CNN bombshell: Dozens of CIA operatives were on the ground during the Benghazi attack, agency in panic over revelations

posted at 6:31 pm on August 1, 2013 by Allahpundit

What kind of panic are we talking about here? Actual quote from agency “insider” communications obtained by CNN: “You don’t jeopardize yourself, you jeopardize your family as well.”

The word of the day is “unprecedented.” Phony scandal no more:

Since January, some CIA operatives involved in the agency’s missions in Libya, have been subjected to frequent, even monthly polygraph examinations, according to a source with deep inside knowledge of the agency’s workings…

It is being described as pure intimidation, with the threat that any unauthorized CIA employee who leaks information could face the end of his or her career…

Another [insider] says, “You have no idea the amount of pressure being brought to bear on anyone with knowledge of this operation.”

Among the many secrets still yet to be told about the Benghazi mission, is just how many Americans were there the night of the attack.

A source now tells CNN that number was 35, with as many as seven wounded, some seriously.

While it is still not known how many of them were CIA, a source tells CNN that 21 Americans were working in the building known as the annex, believed to be run by the agency.

Thirty-five Americans on the ground, 21 at the CIA annex. Maybe the skeletal security crew at the consulate wasn’t as skeletal as thought. Is that what happened here — not so much a security vacuum as a security presence so secret that it couldn’t be revealed publicly, despite the White House being pounded over its failures for months afterwards? None of which is to say that they shouldn’t have had more security; the consulate and annex were overrun regardless, no matter how many people were there. But maybe that helps explain why the formal security presence wasn’t bigger: There was a lot of CIA in the area and maybe the White House didn’t want to attract attention to what they were doing there by inserting a squad of Marines to patrol the grounds. We already had an inkling of that, in fact, per this interesting but vague WSJ story from last November, which argued that the CIA’s role in the city appeared to be more important than thought. (“The consulate provided diplomatic cover for the classified CIA operations.”) CNN itself followed up in May by reporting that “the larger mission in Benghazi was covert” and alleging that there were more Americans there tied to the CIA — 20 of 30 in all — than to State’s diplomatic presence.

But what were they doing there to justify such agency paranoia now about people blabbing? Former CIA analyst Robert Baer tells CNN that agents are typically polygraphed ever few years, not every month. What could be so tippy top secret that it needs to be kept under wraps even if it means threatening agents’ families to buy their silence? On Twitter, Lachlan Markay points to this Business Insider piece, also from May, speculating that weapons were involved. Which isn’t surprising — everyone knows the feds are trying to round up loose arms from Qaddafi’s stockpiles before jihadis get hold of them. What’s surprising is where the weapons might, might have been headed. To a depot back in the U.S.? Maybe not:

Also in October we reported the connection between Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who died in the attack, and a reported September shipment of SA-7 surface-to-air anti-craft missiles (i.e. MANPADS) and rocket-propelled grenades from Benghazi to Syria through southern Turkey.

That 400-ton shipment — “the largest consignment of weapons” yet for Syrian rebels — was organized by Abdelhakim Belhadj, who was the newly-appointed head of the Tripoli Military Council.

In March 2011 Stevens, the official U.S. liaison to the al-Qaeda-linked Libyan rebels, worked directly with Belhadj while he headed the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group.

Stevens’ last meeting on Sept. 11 was with Turkish Consul General Ali Sait Akin, and a source told Fox News that Stevens was in Benghazi “to negotiate a weapons transfer in an effort to get SA-7 missiles out of the hands of Libya-based extremists.”

Syrian rebels subsequently began shooting down Syrian helicopters and fighter jets with SA-7s akin to those in Qaddafi’s looted stock.

