CIA, White House misled us on Benghazi

newsroom@islandpacket.comApril 12, 2014 

Similar to so many, I had the highest respect for the men and women of the CIA. Their intelligence, and work ethic justifies calling them heroic.

But long-time CIA employee and former deputy director Mike Morell made a judgment that was unorthodox and incompetent.

In his congressional testimony, Morell said he went with the judgment of his analyst that the attack on the Benghazi consulate happened because of a video. He chose to ignore a statement to the contrary from the CIA station chief in Libya. Morell also said he was initially unaware that the White House sent out United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice to five Sunday morning shows, claiming the video was the reason for the attack. Morell said he did not know about Rice's dispatch until days after the shows aired.

At a later date, his ultimate boss, President Obama, used the same story before the United Nations and on national TV shows.

Now, we all know that the story of a video leading to the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi was bogus. Terrorists caused the deaths.

Most of us also know that every morning the CIA prepares and delivers an intelligence briefing to the president. Shouldn't Morell, this high-ranking, supposedly intelligent, 32-year veteran of the CIA, have used one of those subsequent morning briefings to give the president a heads-up that it was a terrorist attack, not the video, so the president would not make misleading statements?

Or do you imagine that our president knowingly chose to stick to the video scenario because of his re-election campaign? His claim that "Al Qaida was on the run" would be more helpful to his campaign.

Richard Geraghty


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