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Sexting With the Stars

By Oliver North · Nov. 17, 2012

Washington, DC - For two months, the so-called mainstream media all but ignored the Sept. 11 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in four dead Americans. What actions the Obama administration took before, during and after the bloody assaults on the U.S. consulate and a CIA outpost should have been a legitimate election issue. But the Romney campaign only raised the disaster once – and then avoided it like an outbreak of the Ebola virus.

Now that the election is decided, the Fourth Estate is on the story. Though the president never mentioned the Benghazi debacle in his prepared remarks at this week’s press conference – his first since last March – fallout from the fiasco in Libya was finally topic number one for the potentates of the press. Of course the question wasn’t, “What did you know and when did you know it?” Instead, the lead off question, posed by Ben Feller of the Associated Press, was: “Can you assure the American people that there have been no breaches of national security or classified information in the scandal involving Generals Petraeus and Allen?” The follow up was about whether the “commander in chief and the American people should have been told that the CIA chief was under investigation before the election.”

So rather than focus on incompetence, misfeasance and/or malfeasance leading up to, in the midst of, and following a deadly terror attack - President Obama gets a pass by claiming that “There’s an ongoing investigation” and that he didn’t “want to comment on the specifics of the investigation.”

It was a brilliant, audacious diversion. The “reporters” present didn’t even question the veracity of Obama’s claim that “we’re not supposed to meddle in, you know, criminal investigations and that’s been our practice.” Perhaps they have simply forgotten how he used executive privilege to cover up the details of Operation Fast and Furious and the murder of another American – Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

The president did pontificate about “FBI protocols” and “certain procedures that both the FBI follow or DOJ follow (sic) when they’re involved in these investigations.” All this served to cleverly shift the focus from O-Team culpability for death and destruction in Benghazi to what really captures the attention of the media: a salacious sex scandal involving the CIA Director, our senior NATO commander in Afghanistan, at least two attractive women, an FBI agent who sends shirtless images of himself over the Internet and lots of torrid emails. If I wrote plot lines like this for video games and novels, my editors and producers would tell me to come up with more realistic scenarios.

Tawdry aspects of the Petraeus affair fascinate our media elites and distract from far more important work. Some of it even landed in my lap. On Tuesday, Activision-Treyarch released their new, astoundingly successful video game, “Call of Duty: Black Ops II.” Within hours of the launch, I was receiving calls, text messages, tweets and emails asking if I’m offended by my likeness appearing in the same video game with that of David Petraeus.

The short answer is, no. “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” is fictional, as are most of the characters – even the villains. I was able to work with the producers on developing the game scenario, participate in the story and make commercial endorsements. I last interviewed General Petraeus when he was ISAF commander and I was on assignment in Afghanistan for Fox News. We talked on and off camera about real special operations and did not discuss the video game. In retrospect, I don’t know him as well as I thought. But I am certain the prurient fascination with “sex and the stars” is a distraction from the vital need to get the truth about what really happened at our diplomatic mission in Libya – and taking steps to reduce the likelihood of it happening again.

That’s crucial because Obama’s Arab Spring is rapidly degenerating into an explosive Islamist winter. Radical websites and propaganda organs are trumpeting U.S. weakness and disarray. Calls for martyrs to attack American military and diplomatic posts overseas have increased five-fold since Benghazi. That may not be as sexy as military-mistress dalliances, but it’s a lot more important.

Not surprisingly, this line of thought does not appeal to all callers. Instead, some want to concentrate on similarities between between “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” and my new novel, “Heroes Proved.” There are some. Both the novel and the game are set in the future. Both deal with the threat of global terror and realistic unforeseen threats, unexpected challenges, unwanted dangers and unpredictable outcomes. But the main characters and story line in the game and the book are unique to each. General David Petraeus is in “Call of Duty: Black Ops II.” He’s not in “Heroes Proved.” I’m in both. Those who want to see how they differ will have to play the game and read the book.



Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

Obongo has not one clue on foreign policy. His arab spring is a boiling cauldren of militant, oppressive totalitarianism. Leon 'Panhandler' is out to lunch, as a defense secretary."Why does Petraeus go into hiding? Broadwell blew his "cover!"

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 5:13 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

I don't even know why the press bothers to showup for Odumbo's press conferences. They aren't going to ask any hard questions, just give him a pass on whatever is going on at the time. Even when some reporter does ask a legitimate question Odumbo slithers around like the snake he his and never does answer the question. Then the liberals in the lamestream media jumps on the reporter for trying to make their Messiah look bad. Sorriest excuse for a press corp this country has ever had!

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 8:34 AM

pete in CA said:

The American media has been a failure in doing it's job for the American people since they began misrepresenting the Vietnam war. I expect nothing less of them today.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

I listen to David Limbaugh's brother, Sean Hannity, and The Great One, but I cannot stomach Heraldo, on WABC radio in NYC. Marxist MEDIA is in the tank for Homosexual Keynes, and Karl Marx. When their Utopia reaches full bloom, I wonder who will run into the arms of da Rev.Jeremiah Wright???

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 6:44 PM

TomM in Waterloo said:

The Sept. 11 terror attack in Benghazi isn't a scandal or cover-up, it is just news. As tragic as it is to lose anyone to a terror attack, the four brave men who died are part of the 27 servicemen whose lives were lost in September 2012. That is down from 52 lives lost in August of 2012.

Trying to equate four deaths during the Benghazi attack with the thousands of civilian deaths from the original 9/11 attack is foolish.

Terrorists don't phone the whitehouse or the press before they attack Americans. They launch surprise strikes and the first action reports are often jumbled, incomplete, and inaccurate.

Another 37 servicemen have died since September 30. We mourn those losses too.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 6:46 PM

JLS06 in Houston, TX said:

The liberal press, Hollywood self-appointed demi-Gods, and anyone else who distorts the truth (even to the point of believing it themselves) makes me want to puke. As for Generals Petraeus and Allen, I quote my Lord who said, "he who is without sin, let him cast the first stone."

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Honest Abe in North Carolina said:

49% of us voted for Paul and Mitt,
while 51% fell for Biden and Obama's s#@t,
Since these morons think everything is free,
the Democrats will be taxing you and me
to squeeze us for everything they can get.

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Rod in USA said:

**Question**: *"Can you assure the American people that there have been no breaches of national security or classified information in the scandal involving Generals Petraeus and Allen?"*
**The Media's Target**: Petraeus, Allen, the military in general.

**Question**: *The follow up was about whether the "commander in chief and the American people should have been told that the CIA chief was under investigation before the election."*
**The Media's Target**: Anyone to blame except the President.

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 12:56 PM