This theory seems sound enough to CNN that they actually mention it in today’s bombshell, albeit as something that’s being kicked around on the Hill. Is that what happened here? The White House decided to secretly start arming the rebels a year ago with the sort of SAMs that everyone fears might eventually be used to shoot down western airliners? Did Congress, or at least the intel committees, know about it? Do note: Even now, after the U.S. announced that it would arm the rebels openly last month, we’re supposedly withholding SAMs from them because they’re too dangerous. If the “secret weapons shipments” theory is true, then in fact we’ve been giving them the dangerous stuff for at least a year. Beyond that, anyone recognize the name Abdelhakim Belhadj? I’ve written about him before. Belhadj is no “moderate” of the sort we’re allegedly working with within the rebel ranks. He’s a hardcore jihadi who fought with Bin Laden in Afghanistan. If he was the point man on helping to transfer dangerous weapons to the Syrian rebels, there’s even less reason to think that they ended up in “moderate” hands rather than in the hands of the mujahedeen.

One other point. As far as I know, it’s a lingering mystery as to how the jihadis who attacked the consulate in Benghazi knew where the CIA annex was. The consulate’s a public presence so it’s a sitting duck. The annex kept a lower profile, even though it was close by, and yet the attackers zeroed in on it later in the evening of 9/11/12. Why? Could be it was as simple as knowing that there was another building in the neighborhood that had lots of Americans working at it and therefore that building was worth hitting too. Or maybe they just noticed suspicious traffic to the annex on the evening of the attack and decided to take a closer look. But if the “secret weapons shipments” theory is true, it could also be that bad actors in the city had actually dealt with the CIA there about getting arms to Syria and therefore knew full well where the annex was and who was inside. If that’s what happened, it’s like Afghanistan in microcosm in terms of jihadis ultimately biting the American hand that fed them.

Exit question: What was the CIA doing in Benghazi?


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Not sure why the wing nuts are getting so worked up.

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Not much you do understand is there?

arnold ziffel on August 1, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Keep talking about Benghazi to your friends and family.

Low Information Voters are going to have to hear about the Benghazi scandal multiple times and from several different people before they begin to notice that something bad might have happened there.

wren on August 1, 2013 at 8:37 PM

I have a huge file on Benghazi since right after it happened. Most of this information was already available save the crack down on the CIA agents since. Someone is really afraid of what was going on there becoming public. I think his name is Dear Leader.

d1carter on August 1, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Libfree’s years of guzzling semen has brought rot to his brain.

CW on August 1, 2013 at 7:37 PM

lib semen ain’t good for the brain.

arnold ziffel on August 1, 2013 at 8:39 PM

There may well be a very good reason for not disclosing details of this operation to enemies of the United States. Not sure why the wing nuts are getting so worked up.

brayam on August 1, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Dumbass Canadian troll. Do you really think Russian and Chinese intelligence and their client states don’t know exactly what went on there?

The American people will be the last to know.

slickwillie2001 on August 1, 2013 at 8:39 PM

What could be so tippy top secret that it needs to be kept under wraps even if it means threatening agents’ families to buy their silence?

An American death toll substantially higher than four?

Anyone been to CIA HQ and counted the stars lately?

slickwillie2001 on August 1, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Do you actually believe that the CIA and its operations teams are run by a bunch of liberals?

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Yes, you depressingly stupid whatever you are. To wit;

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is one of the principal intelligence-gathering agencies of the United States federal government. An independent executive agency, it reports to the Director of National Intelligence.

The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) is the United States government official – subject to the authority, direction, and control of the President – required by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 to:

Serve as principal advisor to the President, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council about intelligence matters related to national security;
Serve as head of the sixteen-member Intelligence Community; and
Direct and oversee the National Intelligence Program.

Further, by Presidential policy directive signed in October 2012, the DNI was given overall responsibility for Intelligence community whistleblowing and source protection through Presidential Policy Directive 19.

Under 50 U.S.C. § 403-3a, either the Director or the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence should be an active-duty commissioned officer in the armed forces or have training or experience in military intelligence activities and requirements. Only one of the two positions can be held by a military officer at any given time. The statute does not specify what rank the commissioned officer will hold during his or her tenure in either position, but historically a four-star general or admiral has served. The penultimate DNI was retired Navy four-star admiral Dennis C. Blair, whose resignation became effective May 28, 2010.[3] On July 20, 2010, President Obama nominated retired Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper for the position. Clapper was confirmed by the Senate on August 5, 2010, and replaced acting Director David C. Gompert.

