Petraeus resignation Open Thread

That’s some big news.  Three days after the President wins reelection, the head of the CIA, who just happened to be on the Benghazi watch, resigns, citing an affair.  That opens the way to a lot of ideas.

I’ll accept that he was indeed having an affair.  Did he resign because he was being blackmailed?  If so, was he being blackmailed by a foreign entity or was the administration blackmailing him to keep quiet about Benghazi?  And if the latter is true, does the fact that he resigned and that he identified the affair mean that he is escaping the administration’s grip and heading towards being a whistle-blower?

These are lovely conspiracy theories without a scintilla of evidence.  I think you should feel free to spin out your own theories.

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  • MacG

    Just heard the this will preclude him from further testimony about Benghazi on Hannity’s show with a substitute host.

    To quote Dana Carvey’s Church Lady “How conveeeeenient”. 

  • Huan

    in the military at least, an unstable personal life put you at risk for black mail and such, thus degrades your military intelligence/security clearance. i think you drop two levels with even a divorce.
    so yeah, i can see an affair as ground for stepping down. why if it is already public? maybe such behaviour puts him at risks for other behavior that could make him vulnerable.
    it may be different with publically appointed or elected officials. and if so, he may have been forced to resign.

    i am disappointed in him though for having done this. more than ever we  need men and women of honor and character in positions of leadership and responsibility. and now we may never know the truth about benghazi.

  • Oldflyer

    He will testify about Benghazi.  Of that I am confident.  He can be subpoenaed in his capacity as the D/CIA at the time of the attack; and he will be in the opinion most commentators. The only thing we know for sure is that he will not be part of the Obama Administration when does testify.


    Don’t think so MacG, he can be subpoenaed. I am wondering if he fell on his sword or was he stabbed in the back.
    In the meantime I’ve read that Acting CIA Director Michael Morrell will testify next week. Mr. Poirot where are you? – Murder in the Maghreb Sex-Express.


  • Spartacus

    It goes without saying that he has studied Wellington’s tactics at Waterloo; I’m guessing he’s also familiar with Wellington’s tactics back in London (“Publish and be damned.”).

  • Gringo

    I am reminded of what Senator Clinton said to General Petraeus in 2007 regarding his testimony about the Surge.

    “You have been made the de facto spokesmen for what many of us believe to be a failed policy” in Iraq, Clinton said. “Despite what I view is your rather extraordinary efforts in your testimony both yesterday and today, I think that the reports that you provide to us really require a willing suspension of disbelief.”

    It would take a “willing suspension of disbelief” to believe that an affair is the real reason- not to mention a valid reason- for General Petraeus’s not testifying about Benghzai.
    Failed policy, anyone? [History shows that the Surge was successful, contrary to what then-Senator Clinton professed.]
    My guess is that General Petraeus was directed to fall on his sword, and refused to do so.

  • Danny Lemieux

    If he was having an affair with a woman, he must resign.

    If he was having an affair with Hillary Clinton, he must be committed.

    Otherwise, carry on.  


    George Soros/MoveOn ring a bell – General Betray Us?  I can’t recall if it ran before/after Hillary.

  • MacG

    It seem that his not testifying is limited to next week’s closed door hearings  

  • b.

    I’m amused that the premise of Petraeus’ statement, of the reporting, and of how security clearances are granted, is that you shouldn’t sleep with someone who is not your wife.

    How… impossibly backward-looking. Aren’t we living in a brave new world of sexual experimentation without consequences?

    If the enlightened have set aside monogamy for freedom, why is monogamy the premise of his statement, the reporting, the clearances?

    (All I know about how spies are compromised, I learned from reading Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.)  


    In extremely “fascinating” timing, Petraeus resigned today, a few days after the election, over an extramartial affair. Now I’m sure that the affair happened, but I rather doubt that at this juncture, where extramarital affairs are normal even in the White House and the Marines are expected to embrace gay marriage, that this was really about the affair.

