Who wrote the ‘talking points’ for General Petraeus?

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General Petraeus testified behind closed doors today, but reports are coming out that Petraues says he believed it was a terrorist attack from early on and that he was going off of ‘talking points’ when he mentioned the video. So, who wrote the ‘talking points’ for him to read? Glenn reacted to the news on radio this morning.

“The good general, General Petraeus, is up on the Hill now. He is up testifying before closed doors in congress. He says that he knew that it was a terrorist strike within 24 hours. Now, this is a big deal because this is, remember, the president said a week later that Ambassador Rice only said those things because that’s what the intel from the CIA said. He also ‑‑ and apparently this is a very big deal. He also said that when he appeared in front of congress on the 14th after he knew it was a terrorist strike, he appeared in front of congress and he said that it was ‑‑ had something to do with this video. He said he was using talking points,” Glenn said.

“The talking points, that’s a political reference. The CIA doesn’t use talking points. They use briefings. So a source close to the general revealed late last night, early this morning that he was going to talk about these talking points. We’re not sure if he’s going to say who gave the talking points. It appears that they were based on a briefing and then it went through several hands of several different agencies. He is going to say he doesn’t know who gave the final draft of these talking points.”

“Here’s my speculation, and it’s pure speculation. Anything could happen today. But I’m trying to put myself into the shoes of a general who took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. But more importantly, he took an oath to his brothers in arms. He took an oath of loyalty that he would be there for them, and I think this man saw himself slide. I think when he was ‑‑ remember when he was testifying on the 14th, he had just been notified that he was under investigation by the FBI. Now, if that doesn’t ‑‑ if that doesn’t give one moment to pause, at the height of a campaign. Let’s put the ‑‑ let’s put the ‑‑ let’s put the events in order here. Benghazi happens. The word is, is that General Ham, a friend of Petraeus, is readying the troops to go, getting them out, getting them launched. Somebody gives them the order to stand down. That’s not something that comes from Petraeus. Petraeus is an old soldier and a friend of Ham’s.”

“Now, they would all be talking amongst themselves. Ham is apparently the guy who said, “We’re not standing down; continue to ready the troops. We’ve got to launch the troops.” That’s when Petraeus apparently said, “General Ham, stand down.” Now, the only one that can give the order really to stand down is not the Secretary of Defense but that’s the president of the United States. The only one that can issue the order to launch, the only one that can issue the order to stand down would be the president of the United States. Secretary of Defense was with the president of the United States. My speculation is that Petraeus was on Ham’s side, but Petraeus, whatever was going on in Benghazi, knew what was going on in Benghazi. He was already deeply involved and, quite honestly, I think the man’s ‑‑ I think the man’s soul had already started to wither away. He had been making really bad, wrong decisions. But there’s nothing more sobering than body bags. Stand down.”

“So he stands down, and he says nothing. And SEALs die, and he has to live with it. Now, did he do everything he could to save them? As the CIA director, yes. There’s nothing he could do. The guys who were the SEALs that died, they were CIA. They weren’t military. And they went, but Petraeus had no authority to send in more drones, armed drones. He couldn’t do anything. He couldn’t launch an aircraft. He couldn’t send another SEAL team. He couldn’t send in Delta Force. His hands were tied.”

“But I’ve got to believe that a man like Petraeus wondered to himself, ‘What the hell am I doing,’ and then the phone call came: ‘By the way, General, you’re under investigation with the FBI.”‘Well, I know what? ‘Oh, by the way, you have to testify in front of congress. By the way, we have some talking points based on some intel that we’ve collected from several different agencies.’ I believe he took the talking points. I believe he just went with them and said, ‘I am in so much trouble right now.’ And the minute he gave that testimony, I think he regretted it. Because once he gave that testimony, if I’m ‑‑ if I’m a movie writer and I’m trying to write a movie that you will believe, that’s when somebody else comes into his life and says, “Good. Now General, we need you to continue to say this.” And he’s driving home or he’s at home and something happens and he’s like, “What the hell have I even turned into? I am going to ‑‑ I’m going to clean up my life. They’re not going to hold this over me. I’ve become everything that I swore I never would. When I was a young cadet, I believed in something.” This is the movie that I hope is being made right now. “I believed in something. I’m not going to play this game anymore. I will tell the truth and let the chips fall where they may,” but the devil on his shoulder says, ‘But General, if you do that, you will go in front of congress and you will have to ‑‑ you’ll have to tell them that you lied.'”

