The Benghazi Story: Mass Grave of Reputations

Maybe the anonymous "senior U.S. intelligence officials" who gave out a "detailed timeline" about the Benghazi fiasco on Thursday never heard of Healy's Law: "If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging." That is because the hole in which they found themselves will surely end up a mass grave for their reputations and for many others' -- beginning with General David Petraeus. Petraeus' sterling reputation was beginning to become forever tarnished by the failure of his COIN strategy, but that's a tale for another post, because the "detailed timeline"  that was briefed or e-mailed to the media is coming under severe attack on The Hill and elsewhere -- particularly by Fox. The "detailed timeline" contains glaring conflicts with earlier background briefings, leaks, and independent reporting, but, most importantly, it contains conflicts with what Petraeus himself told Congress when he, just three days after the attack, was calling it, as described by the inimitable Mark Steyn, a...(Read Full Post)