The CIA Director David Petraeus brought disgrace to himself by showing poor judgment while engaging in affair during his time in top office. Americans love good gossip. However, they expect the US version of James Bond to go for la femme fatale only if he is about to obtain information – not the other way around.
The PetraeusGate seducer Paula Broadwell instead disclosed publicly inconvenient truths about the hot issue Benghazi tragedy turning the heads away from the White House and the State Department and focusing the media hounds on the CIA practices in Libya. Madam Broadwell hinted on possible CIA detainees in Benghazi as motive for the terrorist attack on 9/11, 2012. The existence of such prisoners goes against the executive order President Obama gave on day one in office.
The same order also was supposed to close Gittmo. Last time I checked the prison is still operating and holding detainees. So faking outrage over not following the executive order in question is absurd reaction in the real world.
While issuing orders on Day One makes a great campaigning point – actually doing it may not be a wise decision. Some issues may deserve at least a couple of days of exploring before the President should pick up the pen.
On Day One President Obama ordered:
a) CIA Detention. The CIA shall close as expeditiously as possible any detention facilities that it currently operates and shall not operate any such detention facility in the future.
b) Special Interagency Task Force on Interrogation and Transfer Policies.
c) (a) Establishment of Special Interagency Task Force. There shall be established a Special Task Force on Interrogation and Transfer Policies (Special Task Force) to review interrogation and transfer policies.
During Obama’s first year in office there was nothing set-up that is operational to interrogate terrorists. So when the Underwear Bomber attempted blowing airplane over Detroit, America realized – there is no place and no crew existing that is allowed to question him.
The alleged existence of CIA detainees in Benghazi can have only two explanations: the White House knew and didn’t mind, the same way they still operate Gitmo; or the CIA was operating behind the back of the administration.
The second possibility would reveal, what I call, “Pakistani problem” in the American government. The politicians in Pakistan insisted that they were not aware that their own intelligence crowd is harboring Bin Laden.
There is no good answer for the White House on the alleged Benghazi detainees. The President either knew about it and didn’t mind (in which case he should take responsibility); or the President didn’t know the intelligence is running wild against his orders in which case he will look incompetent.
Of course, there is always the possibility of blaming the PR disaster on the imagination of the Petraeus’s mistress in distress and sweep the whole thing under the rug.