What is a form of flattery?
Not to pat myself on the back or anything (Ow, my arm!) but imitation is said to be a form of flattery. Compare and contrast, if you dare.
First, from me on 1 November 2012 regarding Benghazigate and the CIA’s statement:
However, the tone shifts with the next sentence. “No one at any level in the CIA told anyone not to help those in need,” means 1) the CIA was not the decision-make on this issue, 2) the CIA elevated the issue to the decision-maker, and 3) the decision-maker choose to not take action. The assertion is presented as an absolute and it’s an absolute which begs more questions (that is, the kind of questions where depositions are taken and testimony is provided).
And of course, after the fact, Leon Panetta has said: “You don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on.” Not only is this an idiotic offering—the military and first responders almost never have full knowledge of any situation—but it’s effectively a non-denial that requests for aid were not only made, but that they were rejected.
Who was the decision maker, Leon?
Next, from Jed Babbin at The American Spectator on 11.12.12:
The statement said that no one in the CIA chain of command turned down those pleas for help. Which could only mean two things. First, it confirmed that the pleas for help did come, and were heard at the highest levels of government. Second, that someone higher than Petraeus had to have turned down the requests for help from Americans under fire. In the executive branch of government, the only person who outranks a cabinet member such as the CIA Director is the president.
Actually, the Director of National Intelligence has the entire intelligence community including the CIA; that’s why Clapper could suggest Petraeus resign. But
my Babbin’s larger point is correct: the non-response of the U.S. government regarding the Benghazi terror attacks has been both a tragic debacle and a national security scandal.
And while great minds may think alike, some think faster than others. (And for less pay, I’m sure.)
Think the Administration will appoint a special prosecutor a la Valerie Plame and Scooter Libby? Me neither…