Breaking: Petraeus submits resignation as CIA director

posted at 3:16 pm on November 9, 2012 by Allahpundit

A total bombshell, breaking right now on Fox. Catherine Herridge says the only explanation given so far is “personal reasons,” but notes that he met personally with Obama yesterday and wonders if it may have had to do with the CIA releasing that timeline on Benghazi last week. That was my gut instinct too — either this is fallout from Benghazi or there really is something personal going on.

Judging from this tidbit, it’s at least partly personal:

Why would an affair mean that he couldn’t run the CIA anymore? Was he being blackmailed? Or is there more to it than this? Stand by for updates.

Update: His statement:

“Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the President to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position as D/CIA,” Petraeus said in a statement to CIA staff. “After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.”

If you’d have asked me to list 100 possible reasons why David Petraeus would eventually quit public service, having an affair would have been number 100. If it made the list at all.

Update: NBC says deputy CIA director Mike Morrell is likely to be named interim director, and may well end up being elevated to permanent status.

Update: As for the timing, I assume Petraeus intended to do this for awhile but held off until after the election so that it wouldn’t end up influencing the vote. The media spotlight on the campaign would have only drawn more attention to his predicament and magnified the embarrassment.

Which makes me wonder: If he did fear being blackmailed, why didn’t some potential blackmailer use the campaign as leverage, threatening to push this out there before the big vote if he didn’t pay up?

Update: I’m seriously shocked. The last thing I’d expect from him is a breakdown in personal discipline.

Update: For what it’s worth, Andrea Mitchell and MSNBC are hearing that Petraeus’s resignation really doesn’t have anything to do with Benghazi.

Update: I’m already getting e-mails speculating that the administration wanted him out over Benghazi and that they were the ones who forced his hand by threatening to expose his affair if he didn’t quit. I don’t follow the logic there. If that were true, the ultimatum would have been that he could either resign and keep the affair secret to avoid disgrace or have the affair exposed and then inevitably be pressured to resign anyway. Makes no sense for him to resign before the affair’s been revealed and then admit to it in his resignation.

Besides, would the White House really dare try to strongarm David Petraeus, of all people, that way? He’s probably the most widely esteemed member of Obama’s administration. If they used sleazy tactics to try to force him out, they’d live in mortal terror of him revealing the blackmail attempt and using it to turn the public against O. Just makes no sense to me.

Update: Reader “Flip” makes a nice catch. Petraeus’s resignation letter says, “After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair.” But Petraeus has actually been married for more than 38 years; the wedding was on July 6, 1974. In other words, if you read the resignation letter carefully, he’s telling you that this happened sometime between July 2011 and July 2012, not recently. Why didn’t he resign sooner? Or, on the flip side, why didn’t he try to hang on longer if he’d held on this long already?

Update: Hmmmmmmmm:

Again, though — if this was actually engineered by the administration to force him out, why wouldn’t Petraeus reveal that publicly? After all of his service, he deserves better than to be blackmailed, even if he’s guilty of a major lapse in judgment.

Update: Obama’s statement:

David Petraeus has provided extraordinary service to the United States for decades. By any measure, he was one of the outstanding General officers of his generation, helping our military adapt to new challenges, and leading our men and women in uniform through a remarkable period of service in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he helped our nation put those wars on a path to a responsible end. As Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, he has continued to serve with characteristic intellectual rigor, dedication, and patriotism. By any measure, through his lifetime of service David Petraeus has made our country safer and stronger.

Today, I accepted his resignation as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. I am completely confident that the CIA will continue to thrive and carry out its essential mission, and I have the utmost confidence in Acting Director Michael Morell and the men and women of the CIA who work every day to keep our nation safe. Going forward, my thoughts and prayers are with Dave and Holly Petraeus, who has done so much to help military families through her own work. I wish them the very best at this difficult time.

Update: Some of Petraeus’s former aides tell Danger Room they’re just as shocked as the rest of us.

Update: Now might be a good time to read (or re-read) the Journal’s story from eight days ago about the massive miscommunication between the CIA and State over who was supposed to be protecting the consulate in Benghazi. Title: “CIA Takes Heat for Role in Libya.”

