I’ll likely have more to say on this down the road, but it seems to me that the Obama administration has made a huge unforced error in trying to lay off blame for the Benghazi fiasco on the intelligence community. Because, wherever the buck stops when we get to end of this debacle, it’s not going to be in Langley, Va. (the CIA), Fort Meade, Md, (the National Security Agency), or any of the other centers of the American IC. It’s not even going to be shouldered by the State Department’s intel service, the Bureau
How deep over their heads are Obama, Alexrod and Jarrett? (The idea of blaming spontaneous demonstrators is vintage "Astroturf" Axelrod.) First, Stevens was a career diplomat, which makes him one of the Intelligence communities own people. The State Department grapevine has to be full of employee concerns about where else the security may be too lax.
Second, this isn't Chicago where the government belongs in Democrat hands in perpetuity. No career DC bureaucrat is going to lie under oath to a Republican control committee, especially not when it's possible they all may be reporting to a Republican boss in 100 days.
This bunch is too clever by half, they're crooks, and they're burning all their bridges. A big smackdown is coming, and soon. That Mitt Romney is surging makes it all the worse for Obama & Co.; as the likelihood of a new Republican president increases, support for Obama evaporates.
There are still plenty of competent, patriotic Americans laboring among the apparatchiks and political appointees in our intelligence agencies. It was only a matter of time before they managed to find a way to dribble the truth out.
My concern is about what the incredibly inept and seemingly unconcerned Republicans in Congress are going to do about it. They can't seem to ever do any investigation right. It's like watching a kitten attempt to kill its first mouse. A lot of mewing and batting around, but no blood.
I heard a new pass the buck yesterday--Congress aka the House (controlled by the Republicans) cut spending on embassy security, so it is the House Republican's fault. This is an excuse the MSM can wrap their brains around and run with.
#10-- Cummings TRIED to pout the blame for not funding enough on the Pubs, but that was debunked rapidly by finally gettinh answers from the Under Secty Kennedy and his underling. They both said funding was not the problem-----just their decisions.
Ain't going to work#10, Piglosi tried to get that meme going last week and it really never caught on. As Dr. K said last night, the extra security requested cost less than a GAO conference. Secondly, the State Dept. is doubling down on 'there was the proper security in place' and besides nobody believes that the Republicans are at fault because they are not in control. Three or four more days and the Regime will be crippled by this.
My theory is that TSA, the Social Security Administration and possibly Public Television bought all the bullets in the land and the intelligence agencies are now using Bows and arrows and BB guns. I wonder how many shells Holder has sent to the Drug Cartels. Now I know what the slogan 'An Army of One' means.
I told my family this three weeks ago. I was more hoping I'd be correct, especially after that unbelievable statement about how Obama is the 'most sophisticated consumer of intelligence. Ick, I feel sick all over again. I've been wondering about Petraeus as well, and when the administration will ask him to cover for them. I hope he's waiting like a coiled serpent.
Oh, and watch the speech by Lara Logan. She basically calls the administration a bunch of liars and calls them out for not responding to an attack on our soil!
I think the Obamanation of Desolation panicked when this happened. I also think they thought it would go away If they could pin the blame on something else.
As has been said many times before. It isn't the crime it is the coverup. If Jelly-jar had simply come on TV and said "We misread the situation, it got a diplomat killed. I cannot undo what has been done but this is how we will try to keep it from happening again" He would have looked like a leader and come out of this stronger. I am so glad he didn't do that
Alienating spookdom, however, is a new order of magnitude stupid. Because spooks fight back — hard and dirty. Bob Woodward and Jake Tapper are only phone calls away. And CIA Director David Petraeus is just one press conference shy of bringing down the whole house of cards.
Yes, The Wun is stoopid, and we're just finding out how stupid he is. It boggles the mind.
You don't actually expect a politician to accept blame do you? Of course it was the intelligence community. It always is. Maybe this time they won't fall on their swords. I think their dislike of Obama is visceral.
So, the Obama insider cabal is hanging-out-to-dry a bunch of people who do what for a living [at least in part]? Things involving disappearances, suppressed firearms, certain chemistries that "don't enhance quality of life," shall we say, and similar advanced skills of "limited transferablility to legal private employment"?
Oh -- and the delicious Schadenfreude of the timing! Barack Hussein Obama. Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm.
How come I envision a room the size of the Superdome filled with the leftwing obama butt-kissing so-called 'journalists,' all gathered together to piece together a monumental lie to cover for this most inept gang of ignorant, lying, anti-Americans to ever stink up Washington D.C.?
Bidens comments on these murders should be eye-bulging tonight.
Re: #6 - "Stevens was a career diplomat, which makes him one of the Intelligence communities own people."
