Jay Carney on CNN’s big CIA/Benghazi scoop: I don’t know nothing ’bout nothing

posted at 7:11 pm on August 8, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via Ace, consider this post an apology to our readership. A few days ago I led you to believe that it was somehow important for the White House press corps to ask the press secretary about one of the biggest foreign policy scoops in weeks. That was obviously in error, as I suspected at the time. It wasn’t important; this guy wouldn’t give you a straight answer on what his favorite color is (“I would refer you to my kindergarten finger-paintings on that”), never mind accusations about top-secret CIA activity linked to a major terror attack. Like I said in the earlier post, the press briefing now operates not as the White House’s conduit to the public but rather as an opportunity for the media to show the public that it’s asking worthwhile questions of the president even though there’s not a whisper of a chance that they’ll get useful information from them. The Brits have question time with the prime minister in parliament, we have this travesty. Second look at monarchy?

Speaking of which, a sneak preview for you of what Carney will be delivering non-answers about tomorrow. Off with their heads:

Three U.S. drone strikes killed a total of 12 suspected al-Qaida militants Thursday, a Yemeni military official said, raising to eight the number of attacks in less than two weeks as the Arab nation is on high alert against terrorism…

Since July 27, drone attacks have killed 34 suspected militants, according to an Associated Press count provided by Yemeni security officials.

The Yemeni military official said the first drone attack killed six alleged militants in central Marib province, while the second killed three more in the al-Ayoon area of Hadramawt province in the south. The third killed three others in the al-Qutn area of Hadramawt, he said.

Nearly three dozen alleged jihadis liquidated in less than two weeks, more than a third of them in three separate strikes today alone. I don’t track this stuff day to day but I can’t remember a flurry of activity like that. If AQ does end up pulling something off somewhere, the feds will have plenty of evidence to point to as proof that they did their best to thwart it.

Actually, since it’s a lead-pipe cinch Carney won’t have anything interesting to say about that, here’s a different question for him for tomorrow’s briefing: Does the DOJ plan to open an investigation into the source of the leaks about Al Qaeda’s big “conference call”? (Which wasn’t technically a conference call.) Marc Ambinder, who specializes in intel and counterterror reporting, wrote last night that only a tiny number of people in U.S. intelligence would be privy to information about how Al Qaeda leaders are liaising. That info’s incredibly sensitive, for obvious reasons — once the cat’s out of the bag that we know how they’re doing it, they’ll stop doing it that way. Either that’s a gigantic intelligence breach or it was leaked deliberately for strategic reasons, either to spook Al Qaeda into abandoning their plot and going to ground by showing them we know more than they think or to give them a reason to move to a different type of communication which might be even easier to penetrate. No way to know which it is, though, until we’ve ruled out the most obvious possibility. How about it, Eric Holder? Are we going after an intel bigwig for leaking this or not?


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Maybe he can play Sgt Shultz if the ever revive Hogans heroes.

geojed on August 8, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Either that’s a gigantic intelligence breach or it was leaked deliberately for strategic reasons, either to spook Al Qaeda into abandoning their plot and going to ground by showing them we know more than they think or to give them a reason to move to a different type of communication which might be even easier to penetrate.

Or maybe Hussein wants to help out his bretheren…since it is ramadan and eid etc. ?

burrata on August 8, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Stonewall, stonewall, stonewall . . . and the mindless masses just stick their empty heads further into the sand.

rplat on August 8, 2013 at 7:19 PM

I know nuh-ting!

And

I refer you to!

Can be his catchphrases.

geojed on August 8, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Orwell does Goebbels now.

Then they get Carney, just for frills.

Schadenfreude on August 8, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Jay Carney on CNN’s big CIA/Benghazi scoop: I don’t know nothing ’bout nothing
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Thats because Carney is a LIV Democrat,er,DemTard!!

canopfor on August 8, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Nearly three dozen alleged jihadis liquidated in less than two weeks,
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******************** SALUTEY ****************************!!

canopfor on August 8, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Cornball knows at least four networks called CNN, you need to be more specific.

Bishop on August 8, 2013 at 7:24 PM

When the press is scared of the government (for whatever reason), the Republic has been lost.

SouthernGent on August 8, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Second look at monarchy?

What do you mean by second look? We’ve got a Monarch!!

tommer74 on August 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Jay Carney = Johnny Tightlips

Good Lt on August 8, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Actually, since it’s a lead-pipe cinch Carney won’t have anything interesting to say about that, here’s a different question for him for tomorrow’s briefing: Does the DOJ plan to open an investigation into the source of the leaks about Al Qaeda’s big “conference call”? (Which wasn’t technically a conference call.) Marc Ambinder, who specializes in intel and counterterror reporting, wrote last night that only a tiny number of people in U.S. intelligence would be privy to information about how Al Qaeda leaders are liaising. That info’s incredibly sensitive, for obvious reasons — once the cat’s out of the bag that we know how they’re doing it, they’ll stop doing it that way. Either that’s a gigantic intelligence breach or it was leaked deliberately for strategic reasons, either to spook Al Qaeda into abandoning their plot and going to ground by showing them we know more than they think or to give them a reason to move to a different type of communication which might be even easier to penetrate. No way to know which it is, though, until we’ve ruled out the most obvious possibility. How about it, Eric Holder? Are we going after an intel bigwig for leaking this or not?

Door number three – justification for siphoning every electron moved by Americans.

Steve Eggleston on August 8, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Adds a whole new light to the word “transparent.”

Kraken on August 8, 2013 at 7:37 PM

At least he gets paid for being O’s whore. Libfree gets jizzed on.