Update: Note to Congress: Subpoena the general.

Update: Speaking of Benghazi-related political clusterfarks, word on the street is that John Kerry might be passed over as the next Secretary of State in favor of — ta da — Susan Rice, the face of the White House’s initial nonsense about the attack. (GOP senators are already warning O to think again.) Rice’s now infamous appearance on the Sunday shows was actually informed by early CIA “talking points,” so there’s another reason to think that the agency’s performance might have somehow influenced Petraeus’s departure today.

Update: Annnnd the hits just keep on coming. There’s no stopping this Friday-news-dump train!

Update: A parting thought, for now: If the affair didn’t happen recently, why didn’t he hold off on revealing it and resigning for another week, until after he was done testifying to Congress about Benghazi?

Update: Fred Kaplan, Slate’s plugged-in military reporter, says he knows who Petraeus had an affair with. The photo of the book cover at the top of Drudge right now has more meaning than you think.

Update: Oh boy. Starting to become clear why this affair required a resignation:

Update: Note the author and the date. And rule number five.

Update: Here’s a fun contest for readers. Try to reconcile these two statements. Statement one:

The biographer for resigning CIA Director David Petraeus is under FBI investigation for improperly trying to access his email and possibly gaining access to classified information, law enforcement officials told NBC News on Friday.

Statement two:

The law enforcement officials said they do not believe the FBI investigation will result in any criminal charges.

“Improperly” trying to read the DCIA’s e-mail isn’t a federal offense?


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It’s about to get uglier than Candy Crowley in a leotard up in here.

Sugar Land on November 9, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Ouch! Just had a painful visual.

TarheelBen on November 9, 2012 at 4:10 PM

TarheelBen on November 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Makes you wonder doesn’t it.

bopbottle on November 9, 2012 at 4:10 PM

In any case – removing him won’t stop the truth from coming out – it makes it EASIER for Pet to go to his congressional hearing now and tell the full truth without worrying about pressure from Obama.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Read the latest update.

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Was Slated to Testify on Benghazi Next Week…

note the past tense ….

ted c on November 9, 2012 at 4:10 PM

as long as he is still forced to testify under oath about Benghazi, I could care less what led to his resignation

commodore on November 9, 2012 at 3:46 PM

The “news” at the top of the hour…


“General Patraeus was supposed to testify next week in front of Congress regarding Benghazi…

… no word yet on who will be replacing him.”

Seven Percent Solution on November 9, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Petraeus took the demotion to go clean up Iraq. Ever since then, I have been upset with him for being Obama’s fall guy on all things military.

portlandon on November 9, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Worth noting: According to the UCMJ, having an affair is grounds for a court martial. General Petraeus would well know that. It strictly speaking doesn’t apply to him anymore, but he knows what would be expected of a wayward officer.

In light of this, Occam’s Razor applies: as opposed to Benghazi skullduggery, resignation over an affair seems more likely. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. The problem is always where you PUT the cigar.

Zumkopf on November 9, 2012 at 4:11 PM

If being a cheapskate with hookers didn’t hurt Bob Menendez, why does this matter?

Ward Cleaver on November 9, 2012 at 4:11 PM

After all of his service, he deserves better than to be blackmailed, even if he’s guilty of a major lapse in judgment.

welcome to America 2.0

ted c on November 9, 2012 at 4:11 PM

An aide to newly-minted Sen. Warren? Naaah…

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on November 9, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Yup, she seduced him by playing “Indian Reservation”
(Cherokee People) by Paul Revere and the Raiders.

ToddPA on November 9, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Strawman. Wasn’t what I said. You come here and heckle, troll and attempt to demean. I come here to discuss. Two different animals.

But you know this and are trying to deflect that the issue is your behavior, not your existence.

Thanks for allowing me to clear that up.

kim roy on November 9, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Stawman – I came here to laugh my ass off at a bunch of conservative idiots concocting conspiracy theories on nothing but the “timing” of a retirement message.

And I’ll continue to laugh at your asses.

