Bill Kristol: A source tells me Petraeus wasn’t completely honest in his Benghazi briefing to Congress

posted at 9:36 pm on November 13, 2012 by Allahpundit

Click the image below and pay special attention to the end of the clip. This is quite an accusation. Quote:

Final point, though, he may have been under pressure, as Charles says, to go along with the administration line on September 14th about the video, which he knew was not true. Someone else told me that General Petraeus, on the Hill that day, Director Petraeus I should say, said privately to one of the members of Congress, said, “This is what happened in Benghazi,” he said, “Do you want the official line or do you want the real truth?” So I think he knew that he was not telling the full truth. He is, on the other hand, the CIA director. They were involved in some pretty complicated things, perhaps, in Benghazi. To be fair to him, maybe he thought that national security required him not to fully spill the beans and to kind of go along with a line that was otherwise politically convenient for the administration.

Yeah, but the briefing on September 14th wasn’t a public hearing. It was a closed-door session before the House Intelligence Committee (via Pat Dollard). When is the DCIA allowed to willfully conceal information or even out-and-out lie to them? And if Kristol’s source is telling the truth, Petraeus wasn’t even really concealing it. He was basically telling them that he was feeding them official disinformation about some element of what happened. Presumably it had to do with the local annex there being a secret CIA base, but I’m not sure why the Committee couldn’t be trusted with that information. And if he was lying to protect the annex’s secret role, why did he feel obliged to include the detail about the “spontaneous” protest? That should have no bearing on the annex. This is why he needs to testify.

By the way, if you’re looking for the latest episode of “Real Housewives of CENTCOM,” here you go. Two sources tell Fox News that the e-mails between Gen. Allen and Jill Kelley were in fact a bit more than flirtatious and amounted to the e-mail equivalent of phone sex. I confess, as I was reading the story, I completely lost the plot for a moment as to why it’s newsworthy and how we arrived at the point where we’re all interested in it. It matters, I guess, because Allen has been nominated to be the U.S. commander in Europe and this reflects on his judgment. Or because maybe, depending upon how many e-mails there are, it shows he’s been spending way too much time dallying with Kelley instead of attending to his duties in Afghanistan. I’m not sure how the FBI stumbled onto their e-mail correspondence in the first place, though, or even whether it was the FBI at all or some Pentagon agent vetting Allen for the Europe promotion. (See Marc Ambinder’s list of questions about FBI behavior in this case.) Did Kelley invite the FBI to read her e-mail initially in order to track down Broadwell, and then they inadvertently intercepted e-mails to her from Allen? If that was a risk, why would Kelley invite them to read her e-mail in the first place? Or maybe there’s more here than meets the eye. I’ll leave you with this from the Fox piece about Allen and Kelley:

Sources said officials are reviewing 20,000 to 30,000 pages of documents — mostly emails — between 2010 and 2012. One official would only say “there is the distinct possibility” this case is connected to the Petraeus investigation.


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Dah.

derft on November 13, 2012 at 9:40 PM

“… and you should pay higher taxes.” - Bill Kristol

Seven Percent Solution on November 13, 2012 at 9:40 PM

They made a red herring out of the youtube video and stuck a guy in jail to cover for their lies.

Buddahpundit on November 13, 2012 at 9:42 PM

No…Really?

Electrongod on November 13, 2012 at 9:42 PM

I must admit that I am having trouble keeping up with all this.
Keeping the “facts” and inuendo straight is impossible.

We citizens must keep pressure on our government to not get lost
(on purpose)in all these salicious details and keep to the task
of why 4 people died.

It is not about sex. It is about Bengahzi.

Amjean on November 13, 2012 at 9:42 PM

So, Petraeus, We know about your affair, you will be lying for us or it will get out.
Election over and won, out Petraeus.
What are you going to do, admit that you lied for us in exchange for keeping quiet?

astonerii on November 13, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Would it have been these “Call Boy Generals” who led the American troops aginst the Apache back in the 1800′s the Apache would still have their lands in the American southwest.

