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Krauthammer: WH 'Held Affair Over Petraeus's Head' For Favorable Testimony On Benghazi
NewsBusters ^ | 11/13/2012 | Noel Sheppard

Posted on 11/14/2012 12:41:10 PM PST by mojito

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer on Tuesday said the White House used David Petraeus’s affair to get the CIA director to give testimony about the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that was in line with the administration’s position on the matter....

KRAUTHAMMER: I think the really shocking news today was that General Petraeus thought and hoped he could keep his job. He thought that it might and it would be kept secret, and that he could stay in his position. I think what that tells us is really important. It meant that he understood that the FBI obviously knew what was going on. He was hoping that those administration officials would not disclose what had happened, and therefore hoping that he would keep his job. And that meant that he understood that his job, his reputation, his legacy, his whole celebrated life was in the hands of the administration, and he expected they would protect him by keeping it quiet.

And that brings us to the ultimate issue, and that is his testimony on September 13. That’s the thing that connects the two scandals, and that’s the only thing that makes the sex scandal relevant. Otherwise it would be an exercise in sensationalism and voyeurism and nothing else. The reason it’s important is here’s a man who knows the administration holds his fate in its hands, and he gives testimony completely at variance with what the Secretary of Defense had said the day before, at variance with what he’d heard from his station chief in Tripoli, and with everything that we had heard. Was he influenced by the fact that he knew his fate was held by people within the administration at that time?

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: benghazi; blackmail; obama; petraeus
Hmmm....So Barry has Susan Rice lie, because he promises her that she'll be SOS. He has Petraues lie by blackmailing him and telling him that his affair will be kept quiet and he can keep his job if he just does as he's told.

This is stuff that might have made Nixon blush.

But it's just the Chicago way, via Moscow.

1 posted on 11/14/2012 12:41:17 PM PST by mojito
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To: mojito
BLACKMAIL!
2 posted on 11/14/2012 12:44:40 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (0BAMA CHOSE to watch a MUSLIM SNUFF FILM rather than a HEROIC AMERICAN RESCUE FILM)
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To: mojito

It’s the Chicago way...


3 posted on 11/14/2012 12:44:56 PM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("God only knows it's not what we would choose to do." - Lyric from Us and Them - Pink Floyd)
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To: mojito

“General Patreus: Has the Administration’s knowledge of your affair in any way colored or limited your testimony before this committee at any time?”


4 posted on 11/14/2012 12:46:31 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (0BAMA CHOSE to watch a MUSLIM SNUFF FILM rather than a HEROIC AMERICAN RESCUE FILM)
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To: mojito

I believe that the WH is working on destroying Petraeus’ credibility as a witness against them.


5 posted on 11/14/2012 12:47:02 PM PST by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Romney & Ryan.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Would black mailing a government employee to lie under oath be grounds for IMPEACHMENT ? ? ?


6 posted on 11/14/2012 12:49:08 PM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: mojito

from the comment section..........makes you wonder what they had on Justice Roberts.

hmmmm?


7 posted on 11/14/2012 12:50:25 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eatl my dog!)
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To: mojito

Krauthammer sums it up best. This has been my feeling about this from the start. Most of the media is deploying their standard smokescreen - focus on the more salacious aspects of the situation; the affair.

Hoover kept private files on many public figures. The information was held in escrow until the appropriate time...


8 posted on 11/14/2012 12:50:29 PM PST by Paisan
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To: mojito

Interestingly, if true, then the Administration and Patreus both hold each others’ future in each others’ hands.

Patreus can repay them by replaying the blackmail he experienced........or see his reputation trashed by a blackmailing Chicago Mob.

It’s definitely getting more interesting!


9 posted on 11/14/2012 12:50:53 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (0BAMA CHOSE to watch a MUSLIM SNUFF FILM rather than a HEROIC AMERICAN RESCUE FILM)
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To: PA-RIVER

I think that would be more than sufficient.


10 posted on 11/14/2012 12:51:07 PM PST by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: Gator113

That’s not belief, that’s a fact. As soon as the Petraeus sex scandal broke, I think an awful lot of people immediately and rightly concluded “ah ha! Now we know who Herr Obama is going to blame Benghazi on!”

The. Scandal is a cover up for something much larger, now the question is in the face of the shit storm the Obama camp is creating around Petraeus, will he have the courage to chuck it all, and just tell the truth?

That’s the question I’m waiting to see him answer in front of Congress.


11 posted on 11/14/2012 12:52:26 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: mojito

Petraeues needs to do one last thing in duty to his country, TELL THE TRUTH about everything he knows about Benghazi. No matter the cost.


12 posted on 11/14/2012 12:52:56 PM PST by LeonardFMason
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To: mojito
Wonder what he has on Hillary? Sex tapes?
13 posted on 11/14/2012 12:54:58 PM PST by dblshot (I am John Galt.)
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To: mojito

0bama and hillary have nothing but scorn for the truth. Expect nothing to come out of the hearings. All will lie to protect the current occupant of the oval office.

