Over at the Weekly Standard William Kristol blogged the following:
Breaking news on Benghazi: the CIA spokesman, presumably at the direction of CIA director David Petraeus, has put out this statement: “No one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. ”
So who in the government did tell “anybody” not to help those in need? Someone decided not to send in military assets to help those Agency operators. Would the secretary of defense make such a decision on his own? No.
It would have been a presidential decision. There was presumably a rationale for such a decision. What was it? When and why—and based on whose counsel obtained in what meetings or conversations—did President Obama decide against sending in military assets to help the Americans in need?
This was blogged yesterday and I am curious if this will gain any traction. This information would once again point to the absence of leadership in the executive branch of our government. The fact that a spokesman was used for the comment/update makes me think it is positioned for retraction if the story does gain traction.
2 cents: No startling revelations in the statement. Note its carefully crafted wording.