But allas, they only come now and this is what they think their duty is, hump these silly brain dead women while their troops attempt to live one more day with their hand tied behind their backs by Obama crime make ROE’s.

Sick is not the word for this crap.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 13, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Bill Kristol: A source tells me Petraeus wasn’t completely honest in his Benghazi briefing to Congress

…Bill talks alot!

KOOLAID2 on November 13, 2012 at 9:43 PM

If Petraeus is going to tell the truth about Benghazi, perhaps there’s another step in the evolutionary chain:

General Petraeus —> Director Petraeus —> Citizen Petraeus.

Robert_Paulson on November 13, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Bill Kristol can’t be this stupid, can he?

vityas on November 13, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Dr. K said on the same show that the administration was holding this over DP’s head and after the election and before the hearings the sword came down on him. He was fired…

d1carter on November 13, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Kristol has never struck me as someone to be trusted.

Mark1971 on November 13, 2012 at 9:44 PM

This is all I want out of this.

Petraeus: “You’re damned right Obama order the Code Stand Down!”

BuckeyeSam on November 13, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Not really interested in Kristol Krap.

davidk on November 13, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Anyway, we have to be careful about Kristol’s gossip-mongering. He’s been known to be wrong.

Still, it’s great to imagine the conniptions the White House senior staff must be in as they plot to get Obama out of another jam.

Robert_Paulson on November 13, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Sources within the NVA told everyone that they loved the work done by John F. Kerry for them to help them get what they wanted at the Paris (traitor) talks in Paris.

Same chairs diferent actors, same results.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 13, 2012 at 9:46 PM

If Petraeus is going to tell the truth about Benghazi, perhaps there’s another step in the evolutionary chain:

General Petraeus —> Director Petraeus —> Citizen Petraeus.

Robert_Paulson on November 13, 2012 at 9:43 PM

RIP Petraeus.

davidk on November 13, 2012 at 9:47 PM

reviewing 20,000 to 30,000 pages of documents — mostly emails — betw

Remain calm!!

This could be 3 emails with the 10,000 page Army Field Manual attached.

faraway on November 13, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Dr. K said that DP wanted to stay as DCIA and thought the affair would be kept quiet up…then Dear Leader won the election.

d1carter on November 13, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Meaningless stuff at this point… No one give a damn about this… I hope that I am wrong but it is obvious that it is the case for now…

mnjg on November 13, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Sources within the NVA told everyone that they loved the work done by John F. Kerry for them to help them get what they wanted at the Paris (traitor) talks in Paris.

Same chairs diferent actors, same results.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 13, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Jane Fonda for Assistant SECDEF.

davidk on November 13, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Dr. K said that DP wanted to stay as DCIA and thought the affair would be kept quiet up…then Dear Leader won the election.

d1carter on November 13, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Too f***ing late now for all these revelations… To f***ing late..

mnjg on November 13, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Final point, though, he may have been under pressure, as Charles says, to go along with the administration line on September 14th about the video, which he knew was not true. Someone else told me that General Petraeus, on the Hill that day, Director Petraeus I should say, said privately to one of the members of Congress, said, “This is what happened in Benghazi,” he said, “Do you want the official line or do you want the real truth?”

See? I’m not feeling nearly as crazy as I’ve been feeling crazy lately. Lately. With the crazy. Feeling.

“Real Housewives of CENTCOM,”

Heh.

Axe on November 13, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Petraeus already lied to Congress once. If he was removed by Obama we must assume they believed he was going to come clean.

Being a cynical man I tend to think people don’t usually have the Hollywood change of heart at the most convenient time.

sharrukin on November 13, 2012 at 9:51 PM

A source tells me Petraeus wasn’t completely honest in his Benghazi briefing to Congress

wait…..what? wait…..WHAT??!!!!!

ted c on November 13, 2012 at 9:52 PM

To be fair to him, maybe he thought that national security required him not to fully spill the beans and to kind of go along with a line that was otherwise politically convenient for the administration.

