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  •  Go Sarah, Bob Woodward used to .... (9+ / 0-)

    ... write stuff like this before he became a megaphone for the VRWC (tongue in cheek, and yet...).

    Good on your student friend and excellent presentation of facts without a whiff of editorial or unsubstantiated innuendo.   The staff at Politico could take a lesson from it.

      •  Ditto Sarah. (9+ / 0-)

        I'm getting annoyed at everyone who shouts "CT" when someone writes about this.  

        There may well be something important beyond the 'sex scandal' aspect...or there is nothing, and the GOP is twisting itself into pretzels trying to make that nothing into some sort of  impeachable offense.

        It's important to keep on the chain of events, the who, where's and what's...if only to keep them from doing so (or to expose their process, which would amount to the same thing if there were any justice in the world.)

        I think your student did a great job.  Far more professional and painstaking than many journalists I know.  You must be a great teacher!

        It is very interesting to me that the right keeps their fingernails dug into Benghazi even now, when even their water-carrier Woodward says there is nothing there.  Thank God he has some integrity left.  I suggest that this strategy (and I believe it is a very deliberate strategy, not real outrage - except by military guys like John McCain who are kept out of the inner cabal's works) had its roots back in the spring, when we hear Mitt Romney and his supporters in the 47% video waxing nostalgic abou the good ol' days of the Iran-Hostage crisis and how Reagan and his peeps manipulated that to their advantage.  Yes, they really talk about that - go back and check.  It's chilling.  And Romney says, "If anything like that happened, I would work to take advantage of it."  

        Fast forward to the Romney camp's jumping the gun on their Benghazi press conference, before most of the facts were known.  

        No I'm not a full-fledged CT nut who thinks they were somehow behind the attack.  But I do think there has been some insider information, classified or not, that played into the Romney camp's very deliberate strategy to paint Obama as Carter in terms of foreign policy.  Obviously the attempt failed miserably pre election (!!!) but they are still at it.  Inexplicably.  

        I don't think they'd still be at it unless they felt there was something more to milk from it.  They'd be throwing some new Obama outrage at the wall hard, to see if it sticks.

        How Petraeus, his GF, Allen,  the sleazy Tampa socialite, and my favorite skeevy character, the "Shirtless FBI Dude" with the "anti-Obama worldview" fit into all this is still a mystery.  I do think Broadwell's casual mention of the secret prisons in her Denver speech could be a hint.

        It would be interesting for your student to contact Ron Kessler, former WP writer and best-selling author now working for one of the RW rags.  Ron (full disclosure, a friend and a great guy except for his political views!) wrote "inside the FBI" and maintains good relations there.  They love him.  The FBI hates the CIA.  I would take everything he says with the understanding of the very, very red anti-Obama filter through which he sees the world, but I'd be curious what he "claims" the FBI's position is on this now.

        ABC News has this:

        The FBI withheld its findings about Gen. David Petreaus' affair from the White House and congressional leaders because the agency considered them the result of a criminal investigation that never reached the threshold of an intelligence probe, law enforcement sources said today.

        The sources said agents followed department guidelines that generally bar sharing information about developing criminal investigations. The FBI is also aware of its history under former director J. Edgar Hoover of playing politics and digging into the lives of public figures. As one official said, the rules are designed to protect people (both private and elected officials) when negative information about them arises in the course of a criminal investigation that is not a crime.

        …Investigators uncovered no compromising of classified information or criminal activity, sources familiar with the probe said, adding that all that was found was a lot of "human drama."

        "The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion." - Bodhidharma

        by hopesprings on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:15:04 AM PST

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        •  Thank you! (2+ / 0-)
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          Thank you for reading my Diary and thank you for sharing your valuable information.

          •  My pleasure (0+ / 0-)

            ...Obama was strongly backing up the FBI in his press conference and confirming their right to follow their own protocols. Kessler was suggesting that the FBI was furious at Obama (for??? for??? I think maybe by the 'FBI', he's talking about those agents who would sit with "Shirtless FBI Dude" at his lunch table to discuss their shared "worldviews").

            It sounds to me, again, like reality is not backed up the CT but the right is digging into it even deeper.

            Perhaps to "create their own reality," to paraphrase Karl Rove, who still evidently has disdain for anything fact-based.

            "The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion." - Bodhidharma

            by hopesprings on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 11:24:31 AM PST

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    •  I agree (7+ / 0-)

      The "conservative entertainment complex" is hard at work putting a disingenous spin on this whole sordid affair (no pun intended) as we speak. The best way to counter this spin is to present the facts, or the lack thereof, as straight forward as possible. The fact that these two Rep's offices chose to not comment is clearly a FACT in and of itself. The author has not mis-lead or mis-represented anything here. How many important coverups and conspiracies have been exposed after a good journalist asked a valid question and received a "no comment" in response. Kudos for asking the question.

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