In short, the post of DNI was created by GWB, but The One signed a Presidential Directive effectively making the DNI responsible for the “protection” of “whistleblowers”. Translation; To make damn sure there aren’t any.

Now, what were you saying? Or were you simply doing an impression of a Frogstar Scout Robot Class D?

“How do you think I feel?” said Marvin bitterly.
“Just ran off and left you, did they?” the machine thundered.
“Yes,” said Marvin.
“I think I’ll shoot down their bloody ceiling as well!” raged the tank.

It took out the ceiling of the bridge.

“That’s very impressive,” murmured Marvin.
“You ain’t seeing nothing yet,” promised the machine, “I can take out this floor too, no trouble!”

It took out the floor, too.

“Hell’s bells!” the machine roared as it plummeted fifteen storeys and smashed itself to bits on the ground below.
What a depressingly stupid machine,” said Marvin and trudged away.

clear ether

eon

eon on August 1, 2013 at 8:41 PM

This is new? Must be the people who haven’t been paying attention for the last eleven months.

De Oppresso Liber on August 1, 2013 at 6:38 PM

I wrote about this some time last year on several boards just several weeks after this happened with info from articles written by Former CIA officer Clare Lopez, and got roundly laughed off the forum.

I can’t find her original two stand alone articles on this subject, but here is a summary from The Examiner, dated December 2012: http://www.examiner.com/article/did-cia-and-state-department-run-illegal-arms-trafficking-benghazi-1

She hit it right on the head then. People just didn’t want to know the truth back then.

avagreen on August 1, 2013 at 8:43 PM

So what has Creepy Crawley got to say about this story now ?
Does she have a transcript ?

burrata on August 1, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Last I heard she was in a five-week detox program for KFC addiction.

slickwillie2001 on August 1, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Dumbass Canadian troll. Do you really think Russian and Chinese intelligence and their client states don’t know exactly what went on there?

The American people will be the last to know.

slickwillie2001 on August 1, 2013 at 8:39 PM

LOL. True.

But it’s still important that the Canadians not know. It could be dangerous for the world if the Canadians ever find out what really happened in Benghazi.

farsighted on August 1, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Are they building a firewall for Hillary…you know, it was all CIA, the State Department had nothing to do with this and knew nothing of the operations…?

d1carter on August 1, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Operation Fast and Furious armed narco-terrorists on our southern border.

The Behghazi operation was arming Al Qaeda affiliated terrorist groups.

The IRS is suppressing peaceful political opposition here at home.

I don’t think these scandals are phony, nor are they isolated oopsies. I think they are part of a bigger picture — a very, very scary big picture.

bitsy on August 1, 2013 at 8:50 PM

2 hrs

Bmore on August 1, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Hey, all you people who sneer and scoff at Edward Snowden uncovering the power that government can abuse?

Please go f**k yourselves. All of you. THIS is why he did it. The government you defend is corrupt to the core and considers you both children and enemies.

MadisonConservative on August 1, 2013 at 8:54 PM

You want us to believe that had McCain or any other GOP President wouldn’t have had an embassy attacked (even though embassy attacks under Bush were a regular occurrence)?

General John Stark on August 1, 2013 at 7:24 PM

How many sitting Ambassadors were murdered while Chimpy Bush was President?

(Starts the world’s slowest sundial. After all, it’s nighttime!)

FFFFF-

Five Stars. General status!

Del Dolemonte on August 1, 2013 at 8:59 PM

I was gonna say, do sun dails work at night? Lol! ; )

Bmore on August 1, 2013 at 9:00 PM

dails=dials. Lol!

Bmore on August 1, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Do you actually believe that the CIA and its operations teams are run by a bunch of liberals?

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Yes, you depressingly stupid whatever you are. To wit;

My point is the CIA Director at the time, Patraeus, strongly leaned Republican. Given his position in the CIA, it’s remotely possible that he would have set and coordinated agency strategy in Libya. Although I know you love to fantasize about your victimization at the hands of liberals.

Do you really think Russian and Chinese intelligence and their client states don’t know exactly what went on there?