I am so sick of getting lied to. Congress members ought to walk into the chamber with a f*cking axe, lean it up against the wall, point their fingers and tell the next jackass that lies to them that they’re gonna have a bad day.

ted c on November 13, 2012 at 9:53 PM

When Clinton did not have sex with “that woman”; the details
were nauseating; cigars as sex toys, sex in the hallway outside of the oval office, Monica Lewinsky, a
girl young enough to be his daughter, semen stained blue dress,
a new defnition of “sex”, etc. We let the media
get away with demonizing the victims while Clinton pretty much
escaped. I know he was impeached, however, that in itself
was a set up to make us think our govt. on both sides were doing their jobs. Most of them likely belong to the same club, all
screwing around, drinking whiskey and porking interns.
After being caught lying under oath, he still remained the president.

Let’s not let the media get away with the same strategy this time.
I implore everyone to not lose sight of the fact that four people were killed while Obama sat and watched the murders in real time,
then went to bed, lied about in the Rose Garden the next morning and then flew to Vegas for a fundraiser.

We may have lost the election (due to massive voter fraud in my
opinion), however, lets not lose the war. This guy is an evil
creep. We couldn’t vote him out of office, however, let us do our best to impeach him.

Amjean on November 13, 2012 at 9:54 PM

If only our Generals followed Obama’s new Rules of Engagement..

Electrongod on November 13, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Hey Congress! Either in an open forum, or a closed door session, ya’ll need to drag the truth out of these people—either rhetorically, or by force. However the hell you need to do it, we need to get to the bottom of this. This is a huge waste of time right now because, *pshaw* the friggin jihadbots are still out there planning on howz to kill you.

ted c on November 13, 2012 at 9:55 PM

This is a war between the WH/FBII and the military/CIA.

From SDA comments: “In retrospect, Ambassador Chris Stevens would have gotten more attention sending snotty e-mails to random citizens” “

sbvft contributor on November 13, 2012 at 9:55 PM

When is the DCIA allowed to willfully conceal information or even out-and-out lie to them?

Umm, I’ll try that one. How about NEVEr!
FFS

ted c on November 13, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Ross Douthat‏@DouthatNYT:

Remember the days when J. Edgar Hoover had the goods on everybody in DC? Glad we left *that* dark age behind …

sbvft contributor on November 13, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Will the military/CIA Watergate Dear Leader..?

d1carter on November 13, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Bill Kristol is part of the incompetent gop testicle free cabal in D.C.

With the debt this Congress and leaders have saddled us with (and baseline budget now with the Obama Stimulus built in) I’m thinking jail time should be in store for most of the people in D.C.

Between the traitorous, gutless gop leadership and President Loki Obama (you were made to be ruled) I don’t which is worse?

But I guess America is really Beyonce’d but good.

PappyD61 on November 13, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Did Kelley invite the FBI to read her e-mail initially in order to track down Broadwell, and then they inadvertently intercepted e-mails to her from Allen? If that was a risk, why would Kelley invite them to read her e-mail in the first place?

Maybe the bimbette isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed? Why these men would throw their lives away over these immature drama queens is beyond me.

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davidk on November 13, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Not completely honest? Is Kristol deaf, dumb and blind!!!??? That son of a #itch Petraeus flat out bald faced lied his ass off, telling the House Intelligence Committee it was the video, and now that lying weasel is trying to go into hiding and get out of testifying under oath.

Petraeus should rot in Hell. So should that other son of a #itch Allen who basically excused our Afghan “Partners in Peace”, as our Mad Hatter generals call them, for murdering our troops by saying the were stressed out from not being able to eat during Ramadan, even never minding that it’s only no eating while the sun is up but Muslims can gorge themselves at night and usually do.

“I think that the holy month of Ramadan demands great sacrifice of Muslims who observe it. The idea that they will fast during the day places great strain on them.” – General Allen, another son of a #itch!

VorDaj on November 13, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Sons of Anarchy is on. It’s going to seem tame after the Benghazi episode.

faraway on November 13, 2012 at 10:02 PM

I am told that Bill Kristol is only attempting to divert attention from an ongoing investigation concerning certain suggestive e-mails he has been accused of exchanging with Big Bird. So, I would take anything he says with a grain of salt (or a mouth full of feathers).