I wouldn't go so far as to say Stevens was one of their own. The career FSOs at State owerwhelmingly tend to be very liberal; view their role in the world-at-large as being the benign, intelligent face of America as opposed to those ignorant American tourists who don't know how to use a bidet*. These same FSOs tend to view the intel types as focusing on details like threats that take away from the big picture of sipping mint tea with the locals.
* It use to be that in the older sections of the main State Dept Building, the bathrooms still had bidets in them.
Am I the only one who thinks the liar in chief isnt even smart enough to come up with the video lie? This has Axelrod and Jarret's slimy fingerprints all over it. And of course the best response would have been to say.. "we cant comment until all the facts are known". We are used to that crap. Would have saved him, but of course, he is the smartest person in the world, so his ego wouldnt let him admit it. Why say "I dont know", when a lie usually works with the free phone masses.
I've know one or two in my life and I wouldn't want them mad at me. They have a level of nasty that most Chicago politicians can't really grasp and should be very afraid of. They also know where every birth certificate is buried.
#28 First, Stevens was the specific target of the attack. Why? Consider that after Khaddafi supposed swore off terror during the Bush administration Stevens' job had been to meet regularly with him and his family. Then when the policy changed he is said to have used all that information to help remove Khaddafi. That all suggests to me lots and lots of contact with the intelligence side.
Also, who do you think first taught spookdom how to play death by 10,000 leaks? The State Department has long been the most rogue agency in the federal government.
Petraeus has been strangely silent throughout all of this. Yesterday in Issa's terrific House Oversight Committee hearing, "intelligence' was blamed over and over again by the State Department's Kennedy (who reports directly to Hillary) for what Susan Rice said on television on September 16 - the video did it. And went on to say that with the intelligence he had, he'd have had to say the same thing. Five days AFTER the Benghazi massacre.
I have never been as impressed with Petraeus as everyone else has. So now we'll have a chance to see what he is really made of.
For those asking about Gen Petraeus, dont be too sure he will not defend the One. As hard as that might be to imagine, Rep Peter King has been on FNC this morning revealing that Petreus was standing by the video comment in a hearing. There are too many defying logic here.
Re #10. one of the Dems at the House Oversight Committee tried to float that funding thing at the hearing yesterday. It was thoroughly hammered, and finally cleared away by the report on the $$$$ spent last spring on the "greening" of the U. S. Embassy in Vienna, described by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) here:
Libya security cut while Vienna embassy gained Chevy Volts http://lucianne.com/thread/?artnum=706222
We should not forget that by sticking to the "its all the fault of the video" excuse for so long, dozens of our outposts, from embassies to burger joints, and those of are allies around the world suffered mob attacks which resulted in the deaths of several dozen people. Although some were muslims rioters, many were not. Obama and his lying minions have the blood of these people on their hands as well.
This scene could have been taken entact from several books written by Helen mcInnes. We can hope the solution also follows the plots to the finish. The intelligence real players have to craft a very careful step by step take down without exposing tneir hand.Helen was well versed in such manovers then wrote them as fiction starting about 1942. General P is military not inteligence so don't expect the coup if it happens to be his instrument.
I hope Walsh is correct, but I'm skeptical. The IC is Beltway centric, and like State, the liberal bent runs deep. My observations are that the services intell folks mainly lean liberal. This is nothing new; it's just the way it is. So, it's always interesting to read articles like this, which predict people who largely support Obama will now miraculously turn on him. Not likely.
#8, why do you trust Petraeus? He easily went to work for BO at the CIA. Have seen nothing that would make me think he is protecting our Republic through that agency. I want to believe he is still faithful to the Constitution. I really do.
Very few patriots in the true sense in the Dem/Left party.
This is the same intelligence department that told George Bush that Iraq had WMD's? Two months ago I asked where was the good general David P. ? He will surface again and I would say that BHO and HC should run for cover.
Megan Kelly outted Petraeus as a LIAr today...he would not head Obama's CIA if not a globalist or a Communist.
Back story which ran in the UK was Steven was part of a wag the dog kidnapping that went very wrong. He wasn't to be killed...just kidnapped and Big Boy Barry was to negotiate him back before his debate.
Bad rumor? Truth? Who knows ...I do know most Americans think with Obama that is possible because theu DO NOT TRUST OBAMA ...a Muslim who wear a ring with the inscription " there is no god but Allah"
At the risk of bringing down the whole force of the govt on my head (but I am only pointing out fact, and I am just a cog in the wheel of citizenship)---0 should do some studying about the end of Camelot, and just who had a hand it that event. Hopefully the very astute Ldotters here will read between my lines.
All Obie had to do was come clean after the killings and say his team screwed up and is responsible for the deaths of these fine people. Two weeks later, the news cycle would have long since ended, and we would be talking about something else. But, no, he had to take the Marxist way and cover up. Why? Receiving a pass from the msm for four years now emboldened the Obie Won.
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