Don’t want me to laugh and jeer? Be adults and look at facts and stop being a bunch of tinfoil Dkos idiots.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 4:12 PM

@BreakingNews

Senate Intelligence Committee says Petraeus will not testify at next week’s closed hearing on the events in Benghazi.

Flora Duh on November 9, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Mark Knoller just tweeted this:

Senate Intelligence Committee says Petraeus will not testify at next week’s closed hearing on the events in Benghazi.

squeek71 on November 9, 2012 at 4:07 PM

And the coverup continues.

Doughboy on November 9, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Honda is a troll. Trollcot.

I sent $200 to Elizabeth Warren yesterday to beat this fool. [Scott Brown]

HondaV65 on October 7, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Talk to me – however – I actually did show up – and voted for Obama.

HondaV65 on November 7, 2012 at 4:14 PM

faraway on November 9, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Missed this. Thanks for the repost.

Trollcott.

kim roy on November 9, 2012 at 4:12 PM

CNN folks are assuring their viewers that the White House would never out him on any personal information….

d1carter on November 9, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Suppose Petraeus is setting himself up with the freedom to tell the truth about Benghazi.

Seems like an interesting theory to me.

J.E. Dyer on November 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM

I doubt it, there other ways to do that…like just resigning. You don’t have to drag your wife and mistress into it.

Although that would be hilarious! A Petraeus vs. Obama Crew vs. Clinton Crew slaughter ruining all careers involved would wonderful. I just think that is unlikely.

William Eaton on November 9, 2012 at 4:12 PM

If being a cheapskate with hookers didn’t hurt Bob Menendez, why does this matter?

Ward Cleaver on November 9, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Maybe Petraus holds himself to a higher standard than Bob Menendez?

Maybe Pet just wanted to use the affair to get the hell out of the Obama white house?

A million assumptions.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Banana Republic + Soviet Hierarchy + Pravda = The New Normal

portlandon on November 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM

zactly + non-stop entertainment…bread and circus…

jimver on November 9, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Oh boy! I’m witnessing a right-wing conspiracy theory in the making. HotAir is hilarious.

Nonfactor on November 9, 2012 at 3:43 PM

I’m wearing my best tinfoil hat!

TarheelBen on November 9, 2012 at 4:13 PM

I guess I should reserve all judgement for a looong time from now showing how frickin’ wrong I was about events earlier in the week.

ted c on November 9, 2012 at 4:13 PM

So, Petraeus resigns after having an affair, and going far beyond what duty calls for in doing so.

Anybody seen Hillary around today…?

Yoop on November 9, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Suppose Petraeus is setting himself up with the freedom to tell the truth about Benghazi.

Seems like an interesting theory to me.

J.E. Dyer on November 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Ralph Peters agrees.

JPeterman on November 9, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Honda is a troll. Trollcot.

I sent $200 to Elizabeth Warren yesterday to beat this fool. [Scott Brown]

HondaV65 on October 7, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Talk to me – however – I actually did show up – and voted for Obama.

HondaV65 on November 7, 2012 at 4:14 PM

faraway on November 9, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Missed this. Thanks for the repost.

Trollcott.

kim roy on November 9, 2012 at 4:12 PM

A troll from Obama psy-ops inc.

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 4:14 PM

According to The Star, he went looking for some strange in Islamabad and found it! Fell for a transvestite hooker in a burka and is willing to give all up now ala Mark Sanford for true love!

///

JAM on November 9, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Somebody send Chris Matthews a copy of Seven Days in May. He’ll connect the dots…

rw on November 9, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Suppose Petraeus is setting himself up with the freedom to tell the truth about Benghazi.

Seems like an interesting theory to me.

J.E. Dyer on November 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Umm. We already took care of that.
/thugs

ted c on November 9, 2012 at 4:14 PM

@BreakingNews

Senate Intelligence Committee says Petraeus will not testify at next week’s closed hearing on the events in Benghazi.

Brazen.

Okay House GOP, you’re up.

WisRich on November 9, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Just announced on Fox: Petraeus will NOT testify to Congress. Curiouser and Curiouser.

polarglen on November 9, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Why would he push him? Why would he push him into the private sector where it’s easier for Pet to tell the truth to Congress?

