hotter? Monica or Paula??

I vote for Paula – imagine the hook-ups after a long sweaty run…..

I don’t think Monica ran at all??

When is her book cumming out???

redguy on November 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Odd how the media is very curious about a sex scandal involving a General but not at all about the many scandal worthy incidents involving the President.

Speakup on November 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM

That’s the corrupt Bull S… Media (BSM)at their best

Chip on November 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Odd how the media is very curious about a sex scandal involving a General but not at all about the many scandal worthy incidents involving the President.

Speakup on November 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM

and Eric Holder

dogsoldier on November 13, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Good luck with that. First the regime will attack his credibility then they will arrest him and keep him incognito so he can’t testify.

At the very least.

dogsoldier on November 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM

We will find the General another hot writer he can spill the beans too…..

Hmmmm, needs to be 35-42 who can run a 7 minute mile in hot green camo shorts…..

redguy on November 13, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Petraeus wants to avoid a “media circus” after the revelation of his affair.

au contraire , we need the circus to get attention.

the_nile on November 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM

General, for the sake of the country, we need to know the truth.

itsspideyman on November 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM

So, when do we prosecute Holder and Obama as accessories to murder via Fast & Furious, and when do we prosecute Clinton and Obama as accessories to murder via Benghazi?

Hopefully, that’s where this ’10 star general taps publishing poon’ story is leading…

locomotivebreath1901 on November 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM

The first question needing an answer is how any of the “new” news should preclude Petraus from testifying about what he knew while events occurred. That the media isn’t pushing for that answer is the biggest “tell” that this is a cover-up which they are happy to accomodate.

Freelancer on November 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Can we please get back to the real issues such as what Bark and the unions are going to do to save the economy. Thank you.

Bishop on November 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Multi-task…you can do two things, they are not connected.

You have the report, you testify on the report, separate from your personal life…if you want to now how, get advice from President Bill Clinton, he is experienced in this sort of thing.

right2bright on November 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM

now=know…as if it matters

right2bright on November 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Petraeus wants to avoid a “media circus” after the revelation of his affair.

Too late, Dave. The circus will follow you wherever you go, so you may as well testify and get it over with.

Doughboy on November 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Petraeus needs to testify, period. He was the one standing watch at the CIA when 4 Americans were left to die.

NotCoach on November 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Can we please get back to the real issues such as what Bark and the unions are going to do to save the economy. Thank you.

Bishop on November 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Fact finding delegation has been sent to North Korea for ideas.

NotCoach on November 13, 2012 at 11:36 AM

General, for the sake of the country, we need to know the truth.

itsspideyman on November 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM

So, when do we prosecute Holder and Obama as accessories to murder via Fast & Furious, and when do we prosecute Clinton and Obama as accessories to murder via Benghazi?

Hopefully, that’s where this ’10 star general taps publishing poon’ story is leading…

locomotivebreath1901 on November 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Awe…Naive is such a cool place to be this time of year…the flowers are blooming and the weather is perfect…

right2bright on November 13, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Cantor and Reichert are two national morons of the highest degree.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Hillary and Petraeus should testify together.

Then Obama.

The whole nest of vipers needs to be driven into the light.

Benghazi-gate shall be their undoing.

Deservedly so.

profitsbeard on November 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Executive privilege?

cmsinaz on November 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Petraeus is a traitor – he will continue to cover for obama – he will never testify.

Pork-Chop on November 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Odd how the media is very curious about a sex scandal involving a General but not at all about the many scandal worthy incidents involving the President.

Speakup on November 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM

The better word would be premeditated Speakup.

Rovin on November 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Why is the admin leaking all these sordid details to the press? Part of me wonders if this isn’t tied to the negotiations over the fiscal cliff. An attempt to undermine the military in order to soften people up to Pentagon cuts?

changer1701 on November 13, 2012 at 11:41 AM

“He was looking forward to testifying,” a Petraeus friend told ABC News. “He wanted to be fully prepared.”

