Former CIA Director David Petraeus testified in a closed-door hearing Friday morning that his agency determined immediately after the Sept. 11 Libya attack that “Al Qaeda involvement” was suspected — but the line was taken out in the final version circulated to administration officials, according to a top lawmaker who was briefed.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who spoke to reporters after Petraeus testified before the House Intelligence Committee, indicated he and other lawmakers still have plenty of questions about the aftermath of the attack.
“No one knows yet exactly who came up with the final version of the talking points,” he said.
In other words, Obama’s claim that the intelligence community informed the Administration that it was a protest was a lie. No fog of war. No misstatement. No mistake. They scrubbed al Qaeda from the talking points and lied over and over about the nature of the attack including during the debates.
So why did Petraeus play along? Because Obama had Damocles Sword hanging over his head. Paetraeus doubtlessly believed that if he cooperated with the Administration’s cover up, he would weather the storm over his infidelity. Whether there were explicit threats made or Petraeus simply deduced that he should play nice is immaterial. He knew Obama had his balls in a vice and very likely behaved accordingly.