In some ways one is quite surprised that 'they' would throw someone with the standing of Petraeus under the wheels of the bus (of course the payout for ending his career must be quite large on the back end for falling on his sword). The timing of this event with respect to both the election and the upcoming hearings is interesting indeed.
Interesting development and timing. Amazing how the info regarding the affair and the FBI investigation comes out right after the election and just before he is to appear before the Congressional Committee. It almost sounds like the dossiers J. Edgar Hoover used to keep on individuals.
"Congressional Republicans were furious with Petraeus for what they described to THE WEEKLY STANDARD as “misleading” testimony he gave to the House Intelligence Committee on September 14. In that session, Petraeus pointed to a protest over an anti-Islam YouTube video as a primary reason for the attacks on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, despite an abundance intelligence pointing to a preplanned terrorist assault on the U.S. consulate and CIA annex there. Other members of Congress were particularly interested in questioning Petraeus about why crucial details about those attacks were left out of “talking points” the CIA prepared for lawmakers and executive branch officials. Among those details: the existence of a communications intercept between two al Qaeda-linked terrorists discussing the attacks. The level of frustration with the CIA and Petraeus had led several top Republican lawmakers to consider calling for his resignation in late October.
Obama administration officials have told reporters that Petraeus’s resignation means he will not testify before congressional oversight committees next week, as planned. This will not sit well with Republicans, who believe Petraeus is in a unique position to shed light on the intelligence on Benghazi before the attack, the decision-making during the attack and the misleading stories told after it."
The Obama Govt would never lie, obfuscate, mislead, or delay information that could prove harmful to the political election or embarrassing to administration officials.
The timing of his resignation is purely coincidental. Despite highest level administration officials knowing about it prior to the election, and despite it coming just before he is set to testify before Congress on the questionable events in Libya - - again, purely coincidental, nothing to do with Chicago-style tactics whatsoever.
(Funny, let's see how interesting the Libyan situation will be to the MSM now that there is a sex scandal involved - the deaths of 4 citizens was enough to push it off the front page before the election, but now that their boy is past that, they should pounce on this--we'll see).
You know as well as I do, that in an organisation such as the CIA in general but for the Director in particular you can't get away with anything when it comes to your personal conduct than complying with the very highest standards in your personal life.
When I was being personally vetted for my own American top security clearances (as a Brit. at the time) just the fact that I was single and not married caused me an issue. For some reason that was completely lost on me, they considered married men and women more stable hence less likely to be compromised than single people! It was the first and only time that anybody spent over a month trying to find out or prove that I was homosexual! I would have thought the opposite was true because Straight or Gay I was always of the mind that being single would be an attribute in that sort of situation making one less likely to be compromised, but what do I know? But my point is that Petraeus caused his own downfall by his own personal indiscretion and would have been quietly removed in January had he not taken the honorable way out by offering his resignation now and if there was any outside pressure from anyone I would suggest that pressure came from his wife and family.
Now, as for Benghazi and the conspiracy theories surrounding the attack, I have led the charge in blaming the CIA and Ambassador Stevens himself for the debacle in Benghazi and not so much State and the Administration and I still believe that to be the case. So General Petraeus because of his position at the time as Director was always going to be the focus of the investigation and Petraeus resigning will not change that. I just question whether the Republican led House will pursue Petraeus in the same way they pursued Holder seeing Petraeus is a Republican and a hero both to the right and the left in this country.
Last edited by Byng; 11-10-2012 at 08:17 AM.
I have smelled a rat since Benghazi happened. This resignation after the election is more cover up.
My children are my legacy.
Clearly Petraeus' decision to get intimate with his biographer put his marriage, career, and possibly the nation's security at risk. The fact that the FBI is investigating the biographer makes the reason for his resignation seem more legitimate...
My point is that the Administration is not "selling" anything on Benghazi, other than silence. And I would expect nothing more because of the very obvious involvement of the CIA in general in Benghazi and the so-called American Consulate that obviously was not operating as such, in particular.
There is no cover-up as yet because the facts on the ground speak for themselves and I would respectfully suggest that anybody not looking at those facts through partisan glasses should/would conclude the same.
Where we agree is that there was a failure on the part of the Military and in turn the Administration because the CIC is always ultimately to blame for not having a CIF team located close enough to a known trouble spot like Libya, to have been dispatched immediately to help.
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