Congress and Feinstein must demand his testimony.

Obama can go to Hades.

Reichert and Cantor are national buffoons. They let the land down, covering for Obama’s re-elect.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Morell is a CIA man, and will circle the wagons to protect it.

While Patraeus’ personal credibility is shot to hell, I still trust him more than anyone else in the Obama Administration.

portlandon on November 13, 2012 at 11:28 AM

If Morell does that, given that the WH and State has been blaming the CIA for bad intel, he might well put the blood of Benghazi on their hands. He knows he’s not being considered for permanent D/CIA, so there’s a chance he might protect and defend.

As to Petraeus, I never trusted him anyway. First and foremost, he’s a “political” general not a “warrior” general, always has been. Second, now knowing that he travels with an entourage rivaling that of a head of state, that tells me he’s something of a “showboat” general as well.

TXUS on November 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Sorry General – your personal failings are no reason to cover up the failings of the Obama Administration. Everything needs to be laid bare now – sorry for the pun……..

redguy on November 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM

The only way Petraeus can redeem himself, in the very least.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2012 at 11:43 AM

As to Petraeus, I never trusted him anyway. First and foremost, he’s a “political” general not a “warrior” general, always has been. Second, now knowing that he travels with an entourage rivaling that of a head of state, that tells me he’s something of a “showboat” general as well.

TXUS on November 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM

He’s also an Obama-azz-licker. He covered up for Obama, enabling his re-elect.

Reichert and Cantor are incredible fools.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM

As to Petraeus, I never trusted him anyway. First and foremost, he’s a “political” general not a “warrior” general, always has been. Second, now knowing that he travels with an entourage rivaling that of a head of state, that tells me he’s something of a “showboat” general as well.

TXUS on November 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Yeah, but now women want to know if his penis was 4 stars as well……

redguy on November 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM

It is absolutely incredible that after 8 weeks the story on Benghazi is so FUBAR.
There is simply no way this is a simple “flow” of information. Must be being directed/misdirected.
The ebb and flow and red herrings do not match-up.
That two key players are now effectively out of the loop should be setting off all kinds of alarms.
The very fact that all this circumstantial b/s is is being tossed about, leads me to believe that there is indeed another, more substantial, story being kept under wraps.

Jabberwock on November 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Ambitious former General discovers coverup implicating highest level of Executive Branch regarding Benghazi. General resigns as sex scandal comes to light. Obama ponders accepting it for a day as if to appear his advisors are not behind plot. Scandal widens, implicating others. Disgraced General cannot handle pain and humiliation caused by his actions towards all involved…WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT…coverup stays covered and he is remembered and memorialized in hero terms as people remember him.

TheAudacityofNOPE on November 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM

This is what 51% of America voted for.

O-chaos.

Thanks morons.

profitsbeard on November 13, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Speakup on November 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM

.
Yeah maybe the General & Bill Clinton can compare notes???

Who is hotter? Monica or Paula??

I vote for Paula – imagine the hook-ups after a long sweaty run…..

I don’t think Monica ran at all??

When is her book cumming out???

redguy on November 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM

.
(kisses hand, then extends it towards audience), Goodnite everybody!

listens2glenn on November 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Congress and Feinstein must demand his testimony.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Feinstein has been in on the Benghazi cover-up from day 1 – she will continue to protect obama, no matter what.

Pork-Chop on November 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Petraeus needs to testify, period. He was the one standing watch at the CIA when 4 Americans were left to die.

NotCoach on November 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Dozens of Americans were left to die in Benghazi. The fact that only four did was due to the incredible bravery (and willingness to disobey orders) of ex-SEALS Doherty and Woods.

AZCoyote on November 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Looking forward to the British media to blow the roof off of all this.

blowing smoke on November 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM

profitsbeard on November 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM

.
Embracing the “New” spirit of post election Bi-Patisanship, I think we should all just move along here, and focus like a freakin LASER on jobs and the deficit.

