Here is audio of Rush Limbaugh today saying a “Select Committee” should be formed to look into the Benghazi Scandal, particularly in light of Gen. David Petraeus’ testimony today that the original CIA Talking Points prepared on the attack indicated it was an Al-Qaeda attack – not the result of a video. Yet, somehow, somewhere, those talking points were altered so that five days later U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice went on the Sunday News Shows and blamed the attack on the video – not as an act of terrorism.
Rush is right – there should be a Select Committee formed to get to the bottom of this. If there was such a committee to investigate Watergate and Iran Contra – where no Americans died – the deaths of four Americans deserves at least as much scrutiny. If Obama has nothing to hide, he should not mind an in-depth, independent investigation.
Here is video of Sen. Roy Blunt saying it is important to find out the “chain of information” to determine how the CIA’s original talking points about the Benghazi attack – that it was carried out by terrorists – got altered and by whom. Blunt was speaking after hearing Gen. David Petraeus testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee today. Blunt also said he wants to know how, five days after the attack, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was still basing her explanation of the attack on the totally false report that there was a spontaneous demonstration over an anti-Islamic video that caused the attack. Blunt said we know there never was any demonstration.
Here is video from “The Five” today where they dug up video from earlier this year when Paula Broadwell – the now discovered mistress of Gen. David Petraeus – appeared on the Don Imus Show and talked about her relationship with Petraeus, saying “we had a good rapport.”
(Fox News) – CIA Director David Petraeus submitted his letter of resignation Friday, after admitting to an extramarital affair.
Petraeus, in a message to staff, said President Obama accepted his resignation after the two met on Thursday afternoon. Petraeus said that he asked “to be allowed” to step down.
“After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours,” Petraeus said. “This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation.”
Gen. David Petraeus has issued a statement denying any interest in “elected office,” in response to reports he may be at the top of Mitt Romney’s Vice-Presidential list. Petraeus is currently serving as the CIA Director:
REUTERS: CIA director General David Petraeus has no plans to become a candidate for vice president or run for any other elected office, a spokesman for the spy chief said on Tuesday.
“Director Petraeus feels very privileged to be able to continue to serve our country in his current position, and, as he has stated clearly numerous times before, he will not seek elected office,” CIA spokesman Todd Ebitz told Reuters.
The agency issued the statement in response to rumors which appear to have originated with a report on the widely read website Drudgereport.com, run by Internet gossip Matt Drudge. . . . Read More
Could Mitt Romney be trying to get Gen. David Petraeus as his Vice-Presidential running mate? That’s what Drudge has posted today, saying a source from an Obama fundraiser has said Obama told him he believes Romney is trying to get Petraeus to take the job. Gen. Petraeus is now serving as the CIA Director. The idea is intriguing. Petraeus would be hard to attack, having been chosen by Obama to head the CIA, and having been confirmed in the U.S. Senate by a 94-0 vote.
I seriously doubt this will come to pass, but if it does, it will be a bombshell. Drudge has a poll up on the subject, and opinion is fairly divided on whether this is a good idea.
Here is video of General David Petraeus at his Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing to be the next CIA Director, being asked by Democrat Sen. Diane Feinstein his view on President Obama’s decision to pull 33,000 troops out of Afghanistan over the coming months.
Petraeus described a process of three meetings he had with Obama where he set forth an array of options he could choose from. Petraeus tried to say it as nicely as he could:
“The ultimate decision was a more aggressive formulation, if you will, in terms of the timeline than what we had recommended.”
In other words – Obama ignored the commanders on the ground and chose “broader considerations” (political expediency) over what is best for the military operation. That’s exactly what we have come to expect from this President.
Here is video of U.S. General David Petraeus and NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative Mark Sidwell releasing a statement condemning the burning of a Koran in the United States that has been used as an excuse by Muslims in Afghanistan to attack and kill United Nations personnel.
It’s sad to see Gen. Petraeus and our forces in the middle of a situation like this. They are obviously trying to put a lid on the out-of-control rioting and protests.
Here is raw video of Gen. David Petraeus greeting Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, where he took the opportunity to joke with him. Above the sound of the aircraft, you can barely hear Petraeus say to Gates: “Flying a little bigger plane than normal? You gonna launch some attacks on Libya or something?” Gates laughed and said, “Yeah. Exactly.”
Not a problem. When you do the high stress jobs these guys do, I’d say you need to laugh sometimes.
Here is video of President Barack Obama speaking to U.S. Troops in Bagram, Afghanistan during a surprise visit to the country today. Obama praises the troops, and thanks them for their tremendous service. He is introduced by Gen. David Petraeus, who praised him as a commander who is accessible and available to the troops.
Here is raw video of President Barack Obama arriving in Bagram, Afghanistan for a surprise visit with U.S. Troops there. Obama landed in Afghanistan under cover of darkness, and was greeted by Gen. David Petraeus.
A set of NewsMax/Survey USA polls just released show that both Hillary Clinton and Gen. David Petraeus would defeat President Barack Obama in head-to-head matchups for the Presidency in 2012. NewsMax/Survey USA are going to release a series of polls in coming days showing how well-known Americans would do in a race against Obama for the Presidency. Both Hillary Clinton and Gen. Petraeus have indicated repeatedly that they have no intention of running for President in 2012. But if polls like this keep showing Hillary would run this strong against Obama, it makes you wonder if she could be persuaded to mount and Democrat Primary challenge to Obama:
Here is video of President Obama weighing in on the planned Sept. 11 burning of the Koran by a small-church Pastor in Florida. Obama told George Stephanopoulos that the “stunt he is pulling could greatly endanger our young men and women in uniform who are in Iraq, who are in Afghanistan.”
Obama also gave his view on the possible implications if the burning of the Koran takes place:
“This is a recruitment bonanza for Al Qaeda. You know, you could have serious violence in places like Pakistan or Afghanistan. This could increase the recruitment of individuals who’d be willing to blow themselves up in American cities, or European cities.”
Here is video of Gen. David Petraeus telling ABC News’ Martha Raddatz that plans by a small church in Florida to burn copies of Koran on September 11 could very well increase the danger for our men and women in uniform in Afghanistan.
“It puts our soldiers in jeopardy, very likely. We’ve already seen a demonstration here in Kabul just at the rumor that this could take place.”
Gen. Petraeus said our enemies will uses images “of such an activity” to incite violence against our soldiers.
The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) and other religious groups have condemned plans by the Dove World Outreach Center to burn copies of the Koran.
The U.S. Commanding General in Afghanistan – Gen. David Petraeus – is taking the unusual step of commenting on plans by a small Florida church to burn a copy of the Koran on September 11. Petraeus has now made it clear that such an act will likely put U.S. Forces in greater danger and will hinder the war effort in Afghanistan:
WALL STREET JOURNAL: The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said the planned burning of Qurans on Sept. 11 by a small Florida church could put the lives of American troops in danger and damage the war effort.
Gen. David Petraeus said the Taliban would exploit the demonstration for propaganda purposes, drumming up anger toward the U.S. and making it harder for allied troops to carry out their mission of protecting Afghan civilians.
“It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort,” Gen. Petraeus said in an interview. “It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems. Not just here, but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community.” . . . . Read More
For Gen. Petraeus to weigh in on plans for a domestic event like this means he is very concerned about the ramifications of it. If our commanding general believes it is going to put our troops in greater danger and hinder the war effort, then we at home ought to listen very carefully to what he is saying. It isn’t often a General asks something directly of us on the homefront to assist our troops. This is about as close as it gets.