|The fires of Benghazi have spread to the Oval Office [Reuters]|
Click here for related report [Wall Street Journal]
|Mr Axelrod, I don't run away from Stalinist blackmailers!|
Mr Axelrod's apparent smear campaign against General Petraeus is apparently subject to the Law of Unintended Consequences.
We suspect he presumed that blackmailing Petraeus over his extramarital affair could force Petraeus' silence; wrong guy to blackmail since Petraeus immediately made the affair public, and made a Media splash by resigning -- drawing global attention to an event that had almost been successfully buried by the Press.
|We can't coerce him now,|
can the Media smear him?
Oh, the horror of it all.
The key to this scenario is that since Mr Obama accepted General Petraeus' resignation, he cannot force Petraeus' silence by imposing Executive Privilege [As he did with the Fast&Furious scandal]
It appears that the Chicago political machine may be disturbing the comfort level of Congress, particularly as some are quite familiar with the Stalinist techniques -- perhaps taught to Axelrod by his grandparents who reportedly worked for Joe Stalin.
ballot box stuffing techniques that just beat the GOP -- and are now coming to light in local expose's?
Astute Democrats recall the smear campaigns against Mr Obama's opponents in Chicago in both his State Legislature and US Senate Campaign in which Mass Media accusations of sexual misconduct that were too egregious for his opponents to easily defend themselves against -- forcing them to drop out, and/or lose the election.
Older pols remember LBJ's absolute power that he wielded using J Edgar Hoover's blackmail machine. Corrupt as they all are, they're not willing to put that kind of power into the hands of Socialists over whom they have no control.
|Mr Holder, don't ever by-pass me!|
She was outraged that she didn't learn from the Attorney General months ago that the FBI was conducting an on-going investigation into the conduct of the top US intelligence manager. She was especially angered that the news was withheld from her until AFTER the election, and worse, that she learned of it through the Media. She advises that she may still call Petraeus to testify
|Clapper: FBI, You report to ME![CSMonitor]|
Then again, if he is called to testify under oath,
he won't perjure himself for Obama.
|Is it time for Impeachment?[Politico]|
He questions the FBI investigation timeline, and now demands to know WHEN/IF the President was informed; and if the President WAS informed, why the President did not inform Congress.
Is there a whole new Congressional hearing opening up?
Is the groundwork being laid for Impeachment?
But, let's look at some more conspiracy issues.
resistant the CIA was to Petraeus as Director, particularly since they could not manipulate him as they did Panetta. Petraeus was in the midst of restructuring the Agency to meet national intelligence requirements as opposed to running their own operations off the radar, informing him via an "...Oh by the way, we're doing X, Y, and Z." It's an old manipulation scheme that was quite successful -- until Petraeus showed up.
Keep in mind that the CIA is not the top level intelligence organization it used to be as it is now full of former law enforcement folks from DEA, ATF, the highway patrol, and even local precinct police houses. Under Clinton, the quality of operational folks deteriorated and we had phonies like Valerie Plame pretending to be Covert Operatives. Under Bush, the Agency successfully displaced Director Porter Goss -- an intelligence pro -- to protect their turf.
|Former CIA Director [Global Post]|
So, now, it appears it will be Petraeus versus Obama; even if Obama wins, he loses since so many new controversial issues will be opened that he will likely be crippled for what remains of his term -- before he faces Impeachment. He may decide to resign.
For a quick recap on Benghazi:
|Flash Override = Officer in Distress!|
|GEN Ham and ADM Gaouette|
2) Admiral Gaouette, Commander of Carrier Strike Group Three [CSG3] ordered his fighter and helicopter assets to respond -- notifying the Pentagon, and was immediately relieved of his command.
[Axelrod Spin: "Admiral Gaouette was relieved because he was a 'coup plotter'!"
Perhaps he planned to drive his carrier force down Pennsylvania Avenue?]
4) The "enemy" assault force was revealed to be al-Qaeda/Muslim Brotherhood, dispatched by Egyptian President Morsi -- installed with the assistance of President Obama and the King of Saudi Arabia following the Arab Spring uprising. The Muslim Brotherhood successfully hijacked the Egyptian popular election, and took control of Egypt.
5) The Libyan military protection force, guarding the Consulate was under the ultimate command of a Muslim Brotherhood officer, who ordered the force to "Stand Down" just prior to the assault.
|6th Fleet positioned off Libya|
8) But, why send in military response forces from the US Mainland when Europe is populated with US military forces, and there were/are several hundred US Navy ships in attack mode with the Fifth and Sixth Fleets, chock full of aircraft carriers, missile cruisers, and Special Operations Forward Staging Bases such as the USS Ponce.
a) The response time for this massive array of US military ranged from 15 minutes to one hour; the assault continued for about nine hours.
|24th MEU was on station|
all ready and prepared to enter combat.
c) The Quick Response Force [the 173d Airborne Brigade Combat Team], based in Italy, is specifically equipped and was available to launch.
d) Also available was Combat Task Force 67 -- a quick response Naval combat force.
e) Admiral Gauouette's Carrier Strike Force was complemented by Carrier Strike Forces 8 and 12; the three Strike Forces represented a massive amount of naval air power, plus attack and rescue helicopters, plus amphibious assault forces, plus two AC-130s assigned to Libya for Force Protection.
e) Reliable sources report that high resolution video coverage of the entire assault was broadcast from an aerial reconnaissance drone positioned over the Consulate; and the assault was reportedly viewed by the President and Secretary Panetta [and Valerie Jarrett] in the White House Sit Room.
The following morning, Mr Obama conducted his Rose Garden brief to inform the Media and the US public that a spontaneous mob had protested an offensive video and attacked the US Consulate in Benghazi, killing the Ambassador. The Administration repeated this story for two weeks, to include briefing that story to the United Nations.
Why did the assault occur?
Ambassador Stevens' contractors [the former SEALs] tracked the shipments; Stevens flew to Italy to report his findings to the State Department and to the President -- and in doing so, signed his own death warrant from the Oval Office.
Ambassador Stevens was the "Man Who Knew Too Much".