The American people will be the last to know.

slickwillie2001 on August 1, 2013 at 8:39 PM

That’s just brilliant- whenever Russian intelligence acquires information about a secret CIA operation, the CIA should immediately disclose full details so that conservatives can start whining about failed government.

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 9:02 PM

. Do you actually believe that the CIA and its operations teams are run by a bunch of liberals?

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM

What “operation” in Ben Ghazi was the CIA involved in on that particular night?

(starts second nighttime sundial)

PS, I wasn’t aware that CIA Super-Secret Agents Phillip Agee and Valerie Plame were conservatives.

D-

Del Dolemonte on August 1, 2013 at 9:04 PM

What nation does the CIA work for anyway? Can’t be America.

VorDaj on August 1, 2013 at 9:04 PM

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 7:11 PM

What has you all worked up bayam? Try to add a comment at the CNN page. Dare you.

Bmore on August 1, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Bmore on August 1, 2013 at 9:04 PM

I’m not quite ready to accept Tapper as the newly-awakened white knight. This has a tinge of “planted story” about it. A trade off perhaps, this insider info about Benghazi in return for hushing up… what? What worse situation would make Team Barky willing to take a big public bite of the Benghazi Sh!t sandwich in return for a blind eye? I don’t know what would be that bad, but I do know enough to Watch the Other Hand. Something more is up.

bofh on August 1, 2013 at 9:05 PM

bayam

…your real name is Fumb Duck…isn’t it?

KOOLAID2 on August 1, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Do you actually believe that the CIA and its operations teams are run by a bunch of liberals?

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 7:43 P

The naivete and dishonesty is strong.

CW on August 1, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Not sure why the wing nuts are getting so worked up.

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Benghazi, LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nobody cares about Benghazi.
gumbyandpokey on November 2, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Brothers in (each other’s) arms.

Anti-American scum.

Solaratov on August 1, 2013 at 9:08 PM

bayam

…your real name is Fumb Duck…isn’t it?

KOOLAID2 on August 1, 2013 at 9:06 PM

His dad was Dum Fuk and mom Mo Ho.

arnold ziffel on August 1, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Isn’t russian intel getting that info failed gubmint?

You act obtuse to protect.

They were running guns, again.

Get it?

wolly4321 on August 1, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Libfree’s years of guzzling semen has brought rot to his brain.

CW on August 1, 2013 at 7:37 PM

…he’ll be offended…and tell you…he ‘sips’ semen!

KOOLAID2 on August 1, 2013 at 9:11 PM

I’d be sort of interested to see what Liz Cheney has to say about this.

SouthernGent on August 1, 2013 at 9:12 PM

People died horribly, and the trolls don’t care. That speaks volumes.

CurtZHP on August 1, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Will Boehner support a select House committee on Benghazi..? IRS?

d1carter on August 1, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Do you actually believe that the CIA and its operations teams are run by a bunch of liberals?

brayam on August 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Dumbass Canadian troll. After the 2007 NIE that cut the legs out from under any aggressive policy President George W. Bush might have put together against Iran, YES.

slickwillie2001 on August 1, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Hillary Clinton, didn’t she fall and have an blood clot (or was it an aneurism? Eh, at this point what difference does it make…) last time Benghazi became a hot story? Bill better keep her safe.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20873318

Fallon on August 1, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Do you actually believe that the CIA and its operations teams are run by a bunch of liberals?

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 7:43 P

The naivete and dishonesty is strong.

CW on August 1, 2013 at 9:07 PM

I knew 2 retired CIA spooks for years. Both were as far-Left as Vermont Socialist Bernie Sanders.

And of course, after they retired, they both immediately went to academia. No doubt a search will find that many ex-spooks do exactly the same these days.

In fact, Petraeus is now “teaching” at USC.

Del Dolemonte on August 1, 2013 at 9:14 PM

It was just a simple question bayam. Why are you so worked up?

Bmore on August 1, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Under the heading, “I LOVE empirical evidence” I have decided to test this situation:

Stunned silence in the comments section of the CNN link-absolutely no comments.

It would be ironic that it was CNN bringing this to light, except for the fact that it will take the rest of the Democrat Media O’bama fluffers to also run with the story.

