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Petraeusís Quieter Style at C.I.A. Leaves Void on Libya Furor
NY Times ^ | November 2, 2012 | SCOTT SHANE

Posted on 11/03/2012 6:38:43 PM PDT by neverdem

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But the Benghazi crisis has posed an extraordinary test for Mr. Petraeus. After the killings, intelligence officials concerned about exposing the extent and methods of the large C.I.A. presence in the city would say little to reporters for publication. Conservative critics of Mr. Obama seized on a series of reports by Fox News and other outlets to make the incendiary charge shortly before the election that four Americans had died because of the administration’s negligence.

Mr. Petraeus said nothing publicly, but that did not keep him out of the story. Some news reports faulted his secret testimony to Congress days after the attack for supposedly supporting the view that it was not a planned strike but a spontaneous response to an offensive anti-Muslim video. Then, last week, Fox News reported that agency officials had refused desperate requests for help from operatives under fire in Libya, and the agency issued a flat denial. “No one at any level in the C.I.A. told anybody not to help those in need,” its statement said.

Far from ending the speculation, the statement added to it. William Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard, concluded that the agency was pointing its finger at the White House, which he suggested must have refused the requested intervention. “Petraeus Throws Obama Under the Bus” was the headline on the Weekly Standard’s blog.

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On Thursday, hoping to subdue the gathering public relations storm, intelligence officials invited reporters to a background briefing to, in their view, set the record straight. They offered a timeline of C.I.A. actions on the night of the attack, countering the idea that the besieged Americans were left alone under fire, and explaining why some would-be rescue efforts discussed in news reports were never feasible.

Notably, they also sought to rehabilitate Mr. Petraeus from...

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benghazi; benghazigate; kenyanbornmuzzie; libya; petraeus; threatmatrix; threatmatrixbenghazi; waronterror
It was on the Times' front page,
1 posted on 11/03/2012 6:38:43 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Betrayus has a lot of explaining to do, as well as Pinhead Penetta, the Beast Hillary and of course Zero himself. It wasn’t that long ago that Betrayus was spouting the same video lies.


2 posted on 11/03/2012 6:42:37 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: neverdem
Petraeus’s prevarications before the House Intelligence Committee occurred on September 14th. The CYA's cover story, er sorry, timeline, was released on Wednesday. I know the New York Times doesn't even attempt to deliver real time news stories anymore, but 49 days might be a record even for them.
3 posted on 11/03/2012 7:08:38 PM PDT by FredZarguna ("Post Hoc, ergo propter hoc," is no way to reason through life, son.)
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To: neverdem
Finally, on Thursday, with Mr. Petraeus away on a visit to the Middle East, ...

What? Petraeus is away? So then who is the source?

...pressure from critics prompted intelligence officials to give their own account of the chaotic night...

LOL. The NY Times gives us unnamed intelligence officials.

4 posted on 11/03/2012 7:21:15 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: neverdem

5 posted on 11/03/2012 7:39:04 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills and none dare call it treason)
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To: neverdem
Mr. Petraeus is a demanding boss who does not hesitate to order substandard work redone or details of plans adjusted.

“I’ve never seen anyone with his drive — ever,” said Michael J. Morell, the agency’s deputy director. “He remembers what he asks for. Three weeks later he’ll say at a morning meeting: ‘Whatever happened to that? Is that done yet?’ ”

I realize this is highly unusual for Washington, but it hardly describes an outstanding leader who insists on excellence from his subordinates either.

It's telling that the Slimes is out trying to paint a good face on Petraeus and doesn't speak well for Petraeus. I'd feel better about him if the Slimes had their panties in a knot exocoriating him. As is, the paragraph below says it all:

Mr. Petraeus’s discretion and relentless work ethic have had a positive side for him: old tensions with Mr. Obama, which grew out of differing views on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, appear to be gone

6 posted on 11/03/2012 7:44:12 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Don't be afraid to see what you see. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: prairiebreeze

Here’s my comment on the above post, I should’ve previewed:

I realize this is highly unusual for Washington, but it hardly describes an outstanding leader who insists on excellence from his subordinates either.

It’s telling that the Slimes is out trying to paint a good face on Petraeus and doesn’t speak well for Petraeus. I’d feel better about him if the Slimes had their panties in a knot exocoriating him. As is, the paragraph below says it all:.......


7 posted on 11/03/2012 8:19:45 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Don't be afraid to see what you see. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: neverdem

The General has evidently cast his lot with Obama choosing political expediency over Duty, Honor, Country.


8 posted on 11/03/2012 8:22:28 PM PDT by O6ret
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To: neverdem

This is from a newspaper that has continually “outted” CIA operational strategies and techniques. Only the Wash. Post is close to them.

Who do you trust? The NY Times or your own knowledge and common sense?

Petraeus needs to come before Congress and tell the CIA’s whole story (short of exposing operational techniques as yet not discovered or the names/organizations helping the US).

Obama has compromised the integrity and good judgment of too many once honorable people.

And ask yourself, would you believe and follow:
Janet Napolitano (Homeland Security)
Leon Panetta (DOD)
Stephen Chu (Energy)
Katherine Sebelius (Health & Human Services)
Ken Salazar (Interior)
Gen. Martin Dempsey (JCS)

Intelligence czar/advisors - Brennan; Donilon; Clapper

If the answer is NO, then you understand why we are losing around the world and Obama and his mixed Marxists/Islamists are winning.