Remember hillary and her “I’m sorry I don’t recall”


14 posted on 11/14/2012 12:56:06 PM PST by I want the USA back
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To: dblshot
Wonder what he has on Hillary? Sex tapes?

Please, let it be anything but that.

15 posted on 11/14/2012 1:00:14 PM PST by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: mojito

Patreaus should be the first of many to go to prison.


16 posted on 11/14/2012 1:00:32 PM PST by Terry Mross (I haven't watched the news since the election. Someone ping me if anything big happens.)
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To: dblshot

“Wonder what he has on Hillary? Sex tapes?”
Sex? You mean with a human? Not bloody f’ing likely.


17 posted on 11/14/2012 1:04:28 PM PST by Doctor 2Brains
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To: dblshot

Here’s how that blackmail would work:
OBAMA: “American people, if you don’t elect me for the next 12 terms, I’ll release my Hillary sex tapes.”


18 posted on 11/14/2012 1:05:45 PM PST by Doctor 2Brains
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To: mojito

And then the Obama media can’t understand why the intelligent 50% of the country has absolutely no respect for this thug from Chicago.


19 posted on 11/14/2012 1:07:17 PM PST by txrefugee
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To: PA-RIVER
"Would black mailing a government employee to lie under oath be grounds for IMPEACHMENT ? ? ?"

Certainly. But first you need to get Petraeus to actually admit that he was blackmailed to lie under oath. And then the question becomes whether or not enough honest democrats in the Senate exist that are willing to impeach Obama over it.

20 posted on 11/14/2012 1:07:53 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: usconservative

I wait for the answer to the same question.


21 posted on 11/14/2012 1:09:18 PM PST by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Romney & Ryan.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: mojito

Even with this out in the open, I still think it’s impossible to predict what Petraeus will say under oath. He *could* tell the truth and let the chips fall where they may, and that would be the right and honest thing to do, what we would expect from a person of his stature and training.

But we know he’s already willfully violated the UCMJ and that he seems very comfortable rubbing elbows with the elitists of the Ruling Class. Now that his military/CIA career has gone down the $#itter (”Plan A”), he may well be willing to perjure himself in return for a comfortable retirement gig and some creature comforts (although not I suspect those provided by the buxom Ms. Broadwall) for the rest of his life.

Knowing how elitists are, I know which way I’d vote, but I’d be thrilled to be proven wrong.


22 posted on 11/14/2012 1:11:50 PM PST by bigbob
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To: mojito

The ironic thing is that no matter what he blackmailed Petraeus with; it came out enyway.


23 posted on 11/14/2012 1:13:18 PM PST by Jean2
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To: LeonardFMason

No kidding! Get Patreus off to a secret location and record everything, and send copies to every corner of the earth. The man is essentially a dead man walking. He should do the right thing and get everything on the table

NOW!!!!!!


24 posted on 11/14/2012 1:15:08 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (0BAMA CHOSE to watch a MUSLIM SNUFF FILM rather than a HEROIC AMERICAN RESCUE FILM)
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To: DannyTN

My thoughts exactly. But, we wouldn’t be so lucky. I can’t think of a single democrat who would speak out. If they did, they would be punished next. I am sure there is a folder on EVERYONE ala KGB.


25 posted on 11/14/2012 1:19:03 PM PST by Swede Girl
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To: mojito

Please, folks. The very LAST thing I want is a Biden Presidency. :)


26 posted on 11/14/2012 1:20:44 PM PST by halfright (FAST & FURIOUS! DON'T ALLOW THEM TO DIVERT YOUR ATTENTION.)
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To: Doctor 2Brains
“Wonder what he has on Hillary? Sex tapes?” Sex? You mean with a human?

No. Just with her husband.


27 posted on 11/14/2012 1:24:12 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: mojito

**If** he were subject to blackmail from “our” (USA) side (by testifying as he did about Benghazi), Then the FBI is correct in pursuing his infidelity as a grave national security concern (since he is susceptible to pressure over the transgression).
If this were the case, then Pres. Obama would have had to be informed. (Since the transgression is provably capable of influencing his actions.)

So, if the WH pressured him in his testimony, then we have a grave national security lapse that the WH had to know about (and did, if the premise still holds).

Peanuts and beer (or smoked salmon and champagne)!


28 posted on 11/14/2012 1:30:42 PM PST by paolop
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To: dblshot

>> Wonder what he has on Hillary?

He’s had dirt on her and Bill since the 2008 campaign. I’m betting it’s audio or video of them using racial epithets. Hillary was known to use anti-Semitic slurs, it’s not too much of a stretch to think they used black slurs too.