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Go back to sleep grandpa. We’ll wake you up when we want to talk about the ayatollahs.

Oh wait, maybe the Ayatollahs set him up.

HumpBot Salvation on November 9, 2012 at 4:14 PM

faraway on November 9, 2012 at 4:07 PM

I damn sure did vote for Obama to defeat a fake conservative.

And I gave money to a fake indian who beat the hell out of another fake conservative.

And you vote for a fake that lost.

Good job!

LMFAO!!

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Fox just reported that he will NOT be testifying about Bengahzi.
Huh ? How do they know that ?

pambi on November 9, 2012 at 4:15 PM

I guess I should reserve all judgement for a looong time from now showing how frickin’ wrong I was about events earlier in the week.

ted c on November 9, 2012 at 4:13 PM

What?

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Maybe he was about to be outed by the National Enquirer or something. Or worse…maybe there’s a pregnancy involved…

sydneyjane on November 9, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Good theory!

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on November 9, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Any reason being discussed it possible but it would be foolish to DISMISS any theory concerning the Chicago-Obama machine.

They will do anything.

joey24007 on November 9, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Suppose Petraeus is setting himself up with the freedom to tell the truth about Benghazi.

Seems like an interesting theory to me.

J.E. Dyer

It does and is a theory to have fun with.

Most likely an honorable “Officer and a Gentleman” realized that he had to be honest to himself and his oath.

So many Americans forget that this level of honor is common among the Jacksonians, which he is most certainly one.

Good men do screw up. The mark of a truly good man is to accept the blame and face the consequences.

He screwed up.

I wish him well. I’ve never met him but I have several retired E-9 friends who worked for him and hold him in high regard as an outstanding officer and leader.

That, alone, earns him some major “brownie points” from me.

E9RET on November 9, 2012 at 4:15 PM

welcome to America 2.0

ted c on November 9, 2012 at 4:11 PM

mnore like New Coke

t8stlikchkn on November 9, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Go back to sleep grandpa. We’ll wake you up when we want to talk about the ayatollahs.

Oh wait, maybe the Ayatollahs set him up.

HumpBot Salvation on November 9, 2012 at 4:14 PM

There’s no evidence the Ayatollahs set him up.

However, on Dkos I’m sure they’re claiming that McConnell was blackmailing him with the affair to get him to tell lies about Benghazi.

Leftist looneys … Rightest loonies – they all think the same and use the same kind of sorry assed reasoning.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Flora Duh on November 9, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Ok, thanks Flora.

pambi on November 9, 2012 at 4:16 PM

This also destroys Petraeus as a GOP 2016 presidential candidate.

faraway on November 9, 2012 at 4:16 PM

I damn sure did vote for Obama to defeat a fake conservative.

And I gave money to a fake indian who beat the hell out of another fake conservative.

And you vote for a fake that lost.

Good job!

LMFAO!!

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 4:14 PM

that’s kool. everybody has the right to vote for their own reasons.

joey24007 on November 9, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Did Gen. Petraeus just fall on the sword for Gen. Betrayus?

ndanielson on November 9, 2012 at 4:17 PM

What?

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 4:15 PM

the election?! uhh yea, my prediction was about 180EVs off…

ted c on November 9, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Maybe Hondas got a flat tire.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 9, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Any reason being discussed it possible but it would be foolish to DISMISS any theory concerning the Chicago-Obama machine.

They will do anything.

joey24007 on November 9, 2012 at 4:15 PM

EXCEPT FOR ONE THING …

What does it actually GET Obama to ax Pet in this manner?

Nothing – nada. If anything Pet is no longer beholden to Obama and he can tell the full truth about Benghazi.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 4:17 PM

I hope he writes a book demolishing Obama and his cronies.

WisCon on November 9, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Petraeus resigning because of an affair sounds about as plausible as a well-planned attack on an embassy being caused by a silly YouTube video. Actually, it sounds exactly like the kind of off-the-wall nonsense the administration would come up with to cover up the truth.