If they don’t, it will be just another “fake scandal”.

(Cue Dr. Goebbels)

Del Dolemonte on August 1, 2013 at 6:36 PM

.
We’ll have to wait and see if my comment gets past moderation …

soundoff (No Responses)

Pol Agnostic
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Excellent reporting, Mr. Tapper. I have just one question.

If CNN is the ONLY media outlet reporting these details, does that mean this is still a “fake” scandal?

August 1, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Reply

PolAgnostic on August 1, 2013 at 9:16 PM

bayam

…your real name is Fumb Duck…isn’t it?

KOOLAID2 on August 1, 2013 at 9:06 PM

It’s amazing that you have the capacity to navigate the internet, but luckily those stupid liberals designed the web for accessibility by patent idiot.

The US was supplying the rebels with arms? What a shock, esp given Graham, McCain and other republicans calling for it

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/americas-secret-plan-to-arm-libyas-rebels-2234227.html

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 9:17 PM

There was talk of “over 60,” with some numbers as high as 120, “enemy” killed in that night in Benghazi.
Who seriously believes that 4 or 5 guys gendered off that many let alone killed that many.

J_Crater on August 1, 2013 at 9:19 PM

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 9:17 PM

You all worked up?

Bmore on August 1, 2013 at 9:21 PM

PolAgnostic on August 1, 2013 at 9:16 PM

I think they are trolling addys.

Bmore on August 1, 2013 at 9:22 PM

{a gift for libfreeordie and bayam}

PALIN !

You’re welcome.

socalcon on August 1, 2013 at 9:24 PM

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 9:17 PM

They weren’t arming Libya, they were funneling weapons to Syria.

Barred on August 1, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Does this explain the recent secret meeting Dear Leader had with Hillary..?

d1carter on August 1, 2013 at 9:26 PM

{a gift for libfreeordie and bayam}

PALIN !

You’re welcome.

socalcon on August 1, 2013 at 9:24 PM

The gilled one may steal this.

KCB on August 1, 2013 at 9:27 PM

The US was supplying the rebels with arms? What a shock, esp given Graham, McCain and other republicans calling for it

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 9:17 PM

So smug, thinking you ‘win’ on a “Gotcha!”

Problem for you is that we excoriated those Republicans from the start and still do. And for many other things — for which you berate us. WE spend more time shredding RINOs around here than we do you other liberals.

libfree had a better ‘win’ (so to speak) when he mentioned Iran-Contra than you do right now.

Liam on August 1, 2013 at 9:28 PM

People died horribly, and the trolls don’t care. That speaks volumes.

CurtZHP on August 1, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Sure. Innocents sacrificed to spare The Messiah.

socalcon on August 1, 2013 at 9:28 PM

KCB on August 1, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Hey. Public domain.

socalcon on August 1, 2013 at 9:31 PM

My point is the CIA Director at the time, Patraeus, strongly leaned Republican. Given his position in the CIA, it’s remotely possible that he would have set and coordinated agency strategy in Libya

Petraeus was a Republican? I must have missed the announcement.

The CIA Director is a political appointee who executes policy. He can try to influence it, but if he opposes the policy his only option is to resign. That very, very rarely happens. Basically, never.

And just to make sure he did not start blabbing before the election about what really happened and was going on in Benghazi, he was obviously silenced by the coincidental disclosure that the admin knew all about his extra-marital affair. It’s the Chicago Way. Ask Jack Ryan how that works.

That’s just brilliant- whenever Russian intelligence acquires information about a secret CIA operation, the CIA should immediately disclose full details so that conservatives can start whining about failed government.

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 9:02 PM

That comment doesn’t make any sense.

The Russians almost certainly knew what we were doing in Benghazi before the “spontaneous demonstration incited by the video” occurred. They were almost certainly laughing their a$$es off and drinking shots of vodka while making fun of her when Rice was making a public fool of herself blaming it on a video. They are not stupid. They knew it was all a show staged and choreographed for the American public right before an election. And they wanted Comrade O to win that election.

farsighted on August 1, 2013 at 9:34 PM

bayam

…your real name is Fumb Duck…isn’t it?