    If Petraeus had stood by Obama over Benghazigate all the way, and taken the fall, then the affair would not have mattered. This is Valerie Jarrett delivering a first dose of payback and neutering the threat of a Petraeus presidential run against Obama in 2016.
    …from Valerie Jarrett’s Payback Begins

  • JKB

    I have to agree with Diplomad, this has Chicago thug written all over it.  The interesting part is Petraeus’ resignation was probably not considered as it is out of character for the petty politicals.  Sure, he’s off the witness list, for now.  Plus, when he does testify it won’t  be as Obama’s mouthpiece.  Now, it is possible the Republicans won’t call him as a private citizen in the new spirit of cooperation.  

    Alternative, this was from inside.  A disposal by the professional spooks due to the Benghazi debacle.

  • JKB

    New idea.  What if Petraeus is pulling a Breitbart?  The MSM can’t bury the D/CIA resigning, especially under salacious circumstances.  Speculation means Benghazi will come up in the MSM.  Vagueness means this will linger in the news.


    Another passing thought. Gen. Carter Ham, suddenly relieved of his command following September 11, 2012. No reasons given, no news coverage, no questions asked.

  • Caped Crusader

    Proving once again:
    If you sleep with dogs, you must expect fleas.
    You are known by the company you keep.
    If you do not know the character of a man, look closely at his friends.
    When he went to civilian CIA from a distinguished military career it astounded me that a man of such honor, duty, country would voluntarily associate with such people and besmirch his reputation. Now we know to some extent, the why and wherefore. Let’s hope we learn more about the entire affair (not the sexual one).

  • Ymarsakar

    The Left is evil not because they do bad things to bad people, but because they make good people become just like them, one way or another.


    Ymarsakar – I can’t tell the Left from the Right any longer. The line in the sand has been blurred. Common sense tells me that both sides of the aisle among all the committees and chairs and “behind closed door” hearings know more than they’ll ever reveal to the peasants. The Republicans could have been shouting details from the roof tops..”See, Look at what they did.” 

    The GOP’s shoddy treatment of Tea Party candidates, their willingness to support Romney, who initiated healthcare for Mass. which still has rising premiums and luckily, the benefit of two good hospitals in Boston – Brigham Women’s Hospital and Mass General, cannot be said about other cities.

    I’ve concluded that we are a two-party system. The elected and those that elect them.   


  • Mike Devx

    The Director of the CIA, and former general, was flying in the plane over northern Mongodavia.  The hum of the engines was soporific, and his eyes closed.  Breathing shallowly, he drifted off into slumber, until the phone rang.  Startled, he grabbed it, brought it to his ear.  “Yes?”

    “Dear?  It’s your wife, Holly,” came the voice.  “I just wanted to remind you, we have our daughter’s piano recital at 7 pm this evening.”

    “Yes, yes,” he replied.

    “And don’t forget, we need bread and milk.  And could you pick up some egg noodles and broccoli for the casserole?”

    “Yes, dear” he sighed, and they soon ended the call.  It was at that point that the blond-haired, six-foot-two sultry eyed stewardess strolled up the aisle and asked the Director if she could supply him anything he wished for, and might she be able to meet any of his needs?

    “Your accent… how intriguing,” he couldn’t help but say, his gaze captured by her stunning cornflower blue eyes, her cheekbones.

    She smiled with full, pouting Jolie-style lips.  “I am Bonduskaya”, she said.  “Svetlana… Bonduskava.”  She glanced out the window and her gaze sharpened like a stiletto high heel. He looked and saw another plane heading away from them towards mysterious mountains.  “Damn!” she cursed in Russian.  “It’s those Mongodavinian terrorists again!”  She flipped open an overhead luggage compartment, grabbed one of two rotor-attached backpacks, strapped it to her back, kicked open the nearest exit door, pulled a large Bowie knife from her pocket and placed it in her teeth, and flung hersself out the door, rotors beginning to spin, and hurtled after the departing terrorist aircraft.