IndieDogg on November 13, 2012 at 10:05 PM

“He was basically telling them that he was feeding them official disinformation about some element of what happened.”

“Nice family you have there General…

… it’d be a darn shame if anything happened to them.”

Seven Percent Solution on November 13, 2012 at 10:05 PM

I have a hope that there are too many people who know the truth to let this be buried.

txhsmom on November 13, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Maybe the bimbette isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed? Why these men would throw their lives away over these immature drama queens is beyond me.

TXMomof3 on November 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Sigh. They let their ‘little generals’ betray us.

cynccook on November 13, 2012 at 10:07 PM

IndieDogg on November 13, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Bill makes me cringe…but you made me spit out my coffee laughing..thanks for that!

CoffeeLover on November 13, 2012 at 10:08 PM

General Allen here all you Islamophobes and disrespecters of the Great Religion of Peace. These fine well meaning upstanding Muslims were just stressed out from not being able to eat during the day during Ramadan.

Attention!!! General Petraeus here. I condemn the action of the individual in the United States who made a film disrespecting the Great Prophet Mohammad. That action was hateful. It was intolerant, and it was extremely disrespectful. I condemn the actions of a small number of individuals who have been extremely disrespectful to the Holy Qur’an. Together with our Muslim Partners in Peace, we must secure and serve the people of the Muslim world.

General Casey here! Stand at attention! No mater how tragic the untimely death of a few Americans might be to some, abroad or at home, Benghazi or Fort Hood, we must not let this affect the diversity of those who watch our embassies and consulates, or serve in our ranks, as if we did, that would be a much greater tragedy.

RasThavas on November 13, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Seven Percent Solution on November 13, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Charles Krauthammer said essentially this tonight on Fox News, I thought Kristol was just repeating what Dr. K said…

d1carter on November 13, 2012 at 10:08 PM

To be fair to him, maybe he thought that national security required him not to fully spill the beans and to kind of go along with a line that was otherwise politically convenient for the administration.

Oh, wow, Bill. What a revelation! You are phucking brilliant!

Someone tell me why Kristol is paid to say things that even a peasant like myself can figure out? Please. Someone tell me.

Kristol is like Frum to me. He’s so full of himself, all puffed up and prissy.

Ultimately, he has nothing useful to contribute. He’s riding on daddy’s coattails and bullShitting his way through life.

Cody1991 on November 13, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Testimony
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j2F4VcBmeo

Right_Mike on November 13, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Bill Kristol can’t be this stupid, can he?

vityas on November 13, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Yes. He is.

Cody1991 on November 13, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Oh Billy. That is dense. Really dense. Was it the guy who parked your car?

pat on November 13, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Where are our statesmen? Where are our patriots? Where are the men who can stand up and say, “I know what the hell happened that night in Benghazi and I’m here to tell you.”

Where are they?
Where are these men? Where are these women?
Where are the ones who know the truth and are willing to tell it, knowing that they’ll face the consequences?

Which is worse, General, knowing the truth and telling it–to hell with the consequences, or dying with the truth and allowing your soul, your honor, your country, and the West Point dictum to rot like a Libyan corpse?

What would MacArthur do? What would Eisenhower do? What about Ralph Puckett or George Patton? What in the hell would those men do?

I challenge your manhood, sir. If you own the truth, you have a duty to speak it.

ted c on November 13, 2012 at 10:11 PM

A source tells me Petraeus wasn’t completely honest in his Benghazi briefing to Congress

wait…..what? wait…..WHAT??!!!!!

ted c on November 13, 2012 at 9:52 PM

A temporary suspension of disbelief.

davidk on November 13, 2012 at 10:12 PM

I am so sick of getting lied to. Congress members ought to walk into the chamber with a f*cking axe, lean it up against the wall, point their fingers and tell the next jackass that lies to them that they’re gonna have a bad day.

ted c on November 13, 2012 at 9:53 PM

THAT’S why I like you. You and I think a lot alike.

kakypat on November 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Krauthammer: White House “Held Affair Over Petraeus’s Head” For Favorable Testimony On Benghazi Prior To Election…

For anyone interested.