KOOLAID2 on August 1, 2013 at 9:06 PM

I think “bayam” is perfectly appropriate. In Hebrew, bayam means “at sea”, which bayam certainly is.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 1, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Just got home and logged on. Mark Levin is all over this, but haven’t had time to read what it is about. Over 300 comments!

I’m behind before I get started, LOL

Cruz on right now with Levin and he’s asking him about this.

bluefox on August 1, 2013 at 9:36 PM

McCain arming libyan rebels has nothing to do with barky shipping arms through turkey to syria.

But for the record, I was against both.

wolly4321 on August 1, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Will phony scandals go down in history next to “I’m not a crook”?

blue13326 on August 1, 2013 at 9:39 PM

I think they are trolling addys.

Bmore on August 1, 2013 at 9:22 PM

.
Well, I gave them a burnable email but I think it is most likely they have turned the comments section off to suppress the outrageous liberal outrage.

PolAgnostic on August 1, 2013 at 9:41 PM

That comment doesn’t make any sense.

The Russians almost certainly knew what we were doing in Benghazi before the “spontaneous demonstration incited by the video” occurred. They were almost certainly laughing their a$$es off and drinking shots of vodka while making fun of her when Rice was making a public fool of herself blaming it on a video. They are not stupid. They knew it was all a show staged and choreographed for the American public right before an election. And they wanted Comrade O to win that election.

farsighted on August 1, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Brayam rarely makes sense.

BTW, the Chinese also wanted the REB to win the election; from Bill Gertz: (US) Defense officials disclosed to the Free Beacon that the DN-2 (anti-satellite missile) test was initially planned for last fall, but was delayed by the Chinese over concerns that the test would upset President Barack Obama’s reelection bid.

slickwillie2001 on August 1, 2013 at 9:42 PM

I think “bayam” is perfectly appropriate. In Hebrew, bayam means “at sea”, which bayam certainly is.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 1, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Bayam is a variety of spinach favored in Pacific Asian countries.

slickwillie2001 on August 1, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Hey bayam,,,

What’s the shortest distance between syria and russia?

wolly4321 on August 1, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Well, I gave them a burnable email but I think it is most likely they have turned the comments section off to suppress the outrageous liberal outrage.

PolAgnostic on August 1, 2013 at 9:41 PM

.
And 30 minutes after submitting, no email at the burnable account.

PolAgnostic on August 1, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Please, let’s get back to the real news regarding George Zimmerman’s driving habits…

shinty on August 1, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Hey bayam, ,, what’s the shortest distance between turkey and russia?

How would they NOT know?

wolly4321 on August 1, 2013 at 9:46 PM

One comment at the CNN link.

Okaaaay…

Dongemaharu on August 1, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Hey bayam,,

That southern peninsula ofrussia between the caspian and black seas?

What’s it known for? Several correct answers.

wolly4321 on August 1, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Guessing this was addressed somewhere in the comments already, but what immediately struck me about this report when I read it earlier was that if we were doing something so foolish as to covertly arm the Syrian rebels behind the backs of Congress -which has been floated for a long time now in the blogosphere- then why would the administration risk leaving intelligence of the operation there by not sending in troops immediately and in the immediate thereafter to secure the area?

Personally, I think that’s exactly what happened and I’m guessing it sent a chill up the backs of every CIA field agent who knows he is entirely on his own if things go bad. Not surprising they want to talk about it. Also not surprising the administration wanted to talk about anything else.

BKeyser on August 1, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Hey bayam,,

What are northern iran and iraq like?

And how stupid is it to funnel arms from the left side of turkey against the soviets?

wolly4321 on August 1, 2013 at 9:59 PM

The GOP House is culpable by enabling the Thug-In-Chief to not only get away with this, but with unConstitutional acts virtually every day.

Nothing will come of this — it’s the Sequel to Fast & Furious …

ShainS on August 1, 2013 at 9:59 PM

That’s just brilliant- whenever Russian intelligence acquires information about a secret CIA operation, the CIA should immediately disclose full details so that conservatives can start whining about failed government.