None dare call it treason!


9 posted on 11/03/2012 10:10:11 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: neverdem
[On Thursday, hoping to subdue the gathering public relations storm, intelligence officials invited reporters to a background briefing to, in their view, set the record straight.]

FOX News was excluded from that briefing. That's a partisan political decision. It's likely the briefers were Obama political appointees. Whether or not Petraeus is innocent or not in this whole scandal may not be known for a while. What's clear is that the White House has turned the CIA, the National Security Council, and the Director of National Intelligence into components of the Obama reelection campaign. If Romney is elected these should be the first heads to roll.

10 posted on 11/03/2012 10:56:46 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

It seems to me that the implicit purpose of this sleazy NYT article is to shift blame away from Obama and onto Patraeus for the decision not to rescue the besieged ambassador and Seals in Benghazi.

The article says that in a secret report to Congress, Patraeus “supposedly” supported the view that (the attack) was not a planned strike but a spontaneous response to an offensive anti-Muslim video.

The writer uses the fact that Patraeus did not attend the funeral of Tyrone Woods to suggest that it was Patraeus and the CIA who were responsible for the decision that abandoned the Stevens and the others.

There is no direct reference in the article to Obama, even though he’s the object of the public outrage. Panetta is described as an innocent little puffball who is gregarious to a fault.


11 posted on 11/03/2012 11:15:42 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: neverdem
The end is near.


12 posted on 11/03/2012 11:37:02 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: clearcarbon

The latest Fox News exclusive is a report that the time line released by the CIA this week is a web of deceit. Unless Petraeus has permitted Panetta to completely side-line him (in which case he should have resigned), then he is the person responsible for having the CIA release misleading information to provide cover for Obama. Whether Petraeus has permitted himself to be neutered by the politicians or has been actively complicit with them, he has dishonoured his previously great reputation, his office and the uniform. A resignation, followed by a detailed account of the Benghazi truth would have changed history. Petraeus has missed an opportunity to do the right thing.


13 posted on 11/04/2012 3:57:12 AM PST by littleharbour
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To: neverdem; All
Judge Jeanine Pirro Nov. 3, 2012 with Retired Army Colonel David Hunt and Former CIA operative Mike Baker
14 posted on 11/04/2012 12:05:18 PM PST by Larousse2 (The price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance. ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: O6ret

I think Petraeus was their first choice of fall guy ... within the past few days if his name was googled it came up with things about Petraeus being a possible Romney VP pick... the powers that be were trying to tie him to Romney. Then that went away. And the New York Times? Gimme a break.. they’re totally owned by the liberal wing of the liberal section of the democrat party. Remember a few months ago when ‘Meet the Press’ pulled out a chart that showed unemployment - and it make the dems look bad? It was a hint that numbers would be jigged in the future for maximum effect closer to the election. And that is what happened. Anything the New York Times prints that look objective is just part of a long con...


15 posted on 11/04/2012 1:32:49 PM PST by GOPJ ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbOuxqK2T34)
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To: GOPJ

Granted it was a story for the Saturday paper, why does the NY T want to remind everybody about Benghazigate? It’s nothing but a disgrace right before Election Day!!!


16 posted on 11/04/2012 6:24:43 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: GOPJ

NY T = NY Times


17 posted on 11/04/2012 6:42:21 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: GOPJ

NY T = NY Times


18 posted on 11/04/2012 6:43:16 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: Larousse2

Thanks for the link.


19 posted on 11/04/2012 9:19:55 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: neverdem
CBS's 60 Minutes is doing a similar thing - they're releasing information they suppressed about Benghazi and Obama's comments on it. They didn't want to look like total liars in the tank for Obama - so they released some of the interview with Obama before the election but not sooooo far ahead of time that it would hurt them. The New York Times is probably doing a similar thing - they assume if THEY believe they've covered their asses, that we'll also believe it.

That's some hint about how delusional the MSM has become...

20 posted on 11/05/2012 10:25:27 AM PST by GOPJ (Obama wants citizens to vote to 'get revenge' ? Democrats are the haters - that's proof.)
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To: neverdem
CBS's 60 Minutes is doing a similar thing - they're releasing information they suppressed about Benghazi and Obama's comments on it.

CBS didn't want to look like total liars - liars in the tank for Obama - so they released some of the interview with Obama before the election but NOT sooooo far ahead of time that it would hurt Obama.

The New York Times is probably doing a similar thing - they assume if THEY believe they've covered their asses, that we'll also believe they've covered their asses.

They're wrong - but it is a hint about how delusional the MSM has become...

21 posted on 11/05/2012 10:29:45 AM PST by GOPJ (Obama wants dems to vote to 'get revenge' ? Democrats are the haters - that's your proof.)
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To: neverdem
CBS's 60 Minutes is doing a similar thing - they're releasing information they suppressed about Benghazi and Obama's comments on it.

CBS didn't want to look like total liars - liars in the tank for Obama - so they released some of the interview with Obama before the election but NOT sooooo far ahead of time that it would hurt Obama.

The New York Times is probably doing a similar thing - they assume if THEY believe they've covered their asses, that we'll also believe they've covered their asses.

They're wrong - but it is a hint about how delusional the MSM has become...

22 posted on 11/05/2012 10:30:12 AM PST by GOPJ (Obama wants dems to vote to 'get revenge' ? Democrats are the haters - that's your proof.)
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