JPeterman on November 13, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Yep, it was the first time I have heard anyone say this on any news outlet…
Thanks.

d1carter on November 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Maybe the bimbette isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed? Why these men would throw their lives away over these immature drama queens is beyond me.

TXMomof3 on November 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Immature drama queens are generally more irresponsible. What I mean is, they can be had with the sex pretty easily. So, in fairness, they are really throwing their lives away for the having of the sex.

I’m told it’s very pleasant sometimes.

And there’s this thing in the mind of men — I’m told — that is somehow fulfilled, not directly by the having of the sex, but by being a man “of prowess.” Something like this: Grrr.

So, basically, they get to “feel like a man” and also enjoy the having of the sex.

Then the check comes, of course.

Axe on November 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM

To be fair to him, maybe he thought that national security required him not to fully spill the beans and to kind of go along with a line that was otherwise politically convenient for the administration.
I am so sick of getting lied to. Congress members ought to walk into the chamber with a f*cking axe, lean it up against the wall, point their fingers and tell the next jackass that lies to them that they’re gonna have a bad day.

ted c on November 13, 2012 at 9:53 PM

I recall the Bush admisnitariton being so concerned aobut intelligence leks from Congress that it hesitated to tell the intelligence committees what was going on in the War on Terror.
The Dems squawked about imperial presidencies and all.

Wethal on November 13, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Rush had the best line of the day:

“Looks like we have way too many generals taking orders from their privates.”

TXUS on November 13, 2012 at 10:16 PM

this is the kind of sh!t that failures of leadership get us, General… THESE kind of stories…

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2012/11/13/what-if-americas-trust-in-military-leadership-erodes/

Gosh, I wonder who ELSE in DC would really want that?

head-desk, assembly required.

ted c on November 13, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Did Bill get his intel on the Arab Spring from the same source?

listens2glenn on November 13, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Subpoena Petraeus.

Just do it.

Make him testify under oath.

He’s the only person I want to hear from.

The only one.

As for the paid talking heads – I don’t give a damn what they have to say. I’m tired of the flapping gums, smarmy grins and watching them think they’re tossing pearls of wisdom to the masses.

I’m sick, sick, sick, sick, sick and tired of this crap.

Cody1991 on November 13, 2012 at 10:17 PM

VorDaj on November 13, 2012 at 10:01 PM

I humbly offer you this…mea culpa.

kakypat on November 13, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Yep, it was the first time I have heard anyone say this on any news outlet…
Thanks.

d1carter on November 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM

It’s been my theory from day. It was nice seeing someone finally say it for all to hear.

JPeterman on November 13, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Umm, hasn’t Bill been wrong before? Like often?

wolly4321 on November 13, 2012 at 10:19 PM

ted c on November 13, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Dear Leader…the plan is working. The media…check. The economy…check. The military…check?

d1carter on November 13, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Rush had the best line of the day:

“Looks like we have way too many generals taking orders from their privates.”

TXUS on November 13, 2012 at 10:16 PM

.
I couldn’t listen to his show today.

Thanks for posting that. : )

listens2glenn on November 13, 2012 at 10:21 PM

I think I figured out what’s going on. Seriously.

But, I don’t want to lay it out, because if I’m right, we need to let this play its course. I’m sure someone else will lay out a similar theory eventually, just because this story is being crowdsourced to death. Maybe I’ll do it and get another site to post it.

Suffice to say, we have one of two choices:

Either Petraeus lost his mind, or this is all deliberate.

If it’s the former, then we’re looking at a 60-year athletic freak who is probably on a combination of steroids and Celias due to his cancer bouts. Because no dude his age should be able to run a 6-min/mile on a very regular basis. Back and knee injuries alone should stop that.

But if it’s the latter, then he’s playing 3-dimensional chess.

budfox on November 13, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Umm, hasn’t Bill been wrong before? Like often?

wolly4321 on November 13, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Always.

