You can't tell the generals without a scorecard as Gen. Petraeus (Ret.) is joined in scandal by Gen. John Allen. All this brass and... well, let's segue back to Benghazi and try to anticipate some possible Team Obama spin.
Suppose (*SUPPOSE*) this report holds up and the atack on the consulate and annex was an attempt to free some Libyan militants from an off-the-books CIA detention center (ostensibly barred by an Obama Executive Order.) Very embarrassing for the CIA. And it might explain the non-response from the Pentagon when the consulate was attacked - the CIA would have been delighted to get aerial support but having the US military put their muddy boots inside a non-existent non-allowed CIA detention center might have created some awkward moments.
And the CIA evaluation of the attacker's motives may have been skewed by their desire to keep their little secret:
A few days later, Petraeus testified in a closed session to Congress that the attack was due in large part to an anti-Islam video and a spontaneous uprising, according to reports from the hearing.
Congressional leaders say privately they believe they were lied to by Petraeus when he testified shortly after the attack.
And of course Susan Rice made her many statements on Sept 16 blaming the video, claiming to have relied on intelligence community talking points.
Implausible though it may seem, she may be telling the truth. Of course, the CIA's desire to cover up the attacker's real motives ran parallel to the Administration's desire to cover up the notion that an actual terrorist attack on the 9/11 anniversary had been missed.
GREAT MINDS RUN IN THE SAME CHANNEL (Fools think alike): James Taranto makes the same case more powerfully. Hmm - there is no way we are the only two people to whom this has ocurred. The Benghazi hearings may move the dial up to eleven.
TEMPORARY DETENTION, OR, WHAT'S A SPY TO DO? I assume the CIA has some right to hold prisoners briefly pending a transfer to the appropriate authorities. Who those authorities might be in Libya is an interesting question. And when does 'temporary' become long-term?