CW on August 8, 2013 at 7:39 PM

@Allahpundit

The Brits, like Canada, have a Parliamentary system of government. Question period is part of that system. The British Monarchy is effectively without power.

Johndakota on August 8, 2013 at 7:46 PM

“Jay Carney, are you gay?”
“I’d refer you to the guy behind me on that…”

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on August 8, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Jay Carney, the Referral Fairy.

ted c on August 8, 2013 at 7:51 PM

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on August 8, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Comment of the Day™

Related – obligatory video of the art Carney imitates (NSFW langauge warning)

Steve Eggleston on August 8, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Either that’s a gigantic intelligence breach or it was leaked deliberately for strategic reasons, either to spook Al Qaeda into abandoning their plot and going to ground by showing them we know more than they think or to give them a reason to move to a different type of communication which might be even easier to penetrate.

Intelligence breach, no different than leaking that we’d recovered all that intel after the OBL take down.

And, guess who was in charge of the NSA then? Same guy who’s now in charge of the CIA, Brennan. He’s the f*cking Leaker in Chief, loves the headlines, licks up Obama, and has disdain for those below him and on contract. He’s been the singular most dangerous person to our national security in the history of the country, even Obama pales in his shadow.

If you stop seeing my posts down the line, you’ll know why.

TXUS on August 8, 2013 at 8:07 PM

canopfor, this is not much reported.

Schadenfreude on August 8, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Cornball knows at least four networks called CNN, you need to be more specific.

Bishop on August 8, 2013 at 7:24 PM

LOL.

WitchDoctor on August 8, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Jay “Benghazi Bob” Carney says — “I dun run outta lies to tell about Benghazi”.

the press briefing now operates not as the White House’s conduit to the public but rather as an opportunity for the media to show the public that it’s asking worthwhile questions of the president even though there’s not a whisper of a chance that they’ll get useful information from them. The Brits have question time with the prime minister in parliament, we have this travesty.

It serves to illustrate what The Emperor has decided is an unimportant waste of His time, and what He chooses to dismiss and ignore…. “Will there be any other questions today (yawn)”?

Three U.S. drone strikes killed a total of 12 suspected al-Qaida militants Thursday, a Yemeni military official said, raising to eight the number of attacks in less than two weeks as the Arab nation is on high alert against terrorism…

Did GWB enagage is such wholesale indiscriminate killing of “suspected” al-Qaeda militants, or did he capture them and send them off to Gitmo, so they could be released later after we determined that maybe our suspicions were not as bad as thought. And so on and so forth.

Bonus question: Did Gitmo or do such wholesale assassinations, along with that horrible “collateral damage” the libs were formerly so concerned about, “create more terrorists”?

Bonus question II: If such wholesale assassinations are necessary, but were not needed to keep the homeland safe for seven years during the Bush admin, why are they necessary now if (core) al Qaeda is decimated (in the general sense), on the run, and practically defeated?

Bonus question III: How is it that in the last four years al Qaeda has been able to reconstitute itself to the extent that the Afghan-Pakistan theater of operations in the War on Man Caused Disasters has become almost a side show, considering “bin Laden is dead and al Qaeda is on the run”?

farsighted on August 8, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Marc Ambinder, who specializes in intel and counterterror reporting, wrote last night that only a tiny number of people in U.S. intelligence, and a fairly large number in the MSM, would be privy to information about how Al Qaeda leaders are liaising.

Edited for accuracy in portraying reality.

farsighted on August 8, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Either that’s a gigantic intelligence breach or it was leaked deliberately for strategic reasons, either to spook Al Qaeda into abandoning their plot and going to ground by showing them we know more than they think or to give them a reason to move to a different type of communication which might be even easier to penetrate…

Or Comrade O and his *advisers* panicked and have no idea what the hell they are doing and had no other options.

Recall, these are the people that blamed Benghazi on a video. Does anyone think they have gotten smarter or more honest since then?

farsighted on August 8, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Stonewall, stonewall, stonewall . . . and the mindless masses just stick their empty heads further into the sand.

rplat on August 8, 2013 at 7:19 PM

I was thinking they were sticking their heads further up Obama’s ^$$.

banzaibob on August 8, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Second look at monarchy?

I thought we were already there, given how King Barry is acting.

GarandFan on August 8, 2013 at 9:02 PM

I wonder how big that plastic ring is on his pull string.

docflash on August 8, 2013 at 9:19 PM

It’s amazing how accurate those strikes have become now that we have a Democrat in office.

Bank in the day when technology wasn’t as good and there was a Bush in office…..we ended up killing more civilians than “suspected militants”

Obama is awesome!

Ditkaca on August 8, 2013 at 9:22 PM

He is totally confident the State Run Media will not challenge him on anything he does not know…I blame the White House Press corpse.

d1carter on August 8, 2013 at 9:32 PM

The illusion of incompetence at Benghazi may in itself be a smokescreen to cover surreptitious gun running to Syria. “M-O-O-N that spells Benghazi.” The dream I’ll never see–Obama doing the perp walk of of the White House. See you later, traitor.

MaiDee on August 8, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Political language… designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on August 8, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Carney barker.

profitsbeard on August 9, 2013 at 2:51 AM

MOST. TRANSPARENT. EVER.

…or something.

Cylor on August 9, 2013 at 5:15 AM

“Jay Carney, are you gay?”
“I’d refer you to the guy behind me on that…”

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on August 8, 2013 at 7:46 PM

ROFL… I’m picturing Axelrod… shirtless… sweaty…

PointnClick on August 9, 2013 at 10:28 AM