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 9:02 PM

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When Hotair commenters are getting the best of a troll, they come up with dumb-assed stuff like that.

listens2glenn on August 1, 2013 at 10:00 PM

It’s amazing that you have the capacity to navigate the internet, but luckily those stupid liberals designed the web for accessibility by patent idiot.

The US was supplying the rebels with arms? What a shock, esp given Graham, McCain and other republicans calling for it

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/americas-secret-plan-to-arm-libyas-rebels-2234227.html

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 9:17 PM

…so Fumb Duck!…What does all of this ^ have to do with my question for you?…are you happy that you can pee or something…as I watch you wetting your pants?…WTF?…you blowing Bill Gates?

KOOLAID2 on August 1, 2013 at 10:01 PM

O/T:

Heads up:

CNN bombshell: Dozens of CIA operatives were on the ground during the Benghazi attack, agency in panic over revelations

SparkPlug on August 1, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Bayam is a variety of spinach favored in Pacific Asian countries.

slickwillie2001 on August 1, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Yep, just this morning I watched a nice bayam circle the bowl on its way to septic city.

arnold ziffel on August 1, 2013 at 10:01 PM

What is the connection with Bill Gates?

Must be good.

SparkPlug on August 1, 2013 at 10:02 PM

KA2- silly,, al gore invented the interwebs. :)

wolly4321 on August 1, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Will Boehner support a select House committee on Benghazi..? IRS?

d1carter on August 1, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Is there a strong candidate who is ready to run against John Boehner in Ohio, in case he doesn’t support a select House committee on Benghazi and the IRS scandals?

Election season is always the best time to apply a bit of political pressure to improve the odds of accomplishing goals like getting a select House committee on Benghazi.

What say you, Ohio?

wren on August 1, 2013 at 10:05 PM

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Bmore on August 1, 2013 at 10:11 PM

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Lol! 3 +

Bmore on August 1, 2013 at 10:12 PM

It’s amazing that you have the capacity to navigate the internet, but luckily those stupid liberals designed the web for accessibility by patent idiot.

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Ooops. I missed this ignorant uninformed stupidity.

Let me translate…

Everyone knows Aryans liberals have designed everything good and wonderful in this world that even idiots like you benefit from. The Jews and other inferior races Everyone else had nothing to do with it.

farsighted on August 1, 2013 at 10:15 PM

WOW um yeah this baby has legs

gophergirl on August 1, 2013 at 10:26 PM

The House needs to pass a resolution demanding that Obama order the CIA to stop treating its own people like enemy combatants.

VorDaj on August 1, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Current and former U.S. government officials tell CNN that then-CIA director David Petraeus and others in the CIA initially assessed the attack to have been related to protests against an anti-Muslim video produced in the United States.

This particular paragraph smells like CYA for Hilliary .. you know .. BS

J_Crater on August 1, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Prez Barry ” I’m not pee’n on your head…. it’s rain’n”

roflmmfao

donabernathy on August 1, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Interesting.

MadisonConservative on August 1, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Y A W N!!!!!

Because I know nothing will come of this. Nothing at all, just like everything else the White House commie must be protected at all cost.

bgibbs1000 on August 1, 2013 at 10:36 PM

This smells more and more like Obama’s Iran-Contra

J_Crater on August 1, 2013 at 10:42 PM

the CIA Director at the time, Patraeus, strongly leaned Republican.

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Credible cites, please.

After all, Petraeus didn’t become a Defense Superstar until he was promoted to the Pentagon in 1997.

The CIC at the time was Democrat Bill Clinton.

Can you give us any actual attributable quotes from the General to prove your allegation?

(Can’t start another all-night sundial here, it’s raining.)

Del Dolemonte on August 1, 2013 at 10:43 PM

This has the potential to have serious legs, CNN needs a ratings boost and being MSNBC lite isn’t going to get them noticed. They can’t be pigeon holed as a bunch of FNC “whacko’s” that this administration does with any critic.

Tater Salad on August 1, 2013 at 10:48 PM

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/americas-secret-plan-to-arm-libyas-rebels-2234227.html

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Your link is from March 2011.

