Krauthammer is on the Petraeus/Benghazi trail….. and he’s right on target – Dead Center Mass.

Again, the most important aspect to any discussion of events and research comes back to the timeline.   Petraeus gave his testimony briefing on Sept. 14th.  More after the video:

Transcript: 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 14. 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?

Of course it was being held over Petraeus’s head, and the sword was lowered on Election Day. You don’t have to be a cynic to see that as the ultimate in cynicism.

As long as they needed him to give the administration line to quote Bill, everybody was silent. And as soon as the election’s over, as soon as he can be dispensed with, the sword drops and he’s destroyed. I mean, can you imagine what it’s like to be on that pressure and to think it didn’t distort or at least in some way unconsciously influence his testimony?   That’s hard to believe.

Here’s why what Krauthammer outlines makes so much sense.

The FBI investigation initially began around the end of May.   According to Petraeus,  the affair with Broadwell ended around July/August.

We also know with specific certainty, because of the FBI reporting, that Jill Kelley was back-channeling information to Petraeus about Broadwell being the source of the threatening/alarming e-mails.  Kelley most certainly would have told Petraeus the FBI was the source of the finding as substantive collaboration for her information about Broadwell.

So shortly after Kelley knew the source was Broadwell, so too did David Petraeus.

We also know that in August (around the same date Petraeus broke off the affair) that Eric Holder was informed of the investigation of Broadwell that had now shown Petraeus and Broadwell were having an affair.

So why was Petraeus in complete contradiction to the other intelligence sources on September 14th?   Why was Petraeus the only person aligning the White House narrative about the impetus of the attack in Benghazi?   It is prudent to go back and review what was reported at the time.   Again, this is September 14th.

[...] Islamic militants who may have links to Al Qaeda used the opportunity to launch an attack, CIA Director David Petreaus told the House Intelligence Committee today according to one lawmaker who attended a closed-door briefing.

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, the top Democrat on the House Intel committee, said Petraeus laid out “a chronological order exactly what we felt happened, how it happened, and where we’re going in the future.”

“In the Benghazi area, in the beginning we feel that it was spontaneous – the protest- because it went on for two or three hours, which is very relevant because if it was something that was planned, then they could have come and attacked right away,” Ruppersberger, D-Md., said following the hour-long briefing by Petraeus. “At this point it looks as if there was a spontaneous situation that occurred and that as a result of that, the extreme groups that were probably connected to al Qaeda took advantage of that situation and then the attack started.”

Petraeus did not speak to reporters on his way in or out of the briefing. When he left the meeting, the former four-star general was trailed by about a dozen intelligence officials and a couple of Capitol police officers.

Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee were also briefed today [Sept 14th] by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Vice Chair of the Joint Chiefs Admiral James Winnefeld. But senators emerging from that private briefing reported that they believed the attack in Libya was premeditated.

“It was a terrorist attack organized and carried out by terrorists,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the top Republican on the committee said, adding that about 15 “al Qaeda or radical Islamists” were armed with rocket-propelled grenades and other lethal weapons.

“This was a calculated act of terror on the part of a small group of jihadists, not a mob that somehow attacked and sacked our embassy,” McCain said. “People don’t go to demonstrate and carry RPGs and automatic weapons.”  (more)

The House Intelligence Committee and the Senate Armed Service Committee were briefed within 24 hours of each other.   September 13th and  September 14th.

At the closed House briefing Petraeus was selling the Mohammed movie story.   In the close Senate briefing Panetta was selling a contradictory Terrorist story.

Surely Director Petraeus and Defense Sec. Panetta had the same information by Tuesday 9/13.     It is incredulous to think otherwise.   In the Obama CBS interview on 9/12 he even said the entire security apparatus were working on “the same set of details” trying to locate the people who carried out the attacks.

What Krauthammer outlines makes sense.   Petraeus was being set up ‘the Chicago Way’ as cover for the White House Mohammed movie, ignore al-Qaeda, which continued to be sold publicly by the White House well over a week longer.  Including the numerous Sunday talk shows by Susan Rice on Sunday 18th.

Petraeus kept quiet…. well,….. until…… his intelligence department came under attack……..  then he defended his department to ABC’s Jake Tapper:

Look at the date of this TWEET October 26th – Within this Tapper report.

Now consider this recent part of the storyline in a highly parsed AP report.

