Skip to comments.David Petraeus Personally Investigated Benghazi Attack
Posted on 11/13/2012 10:30:24 AM PST by Arthurio
(WASHINGTON) -- In late October, former CIA Director David Petraeus traveled to Libya to conduct his own review of the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
While in Tripoli, he personally questioned the CIA station chief and other CIA personnel who were in Benghazi on Sept. 11 when the attack occurred.
The Libya stop was part of a six nation trip to the region. Petraeus intended the review as a way to prepare for his upcoming testimony before Congress on Benghazi.
"He was looking forward to testifying," a Petraeus friend told ABC News. "He wanted to be fully prepared."
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This is good
I hope he does so at the soonest oportunity
I'd say damned right, Obama ordered Stand Down.
He obviously found out something embarrassing to the boss. He had to be fired.
Well now, this is new information.
“He WAS looking forward to testifying”
Why WAS? What’s stopping him?
Oslimey is hanging criminal chaeges over his head just in case he decides to speak the truth.
1) Only the POTUS can authorize a CBA (cross border authority) command for a rescue mission in a foreign nation.
Plus Fact Two:
2) No rescue mission was attempted.
Equals Fact Three:
3) 0bama turned his back on 41 State Dept. and CIA employees refusing to issue a CBA command and went to bed so he could go to Las Vegas the next day.
It was posted somewhere on this board that the Obama administration knew of the affair before Gen Patraeus was hired for CIA. Many of us wondered why such an ideologically homogeneous administration would hire him. Maybe this is why... they thought he was neutered.
Ah Petraeus betrayed US by bedding a married woman. Until the Republicans found out about his 'secret' activity he was good to go to testify.
Petraeus has offered two reasons for wanting to avoid testifying: Acting CIA Director Morell is in possession of all the information Petraeus gathered in conducting his review and he has more current information gathered since Petraeus' departure; and it would be a media circus.
That's NOT good! Morell is a WH insider.
Now the acting director, Morell served as deputy CIA director to Petraeus since 2010. He has been the agencys director of Asian Pacific and Latin American Analysis and the briefer of presidents on national security matters.
In that position, according to a White House aide, Morell often briefed Obama as the United States closed in on Osama bin Laden, earning the presidents trust and developing a close relationship with him.
Morell is extraordinarily well respected in the White House, across the intelligence community and throughout the national security establishment, the aide said, discussing the deputys elevation to acting director.
The smartest thing Petraeus did was to form a partnership early on with Michael Morell, who was acting director before his arrival and resumed that role Friday. Morell is a career analyst and veteran of the mill that produces the famous PDB, or presidents daily brief, and he knew the agencys culture or at least the analysts version of it. His task was to encourage Petraeus when his commanders instincts made sense for the agency, and dissuade him when his ideas were counter-productive.
Michael J. Morell: Introducing the CIAs New Acting Director
Non-military chief of staff
To that end, sources tell Reuters that a long-time CIA insider not one of Petraeus guys has been named as his new chief of staff. One person familiar with the matter identified him as Rodney Snyder, who has previously worked on the White House national security staff. But US officials would not immediately confirm that name.
With Petraeus, there was particular concern that an imported staff would give the military too much influence in a civilian agency that has increasingly assumed paramilitary functions. That concern helped prompt Petraeus to retire and remove his uniform before taking the job.
During his decorated U.S. Army career, Petraeus was known for being followed by an extensive staff of advisers as he moved from one command post to another. He may add new hires after he settles into the job, but U.S. officials said his immediate staff is already intact.
His chief of staff is Rodney Snyder, a CIA analyst who also served as the intelligence chief for the Department of Homeland Security. Michael J. Morell, who served as acting director of the CIA after Panetta stepped down, will resume his deputy role.
But Petraeus has insisted he will be serving the president and the policymakers, providing information, but not shaping policy.
And the White House and Petraeus both have taken steps to make peace.
Obama has promised Petraeus regular, weekly access in a capital where face time with the president equals influence.
Petraeus agreed to hire Obama White House veteran, and longtime CIA employee Rodney Snyder to be his chief of staff. Snyder has spent the past few years at the NSC, as a senior official on intelligence and counterterrorism issues.
That's exactly what's going on.
No none of this is 'good'. Petraeus became a WH insider the instant he bedded a married women. That is to say he compromised himself and destroyed his independent credibility.
I can hear the refrain already. “How can anyone believe the testimony of an admitted adulteror?”
Hmph! With all the traveling Obama did in his first term, when did he ever find time to be available for the "famous 'PDB'"?
Rush just said the same people who said he would like to testify are now saying he is changing his mind. Looks like the job a Princeton is looking better then a walk in Ft Marcy park.
~ attributed to The Mafia
He wanted to testify until they turned the screws on him. Heil, Jarrett.
