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CIA, State going to war over Benghazi?

posted at 12:25 pm on November 2, 2012 by

In my post earlier today, I suggested that the CIA and the State may both be at war with the White House over Benghazi.  The Atlantic’s John Hudson thinks they may be at war with each other over it, too — and that David Petraeus is caught in the crossfire:

Cracks are beginning to show in the Obama administration’s united front on the Benghazi consulate as blame for security failures shifts between the State Department and the CIA. Last night, starting around 6 p.m., the CIA began circulating the most comprehensive timeline yet of its response to the September 11 attacktoreporters. The timeline showed that within 25 minutes of receiving calls for help, CIA operatives left their compound to assist the besieged consulate. But later on Thursday night, officials in the Obama administration leaked a series of damaging remarks about the CIA’s handling of Benghazi to The Wall Street Journal with a slew of grievances directed at CIA Director David Petraeus. The fast-developing story set in place a dispute over who’s responsible for the security failure, which remains unclear.

As with everything, the context here is key. According to TheJournal’s report, the security situation in Benghazi relied on a “symbiotic” relationship between the State Department and the CIA, in which the State Department in Benghazi served as a front for CIA activities while the CIA provided backup security. But on the night of Sept. 11, it became clear that the arrangement was flawed: “The CIA and State Department weren’t on the same page about their respective roles on security, underlining the rift between agencies over taking responsibility,” reports the Journal. But here’s where things get personal. According to officials speaking with the Journal, Petraeus’s response to the crisis was less than stellar …

As this inter-agency squabble plays out it’s impossible to say who’s more culpable. However, stepping back a bit, there seems to be a hole in last night’s State Department narrative that the CIA let down State officials in their time of need. It suggests that State had taken the necessary precautions to secure its officials, but the CIA never came through. But if that were the case, how come Amb. Chris Stevens and other State personnel continued to petition State for additional security in the run-up to the attack?

Be sure to read it all, but as I see it, the White House is the actual target of this war — and the two other players are responding to the shifting narratives coming from the Obama administration in their efforts to duck responsibility for the lack of preparation and response to this terrorist attack.  That all but guarantees that the flood of leaks from both State and CIA will continue.

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If it weren’t for the 4 Americans that tragically gave their lives for their country, two of which trying to save others, this would be popcorn worthy entertainment.

However, THIS is pathetic!

HoustonRight on November 2, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Either way the it goes, still safely after the election for Obama.

jarodea on November 2, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Either way the it goes, still safely after the election for Obama.

jarodea on November 2, 2012 at 12:44 PM

I’m sure they’ll still go after him after his presidency.

spinach.chin on November 2, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Ironic isn’t it, that Petraeus is back in the hot seat, and conveniantly in a position to be shat on for “intelligence failures”?

Nutstuyu on November 2, 2012 at 1:04 PM

My dad has made two predictions.

1. Romney will win in a landslide election.

2. Romney will have to pardon Obama.

The second one seems particularly likely as more and more of the filth of 0′s administration comes to light.

NerwenAldarion on November 2, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Who is responsible for security at a US consulate or embassy? The State Department. Where does the buck stop? Obama’s desk.

Wendya on November 2, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Benghazi, LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nobody cares about Benghazi.

gumbyandpokey on November 2, 2012 at 1:14 AM

portlandon on November 2, 2012 at 1:46 PM

In my post earlier today, I suggested that the CIA and the State may both be at war with the White House over Benghazi. The Atlantic’s John Hudson thinks they may be at war with each other over it, too — and that David Petraeus is caught in the crossfire:

So everyone is pointing fingers at everyone else — Leadership.

More leading from behind by Dear Leader. He’s hiding behind someone, and a different someone every day.

farsighted on November 2, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Even if this doesn’t affect the election, if Romney wins Benghazigate could help prevent Lame Duck Barry from doing too much damage before Jan 20. The MSM may suddenly start showing an interest after a Romney win.

farsighted on November 2, 2012 at 1:53 PM

If Romney does not aggressively investigate the myriad illegal and treacherous activities of the past admin, and pardons Jugears and the rest of the liars, cheats, killers, and general neer do wells,,he will severely hurt himself among real Americans. Actions have consequences, especially when people are killed/murdered,,,,,,we are either a nation of laws or we are nothing. Investigate, prosecute, incarcerate/terminate

retiredeagle on November 2, 2012 at 2:24 PM

No surprisingly, The Company refuses to be thrown under the bus. I think people on state and the White House are going to regret going after those that ferret secrets out for a living. Except more detailed leaks.

El Coqui on November 2, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Faster, please!

Mitsouko on November 2, 2012 at 2:53 PM

If Romney does not aggressively investigate the myriad illegal and treacherous activities of the past admin, and pardons Jugears and the rest of the liars, cheats, killers, and general neer do wells,,he will severely hurt himself among real Americans. Actions have consequences, especially when people are killed/murdered,,,,,,we are either a nation of laws or we are nothing. Investigate, prosecute, incarcerate/terminate

retiredeagle on November 2, 2012 at 2:24 PM

I can’t tell you how much I agree with what you stated.
My fear is that libs/rinos will pressure Romney to sweep this
under the rug after the election, stating in essence, “let’s move on to getting this country back on track financially”.

If we Americans let this be swept away, we are no better than
the ones who killed our four citizens.

Evil must be purged, and in this country, it is through our court
system with investigations, firings and indictments.

We must show the world and ourselves that we will not tolerate
dereliction of duty or treason.

Amjean on November 2, 2012 at 2:57 PM

But…but…but Barry CAN’T be at fault! He is the all-knowing, all-seeing Obamassiah! Must be time for another “investigation”.

Just like “Fast and Furious”.

So when will Barry invoke “Executive Privilege” again?

GarandFan on November 2, 2012 at 2:57 PM

El Coqui on November 2, 2012 at 2:32 PM

One would have thought this was common knowledge given past events. The entire intelligence community caught holy hell for 9/11 – thinking they’d play the patsy for this WH-State clusterf*** was a miscalculation.

And I seriously doubt Petraeus can control any of what is ensuing.

CorporatePiggy on November 2, 2012 at 2:57 PM

In this particular case — LEAK AWAY! LET IT FLOW LIKE A WIDE OPEN SPIGOT!

Please!

FlatFoot on November 2, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Look for blanket pardons before Obama leaves office. The aftermath is always messier, than then event which cause it in the first place.

flackcatcher on November 2, 2012 at 6:09 PM