He’s an old woman masquerading as a man (of sorts).

Cody1991 on November 13, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Axe on November 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM

I guess I asked.

TXMomof3 on November 13, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Bill Kristol-meth-smoker needs to tell the voices in his head to stop talking to him.

Glenn Jericho on November 13, 2012 at 10:23 PM

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/hunt-libyan-missiles-5000-secured-official/story?id=15137742

“We have been one of the main beneficiaries of the revolutions in the Arab world,” Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a leader of the north Africa-based al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb [AQIM], told the Mauritanian news agency ANI. “As for our benefiting from the [Libyan] weapons, this is a natural thing in these kinds of circumstances.” Current and former U.S. officials have long feared the heat-seeking missiles could represent a grave danger to commercial aircraft. There have already been reports of neighboring countries in all directions intercepting the smuggled Libyan weapons.

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/libya-video-shows-unguarded-surface-air-missiles/story?id=14827930#.TuYpCLKVo-I

Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Shapiro told ABC News that there was “obviously” a race to find the weapons before they fall into the hands of terrorists, “and that’s why we’re deploying people as quickly as we possibly can.” Shapiro said the U.S. plans to increase its presence on the ground from 10 teams of weapons specialists, or less than 35 people total, to 50 teams.

Yah,nothing to see here…move along…

can_con on November 13, 2012 at 10:26 PM

I guess I asked.

TXMomof3 on November 13, 2012 at 10:23 PM

lol

Axe on November 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM

When is the DCIA allowed to willfully conceal information or even out-and-out lie to them?

If the government and intelligence aren’t willfully concealing or out-and-out lying, they are completely oblivious. I’m reminded of a few things that I recall:

1. The CIA learned about the fall of the Berlin Wall like the rest of the world…by watching it on CNN.

2. A housewife in Topeka learned about the 1993 Russian constitutional crisis at the same time as the US government, which was when “Breaking News” flashes appeared accompanied with loud, dramatic music broke into The Young & The Restless.

3. DCIA Bill Casey said: “I’ve learned more from [Claire] Sterling (a journalist) than from all of [the CIA's agents in Moscow]” and told his analysts on communism and terrorist networks that Sterling’s book, “The Terror Network – has told me more than you b@stards whom I pay $50,000 a year.”

You know who should really be pizzed? The parents, spouses, children, siblings, friends, etc, of troops that have served in Afghanistan, especially those that have died. While these patriots were out fighting and bleeding, their commanders were back at HQ shagging their biographers and exchanging thousands of emails with an “Honorary Consul” in Tampa.

Unf*ckingbelievable.

I also am outraged by the civilian side. Even if you believe the administration (I don’t), the entire matter is shocking and terrifying. Holder knew that Petraeus, the Director of the CIA, had been compromised in August and did not tell the POTUS. Really? Further, the FBI and Holder know about General Allen, the AfPak commander, and his relationship with a foreign national and they say nothing to anyone in intelligence or the White House? Really?

As one Senator Hillary Clinton once said to one General David Petraeus:

“I think that the reports that you provide to us really require the willing suspension of disbelief.”

Everything the administration tell us requires the willing suspension of disbelief.

Resist We Much on November 13, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Where are our patriots? Where are the men who can stand up and say, “I know what the hell happened that night in Benghazi and I’m here to tell you.”

Where are they?

ted c on November 13, 2012 at 10:29 PM

did you steal chow in Ranger School, General?

ted c on November 13, 2012 at 10:29 PM

What’s the Ranger Creed, General?

Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and “esprit de corps” of the Rangers.

Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move farther, faster and fight harder than any other soldier.

Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be. One-hundred- percent and then some.

Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well- trained soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress, and care for equipment shall set the example for others to follow.

Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarass my country.

Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission though I be the lone survivor.
Rangers Lead The Way!

there’s some pretty important parts in there for you to consider, sir.

tell the truth. get it out there, call a press conference, get it out there.

ted c on November 13, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Umm, hasn’t Bill been wrong before? Like often?

wolly4321 on November 13, 2012 at 10:19 PM

“…Having said that, I think basically for the last three or four weeks the skeptics have been proven to be too skeptical. The naysayers who said it could never happen, it’s going to be violent, his departure would mean the Muslim Brotherhood taking over or total chaos in the streets of Egypt, they have been proven wrong. And the notion that the Egyptian people have managed to pull off this democratic, peaceful removal of a dictator, and now have a seemingly a pretty stable situation in the streets of Cairo and the other big cities, with the guarantee or at least a promise of a transition to free and fair elections and no real sense that those elections are — yet that the elections are going to go in some terrible direction for the U.S. or for Egypt itself.

I think this may be a case where the normal worldly pessimism is too pessimistic and the normal cynicism is too cynical, and one has a right to actually be hopeful about these developments in Egypt.”

- Bill Kristol, Fox News Sunday, 13 February 2011

How’s that “Arab Spring” working out for ya now, Kristol the Klown?

Resist We Much on November 13, 2012 at 10:32 PM

can_con on November 13, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Yep, I have always thought that was the CIA mission in Benghazi. I think the Libyan militia members “questioned” by the CIA there was for information on those weapons or to swap for the weapons…who knows?..David Petraeus knows.

d1carter on November 13, 2012 at 10:32 PM

budfox

lbj played 1-dimensional chess with my life, bad then,
bad in 3-dimensional chess with the fighting mens lifes now.\

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 13, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Life is too short to waste time clicking on videos featuring Chris “Tingles” Matthews or some fool named “Toure”. Bill Kristol has also made the list. Congrats, Bill.

bofh on November 13, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Kristol is just trying to divert from his idiotic raise taxes comment. I thought that fool was gone for awhile from Fox News’ panel. Bring back Stephen Hayes.

Rockshine on November 13, 2012 at 10:44 PM

I wonder what they had on John Roberts..?

d1carter on November 13, 2012 at 10:45 PM

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: … And that meant that he understood that his job, his reputation, his legacy, his whole celebrated life was in the hands of the administration, and he expected they would protect him by keeping it quiet.

He should have thought about Chris Stevens, Sean Smith,Tyrone S. Woods, and Glen A. Doherty before making that decision…

Seven Percent Solution on November 13, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Petraeus and Benghazi: A Time for Truth

The stunning resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus, days before he was to testify on the CIA role in the Benghazi massacre, raises many more questions than his resignation letter answers.

“I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair,” wrote Petraeus. “Such behavior is unacceptable … as the leader of an organization such as ours.”

The problem: Petraeus’ “unacceptable behavior,” adultery with a married mother of two, Paula Broadwell, that exposed the famous general to blackmail, began soon after he became director in 2011.

Was his security detail at the CIA and were his closest associates oblivious to the fact that the director was a ripe target for blackmail, since any revelation of the affair could destroy his career?

People at the CIA had to know they had a security risk at the top of their agency. Did no one at the CIA do anything?

ted c on November 13, 2012 at 10:49 PM

How’s that “Arab Spring” working out for ya now, Kristol the Klown?

Resist We Much on November 13, 2012 at 10:32 PM

It sprung?

the_nile on November 13, 2012 at 10:49 PM

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: … And that meant that he understood that his job, his reputation, his legacy, his whole celebrated life was in the hands of the administration, and he expected they would protect him by keeping it quiet.

Does he recall that he replaced GEN McChrystal???

ted c on November 13, 2012 at 10:50 PM

d1carter on November 13, 2012 at 10:32 PM

follow the weapons:

http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/20121031%20Libya%20Weapons%20Update_final.pdf

These surface-to-air and shoulder-to-air missiles (also known as man-portable air defence systems – MANPADs) are particularly concerning, as Libya had enough of these weapons to turn all of North Africa into a “no-fly zone”. The final destinations of the weapons were, for the most part, not clear. However, one of the lead-ers of AQIM, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, said that the group was one of the “main beneficiaries” of the civil war. In March 2012, Belmokhtar was reportedly in Libya for several weeks on a mission to procure weapons.

can_con on November 13, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Nikoula, the guy who made the video, who was a government informant, was supposed to be a Coptic Christian, turns out to be a Mooslim, with a hate for Jooos, and that story is lost in the confusion of who was lying or sleeping with who.

bigmike on November 13, 2012 at 10:51 PM

I think this may be a case where the normal worldly pessimism is too pessimistic and the normal cynicism is too cynical, and one has a right to actually be hopeful about these developments in Egypt.”