Politicizing this is just seems like sour grapes now.

Why do you hate America?

Love,
Rachel.

FlaMurph on November 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

This is what 51% of America voted for.

O-chaos.

Thanks morons.

profitsbeard on November 13, 2012 at 11:47 AM

.
As an earlier HA poster had commented,

They’re putting the “Fun” , back into Dysfunction.

So true.

FlaMurph on November 13, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Dozens of Americans were left to die in Benghazi. The fact that only four did was due to the incredible bravery (and willingness to disobey orders) of ex-SEALS Doherty and Woods.

AZCoyote on November 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

That is true, but at least those who didn’t die were “saved” by Brave Sir Obama after the shooting was over. Doherty and Woods deserve the CMH, I don’t care if they weren’t active duty.

NotCoach on November 13, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Executive privilege?

cmsinaz on November 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

US vs Nixon…..Executive privilege curtailed….Watergate ‘em

gracie on November 13, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Hmmm. Looks like Petraeus and Allen both gave an assist to Jill Kelley’s unstable lawyer sister in her child custody case.

a capella on November 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM

The most outrageous part of the scandal is that there isn’t a single n@ked shot of Ms. Broadwell available to the press. We expect better transparency from the military authorities.

PS: A clip with a machine gun doesn’t count as p0rn… well, almost!

Archivarix on November 13, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Why do you hate America?

Love,
Rachel.

FlaMurph on November 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Maybe because I think it’s time for the military to stop dispensing Viagra?

profitsbeard on November 13, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Timeline:

1. FBI investigates CIA and Army commanders looking for dirt
2. Benghazi on 9-11
3. Obama uses to dirt to keep peeps in line
4. Peeps rebel
5. Obama discredits future Benghazi witnesses

Everyone knows this is what’s going on. There is no mystery here.

faraway on November 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Is there not a single one of these scum that remember how to DO THE RIGHT THING?

Who is John Galt on November 13, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Rush is hilarious right of the bat today:

‘Real Housewives of Westpoint’

‘This story has legs…lots of them!’

Mitsouko on November 13, 2012 at 12:09 PM

I have a dream.

Patraeus testifies and spills all the beans on the White House lies and coverup.

Impeachment hearings commence in mid-December.

Merry Christmas.

fogw on November 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM

That is true, but at least those who didn’t die were “saved” by Brave Sir Obama after the shooting was over. Doherty and Woods deserve the CMH, I don’t care if they weren’t active duty.

NotCoach on November 13, 2012 at 11:58 AM

I’d like to hear from everyone that survived. Where are they? What were they doing? What happened?

freedomfirst on November 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM

a capella on November 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Wowzers. It’s like an old soap opera.

Lightswitch on November 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM

All the USA needs is John f’g Kerry for Defense, and the world will be done.

Laugh at the USA. She deserves it, fully.

The Obama circus and clowns proceed. The world loves the decline, in envy and stupidity, as usual. They only respect strength, alas.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM

This is such Bull SHIITE! The cover up is on and all this idiocy about sex scandals and videos are not going to change the fact that TREASON was committed by the Butcher of Benghazi by arming Al-Qaeda! They got the Turks to ship Stinger Missiles to Al-Qaeda Terrorists in Syria! Wewther they had a Secret CIA prison in Benghazi and Benedict Obama never didn’t have the testicular fortitude to tell the Libyans, is a sick reason for the Traitor-in-chief to order the deaths of 4 Americans!
Fight the Obama Enemy media or Kiss the Constitution Goodbye: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on November 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

I have a dream.

Patraeus testifies and spills all the beans on the White House lies and coverup.

Impeachment hearings commence in mid-December.

Merry Christmas.

fogw on November 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM

You assumed the House/Cantor, etc. have functioning brains and a pair of steely ones…

Reichert and Cantor are incredible fools. Everyone said that Cantor is smart, meh.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

God Bless America!

paratisi on November 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

You can quit now.

God is mad and is punishing her.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

This is what 51% of America voted for.