“Now, if he’s truly redeemed, he will do that today. It seems to be that he is dancing around that, but a man with real honor will redeem himself and say, ‘Yes, I understand that I can go to prison for lying to congress, but I was afraid. I was afraid to bring this out in front of my ‑‑ for my family, my wife. I had made mistakes. I was under investigation. I had pressure on me. I made a mistake. I lied. But I want to correct it now. And if it means that I go to jail, then it means I go to jail. I’m prepared for that consequence.’ That’s a real hero. Don’t know if he’ll do that. But I’m hoping that he has had a moment of redemption because we all have our own bottoms: Did this guy bottom out with this sex scandal. Has that wrecked his life enough? Has he felt enough pain to where he says, ‘I just, I want to surrender. I’ll just do whatever I have to do to set things right.’ We will see. Testimony today. Testimony right now with General Petraeus.”

Following Petraeus’s testimony, Rep. Peter King gave FOX News some of the information that was shared at the testimony. TheBlaze reports:

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said former CIA Director David Petraeus told lawmakers Friday that he believed all along that terrorists were involved in attacking the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya — at odds with his initial testimony two months ago when he labeled the Sept. 11 assault a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Islam video.

“General Petraeus’ testimony today was that from the start he told us that this was a terrorist attack, that terrorists were involved from the start,” King told reporters after the closed-door hearing before the House intelligence committee. “I told him in my question I had a very different recollection of that.”

King added, “The clear impression we were given was that the overwhelming amount of evidence was that it arose out of a spontaneous demonstration and it was not a terrorist attack…he has I think a different impression of the impressions he left on Sept. 14.”

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    As director of the CIA yes his hands were tied in regards to what he could do during the attack itself; yet he choose to initially go along with the cover story of the administrations claim it was a ‘video’ behind the assault.

    I have been hearing too many contradictory stories of his testimony today behind closed doors to know what to believe! I hope Petraeus remembered his oath and his honor, and told the full story of Obama’s and everyone else’s actions and what really happened in Benghazi and the deeds surrounding it as well.

    • BentGhazi

      Well, if this ever makes it out of committee and into impeachment proceedings, the video and audio from inside the situation room will have to be introduced into evidence, then the lying will have to stop. 

      Congress needs to demand to view this information, and it should be removed from the custody of the Executive Branch immediately. If it isn’t found or is altered/damaged/destroyed, then there is another felony account to be placed at Obama’s feet. 

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    No matter how damning the testimony is against Obama, if it is, Reid will ensure no articles of impeachment come before the Senate unless it threatens the Democratic party as a whole.

    We have a narcissistic, sociopath and pathological liar for President who sees himself as an Emperor and god-king: Emperor Caligula-Obama. And none of those who surround him will tell the truth and send him crashing to earth.

    ALL of them belong in jail.

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  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Who wrote them – someone high in the admin who is blackmailing Petraeus and threatening his family with harm.

    All of those surrounding Benghazi and the death of four men, plus leaving 30 others to their deaths if not for two SEALS who chose to ignore orders and do what is right, should be:

    Duly stripped of office.
    Duly arrested.
    Duly charged.
    Duly tried.
    Duly convicted.
    Duly sentenced to life.
    Duly have the cell door welded shut behind them.

  • landofaahs

    How many more people will hjave to have their reputations ruined and their careerss ended because of this America hating president?

    • BentGhazi

      Well, if the Congress will wake the hell up maybe we can save a few people and this nation in the process. Impeach the narcissist SOB!

    • Draxx

      Like there was no cohersion, and no duress with how this administration works… (I don’t believe it, they cornered him and set him up.).

  • Anonymous

    I’m gonna say it was Valerie Jarrett. After all she’s the real President 

    • Anonymous

      I totally agree, she has been our de facto President since the very beginning of this fiasco.   Like Fast & Furious, BenghaziGate  will not receive a full, open door testimony and someone or several someones are going to get away with murder. Treason means nothing anymore !
      We have 2 political parties in this country, the corrupt and the stupid !

