Petraeus in the hot seat on the Hill: Ex-CIA chief to testify about Benghazi attack
November 16th, 2012
07:30 AM ET
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Petraeus in the hot seat on the Hill: Ex-CIA chief to testify about Benghazi attack

Washington (CNN) - Former CIA Director David Petraeus is expected to testify Friday before congressional lawmakers that he knew "almost immediately" the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was the work of a loosely-formed militia with members sympathetic to al Qaeda.

Petraeus' testimony will be behind closed doors before Republican and Democratic members of the House and Senate intelligence committees looking into the September 11 attack that left four American dead, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    I hope McCain and Graham start attending these hearings to find out the truth, instead of making up lies and repeating the lies that Fox foreign owned media has been spewing. I am getting tired of McCain not being able to accept his drubbing in 2008.

    November 16, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Headline should read "John McCain will testify" because all he can visualize is "getting Obama" and if things don't go his way he will not only get testy, he's going to curse and have a hissy fit.

    November 16, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  3. blah blah

    Who cares about blah blah McCain, anyway.

    November 16, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. plain&simple

    l should know it.He knew it ....almost immediately? How? Who did he inform? With what evidence? Was it intuitive? Have any prior knowledge? The point is if funding is cut to protect embassies...which ones get priority? It becomes a guessing game. Get our budget fixed!!! Make the cuts,find the revenue,appropriate the funds to the areas needed and let's all get on with making our lives better and more understanding!!! There will unfortunately always be crazies, extremism, fundamentalism and a yearning to take life back to a time none of that existed....except it always has!!! We do the best we can....education is one key to improvement,...compassion another...there is a list we

    November 16, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. GonzoinHouston

    He may have screwed on this one, and he may have had the affair, but compared to his overall career, they are not major mistakes. It's a little like when Gen. Patton was relieved for one public gaffe too many. I still have a lot of respect for Gen. Petraeus.

    November 16, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. Larry in Houston

    I think this is getting out of hand – I realize that 4 americans were killed in Benghazi – Hopefully our elected officials ( on both sides) Will Learn from this debacle – but I think we need to get these hearings over with – and concentrate on the Business of this country – I mean, it seems like under Every President – (and I Mean Every Commander in Chief) in the past – had some type of problem of this nature – for instance during the Carter regime, the hostage crisis – gas shortages – during the Reagan regime, the Iran – Contra w/ Olliver North – During the Bush # 1 regime, The saddam invasion of Kuwait problem, During the "Dubya" regime, it was WMD's – I'm sure I missed some – but we really need to get BEYOND this, and do the Business of this country !!

    November 16, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  7. Thomas

    Kelly Ayotte , John McCain and Marco Rubio can now grill CIA Director David Petraeus .
    Deal with the facts and stop grandstanding on speculation.
    Ayotte , The first to support Romany and the first to drop him like a rock.
    McCain , Angry old man who needs to retire .
    Rubio , Mr. Twitter .

    November 16, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  8. The REAL Truth...

    This whole debacle reminds me of the US Anti-doping organization going after Lance. Amstrong never failed a drug test (which all winner are REQUIRED to take) BEFORE, DURING and AFTER his 7 consecutive TDF wins. Ten years later the USADA are still hounding him with circumspect evidence, pressuring friends and former team mates with career ruination. It's despicable.. no wonder Lance gave up fighting them.

    The GOP are looking to win political points with Petraeus and Benghazi, and plan to use a guy who has had a stellar career and trash it over a personal incident to drive a wedge into Obama. This is SOP for the right. While I mourn the loss of life in Libya this is not uncommon (there were at least eight similar attacks and loss of life under Bush 43, but no-one whined about that). The GOP were shellacked Nov 6. The people have spoken and we will be watching you !!

    November 16, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  9. jpmichigan

    4 American were murdered in Libya, those who did not respond to the need of better security at the consulate, after several moths of attacks on it, are responsible for these deaths. Susan Rice was instructed by the White House to make television rounds that Sunday and was told by higher up in the White House as to what to say. She as well as Hillary were scape goats for the incompetense of securing the safety of Americans abroad. Eventually the truth will come out , it always does. Susan Rice , herself stated to reporters as she walk through an airport, that White House senior people told her what to say. It is not hard to realize that would include: 1. the President, 2. Jerrette, or 3. Axelrod.

    November 16, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. RR

    Regardless of what Republicans are saying that "The American People Need To Know This", give me a break, please. Congress is a do nothing source. I can not wait until 2014 elections so I can give unlimited amounts of money to elect these Bozos out.

    November 16, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. Larry in Houston

    I forgot WaterGate

    November 16, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    Petraeus simply said the line attributing the Benghazi incident as a terror attack was "removed" from his report, before it was circulated to administration officials.

    How convenient.

    November 16, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Rick McDaniel – Let us know as soon as you can come up with a new conspiracy theory. Hannity is running out of them.

    November 16, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  14. Abigail in Atlanta

    Gen. Petraeus has made great sacrifices for this country and should be respected. The Press is out of control and creates drama - they don't care whose life they have to wreck to do it. Personally, I am sick of it. It time that we showed respect and civility toward those who give so much to their country. I am sorry that people died in Benghazi but the Middle East is a dangerous assignment for anybody. The people that accept those positions have to know that they are laying their lives on the line–and I admire them for their dedication. Again, the press is out of control on this one.

    November 16, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. sonny chapman

    To hell w/Benghazi, we need to reopen FAST & FURIOUS. And Fox News & the Repubs. need to reopen VINCE FOSTER. Hillary got away w/murder.

    November 16, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. rs

    Now that the GOP decided they didn't need the facts from a CIA briefing to "know what happened" it will be interesting to see how the general replies to the GOP's delusional lines of questioning.

    November 16, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. sonny chapman

    Abigail: You're asking Repubs. to act in a rational & mature manner. No way. The next Prez Election is only 3 yrs. & 11 months away.

    November 16, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. ST

    We human beings have a big problem of balancing things. I do not stop shaking my head trying to think what The Gen. did to the nation, should be compared to anything or should he be crucified for the incident which happened beyond his knowledge. It is really absurd!

    November 16, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |