November 18th, 2012
08:02 PM ET

Petraeus testimony settles little

By Gregory Wallace

Republican legislators on Sunday questioned the motives behind the Obama administration’s initial description of the September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, after Friday briefings on Capitol Hill from the former CIA director.

Asked whether the Obama administration’s initial description of the attacks as “spontaneous” was an attempt to avoid a discussion about terrorist groups being involved, Sen. Roy Blunt said, “Until you hear a better explanation, that's the only conclusion you could reach.”

“You have to have a really good reason why you don't give the American people the information you had, unless you think you're somehow going to really endanger the people that are in other parts of the world,” the Missouri Republican said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

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  1. Thomas Sabo Charms is the best choice for you

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    March 16, 2013 at 2:41 am | Reply
  2. jake

    Republicans are you ready for the impachment hearings? I sure you can waste a year or two trying to make a case of
    treason against Obama.

    November 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  3. dog4dog

    i wonder since the ambassador got killed if the attackers new the layout of the place, seems like when someone that high up gets killed that it is well coordinated/planned, maybe the attackers had been working in the consulate or sometime gained access, anyways I bet video surveillance of the previous week would show the guilty hanging around on numerous occasions, that would have to be the case unless it was spontaneous

    November 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  4. Wayne

    I truly wonder how much money is being spent on these meaninless matters- The time I see wasted on these issues is unbelievable. Do the Americans know everyone is laughing at you and I mean everyone. Your politics is a sham when all as you can talk about is Speaking notes and a affair . You have starving people in your country, your Infrastructure is failing, you owe more money than can be made, your losing wars. All this and you are stuck on a penis adventure and speaking note Interpretation. All I can really say is Growup you sound and act like 8 year olds.

    November 19, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  5. Araminta Ross

    Too much confusion here. It's a very simple concept: The stovepipe created under Sec. Napolitano created an enormous amount of smoke. The CIA sent the truth to the Justice Dept. where Mr. Holder sent it through an aerator. Mr. Holder then blew it over to the State Dept where Amb Rice inhaled. The distinguished Amb. Rice, then blew the smoke out from behind the mic all over national TV. She's a very accomplished diplomat. I thought I even saw a smoke ring or two. I really hope Congress gets it soon.

    November 19, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply
  6. Hahahhahaahahahha

    There's NOTHING to settle!!!!!! The general banged a broad!!! Nothing more. Nothing less. That is unless we keep national security information coded in the general's DNA!!!!!!!!! Hahahahahahahahah

    November 19, 2012 at 8:46 am | Reply
  7. Mike

    What a massive fuss by McCain and other GOP ers. Why didn't they react when Grorge Bush hoodwinked the entire nation and launched a war where thousands of young American soldiers died in vain. It is very clear that McCain has still not got over the thrashing he received from President Obama. Also if the GOP focuses on irrelevant issues they will end up with few votes and seats in 2016.

    November 18, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Reply
  8. freedom

    All Americans should be wanting answers from this administration concerning the murders of these four brave men. This is not a republican issue. A democrat was the commander-in-chief at the time this happened. Other democrats should be insisting on answers as well. And all of the media should be asking tough questions from all those involved – including the president. This is an American issue – and we owe it to the the ones who were killed to honor their memory.

    November 18, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Reply
    • Insight Law Firm

      Oh....An American issue. They always are when you guys can tar and feather a sitting Democrat President. But when it is a Republican, then being American means not asking any questions of the hallowed Commander in Chief.

      No Cred.

      November 19, 2012 at 1:15 am | Reply
    • Reginald Walme

      Excuse me but did you show the same concern regarding the Iraqi invasion when the general public was provided false information. Did Iraqi have weapons of mass destruction? The answer to that one is NO. Was Iraqi involved with 911 as the Bush administration stated? The answer to that one is NO. Did Iraqi have the mysterious vehicles to build chemical weapons on the move as the Bush administration claim? The answer to that one was no. The last claim by the Bush administration was that Saddam was the equivalent to Adolph Hitler? You really believed that one? What didn’t the Republican Party call for a hearing regarding these false claims?

      November 19, 2012 at 8:11 am | Reply
    • I Beat-Off Into The Flag

      Here's another American issue; Sgt. Robert Bales. He'll probably get off with a lenient sentence, but hey, he was gallantly defending our freedom whilst simultaneously murdering 17 civilians in the name of empire.

      November 19, 2012 at 11:00 am | Reply
  9. Hillcrester

    Fast and Furious, Solyndra, Vince Foster, Whitewater, Benghazi–the GOP will investigate anything to mask theirnabject inability to legislate. Truly pathetic! Then add in birthers, socialism, Obamaphones, free stuff, etc. They truly have nothing going for them. Someone needs to create a credible second political party,

    November 18, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  10. Portland tony

    In a perfect world, mistakes would never happen. It is illogical to assume that anyone in our government would want bad things to happen to our people stationed in a foreign country. If the Ambassador's excursion to Benghazi had been planned by higher ups and he was directed into harms way, there would be culpability somewhere up the chain of the command. This wasn't the case since his journey to Benghazi was initiated by the Ambassador himself to meet with Libyan friends he had worked with during the original uprising. As we know things went badly on the ground and a tragedy occurred. Yet politics have entered the investigation of what actually happened. How Senators McCain and Graham can play the blame game is just plain idiotic at this point. Jeez

    November 18, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Reply
  11. Matt Prior

    It is surprising that Obama rejected the characterization of this attack as being a "terrorist attack". What is less surprising is, of course, the media's reluctance to question their Messiah. Disgusting.

    November 18, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Reply
    • I Beat-Off Into The Flag

      You lost. Life sucks. Deal with it.

      November 19, 2012 at 11:01 am | Reply

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