O-chaos.

Thanks morons.

profitsbeard on November 13, 2012 at 11:47 AM

So…..use the OCHAOS to OUR advantage…..

redguy on November 13, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Hmmm. Looks like Petraeus and Allen both gave an assist to Jill Kelley’s unstable lawyer sister in her child custody case.

a capella on November 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Wow, she does appear to be quite unstable for a court to award custody to her husband, and place strict visitation rules on her, not to mention awarding her to pay $350,000 in legal fees over the original custody fight.

That Petraeus and Allen would support this woman in this case says far more about them than her. To lend their (then) stellar reputations and, effectively, that of the US Government, is shameful.

TXUS on November 13, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Schadenfreude,

You skipped over the dream part.

fogw on November 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM

This is what 51% of America voted for.

O-chaos.

Thanks morons.

profitsbeard on November 13, 2012 at 11:47 AM

It’s not even 51%, not yet, anyway.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM

The investigation started with orders from Valerie Jarrett: Now let me tell you General, what the results of your investigation of Benghazi will be…

…and by the way, bring me another drink.

slickwillie2001 on November 13, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Lets petition for his testimony: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/publicly-request-former-director-central-intelligence-agency-gen-david-petraeus-testify-congress/THVNX8VB

Sure, Obama will do nothing with this… but getting a lot of signatures on his website would be a better public petition than all of these secession ones on there.

Spread the word, this goes public at 150 signatures.

eski502 on November 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Rush Limbaugh: Too many generals taking orders from their privates.

slickwillie2001 on November 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Wowzers. It’s like an old soap opera.

Lightswitch on November 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Yeah, a regular clown posse.:) How are ya?

a capella on November 13, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Dozens of Americans were left to die in Benghazi. The fact that only four did was due to the incredible bravery (and willingness to disobey orders) of ex-SEALS Doherty and Woods.

AZCoyote on November 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

People seem to forget this. That there were 37 other people at the consulate…all of whom lil barry was quite content to sacrifice with his “Stand Down” order.
One can but wonder just what d’ohbama was trying to cover up with those deaths.
“Odd”, too, that no one in the tame media zoo has seen fit to express the slightest curiosity about those people…who they are…their story of that night…nothing. Why, it’s almost as though all of the ‘journalists’ (/lol/) have agreed not to ask those questions.

Solaratov on November 13, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Did anyone see this:

Petraeus helps whistleblower’s ‘unstable’ twin in nasty custody fight
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/twisted_sister_wPCTY0kcH9xu9DPh8RN7yL

Gen. David Petraeus sure loved helping his lady friends.

While he was director of the CIA, Petraeus wrote a letter supporting the child-custody fight of the “psychologically unstable” twin sister of his close friend Jill Kelley — whose bombshell claims of being threatened by his lover led to the top spy’s resignation last week, sources told The Post.

Chip on November 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM

the Kenyan usurper must be held accountable

I hate his floppy Marxist ears

Slade73 on November 13, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Petraeus wants to avoid a “media circus” after the revelation of his affair.


something tells me this may have a flirt of truth in it.

Petraeus is a super strategist and the affair revelation is not something that changes that.

He is 10 steps ahead of us. This complicated things but remember who spoiled the beans , he mentioned the CIA did not give the stand-down order letting the cat out of the bag that it is Obama.

Nixon was driven out of office for a smaller offence. Obama has multiple much bigger offences.

huntingmoose on November 13, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Ambitious former General discovers coverup implicating highest level of Executive Branch regarding Benghazi. General resigns as sex scandal comes to light. Obama ponders accepting it for a day as if to appear his advisors are not behind plot. Scandal widens, implicating others. Disgraced General cannot handle pain and humiliation caused by his actions towards all involved…WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT…coverup stays covered and he is remembered and memorialized in hero terms as people remember him.

