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?
Mitt Romney said during the second presidential debate on Tuesday that President Obama waited two weeks to label last month’s deadly attack on a US consulate in Libya an act of terrorism. Obama rebutted the charge by pointing to his day-after address at the White House, in which he used that very phrase.
Trading barbs about their responses to the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi on Sept. 11, both candidates omitted important details about the days and weeks that followed, and neither man answered the question posed by a voter in the audience at Hofstra University.
At face value, Romney’s claim that “it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror” is false.
Romney and other Republicans have suggested the Obama administration deliberately misled the public about the nature of the attack for political reasons.
-- The Boston Globe
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Mitt Romney's decision not to press President Barack Obama on his administration's failures in Libya was a conscious choice by the campaign, several Romney aides said in the aftermath of the candidates' Monday night debate.
"What he chose to do up there was to take Libya out of the back and forth and raise the issue of what it says in the macro sense," said Dan Senor, a top Romney foreign policy aide. "It is a sign that President Obama's foreign policy is unraveling in a number of ways."
The first question of the Boca Raton debate was about Libya, where an assault last month on a diplomatic compound in Benghazi led to the deaths of four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador.
Republicans have accused the Obama administration of first failing to properly secure the facility and then misleading the public about the cause of the attack.
But on Monday, Romney opted to quickly transition his response away from the specifics of Libya and onto the larger state of the Middle East.
"What we're seeing is a pretty dramatic reversal in the kind of hopes we had for that region," the GOP presidential nominee said.
"He's made it clear in other forums and interviews that there are
many more questions than there are answers," said Romney spokesman Eric
Fehrnstrom after the debate. "He's done it in plenty of other forums. We
are all very well acquainted with his position on the issue."
-- The Huffington Post
.From a former Nixon White House aide:
...I keep thinking about that "Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom," song because of the Petraeus/Holder/Obama super scandal that is sweeping the nation's capital. And the nation. "Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom," it just keeps getting bigger and bigger.
"Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom," the DCI has been telling big time lies by omission, has been doing spycraft Internet games with his mistress, using Gmail, again, which my computer pals tell me a ten year old can hack, leaving sexually explicit messages for her in a draft file that they can both access. And we are supposed to believe he's known her for eight years and this affair just started a year ago? When they were together in Kabul for long periods away from her hubby and his loyal wife? Are you kidding me? And ended a few months ago voluntarily? Are you really sure we are that stupid?
"Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom," and we are supposed to believe that Barry Obama did not know about it? And that AG Holder didn't know about it? The FBI knew for months that the DCI was using an illegal Internet connection to carry on an affair with a beautiful blabbermouth and Holder did not know? And that he didn't tell the President?
If that's true, I guarantee you that the Russians knew about it. They are pretty good at hacking, and the Chinese make the Russians look like kittens.
"Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom," did you read about Paula telling an audience that the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was really a CIA prison for captured terrorists? Where do you think she got that idea? How about this: someone high up in Obamaland says, "Hey, we'll say that place in Benghazi was a CIA operation. Then, we'll brief Romney and say that if you, Governor, are a patriot, you'll lay off this Benghazi thing because it was a CIA operation."
So, Mr. Romney, like a patriot, like his father before him, gets brainwashed and ducks the whole Benghazi issue in debate 3. And Obama has suckered him in and wins the election with an elaborate trick and Paula somehow gets into the loop, too. Maybe she's just lying in bed with a certain someone and hears the conversation. I'm just saying.…
I'm just saying that this is what Mr. Nixon tried to do with Watergate -- get the FBI off the trail by telling them that Watergate was a CIA thing. It worked for a while, too. Maybe Mr. Obama's far cleverer trick worked well, too...