Thought provoking. Controversial. Presidential Puppetry is sure to raise lots of eye-brows. One of those books that inspires readers to look deep beneath the surface.

John Perkins, New York Times best-selling author of "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" and other books

Petraeus, Benghazi Back In the News

A Republican senator threatened Sunday to try to block in an unprecedented manner two of President Obama's top national security opponents over administration secrecy regarding the Benghazi massacre of four Americans in September.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, left, said he would the nominations of John Brennan as CIA director and Chuck Hagel as defense secretary unless the Obama administration gives him more information on the president's reaction to the Sept. 11 attack on U.S. outposts in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.

Meanwhile, revelations continue regarding key figures in the administration, including Brennan, former CIA Director David Petraeus and their secret activities.

Former State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley wrote that the CIA's drone program is seriously hurting U.S. alliances with Muslim nations, for example. Also, former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb and former Green Beret Jack Murphy are publishing a book this week arguing that Petraeus and Stevens were were vulnerable because the Obama White House and Defense Department failed to brief them about U.S. military operations in Libya. The authors assert additionally that militants launched their fatal attack as a retaliation for reprisals authorized by Brennan in his current job as chief of counter-terrorism and assistant to the president.

The allegations, none of them complete and some seemingly contradictory, are pieces of the puzzle I am presenting in Presidential Puppetry, my book later this month. In the meantime, I am assembling material from diverse sources for your review. This kind of story requires that mainstream United States accounts be supplemented with foreign and blog material since much of conventional reporting is limited by partisan half-truths, and also self-censorship by the reporters because of feared national security concerns. The unconventional reports have their own biases, of course, but are potentially different ones.

That said, the excerpts below do not constitute my own synthesis, only a temporary update on these important developments.


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