Broadwell and Petraeus have each been questioned by FBI agents twice in recent weeks, with both acknowledging the affair in separate interviews.  The FBI’s most recent interviews with Broadwell and with Petraeus both occurred during the week  of Oct. 29, days before the election, one of the law enforcement officials said.  (link)

It is obvious now that Petraeus knew of the investigation into Broadwell when it was happening (via Kelley) – and the affair being linked to it.  This might have been the issue that ended the affair.

It is obvious and widely reported that Eric Holder was informed of the affair in August.  It stretches the limits of plausibility to think Holder did NOT tell President Obama in an election year, 3 months before the election, that the Director of the CIA  was found as a separate party to have an extramarital affair with the subject of an FBI investigation.

It is obvious that Petraeus was telling the House Committee something in complete contradiction to his own known accurate intelligence on 9/14.

It is also obvious that the same timeframe when Petraeus says “whooah, wait a minute”…. “No one at any level in the CIA told anyone not to assist“, was the same timeframe when he was questioned for the last time by the FBI….

Initially I did not think there was a trail of Pertraeus being influenced that lead to the White House.   However, I think I have changed my mind (evolved)……  Perhaps Broadwell’s dad is right when he says “there is much, much more yet to come out of this story“….

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23 Responses to Krauthammer is on the Petraeus/Benghazi trail….. and he’s right on target – Dead Center Mass.

  1. GracieD says:

    SD, this is a fine example of your puzzle theory. I thought Patreaus was a smart man, yet he trusts this Administration to have his six? Mais non, mon amie, that is not smart. I have a puzzle piece that has been bugging me, but I simply cannot find where it fits. It is actually more of a gut feeling on my part than a puzzle piece. The Administration bringing down Patreaus can be seen as a coincidence if you fully close one eye, and halfway close the other. General Allen (I think) being investigated tells this Cajun Lady that something just does not pass the smell test. I may be a bit off base here, but it looks to me like Zippy is trying to discredit our Military here…at least the Leadership. I fully realize that our Military is made up of human beings, but I know too many who were in the Military-am related to quite a few-to believe that they cannot be trusted. Am I making too much of a leap here?

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    • No, you are not making too much of a leap at all. I’m “going there” tomorrow after the presser…. yes, diminishing the military in both appearance, perspective and “footprint” is all part of that “flexibility” plan post election……

      The drop in global military footprint via budget cuts, withdrawls, defense reductions, missile withdraw, START treaty acquiesence, is all connected to this “overall global view” that all of our military machinations are derivied from two factors. One – protection of Israel, which the current administration, including every single advisor and leftist believes at their very core. and Second – Global policing as an economic payback for the dollar as global currency.

      Both of which are now subject to deconstruction. How do you deconstruct if you are a Chicago Style alynskite? “Isolate => Ridicule => Marginalize”. Who is currently being isolated, ridiculed and marginalized?

      Then see:

      http://www.rianovosti.com/russia/20121113/177435735.html

      “US President Barack Obama has confirmed plans to visit Russia at the invitation of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the Russian president’s spokesman said on Tuesday,” the Russian outlet reports. “Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Obama made the statement when Putin called a second time to congratulate the US president on his reelection.”

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      • Sharon says:

        It’s a helpless feeling watching a wanna-be tyrant being played by real tyrants like a cat playing with a mouse.

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      • rajabear1 says:

        Agreed. The weather underground actually laid out how and why this must be done to our military back in the 60’s. From what I can see so far, the names of the countries involved have changed, but the game plan is on track and spot on. The top brass have been leaving in droves since early 2000’s and they are replaced by more and more elites–new world order type, if you will. It has stepped up over the last few years.
        Our military has been co-opted-plain and simple. The 60’s radicals, are for all intents and purpose, are running the military. Freakin scary.
        For those who believe that our military would never turn on us civilians, think again. It is a much smaller number than you would think that would stand with us. The gang enlistment has surged and when you have removed government and civics from the education system, you have have many in the ranks who really wouldn’t ‘know any better’ than to obey orders. it’s the ‘progressive’ way. This has been played out over and over though the history of our world. Weaken the military, especially for America, is a must. I do thank God for those who will stand and fight with and for us and I pray for their protection, strength, courage and wisdom as they not only fight our enemies abroad, but also within.