Whether something nefarious is in play behind the scenes or not, the administration’s previous lies make this turn of events totally suspect.

butterflies and puppies on November 9, 2012 at 4:18 PM

HondaHeckels

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 9, 2012 at 4:18 PM

CNN is shoveling BS now with both hands…

d1carter on November 9, 2012 at 4:18 PM

If being a cheapskate with hookers didn’t hurt Bob Menendez, why does this matter?

Ward Cleaver on November 9, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Maybe Petraus holds himself to a higher standard than Bob Menendez?

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 4:13 PM

hahahaha :-) Client no 9 says you’re on crack :-)

jimver on November 9, 2012 at 4:19 PM

It’s obvious that Obama doesn’t like this guy.

LFMAO!!

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Until Ben Ghazi came along.

Schadenfreude on November 9, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Just announced on Fox: Petraeus will NOT testify to Congress. Curiouser and Curiouser.

polarglen on November 9, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Perhaps he has already talked to the Chairman and further testimony isn’t necessary;

rplat on November 9, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Suppose Petraeus is setting himself up with the freedom to tell the truth about Benghazi.

Seems like an interesting theory to me.

J.E. Dyer

I had the theory Petraeus would “fall on the sword” to bring out the truth. But it has just come out Petraeus will not testify. So much for the truth.

Another sad moment in a bad week.

maddmatt on November 9, 2012 at 4:19 PM

If the Republicans had a candidate better than Willard, DP’s affair would have revealed before the election. /

mwbri on November 9, 2012 at 4:19 PM

So now that Patreus is free to say whatever he wants they cancel his testimony, hmmm…..

clearbluesky on November 9, 2012 at 4:20 PM

maybe susan rice will go on all the shows sunday to explain all this pet flap. give us the final story and clear it all up.

t8stlikchkn on November 9, 2012 at 4:20 PM

This also destroys Petraeus as a GOP 2016 presidential candidate.

faraway on November 9, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Not necessarily. Benghazi was the thing that would have destroyed him UNLESS – he actually DID try to get Obama to do something there and was told to shut up.

In that case – Pet can tell that to congress now that he’s out of the O White House. He’s no longer beholden to Obama as a private citizen.

And if Pet tried to save those guys – then I don’t care if he slept with Bruce Springsteen – he’ll be in the running for a Presidential race though I’m not sure I’ll vote for him until I see his positions on the issues.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Discrediting the witness?

faraway on November 9, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I had the theory Petraeus would “fall on the sword” to bring out the truth. But it has just come out Petraeus will not testify. So much for the truth.

Another sad moment in a bad week.

maddmatt on November 9, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Cowards everywhere. Scary times.

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 4:20 PM

He’s getting ready to run for President as a Democrat in 2016.

hepcat on November 9, 2012 at 4:21 PM

This also destroys Petraeus as a GOP 2016 presidential candidate.

faraway on November 9, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Thank God…at last some good news this month.

William Eaton on November 9, 2012 at 4:21 PM

House committee needs to call him to testify….STAT!

Zaggs on November 9, 2012 at 4:21 PM

I don’t believe in coincidences, especially when politicians are involved.

I’ll offer my theory:

Gen. Petraeus had an affair. He was planning on outing the administration. The WH blackmailed him to keep quiet or they’d leak the news.

He called their bluff, owned up to the affair, and is now free to spill the beans as a private citizen…until the “accident” happens.

BobMbx on November 9, 2012 at 4:21 PM

MSNBC is floating rumors that the CIA was at fault in the Benghazi affair

#coverup

faraway on November 9, 2012 at 4:21 PM

I hope he writes a book demolishing Obama and his cronies.

WisCon on November 9, 2012 at 4:17 PM

how many times have we said that in the last 4+ years? Huh? 20? F&F? Solyndra? LightSquared?…..

it ain’t going to happen. These guys “make people and stories go away” if you know what I mean. I think that they are utterly vicious behind the scenes.

ted c on November 9, 2012 at 4:21 PM

So now that Patreus is free to say whatever he wants they cancel his testimony, hmmm…..

clearbluesky on November 9, 2012 at 4:20 PM

They may delay it because he’s asked them too – they won’t cancel it.

