We mentioned the other day that former general David Petraeus told the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors that his initial report on the Benghazi consulate attack that he suspected it was inspired by al Qaeda but that line was removed by someone in the White House circle. The Associated Press reports;
The retired four-star general addressed the House and Senate intelligence committees in back-to-back, closed-door hearings as questions persist over what the Obama administration knew in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks and why its public description did not match intelligence agencies’ assessments.
After the hearings, lawmakers who questioned Petraeus said he testified that the CIA’s draft talking points in response to the assault on the diplomatic post in Benghazi that killed four Americans referred to it as a terrorist attack. Petraeus said that reference was removed from the final version, although he wasn’t sure which federal agency deleted it.
According to the Washington Times, the White House denies that they edited the report;
White House national security council spokesman Ben Rhodes instead suggested that the CIA itself may have made “adjustments” to remove references to terrorism from the agency’s early, unclassified reports to the administration about the assault that killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Mr. Rhodes told reporters the only change made by the White House to the CIA’s initial reports was to change the word “consulate” to “diplomatic facility.”
Well, to my mind, this seems like something that needs to be investigated, but Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, the draft dodger (using the same standard that the Left uses to label Republican draft dodgers) says that he’s not going to allow an investigation in Benghazi in the Senate, says Politico;
“I refuse to allow the Senate to be used as a venue for baseless partisan attacks,” Reid wrote in the three-page letter, released Friday evening.
Ya mean like the two years of baseless political attacks that were sponsored by the Senate during the Bush Administration, there, Harry? Like trying to de-fund the Iraq War no less than seven times in those years while totally ignoring the Senate’s responsibility to pass a federal budget? Baseless attacks like Reid announcing that the surge in Iraq had failed before it had even begun? In fact, the Senate hasn’t done anything except be a venue for baseless partisan attacks since Reid assumed the helm in 2006.
You’d think that the needless deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, the death of an American border guard by a weapon supplied by the US government to drug cartels in Mexico are things that would require a little bit of an oversight investigation, but Harry Reid isn’t in the business of doing what he’s supposed to do. In fact the Senate under Reid has only been known for it’s irrational involvement in political hackery.