    • BentGhazi

      I hope that isn’t really true, but if it is, she deserves no less than what those four men got.

    • Anonymous

       You are correct and also the real Commie in the Whitehouse.  After all, she is the one that uncovered the rock where Van Jones, the Communist, resided.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/BW6SRPQ2672AHQ4PONKIQVUWM4 Tessie

      That was my first thought, too! 

    • Anonymous

      That has been my theory all along.  Jarrett is Barry’s closest confidant.  She’s also a red-diaper baby who was born in Iran.  She’s a Chicago-style political hack, like Axelrod.  She also twice told Barry to not give the order to kill Bin Laden.  So there’s the precedent for Benghazi-gate — and the elevation of selfish political survival over the lives of four Americans!!

      Does it make any sense that to conclude that Barry did not consult with Jarrett over a decision that he probably felt could determine the outcome of his bid for  re-election?

      Wake-up America!  Four Americans were needlessly slaughtered and ever since Barry and his gang have been trying to cover it up.

  • dhsurg

    Petraeus was blackmailed into following the Obama deception that this was a spontaneous uprising about the obscure video.  Obama’s White House already knew all about Petraeus and Broadwell and were using this as leverage on Petraeus to testify with Obama talking points.  Ambassador Rice is nothing but an Obama stooge who lied over and over to everyone.  Obama lied over and over, blaming the video rather than facing up to the fact that his policies have failed.

    • Anonymous

      I totally agree!!!

  • BentGhazi

    The general is doing his duty to the end, but it remains to be seen if his loyalty has been a bit misplaced. Obama was ready, willing and able to throw the man under the bus, and make big bold and foolish displays of feigned defense of UN Ambassador Rice yesterday. We don’t see Obama jumping in to clarify this man’s role or actions in Obama’s coverup conspiracy. He’s stuck his neck out over the block on this and on behalf of the Commander In Chief – I would not be surprised if they were trying all along to stick Petraeus with this tar baby. 

    The general should stop and think about what happens next – he needs to ignore that affair business and tell the truth in totality. People don’t care as much about his personal indiscretions as they do something that cost four people their lives needlessly. That is what is angering the people, not his dalliances. Obama dangles it out there like trying to bait a fish into getting hooked. It’s ultimately Obama that is responsible for this – not the people he is using in his effort to mask the truth.

    • Anonymous

      Someone needs to bring the chief down, it might as well be Patraeus. Who better than an ex-commander. The cards of fools are starting to fall.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2DAQQPFGGFEPWDM3DRJ2OFJAMY Jake

    the word president does not belong  in the same sentence as that terrorist. terrorist  obama i wish evryone would refuse to all him that

  • http://www.facebook.com/wvlover Richard Martin Szasz

    Were is the justice for the parents, wives, children, brothers, sisters. Obama made the statement awhile back that he would take care of matters in a timely way. Sure he will, just like Clinton handled the Cole terroist attacks.

  • Anonymous

    Which LIE do they want us to believe?

  • Anonymous

    My bet is on Valerie Jarrett as being the one that altered the Talking Points.  She is another Commie in the WhiteHouse.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMJUHF4UNZWSLIDRXPSSTOHA3Q Shane

    Obama, Axelrod, and Rice must testify under oath before Congress. We cannot believe anything that comes out of the White House.

  • Anonymous

    Once again, glenn beck shows his bigoted and racist hatred for the President.
    Not one of glenn beck’s accusations are based on fact, they are based on glenn beck’s assumptions.
    Thank you glenn beck for once again showing America that you will make up anything in order to attack the President.

    • SoThere

      You’re the only  racist scumbag here strtlk.  You’ve proven that by the thousands of hate filled posts that you’ve spammed this site with.
      Strtlk the vulgar cockroach is back again spamming this site with his ignorant posts.  Strtlk has an unhealthy fixation on Glenn Beck and little children.  He needs help but refuses to get any.

      You keep putting your racist, bigoted comments in your spamming attempts here.  It’s not working.

      “I hope you die soon, but I will have nothing to do with it. You are a racist, bigoted and unstable bitch who will say enough to bring that upon yourself.”

      Stop drinking the blue toilet water strtlk, you’ll feel better.