Thanks for the update ... both still Italian, though!
“Oslimey is hanging criminal chaeges over his head just in case he decides to speak the truth”
“That’s exactly what’s going on.”
I believe that to be correct. I think the assault on Patraeus is revenge for his not accepting the WH story implicating his command’s responsibility for the failure in Benghazi just prior to the reelection of the Chicago Thug.
I also believe the White Air Force General is being persecuted to legitimize the actions against Patraeus, to put the second concrete boot on Patraeus’s feet so to speak prior to kicking him overboard.
The future I’d bet General Ward will be restored to four stars, and the four star salary. He’s one of Holder’s people, but the White General’s will all take the hit.
Is that Racist!? Yes! THEY are.
The affair started two months after Petraeus joined the CIA (according to U.S. Army Col. Steve Boylan (ret))
I wouldn’t write a life insurance policy on this guy.
I doubt he lives long enough to testify.
I’ve always thought everyone jumped the gun on this so called “affair”. We need to stop listening to the media spin and think for ourselves. If it doesn’t pass the smell test, then there is something else going on. We tend to believe the media spin even though we talk about what liars and spinners they are. Facts look like on top of covering up Benghazi, Obama is cleaning the patriots out of the military in order to replace them with his minions. I think we are going to wind up with a military filled with Obama supporters, militant women and gays, in order to prevent a coup. OK flame away. I am going to go start dinner.
IF he actually did bed a married woman.
So he lied about why he was resigning as Director of the CIA?
To be outside the administration when those in the House and Senate try to bring Obama down on Benghazi and voter fraud.
I do not understand what you are saying.
Petraeus was all set to testify until it became known the Republicans knew about the affair... Once that word became known then and only then did Petraeus quit. I have no reason to consider Petraeus would testify to anything that would conflict with what Obama and Clinton have claimed. B u t .... IF he were to keep the party line, there are a few Republicans that have done their homework that would NOT let him obfuscate his answers. Now throw in his affair into this steaming pile, there is NO way Obama or Clinton wanted Petraeus under oath.
On top of that, he sees what Obama is doing to the country and the Army and is probably willing to tell the truth (as opposed to singing the WH line).
I would like nothing more than the secrets of Benghazi get exposed. But I will have to see what Petraeus actually does. Petraeus was not able to protect himself let alone those Americans stranded in Benghazi.
Only the President can grant CBA...and if he doesn't, nothing can be done.
Here's another little tidbit about Congress granting immunity from prosecution to witness for their testimony (might be worth remembering, just in case.;-)...
Congressional committees have the power to grant testimonial immunity to witnesses who testify before members of Congress. Congressional investigations into allegations of misconductsuch as the Watergate investigations in the 1970s and the iran-contra investigations in the 1980srely heavily on witness testimony. Whereas prosecutors simply decide whether to grant immunity to a witness, congressional committees must follow more formal procedures. Immunity may be granted only after a two-thirds majority vote by members of the committee. Ten days before the immunized testimony is given, the committee must advise the Justice Department or the Independent Counsel of its intention to grant immunity.
Source: free (legal) dictionary
From the very beginning, I have thought this "affair" was a red herring...to attract attention from something else going on...something much bigger and more important.
WHY? What was more important in Benghazi than Americans? Something sure was because Obama did not want it destroyed!
Petraeus does a personal investigation and comes up with the REAL reason for the attack. He claimed it a Terroist Attack, pure and simple from the start.
Now, Obummer’s group have a different story and we all know THEY actually went to Libia to do their investigation (NOT).
Petraeus is now out hanging on a limb due to his own error in judgement and is being thrown under the bus.
A strange story from the beginning and still not resolved.
What I find strange is that up until the Republicans made it known to the Director of the FBI, they had been told of an FBI investigation about Petraeus and Broadwell, the plan was for Petraeus to testify. His testimony could have turned into a food fight if he said anything that either the Republicans found questionable or IF Democrats found disloyal to Obama. His affair then would have taken center stage.
Indeed. We have to pray that he does the right thing and blows the lid off the admimistratiom’s lies and black ops. He needs to be supoened immediately...no waiting. Obama’s signed orders that night should be supoened ASAP too.
I think he was made to tell that story in exchange for something much worse.
I think we are going to realize that documents, emails, conversations have all been whitewashed to protect Obama. They have had ample time to clean it up. Obama wouldn’t be doing a presser tomorrow if he felt he didn’t have it under control. Expect some surprise “revelations” tomorrow from Obama.
I should have added I think it had something to do with the private investigation Petraeus was conducting into Benghazi.
Obama rarely makes news at his rare pressers. He usually just filibusters and drones on until everyone’s eyes glaze over. He asks a few friendly journolistas for their questions and that’s it.
We will see though. He knows this whole thing could bring his administration down I suspect.
I agree with your every word.