In any case – please inform me how Obama controls the Republicans who’ve subpoenaed him?

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Maybe they told him to lie about Benghazi, he refused, they threatened to expose his extra-marital affair if he didn’t lie, so he quit and exposed it himself. I imagine he’s got more serious things to worry about right now than his marriage.

lea on November 9, 2012 at 4:22 PM

DOES ANYONE ELSE FEEL LIKE IT IS EXTREMELY FORTUITOUS FOR OBAMA THAT PERTEUS – THE HEAD OF THE CIA – SUDDENLY – IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE ELECTION – WALTZES INTO OBAMA’S OFFICE BECAUSE OF A GUILTY CONSCIOUS & ADMITS AN AFFAIR, SUDDENLY RESIGNING…WHICH ALSO RESULTS IN HIS NOT TESTIFYING NOW BEFORE CONGRESS REGARDING BENGHAZI?

I am talking ‘Hurrican Sandy to Obama’s Re-election’ FORTUITOUS?

I have never been a ‘Conspiracy Theory’ guy; however:
1) Obama delays all investigations into Benghazi until after the election
2) IMMEDIATELY after the elction & before Congressional investigations begin in which Patreus is scheduled to testify, Patreus suddenly decides to resign due to an affair…
3) After which he is dropped from the list of personnel testifying before Congress….

easyt65 on November 9, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Heh, this will be the topic, Benghazi et all, on the Sunday shows, not that Obama is still the Messiah.

Schadenfreude on November 9, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Trollcott the Obama voter.

kim roy on November 9, 2012 at 4:22 PM

I had the theory Petraeus would “fall on the sword” to bring out the truth. But it has just come out Petraeus will not testify. So much for the truth.

Another sad moment in a bad week.

maddmatt

If the Senate committee wanted him to, he would still testify.

Zaggs on November 9, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Leftist looneys … Rightest loonies – they all think the same and use the same kind of sorry assed reasoning.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 4:16 PM

aww, is that you Athena/Minerva :-)

jimver on November 9, 2012 at 4:22 PM

He admitted the affair because he’s being blackmailed with it

TarheelBen on November 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM

What’s your source on that?

He very well may be blackmailed, or thinks he’s about to be. But there is no reason to believe that Obama is the one doing the blackmailing.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Can’t tell ya. I’m being blackmailed…

TarheelBen on November 9, 2012 at 4:22 PM

…until the “accident” happens.

BobMbx on November 9, 2012 at 4:21 PM

These guys “make people and stories go away” if you know what I mean. I think that they are utterly vicious behind the scenes.

ted c on November 9, 2012 at 4:21 PM

ted c on November 9, 2012 at 4:22 PM

MSNBC is floating rumors that the CIA was at fault in the Benghazi affair

#coverup

faraway on November 9, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Yep – that’s the Dkos tinfoil version of the conspiracy theory!

Weirdos on both sides today!

Simplest explanation is usually the correct answer. Why not just take Pet at his word?

Just a thought.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Getting out of a Chicago Made Man Crew without cement shoes and a boat ride has its problems often.

First mistake, going along with the commie Democrat ROE’s that got his own men killed without cause.

Second mistake thinking that commie Democrat stinkey shit will wash off ever.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 9, 2012 at 4:23 PM

For leftists affairs are badges of honor. Therein lies your clue.

I told you often, ahead of Nov. 6, that only 30% about Benghazi has been released.

Schadenfreude on November 9, 2012 at 4:23 PM

aww, is that you Athena/Minerva :-)

jimver on November 9, 2012 at 4:22 PM

My girls call me … “Conan” … ;)

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Except that I doubt the WH asked him to resign or be exposed. I think it is more likely, if the WH was actually using this information, that they demanded he continue to lie about Benghazi or be exposed.

NotCoach on November 9, 2012 at 4:09 PM

You’re right, that makes more sense. Thanks.

Missy on November 9, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Heh, this will be the topic, Benghazi et all, on the Sunday shows, not that Obama is still the Messiah.

Schadenfreude on November 9, 2012 at 4:22 PM

no it won’t

joey24007 on November 9, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Why not just take Pet at his word?

