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Monday, May 13, 2013
Gen. David Petraeus, former CIA director forced to resign after a sex scandal, is mad and intent on getting even. Benghazi meets President Obama.
Verne Strickland / USA DOT COM / May 13, 2013
WaTimes: 'Watch out for Petraeus in Benghazi scandal'... 'White House is Terrified'...
By their second term “inside the bubble,” presidents have completely
lost touch with reality: Aides and confidants conspire to keep the chief
executive insulated from the real world — the bad news, the worse press
coverage. They think it’s their job, and lounging on the Oval Office
couches, they nod along with the president’s every musing.
this presidency has taken OOCS (Oval Office Couch Syndrome) to new heights. Mr. Obama has only a few
trusted aides, and occasional leaks from the West Wing show a paranoid
president suspicious of nearly everyone around him. Supremely confident,
convinced by the fawning minions at his feet that he is untouchable,
the president dismisses all controversy as partisan attacks by an
overzealous opposition. A pliant press corps of stenographers follows in
Not surprisingly, every president in the past 60 years has had a major scandal in Term 2: Dwight Eisenhower had the U-2 “incident”; Richard Nixon had Watergate; Ronald Reagan had Iran-Contra; Bill Clinton had Monica (literally); George W. Bush had Katrina (and let’s not forget those WMDs that never turned up); and now, this president has Benghazi.
Make no mistake: Benghazi is a major scandal. Benghazi is a scandal before, during and after the terrorist attack that left four Americas dead, including an ambassador.
For months before, there were warnings about weak security at the U.S. Consulate in Libya; no one paid attention. During the attack, when Americans were begging for help, the White House ignored their pleas, sent no help.
after? That’s when the Obama scandal falls into the predictable
second-term pattern his predecessors all learned the very hard way.
Faced with a crisis, the Obama White House
panicked. “We can’t have a terrorist strike two months before Election
Day, so … let’s not have a terrorist strike two months before Election
Day.” Cue the Cover-Up.
So little is known about what happened in Benghazi: Where was the commander in chief that night? No pictures from the Situation Room this time. Why didn’t the Pentagon
authorize a quick-response team to swoop in? Members of the military
say they were ready — burning — to go. The call came in: Stand down. Let
them die. There were dozens of witnesses to the attack that night:
Where are they? What do they know? What really happened that night? And
who forced the heavy-handed redactions of those infamous “talking
points,” the ones that sent Mr. Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations
onto the Sunday talk shows to declare that the attack was just the
culmination of a spontaneous protest over an anti-Islam video posted on
Carnival barker Jay Carney
looked almost ashen Friday as he took the podium to face a suddenly
invigorated press corps. Of course, the public briefing came after a
private session with “reporters who matter,” a sure sign the White House is in full hunker-down mode — and, more precisely, terrified.
“Again,” one newly curious reporter asked, “what role did the White House play, not just in making but in directing changes that took place to these?”
the carney said, “thank you for that question. The way to look at this,
I think, is to start from that week and understand that in the wake of
the attacks in Benghazi,
an effort was underway to find out what happened, who was responsible.
In response to a request from the House Permanent Select Committee on
Intelligence to the CIA, the CIA
began a process of developing points that could be used in public by
members of Congress, by members of that committee. And that process, as
is always the case — again, led by the CIA — involved input from a variety of …”
Enough. You get the point: Full Spin Cycle.
Speaking for the White House, the flack said the CIA was fully to blame for the talking points. Fully. “That is what was generated by the intelligence community, by the CIA,” he said.
For the record, this is what the CIA “generated”:
“Since April, there have been at least five other attacks against foreign interests in Benghazi by unidentified assailants.” That line was stricken: Everything was fine there — fine fine fine.
“We do know that Islamic extremists with ties to Al Qaeda participated
in the attack.” That line, too, was deleted by … someone. Instead, this
was inserted: “There are indications that extremists participated in the
Despite protestations by the White House, this scandal is just beginning. And the White House has picked a very bad scapegoat: the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA follows RFK’s edict: “Don’t get mad, get even.” And when the CIA gets even, it isn’t pretty.
With the White House
putting all blame on the agency, expect push back this week — nuclear
push back. Gen. David H. Petraeus, the former director forced to resign
after a sex scandal, is a dangerous man to the Obama administration. Mad
and intent on getting even, he’s already talking, telling one reporter
the talking points were “useless” and that he preferred not to use them
at all. The floodgates will open this week, and by the end of business
Friday, the scandal will be full blown.
A warning to those West Wing sycophants suffering from acute OOCS: Don’t walk down any dark alleys.
• Joseph Curl covered the White House
and politics for a decade for The Washington Times and is now
editor of the Drudge Report. He can be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org and @josephcurl.