    The Director sat there for another moment.  “Piano recital,” he mumbled.  “Bread. Eggs. Broccoli.”  Then he was up, grabbing the second backpack, strapping it, firing it up and with a broad grin was out the door, tumbling!  “My Svetlana” he cried.  “My love, my babushka!  Wait for me!”

    Now, an excerpt from an article on the real info behind the breakup of an affair…

    At some point after Petraeus was sworn in as CIA director on Sept. 6, 2011, the woman broke up with him. However, Petraeus continued to pursue her, sending her thousands of emails over the last several months, raising even more questions about his judgment.

    Hmmm. A minimum of 2000 emails?  A maximum of six months?  That’s more than ten emails per day, in pursuit of a woman who had broken off the affair.  Kind of hard to focus on your job as Director of the CIA when you are *thinking* about, composing, and sending an average of ten emails per day to a woman you desire greatly but can no longer have.


  • Caped Crusader

    Mike, we have lost Iraq and Afghanistan, but to find out we have also lost Mongodavia is just too damn much. This is the last straw! Heads must roll and impeachment proceedings must begin at once. I have conferred with Earl and we believe it is time to call in Smilin’ Jack and have Fat Stuff (Candy Crowley) cover the case on CNN.

  • Ymarsakar

    When it comes to Leftist corruption, always remember that they will seek to destroy that which they cannot disguise. For people like Sarah Palin and General Petraeus, personal attacks that are lies are just as good as personal attacks that are true. They just don’t tell you the entire truth unless you have intel sources which are not reliant on the MSM and other people telling you what is what.


  • Mike Devx

    Far better for Gen. Petraeus to get all the sordid details of the affair out there, and the damage to his marriage, now, right now, in one massive rush of information, than to let the information trickle out over days and weeks and get tied into the Benghazi coverup.

    I wasn’t about to defend “I have a wide stance” Larry Craig during the exposure of his sordid nastiness with frequent gay anonymous sex in a notorious Minneapolis airport bathroom, and I’m not about to defend Petraeus for getting it on with his biographer for months, and then hounding her for months after she broke it off (but did she break it off? Why was she threatened enough by the “other woman” to threaten her with, “You stay away from My General.  He’s MINE!” ???)  Yes, yes, I know he was already CIA Director, but this seems to be a sexual military thing with those two.)

    Don’t cover it up, General.  Don’t try to be glib, and for God’s sakes, don’t rationalize.  Throw all the information out there, and then go back to your wife and family, heal it up, and move on.

    We’ll probably never know the extent to which the Obama Administration tried to blackmail the General over this affair.  I am highly suspicious it explains his lying testimony early concerning Benghazi.  I do not think his inability to keep his gonads under control means he is dishonorable in the rest of his life.  I think the administration co-opted him, and he at first went along with it, and then couldn’t look himself in the mirror anymore.  And he knew that by the time they were done with him, he’d be a shivering wreck of a human being in the gutter, utterly eviscerated by the Chicago thug crowd.  So he decided to resign and come clean, and end the extortions.  

    We may never know for sure.  Hillary will cover this all up to protect her 2016 run.  Leon Panetta is a water boy who will do *anything* for his higher ups, and often has.  Susan Rice is a committed idealogue.  General Ham is under some sort of murky pressure from the Administration of a sort it is hard to penetrate.  Petraeus I am certain was also under sinister administration pressure.  Here’s hoping he’s found a way to escape it.

    I for one hope that whenever he does testify (behind closed doors), he marches right out to the microphones and the cameras and tells us everything about Benghazi that he can, without violating security clearances that would allow the administration to come back at him with vengeance.


  • Ymarsakar

    “Far better for Gen. Petraeus to get all the sordid details of the affair out there”

    You’re assuming there is one to begin with. The only reason you are doing so is because Leftist sources told you so. If that isn’t being affected by Leftist propaganda, I don’t know what is. Half the American people also believed CBS’s interview of Sarah Palin over her own direct comments in the end.