Just a thought.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Because he lied to congress about the vide. His word is worth as much as yours.

Schadenfreude on November 9, 2012 at 4:24 PM

video

Schadenfreude on November 9, 2012 at 4:25 PM

I think it is more likely, if the WH was actually using this information, that they demanded he continue to lie about Benghazi or be exposed.

NotCoach on November 9, 2012 at 4:09 PM

A possiblity – but no evidence.

In any case – they f&cked themselves royally because he can do one hella lot more damage on the outside now than on the inside.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Update: Reader “Flip” makes a nice catch. Petraeus’s resignation letter says, “After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair.” But Petraeus has actually been married for more than 38 years; the wedding was on July 6, 1974.

Not the first person to forget how long they have been married.

Blake on November 9, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Yep – that’s the Dkos tinfoil version of the conspiracy theory!

Weirdos on both sides today!

Simplest explanation is usually the correct answer. Why not just take Pet at his word?

Just a thought.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 4:23 PM

So explain fast and furious to us. And the media coverup.

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 4:25 PM

If the Senate committee wanted him to, he would still testify.

Zaggs on November 9, 2012 at 4:22 PM

If they wanted to get to the truth. That’s not happening.

maddmatt on November 9, 2012 at 4:25 PM

My girls call me … “Conan” … ;)

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Is that after you take the little blue pill?

JPeterman on November 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Because he lied to congress about the vide. His word is worth as much as yours.

Schadenfreude on November 9, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Maybe Petraeus voted for Obama like Honda did.

kim roy on November 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

He admitted the affair because he’s being blackmailed with it

TarheelBen on November 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM

The WH knew, they probably had a stack of 8×10 glossies. Momma Petraeus was going to find out one way or another. I wonder if there was a little “be a damn shame if your wife found these photos on her bedside table when she woke up in the morning, eh General? So…..um…you keep your yap shut about what you think we want you to keep your yap shut about or your whole world is going to change, ya dig?”….

/motivations.

ted c on November 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

But there is no reason to believe that Obama is the one doing the blackmailing.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Yeah, these Chicago machine politicians would never dream of something like that.

TarheelBen on November 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Because he lied to congress about the vide. His word is worth as much as yours.

Schadenfreude on November 9, 2012 at 4:24 PM

When have I lied?

Oh that’s right – I don’t have to lie or do anything wrong – I just have to THINK differently from you and I’m totally untrustworthy.

LMFAO.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Obama admin will begin discrediting DP, and will begin blaming the CIA.

So, when if he ever testifies, the MSM will say he’s a disgruntled employee, and a wife cheater (and a former Bush employee to boot).

faraway on November 9, 2012 at 4:27 PM

In any case – please inform me how Obama controls the Republicans who’ve subpoenaed him?

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 4:21 PM

He was going to testify before the Senate, Senate’s controlled by D’s, although i’m not sure if majority has the power to pull subpoenas or not.

clearbluesky on November 9, 2012 at 4:27 PM

I told you often, ahead of Nov. 6, that only 30% about Benghazi has been released.

Schadenfreude on November 9, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Will there be more?

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Update: Note to Congress: Subpoena the general.

Yep.

ted c on November 9, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Fallon on November 9, 2012 at 4:04 PM

LOL

TarheelBen on November 9, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Yeah, these Chicago machine politicians would never dream of something like that.

TarheelBen on November 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

The Chicago machine is sinister – too sinister and smart to do this. Pet is now free to sing like a canary.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Simplest explanation is usually the correct answer. Why not just take Pet at his word?

Context. Three days after an election, less than a week before he is to testify, the affair apparently over a year old … context, my friend, context.

MaxMBJ on November 9, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Perhaps he has already talked to the Chairman and further testimony isn’t necessary;

rplat on November 9, 2012 at 4:19 PM

@BretBaier

With Petraeus’ resignation effective immediately, he will not testify next week & lawmakers are said to be “stunned” by the announcement

Flora Duh on November 9, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Was the woman hot at least?

aebloo on November 9, 2012 at 4:29 PM

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