Got any more recent Leftist talking points?

G-

Del Dolemonte on August 1, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Not sure why the wing nuts are getting so worked up.

bayam on August 1, 2013 at 7:11 PM

…because it’s not like surface-to-air missiles are heavy military weapons, or arming Al-Qaeda affiliates would be considered treason, or treason isn’t a serious offense or something!

/sarc

Only in liberal land is sticking your head in the sand considered a national past time.

dominigan on August 1, 2013 at 10:49 PM

It is being described as pure intimidation, with the threat that any unauthorized CIA employee who leaks information could face the end of his or her career…

Yes, but it’s pure phony intimidation. You know… like jumper cables to someone’s genitals. That kind of intimidation is ok.

Glenn Jericho on August 1, 2013 at 10:51 PM

The will make the old “Iran-Contra Scandal”- that the Dems milked like a herd of heifers- look like a toddler’s tea party.

At least Reagan was trying to help anti-communists.

Obama is arming jihadis.

Treason is in season.

profitsbeard on August 1, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Bayam is a variety of spinach favored in Pacific Asian countries.

slickwillie2001 on August 1, 2013 at 9:43 PM

I thought it was the sound made by constipated liberal donkeys…

dominigan on August 1, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Where are Terp Mole and Candy Crowley to put us some knowledge?

*smirk*

Christien on August 1, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Ready.

David on August 1, 2013 at 11:00 PM

This smells more and more like Obama’s Iran-Contra

J_Crater on August 1, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Yep. It has to be more than simply arming the Syrians. It could be that they used an illegal source of funding a la Iran-Contra, which back then the democratics told us was seriously unconstitutional and led to a Special Prosecutor.

Other possibilities, -a much larger American death toll, perhaps dealing directly with al Qaeda against Assad, or even moving poison gas from Libya to Syria. We are missing something big.

slickwillie2001 on August 1, 2013 at 11:01 PM

The leftists and trolls are coming out of the woods on this story….they must be very concern. There concerned is noted

journeymike on August 1, 2013 at 11:11 PM

slickwillie2001 on August 1, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Hmm. Syrian Islamist rebels have been accused of using chemical weapons. Point the finger at Assad…voila! There’s Obama’s red line crossed.

Topple Assad, call for “free and fair” elections, and watch Islamists sweep aside opposition moderates and civil society.

Christien on August 1, 2013 at 11:12 PM

If they’re threatening CIA operatives’ families, as well, then that’s a good way to blow the lid off this whole thing–perhaps that’s the intended outcome of the threats.

Christien on August 1, 2013 at 11:16 PM

This makes the timing of Petraeus’ abrupt resignation, less than a month later, seem…potentially worth a second look?

Cylor on August 1, 2013 at 11:39 PM

Wot, wot, wot?!!?

John the Libertarian on August 1, 2013 at 11:46 PM

This makes the timing of Petraeus’ abrupt resignation, less than a month later, seem…potentially worth a second look?

Cylor on August 1, 2013 at 11:39 PM

After what we have learned about corruption in the IRS and illegal activities in the NSA, do we still believe the story about how Petraeus’s involvement with Paula Broadwell was uncovered?

slickwillie2001 on August 1, 2013 at 11:48 PM

More breaking news on Benghazi…

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) on Greta’s show says Benghazi survivors are now using aliases.

“Including changing names, creating aliases. Stop and think what things are most calculated to get at the truth? Talk to people with first-hand knowledge. What creates the appearance and perhaps the reality of a cover-up? Not letting us talk with people who have the most amount of information, dispersing them around the country and changing their names.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AX5WwWSuL3k

And Trey Gowdy’s new haircut has tripled his credibility! Keep up your good work on this issue Trey! Americans appreciate what you are doing.

wren on August 1, 2013 at 11:52 PM

After what we have learned about corruption in the IRS and illegal activities in the NSA, do we still believe the story about how Petraeus’s involvement with Paula Broadwell was uncovered?

slickwillie2001 on August 1, 2013 at 11:48 PM

No.

wren on August 1, 2013 at 11:54 PM

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