29 posted on 11/14/2012 1:30:55 PM PST by angryoldfatman
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To: PA-RIVER; All

Would black mailing a government employee to lie under oath be grounds for IMPEACHMENT ? ? ?


Yes, because that person would have engaged in an illegal act. As such should be removed from public office. Get ready for President Joe...


30 posted on 11/14/2012 1:38:26 PM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("God only knows it's not what we would choose to do." - Lyric from Us and Them - Pink Floyd)
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To: mojito

The Chicago Way is too right!

In 2008, two Hillary super-delegates are found dead. She withdraws her name from nomination.

In 2012, Roberts chucks out all rational and Constitutional precedent and declares Obamacare legal.

Now, Petraeus has been given his script for whatever committee he must appear before.

All it would take is a plain brown envelope with an 8x10 of family members, to deliver the message: “We know where you live, get it?”

That’s the Chicago Way,


31 posted on 11/14/2012 2:05:21 PM PST by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: Jean2
The ironic thing is that no matter what he blackmailed Petraeus with; it came out enyway.

Conveniently, after the election.

32 posted on 11/14/2012 2:27:54 PM PST by Holly_P
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To: mojito
Your post 1 is absolutely correct. God help America. We are being held in a communists controlled Government and the Republicans are worthless.
33 posted on 11/14/2012 2:47:21 PM PST by Logical me
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To: Holly_P

All too true.


34 posted on 11/14/2012 2:48:45 PM PST by Jean2
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To: mojito

In the wild and wacky world of Marxist,socialist,liberal,progressive politics everybody seeks to get ‘something’ on everybody else. Its the way they do business. Its also known by another name, “The Chicago Way”.


35 posted on 11/14/2012 3:03:37 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: bigbob
he’s already willfully violated the UCMJ

He retired from the Army, so he is a civilian.

He is not subject to the UCMJ. He is however subject to civil law.

36 posted on 11/14/2012 3:06:54 PM PST by Dan(9698)
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Benghazi Index

37 posted on 11/14/2012 3:38:47 PM PST by MestaMachine (TREASON!!!!)
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To: Dan(9698); bigbob

Does anyone really think the affair didn’t start before he left? And she is still in the Reserves.


38 posted on 11/14/2012 4:20:38 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est.)
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To: DannyTN

Impeachment merely requires a majority of the House of Representatives; it is the subsequent Senate trial that requires 2/3 of Senators.


39 posted on 11/14/2012 4:39:14 PM PST by wildandcrazyrussian
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To: mojito
Just a thought and no proof. zer0 is protecting valerie. zer0 was like almost mad dog mad earlier today and told congress to come after him. A dog doesn't protect an owner or bark, if there is not a threat. zer0 sensed a threat. zer0 barked. zer0 reacted in protect mode.
40 posted on 11/14/2012 5:21:42 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: mojito

Petraeus will not say anything that incriminates Obama.


41 posted on 11/14/2012 7:03:36 PM PST by TennTuxedo
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To: wildandcrazyrussian

True, but the house isn’t going to vote to impeach unless they have a reasonable expectation that the Senate will convict.

Because if they do, and the senate acquits it makes the house look like they were playing politics.


42 posted on 11/14/2012 7:51:20 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: mojito

“Hmmm....So Barry has Susan Rice lie, because he promises her that she’ll be SOS. He has Petraues lie by blackmailing him and telling him that his affair will be kept quiet and he can keep his job if he just does as he’s told. “

And the really good part was that they were planning all along to throw Petraues to the wolves after the election, knowing that the bizarre story of his affair and all the whack jobs involved would override interest the Administration’s debacle in Benghazi forever.

Thus Petraues would be doubly useful. First, he’d help with the Benghazi coverup prior to the election, and then second, they’d use him after the election as a Judas goat for the media to slaughter instead of going after Obama’s dereliction in Benghazi.


43 posted on 11/14/2012 8:06:17 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: mojito; All
In any other two bit dictatorship, everyone would assume that blackmail was the case. Just put the actors in Panama, or Zimbabwe, or Cuba, or Russia.

The MSM, as part of the “Protect Dear Leader” at any cost, is just trying to say that it could never happen here.

Kudos to Krauthammer for saying the emperor has no clothes.

44 posted on 11/15/2012 5:02:29 AM PST by marktwain
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To: mojito; All

In any other two bit dictatorship, everyone would assume that blackmail was the case. Just put the actors in Panama, or Zimbabwe, or Cuba, or Russia.

The MSM, as part of the “Protect Dear Leader” at any cost, is just trying to say that it could never happen here.

Kudos to Krauthammer for saying the emperor has no clothes.


45 posted on 11/15/2012 5:02:55 AM PST by marktwain
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To: mojito

I think it’s likely that Krauthammer is right. If it can be proven, it’s both impeachable and criminal behavior.


46 posted on 11/15/2012 5:05:11 AM PST by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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