Petraeus’ Mistress Claims Benghazi Annex had Libyan Islamist Prisoners

Your mileage may vary on Paula Broadwell’s credibility, but she did have extensive access to Petraeus, more than she was supposed to have, and so whatever she has to say may well be a watered down version of what Petraeus knew or what he passed along to her.

Military expert Paula Broadwell, who was allegedly improperly involved with resigned CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus, confirmed in October that the CIA annex in Benghazi asked for reinforcements when the consulate came under attack on September 11. She also acknowledged that “there was a failure in the system.”

Broadwell confirmed the reports on Fox News that the CIA annex asked for a special unit, the Commander in Chief’s In Extremis Force, to come and assist it. She also said that the force could indeed have reinforced the consulate, and that Petraeus knew all of this, but was not allowed to talk to the press because of his position in the CIA.

“The challenge has been the fog of war, and the greater challenge is that it’s political hunting season, and so this whole thing has been turned into a very political sort of arena, if you will,” she said. “The fact that came out today is that the ground forces there at the CIA annex, which is different from the consulate, were requesting reinforcements.

“They were requesting the – it’s called the C-in-C’s In Extremis Force – a group of Delta Force operators, our very, most talented guys we have in the military. They could have come and reinforced the consulate and the CIA annex.

This is standard so far. It confirms what we already know. It also suggests that Petraeus was the odd man out in this situation and that he was caught flatfooted by the denial of aid. And that again suggests that the affair revelation was due to Benghazi and not sudden prudery by Obama.

But here is where it gets strange…

Now, I don’t know if a lot of you have heard this but the CIA annex had actually taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner, and they think that the attack on the consulate was an attempt to get these prisoners back. It’s still being vetted.

That’s a rather striking claim and I don’t recall hearing it anywhere else. Earlier Broadwell appears to be quoting FOX News or just using FOX News as cover. But this is definitely outside the FOX News lines.

Broadwell could of course have just misheard or made a mistake. Still with her background in the military and intelligence work, it’s hard to believe that she would “mishear” to such an extent. So either she was responding to the question by spinning her own theory or relaying something that she heard “somewhere”.

Is her claim plausible? Probably more so than some of the theories that have gone around. Even under Obama, we’re still sorta fighting a War on Terror. Rendition is still technically on the table even under Obama and the Ansar Al-Sharia militia had Al Qaeda links. Some of its members might have been thought to have valuable intel.

Still it seems a bit unlikely that with such a limited presence, the CIA would have moved against members of a heavily armed militia. Or even against Al Qaeda members in Benghazi not affiliated with the militia.

But it is an intriguing data point from a woman who was as close as one could possibly get to the head of the CIA.

  • Mary Sue

    I think this is why they originally made rules against fraternization back when they made up all the rules for the military. Though I guess this time it actually works in our favor.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      I doubt Petraeus will talk. But she might.

      • Mary Sue

        yeah she might. Also that kinda sorta ties in to the whole attack; perhaps it was motivated in part (besides the fact of 9/11, of course which was clearly a motivating factor) by the idea of Libyan Al Quaida prisoners? It's an idea.

        • amused .

          An idea ???? None would accuse you of having an idea Mary – Sue, we are just entering the post election phase of Teabagger's Bizzarro Universe .May I suggest a visit to Jim Hofts website , where all your deepest darkest fears will be confirmed . I think maybe Daniel has spent a bit too much time there .

  • Sunshine gal

    This mess is getting deeper and deeper and stinks to high heaven!

  • ignot

    what? Prisoners without military guard?

  • jemaasjr

    You know, they can not pressure her as easily as they can get at Petraeus because her response would be less predictable, so she is a kind of lose cannon. Krauthammer was right. Having her in this will help keep the story newsworthy.

  • amused

    Obama sorta in a war on terror ? LOLOLOL….ATLEAST YOU CONCEDED THAT . Is this a sea change Daniel ? As far as the mistress spills info , I doubt it , Yes I would vett the info , just like you haven't .

    • Mary Sue

      he had to be badgered into nailing OBL.

      • amused

        Boy Mary Sue , I guess Republican spin drifts right up there to canada where you ..er ..uh ..live eh ? wink ,wink . LOL….Cant give the man credit for DOING IT , so , LIE ABOUT IT SAYING he had to be coaxed . Are you presently in high school Mary Sue ?

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Obama didn't set out to nail OBL. He set out to dismantle the military tribunals by taking him alive and putting him through a civilian trial.

          • amused

            The plan to capture or kill him has been a goal since 9/11 .When the intelligence was right , and invading a sovereigns Air Space with US Forces would be worth the risk , Obama made the move , as would anyone else sitting in the White House . Are you saying that Because Obama wanted atleast a 90% chance of Bin laden being in that compound , that is to be considered "being coaxed " ? I dont think so Daniel .

  • Cat K

    Your name amused gives rise to the image of a pot smoking adolescent who is, um, amused at his elders.
    You may someday grow up. But, maybe not.

    • amused

      Very good Cat K ….feel better now ? Amused is the only word that can be used to describe how I feel when I read the nonsense propagated by people like Mary-Sue .[and you ]

  • Nonnie

    The timeline they expect us to believe is also ver suspect. They actually expect us to swallow the fact that Obama only found out about this two days after the election. However, the majority of Americans who voted for him will accept this b/c he says it is true and will go back to their video games. I am living in a country I don't understand.

  • amused

    LOLOL….." THEY " ..how mysterious ! Well Nonnie [may I asume you' are a grandma ?] water boy Eric Cantor knew about it in October , how come such a stalwart wingnut like Cantor didn;t spill it out ?

  • amused

    Petreus says he didn't give the order to stand down , maybe becuase he had his instant messenger turned off while exchanging sexy e-mails to his paramor ? Or worse maybe his ex-paramor in Tampa gave the order in part of the cat fight with the , cough cough "biographer " who never wrote book .

    C'mon people , you don't have to make stupid guesses about my name .

  • Rachel

    "Duty, honor, country," is her mantra. Where is the honor in cheating on one's husband with a married man? How did she justify this to herself…or did she never believe in any of it, it was just a stepping stone for her ambition.

  • razteca

    "amused"…… your condescending, sophomoric trolling would probably be better spent on a more intellectually accepting web site. try where most liberals start… sub-teens. maybe sesamestreet.org

  • amused

    Well you got the part about a more intellectually challenging website . Of course I 'd never expect to find you there . As for condescending ? Are you serious ? Run along razteca , if you're going to criticize what I say , atleast try to keep it above the 5th grade level , I mean i can only dumb it down so far , the rest had to be up to your parents and teachers .