TheAudacityofNOPE on November 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM

“Foster-ization”. One way or the other Petraeus will be muzzled, willingly or otherwise. Must keep the ‘administration’ ‘scandal free’, you know.

ghostwalker1 on November 13, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Nixon was driven out of office for a smaller offense …

huntingmoose on November 13, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Yes, BUT, Nixon did not have every single elected democrat in the U.S. and the main-stream media covering his tracks for him.

Pork-Chop on November 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Benghazi has got to be pretty bad with the Administration pulling all these sexy, shiny objects out right after the election… considering that all of this was known well before the election…

Too bad no one is bothering to point out that all that has been going on in Libya is by the al Qaeda playbook. Of course al Qaeda is able to spread destabilization to places like Mali… right where Sec. State Clinton wants the US to be involved in next… why, its almost like a plan or something is going on…

ajacksonian on November 13, 2012 at 12:43 PM

……… remember who spoiled the beans , he mentioned the CIA did not give the stand-down order letting the cat out of the bag that it is Obama.
huntingmoose on November 13, 2012 at 12:36 PM

This is so. That didn’t set well with the WH. If the stars are lined up just right, that speech Broadwell gave in Denver referencing Libyan prisoners being held for interrogation in Benghazi, might be more than just a wannabe power groupie blabbing.

a capella on November 13, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Yeah, sure, he certainly didn’t want a “media circus”

Are you kidding me?

He created one for no reason!

He could have testified then resigned with Hillary.

Unless, he needs the “media circus” as a distraction.

budfox on November 13, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Dozens of Americans were left to die in Benghazi. The fact that only four did was due to the incredible bravery (and willingness to disobey orders) of ex-SEALS Doherty and Woods.

AZCoyote on November 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

BTW, the idea that the SEALS disobeyed orders is no longer clear.

“In addition, two of the four men who died in the Sept. 11 attack — former Navy SEAL commandos Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty — were actually CIA contractors killed defending the mission, not State Department contract security officers, as originally publicly identified, the officials told several news organizations on condition of anonymity.”

I don’t think anything we think we know about Benghazi is reliable.

slickwillie2001 on November 13, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Looking forward to the British media to blow the roof off of all this. – blowing smoke on November 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM

I’m also looking forward to some of the Brit media realizing that there’s a load of money to be made in informing Americans about stuff that our “(White-)House-trained” lapdog media won’t. Just imagine a British tabloid that decided to specialize in “afflicting the comfortable” US media! Oh, yummy!

drunyan8315 on November 13, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I don’t think anything we think we know about Benghazi is reliable.

slickwillie2001 on November 13, 2012 at 12:46 PM

I doubt we’ll ever be told the entire truth. Most accurate information will be hidden behind closed door hearings and the summary reports massaged to conceal the truth.

a capella on November 13, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Was Bin Laden being held in Benghazi?

faraway on November 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM

I don’t think anything we think we know about Benghazi is reliable.

slickwillie2001 on November 13, 2012 at 12:46 PM

I doubt we’ll ever be told the entire truth. Most accurate information will be hidden behind closed door hearings and the summary reports massaged to conceal the truth.

a capella on November 13, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Yep, buy futures contracts in black copy-machine toner.

slickwillie2001 on November 13, 2012 at 12:58 PM

As to Petraeus, I never trusted him anyway. First and foremost, he’s a “political” general not a “warrior” general, always has been. Second, now knowing that he travels with an entourage rivaling that of a head of state, that tells me he’s something of a “showboat” general as well.

TXUS on November 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Most if not all generals are political generals these days…

jimver on November 13, 2012 at 1:00 PM

#WarOnGenerals update

The former head of U.S. Africa Command who was accused of spending thousands of dollars on lavish travel and other unauthorized expenses has been demoted, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.

The official said Defense Secretary Leon Panetta stripped Gen. William “Kip” Ward of a star, which means that he will now retire as a three-star lieutenant general despite some arguments against the demotion.

Ward will also repay the government $82,000.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/11/13/general-demoted-for-lavish-travel-spending/

faraway on November 13, 2012 at 1:02 PM

his close friend Jill Kelley — whose bombshell claims of being threatened by his lover

Hmmm. I keep wondering why the “lover” sent the “friend” such emails. I have not heard. Maybe some “competition”?

IrishEyes on November 13, 2012 at 1:16 PM

“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam” BHO, Sept.25/12 UN General Assembly

Either it comes out now…or as I suspect, in the next 9/11 type commission, history will not look kindly on this administration.

can_con on November 13, 2012 at 1:21 PM

1. FBI investigates CIA and Army commanders looking for dirt
2. Benghazi on 9-11
3. Obama uses to dirt to keep peeps in line
4. Peeps rebel
5. Obama discredits future Benghazi witnesses

Everyone knows this is what’s going on. There is no mystery here.
faraway on November 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM

This is why EVERYONE with a DoD Top Secret clearance is supposed to live a “clean” life, report anything you do wrong, report any interactions with people asking “too many” questions, and why nearly all intelligence and counter-intel type positions, and many others, require lifestyle (and/or other similar) polygraphs – and why adultery is still a court-martial offense in the military.
You make yourself susceptible to espionage and blackmail by doing things like this. He should have known better given his position. People with too much dirt in their background should not have the security clearances required for these positions.

dentarthurdent on November 13, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Sooo, is Petraeus even married? Kind of makes a difference in this whole mess.
What does SHE have to say about it all?

dentarthurdent on November 13, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Ward will also repay the government $82,000.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/11/13/general-demoted-for-lavish-travel-spending/

faraway on November 13, 2012 at 1:02 PM

I’d like to see a better definition of his “lavish” travels. If I go on a business trip for a week in California (from Colorado), the total cost of my trip can up to $2000 (airline, rental car, hotel, per diem, parking, mileage, etc) – maybe higher if it’s a short notice trip. Foreign travel is MUCH more expensive.
This guy was the COCOM, so most of his travel was overseas, and he likely got much better accomodations than a peon contractor like me….
So was his travel really that “lavish”? $82,000 for how many trips over how long a period of time?

dentarthurdent on November 13, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Testifying now may be problematic to….everyone.

Petraeus is still under investigation for possibly passing on classified information. At least that’s the threat.

WaPo reported that Petraeus did NOT want to quit. Did NOT want the affair out in the open. Was told by the FBI no criminality, no charges, we’re not asking you to quit and as far as we know, the administration won’t either.

Surprise. When did the info about the affair become public? We were told that Obama tried to convince him not to quit (Hah). But Petraeus resigned ‘because of an affair’ and the whole thing went public.

Who here thinks Obama said ‘resign or you’re fired’ and then released the info about an affair simultaneously with info that Petraeus resigned?

So the info is out, therefore Petraeus would feel free to spill some beans by testifying. Well, hold that thought. Since Petraeus could face criminal charges for something even trumped up in the current investigation, who thinks Petraeus feels free to ‘tell the truth?’

If he testifies before more digging, he could conceivably actually ‘exonerate’ Obama for his lies in the weeks following Benghazi.

Stay tuned.

MaggiePoo on November 13, 2012 at 3:27 PM

This is going to be known as the great purge of the military leaders, just like Stalin did to the Polish military. But then they blamed it on the Germans.

savage24 on November 13, 2012 at 6:05 PM

All the USA needs is John f’g Kerry for Defense, and the world will be done.

Laugh at the USA. She deserves it, fully.

The Obama circus and clowns proceed. The world loves the decline, in envy and stupidity, as usual. They only respect strength, alas.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM

I have always enjoyed reading your posts, but of late, they’ve become much blacker. Lyrical and on target, but very dark. Dude, I know we’re scroomed, but I hope you can find a bit of joy here and there.

bofh on November 13, 2012 at 7:50 PM

I think Big Bird needs to be investigated. It’s obvious that he was connected to Benghazi somehow.

bileduct on November 14, 2012 at 6:33 AM