- Bill Kristol, Fox News Sunday, 13 February 2011

Lara Logan was assaulted in Tahrir Square on February 11. The fool Kristol wrote that crap two days after the Arab Spring sprang on her.

bofh on November 13, 2012 at 10:53 PM

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: … And that meant that he understood that his job, his reputation, his legacy, his whole celebrated life was in the hands of the administration, and he expected they would protect him by keeping it quiet.

Does he recall that he replaced GEN McChrystal???

ted c on November 13, 2012 at 10:50 PM

na ive.

the_nile on November 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM

bad in 3-dimensional chess with the fighting mens lifes now.\

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 13, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Right. And wouldn’t the Petraeus we know feel the same way?

So who’s this guy?

He’s either lost his marbles, or it’s the same guy we’ve always known.

If it’s the guy we’ve read about, why would he conflagrate Libya?

budfox on November 13, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Reichert and Cantor are incrdible fools.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Bill Kristol: A source tells me Petraeus wasn’t completely honest in his Benghazi briefing to Congress

No kidding?

Or maybe there’s more here than meets the eye.

Ya think? In other news, water is wet. I only hope there are more real patriots out there than meets the eye.

ghostwalker1 on November 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM

can_con on November 13, 2012 at 10:51 PM

So, this is the reason they did not want to draw attention to the compounds in Benghazi with lots of security..?

d1carter on November 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Nikoula, the guy who made the video, who was a government informant, was supposed to be a Coptic Christian, turns out to be a Mooslim, with a hate for Jooos, and that story is lost in the confusion of who was lying or sleeping with who.

bigmike on November 13, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Paid for by King Obama and our tax dollars.

JPeterman on November 13, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Right. And wouldn’t the Petraeus we know feel the same way?

So who’s this guy?

He’s either lost his marbles, or it’s the same guy we’ve always known.

If it’s the guy we’ve read about, why would he conflagrate Libya?

budfox on November 13, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Maybe the Petraeus we know was a manufactured product and what we are now seeing is the real deal.

sharrukin on November 13, 2012 at 11:03 PM

can_con on November 13, 2012 at 10:51 PM

I think the whole “light footprint” doctrine was either not thought out, or was intentional.

All roads lead to Syria….

can_con on November 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

sorry, missed the link:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/7/syria-strife-lures-in-militants-from-libya/?page=all

“Al Qaeda-linked groups in Benghazi in the middle part of the past decade answered al Qaeda’s call and sent scores of Libyan terrorists into Iraq, via Syria, to kill Americans and to try to topple the elected Shiite government in Baghdad.

Now, Libyans whom the U.S. helped put into power are answering a call to bring down a government, that of Syrian President Bashar Assad.”

Why do I get the feeling that Assad was sending a message.

can_con on November 13, 2012 at 11:18 PM

But if it’s the latter, then he’s playing 3-dimensional chess.
budfox on November 13, 2012 at 10:21 PM

I hope you’re right. I’m tired of our team always playing checkers. I truly hope there are enough patriots left who can bring down this whole administration.

txhsmom on November 13, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Reichert and Cantor are incrdible fools.
Schadenfreude on November 13, 2012 at 10:59 PM

You’ve mentioned this before. What have they done/not done that’s foolish?

txhsmom on November 13, 2012 at 11:41 PM

You’ve mentioned this before. What have they done/not done that’s foolish?

txhsmom on November 13, 2012 at 11:41 PM

They both knew about what was going on and remained silent.

sharrukin on November 13, 2012 at 11:54 PM

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