“Congress to investigate whether Petraeus scandal was a political cover-up”
Which it was, but nothing will come of it, anyway. Because MANDATE…
…I really don’t know why any of this matters: Petraeus was the CIA head at the time of the Benghazi travesty and would have information about what transpired then. Meaning, his resignation should not keep him from testifying, because his resignation does not somehow act like an historical eraser. At worst, his testimony might be called into question based on questions about his judgment. But hell, Bill Clinton gave the Democratic Convention keynote address, and he’s likely a rapist and serial adulterer.
So there’s that.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is refusing to testify because of a “scheduling conflict.”
No CIA director. No Secretary of State. No Obama.
The result? The murder of an ambassador, two heroic SEALS, and another diplomatic worker will have been successfully covered up. With the mainstream press running point, and the American people either unaware or unconcerned…
Read the complete article at Protein Wisdom.
…Keep in mind that Paula Broadwell is a West Point graduate who met Petraeus when she was getting a graduate degree at Harvard and yet — and yet — she was so stupidly jealous that she accidentally destroyed Petraeus’s career because of her irrational (and apparently mistaken) suspicion that the CIA director was also shagging the “social liaison” at CentCom HQ in Tampa.
Remind me of this episode the next time some Ivy League egghead starts asserting the inherent superiority of the meritocratic elite.
At Instapundit, AND WITH GOOD REASON: Lawmakers raise questions on how Petraeus affair was handled.
Petraeus Benghazi Scandal: ‘Social Liaison Officer’ Jill Kelley Identified as Second Woman. An article filled with links at American Power, in which we learn:
…Broadwell had all kinds of inside information, drawn apparently from her access to Petraeus. When added all together, dating back to September 11, 2012, the Benghazi scandal truly is of the magnitude of Watergate, and graver still, for Americans were killed and the causes of their deaths covered up.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor spoke to an FBI whistle-blower two weeks ago who accused then-CIA Director David Petraeus of having an extramarital affair and potentially jeopardizing the security of classified information, according to a news report.
Cantor’s chief of staff, Steve Stombres, later spoke with FBI officials to pass on the accusations from the whistle-blower, the New York Times reported on Saturday night.
Cantor’s involvement in the Petraeus scandal is the first indication that anyone outside of the FBI knew Petraeus was under scrutiny for an extramarital relationship or potentially leaking classified information.
The FBI had been investigating Petraeus for several months after his alleged mistress, author Paula Broadwell, was suspected of sending “harassing” e-mails to another woman close to Petraeus…
…But the revelation of Cantor’s role in the scandal – and the emergence of an FBI whistle-blower – raises dramatic new questions about how the bureau conducted what was clearly a hugely sensitive problem, both in terms of the FBI’s relationship with the CIA and what it could mean for the highly esteemed Petraeus…
“Is this why the CIA chief really resigned?” Gun running to jihadists could dwarf ‘Fast and Furious’ scandal
JERUSALEM – The speculation surrounding the sudden resignation of CIA Chief General David Petraeus is focusing in large part on his role in an alleged cover-up of the attacks against the U.S. mission in Benghazi this past September.
Perhaps overlooked is the CIA’s role in purportedly using the Benghazi mission to coordinate U.S. aid to Syrian opposition groups and information those same insurgents include jihadists openly acting under the al-Qaida umbrella.
One week before he was slated to testify before Congress on the Benghazi debacle, Petraeus on Friday night announced his resignation, citing an extramarital affair, and it was reported he will no longer testify…
…”So you can understand if you put yourselves in his shoes or Secretary Clinton’s shoes or the President’s shoes, that we thought it was tied somehow to the demonstrations in Cairo. And it’s true that we have signal intelligence that shows the militia members in Libya were watching the demonstration in Cairo, and it did sort of galvanize their effort. So we’ll find out the facts soon enough.
“As a former intel officer it’s frustrating to me because it reveals our sources and methods, I don’t think the public necessarily needs to know all of that. It is a tragedy that we lost an ambassador and two other government officials, and [...] there was a failure in the system because there was additional security requested, but it’s frustrating to see the sort of political aspect of what’s going on with this whole investigation.”
Also, Did Petraeus mistress reveal secret CIA prison? Paula Broadwell may have divulged new information on Benghazi scandal [video]
…During a question-and-answer session, Broadwell was asked about this year’s Sept. 11 attacks against the U.S. mission in Benghazi.
She stated: “Now I don’t know if a lot of you heard this, but the CIA annex had actually had taken a couple of Libya militia members prisoner. And they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back. So that’s still being vetted.”
The existence of a U.S. prison or CIA detention center in Benghazi would be a new development in the debate surrounding the attacks there. The information does not appear to be publicly known.
An extensive WND search of news media coverage of the Benghazi attacks could find no mention of prisoners being held at the CIA annex…
That’s what I wrote, when I first saw that the man’s love interest was the woman who wrote a fawning biography about him. It reminded me of John Edwards, falling for the woman who was trotting around after him videographing what her trotting around videographing made seem like the amazing wonder of his very being….
…We are now to believe that Thursday, two days later, was the first day the President of the United States was made aware that his CIA Director is compromised and will be tendering his resignation. President Obama “summons Petraeus to the White House” where the CIA director tenders his resignation.
Here’s the morbidly entertaining part: Now President Obama needs a day to run around the mouse maze, bump off of walls and find the exit with the cheese. He doesn’t accept the resignation until the next day, Friday. Good thing the White House staff took prudent time to “get their arms around” the matter. It might have taken POTUS two days to figure out what to do.
One of two things is going on here….
…Elections have consequences.
Update 3: Irony alert: . . . Unless They’re Under Attack In Benghazi… Obama was at Arlington today:
“We take care of our own,” the president vowed. “It’s an obligation we gladly accept,” he said.