    • Guest

      I see only confirmed facts in this topic.  Only racist bigoted liberals try to spin these facts into lies.  Just look at strtlk , Jim and darom.  they bought into the lies from the White House as well.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/K7GR2CCKEY7NQYTLFMJK3AQIX4 Nate

        Could you please try to have just one coherent thought?

        • BentGhazi

          You first. I’ve got a revolutionary idea for you – try to post something on topic and that is reality based backed up by facts. I know this will be a new concept for you, but I have confidence you can at least make an attempt at relevance. 

    • BentGhazi

      You are the most annoying troll on this site. Congratulations on that crowning achievement.
      You either need to pay attention to the facts or shut up because you make yourself look bone stupid with posts like this.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/K7GR2CCKEY7NQYTLFMJK3AQIX4 Nate

        Guess everyone that disagrees with you is just “stupid”, eh?  Geeez!  You could at least use a different vocabulary term now and then to spice it up.  ‘Stupid’ gets kinda dull and doesn’t reflect so well on you, either.  Perhaps could benefit from night classes.

        • BentGhazi

          Nope, but it just so happens you are witless. We need to get you into the witless protection program right away!

          Was that better? It works for me.

    • BentGhazi

      “General Petraeus testified behind closed doors today, but reports are coming out that Petraeus says he believed it was a terrorist attack from early on and that he was going off of ‘talking points’ when he mentioned the video”.
      Those are facts, and Beck did not make that up. Sometimes I wonder if you are really this much of a moron, or if you have to work at it to appear to be this ignorant. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW6ALM3N2YFTOT6TN3GZGAHQG4 Frank Balcer

      Glenn’s accusations are fact based He does research on stuff, He also studies history. were do you get your so called facts from? the only one who makes stuff up to attack somebody is you. you have your head so far up your butt you don’t know what the truth is. the truth to you is whatever you you think it is without doing any researching. so just keep your mouth shut.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW6ALM3N2YFTOT6TN3GZGAHQG4 Frank Balcer

      Glenn’s accusations are fact based He does research on stuff, He also studies history. were do you get your so called facts from? the only one who makes stuff up to attack somebody is you. you have your head so far up your butt you don’t know what the truth is. the truth to you is whatever you you think it is without doing any researching. so just keep your mouth shut.

  • J Cole

    Awww…are all you buttthurt Republicans still mad at Obama for wiping out your last two candidates? LOL


    • Xray 0-1 Actual

      Nah, we’re angry because of: a) 2 months of no answers on 4 dead Americans in Libya and b) liberal trolls like you.

  • Anonymous

    What does Beck exactly think the Obama administration is covering up?  Has he said this at all?   So far from what I can tell, with regards to Patreus, he thinks that he was blackamiled by the administration due to his affair.  Assuming Beck is right, what does he fear the admin. is covering up?  

  • Anonymous

    Just wonder what went through General Petraus’ mind when Rafael Prieto, member of Secret Service assigned to security detail for President Obama was found dead of an apparent suicide in a car with motor running in a parking garage on October 27th.  It was not reported in the news until November 1st.  Few paid attention – it was right in the middle of the drama of Hurricane Sandy

  • Anonymous

    Peter King should know about terrorist, he supported and funded them in N. Ireland in the 80’s and 90’s.  Disgusting man. 

  • Anonymous

    The rest of the story is that when Gen. Ham was told to “Stand Down” he refused and continued with his plants to send in assistance. His second in command told him that he was relieved of his command. If Gen. Ham is not in serious trouble for disobeying orders, it is because once they had accomplished their prupose, whoever gave that order, backed off rather than add Gen. Ham’s dismissal to this festering story. The onlyperson who has authority to make such a threat to a general is the President because he is Commander in Chief. This is the smoking gun. But will Gen. Ham speak up and risk being disgraced like Petraus was? Obama’s ambassador was recruiting and supplying aid and assistance, including arms, to known terrorists. That’s the reason there were no US security personel in the area.Obama is a muslim. Muslims are not allowed to make war on other Muslims. At hiii press conference, the Pres. said he gave order to do whatever was necessary to go to their assistance as long as it didn’t enganger civilians or cause collareral damage. The terrorist main tactics is to kill ad maim innocents. Why is the US and Israel the only countrie that aren’t llowed to inflict collateral damage?

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