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    • apachetears says:

      Obama and the democrats are going to destroy the American military and re-build it in their own way so it is muzzled, heeled and cannot threaten the world again.
      They said so back when Obama got elected.
      Humanitarian aid is all the military will do from now on.
      If the democrats need to fight a foreign enemy they will be bought off, or nuked into oblivion. Before this is over the military will be hated by the population of this country thus dividing the people from it’s soldiers.
      As the democrats did after Vietnam, this is liberals punishing a conservative military.
      TRI-Care and vets are next up on the one minute hate.

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      • allhail2 says:

        Don’t forget about the “civilian security force.” Keep that little term on the back burner for a while and watch how the heat gradually, without being noticed, increases. It was stated by others that most great countries only last 200 or so years. Anybody care to give an over/under on when AmerRev2 takes shape?

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  2. Knuckledraggingwino says:

    I had been clinging tom the forlorn hope that affair with Broadwell was some type of ruse to conceal efforts to unseat Obama. Obviously; I was wrong. The confirmation that Gen Petreus had an extramarrital affair is disappointing. However; the now established fact that Petreus was willing to help the Obama administration to spin and obfuscate on the abandonment of our USN SEALS at Benghazi so that this poverty pimp who would sacrifice US soldiers on the alter of his political ambition could get reelected is enraging. The libtards who branded General Petreus as “General Betray-us” for supporting the surge in Afghanistan were right, but for the wrong reasons. If the US ever escapes from the grip of liberal tyranny, then General Petreus will become just as infamous as General Bennedict Arnold.

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    • lovemygirl says:

      It appears so. While I do give every Military person the benefit of the doubt, some are not so worthy. But still it is Obama steam-rolling these guys in a public fashion.
      Obama is the target.

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  3. lovemygirl says:

    SD – The background map is from which era? I’m guessing Roman times with the Latin descriptions but then again more detailed and British words. Curious minds want to know. 1400’s or?

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  4. gretchenone says:

    Clear and concise post. Depressing, though. The military seems to be so compromised.

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  5. lovemygirl says:

    Isn’t amazing CNN’s top ten stories today are about the sex scandel and nothing in a month about Benghazi?

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  6. lovemygirl says:

    Just a point I observed, They keep saying the “White House” instead of the “President” did not know until 5:00 PM election night. I guess it depends on what the meaning of “is” is. :(

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  7. Annie says:

    I have an article reprinted many years ago from Christian Economics. It talks about how early Americans lived to inhale the spring breezes of freedom, individuality, and the right to pursue one’s own private life, and equitable justice-for-all, even at the risk of death. It goes on to talk about the first Supreme Court Justice, John Jay who none surpassed in the fineness of his principles, his consistent moral rectitude, the uprightness of his private life and the strength of his religious convictions. When reading, my thoughts moved toward: could this man be inimidated just as Chief Justice Robers was when making a decision that will have a tremendous negative effect on his country. Little did we realize how devious a plan was in the making to take down America.

    The article continues as though it was written yesterday. Josiah Holland expressed the call to live in God’s time: “God give us men! A time like this demands strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands; men whom the lust of office does not kill; ,men whom the spoils of office cannot buy; men who possess opinions and a will; men who have honor; men who will not lie; men who can stand before a demogogue and damn his treacherous flatteries without winking.” I think we are all asking, where is the outrage from our elected officials do any of them possess any of these qualities?

    Benedict Arnold had his price. Major Benedict Arnold was a trusted officer until Congress promoted 5 men of inferior rank ahead of him. His sensitive ambitious nature could not forgive the slight, Washington induced him to stay in the army but in 1780 he conspired with the British Major Andre to betray West Point. He had his price.

    General Petraeus had his price. Mistakenly he put his trust in the wrong people instead of his Creator. Now he paid the ultimate price: his good name and honor vanished overnight.. Charles Spurgeon said, “We believe in no man;s infallibility but it is restful to be sure of one man’s integrity.” So General, it’s your decision. Do you have the integrity that we thought was in your makeup or are you going to slide away as a broken man betraying your country which you had served so admirably.

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  8. AghastInFL says:

    A simple issue bugs me, if the Broadwell affair ended in July/August how did she become privy to documents and specifics regards the Benghazi attack? the information regards the detainees for instance and/or that which is contained in the boxes and computers seized from her home?

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  9. czarowniczy says:

    an FBI element virtually embedded. What bugs me is that the CIA has a FBI element almost embedded. You mean to tell me that the huge and far more tradecraft capable CIA CI division didn’t know that the DCI was being snooped? It’s not as if the Company and the Guys in Cheap Suits don’t like each other, but when the outsider skin-poppers are dogging your boss, that’s a professional insult.

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