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Who Modified the Talking Points? The Director of National Intelligence

November 21st, 2012 Viewed 1481 times

American flag flies in the autum sunSo, it turns out that we know who changed the talking points, but why this has been a secret for so long, that’s still up in the air:

CBS News has learned that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) cut specific references to “al Qaeda” and “terrorism” from the unclassified talking points given to Ambassador Susan Rice on the Benghazi consulate attack – with the agreement of the CIA and FBI. The White House or State Department did not make those changes.

The excuse for not coming forward earlier?  We didn’t know that it would be that big a deal, we do this all the time:

Another source, a senior U.S. official familiar with the drafting of the talking points, tells CBS News the “controversy this word choice has caused came as a surprise.”

“The points were not, as has been insinuated by some, edited to minimize the role of extremists, diminish terrorist affiliations, or play down that this was an attack,” the official tells CBS News, adding that there were “legitimate intelligence and legal issues to consider, as is almost always the case when explaining classified assessments publicly.”

The longer it drags out, the less it sounds like the truth.

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What Does Petraeus Have To Lose?

November 16th, 2012 Viewed 1818 times

flagDavid Petraeus, at the heart of recent marital and security scandals, and at the heart of the Benghazi cover-up, will come before Congress today, and The Weekly Standard believes that he will report something different from the last time he was there the last time:

David Petraeus is going to tell members of Congress that he “knew almost immediately after the September 11th attack, that the group Ansar al Sharia, the al Qaeda sympathizing group in Libya was responsible for the attacks,” CNN reports.

In his closed door meeting on the Hill,  “[Petraeus] will also say he had his own talking points separate from U.N. ambassador Susan Rice. [Hers] came from somewhere other in the administration than his direct talking points,” Barbara Starr of CNN reports, referencing a source close to Petraeus.

So he’s distancing himself and the CIA from the political operation, but still saying that he knew one thing about the incident, but testified to another.  Interesting.

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America: Where Everyone is a Statistical Anomaly

January 10th, 2011 Viewed 1783 times
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English: Number of terrorist incidents for 2009 (January – June). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The odds of you dying from a heart attack are much higher than dying by a terrorist attack.  Yet which do you think Americans fear more?

This past weekend, an act of aggression was taken out upon innocent civilians by a person who was mentally unstable.  The act killed some, wounded others, and has left the many rushing around asking “what can we do to prevent this from ever happening again?!”


The answer, unfortunately, is “not much.”


Was He Right on the War?

June 13th, 2008 Viewed 1416 times

GBush360_350592aIt’s fashionable in the last year of a second-term administration to try to distance oneself from the President.  For the three two-term Presidencies that I’ve been alive for, only one of them sought out the current President for help, and even he tried to distinguish himself from his predecessor.

These last two Presidents have had this in spades.  In 2000, Al Gore wanted to disassociate himself as much as possible with then President Bill Clinton—and who could blame him?  Only the second President in the history of the nation to be impeached, one that mainstreamed a sexual practice, and taught us to question the basic meaning of words.


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