Was Petraeus ousted in a CIA “palace coup”?

posted at 6:01 pm on February 11, 2013 by Allahpundit

This would help solve the lingering mystery of why Paula Broadwell sending snippy anonymous e-mails to Jill Kelley somehow warranted a sustained FBI investigation that led all the way back to the director of the CIA. What if, as the authors of the new book on Benghazi claim, “CIA officers pressured the Justice Department to keep the inquiry open” after the FBI tried to close it?

That’s not the real news here, though. This is:

Petraeus was furious, they say, because he was kept in the dark about the raids being conducted without his knowledge by the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) across Libya and North Africa.

Webb and Murphy claim that the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate and a CIA outpost in Benghazi proved to Petraeus that he was an outsider in the Obama administration and that he would remain marginalized as long as he was at the CIA.

The central premise of ‘Benghazi: The Definitive Report’ is that the attacks were precipitated by secret raids JSOC had performed in Libya. An attack on the Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia days before September 11 may have been the final straw.

Heavily-armed militants with Ansar al-Sharia attacked the consulate on September 11 as retaliation, the book claims.

Who would have enough authority inside the administration to order special operations raids so secret that not even David Petraeus, the sitting DCIA and former four-star general, would be privy to them? According to the book: John Brennan, formerly Obama’s counterterror czar and currently the nominee to, er, replace Petraeus at CIA. That’s interesting for a few reasons. First, if true, it shows how easy it is for a president to evade the “advise and consent” requirement even for executive appointees who wield tremendous foreign-policy power. The Senate gets to veto the secretary of state and CIA director if it likes, but when it comes to the guy who’s moving JSOC pieces around the global chessboard, nope. So much for accountability.

Second, the idea of O installing Petraeus at CIA while Brennan allegedly went over his head makes me wonder if something similar’s planned for Hagel at defense. Petraeus had political value to Obama insofar as his bipartisan credibility could shield O somewhat on CIA ops. Hagel has … much less credibility, but he still carries the Republican label and can give O some cover that way when the defense cuts start coming. If Brennan really was, shall we say, “supplementing” Petraeus on intelligence, I wonder if, say, Michele Flournoy will be installed somewhere so that she can “supplement” Chuck “I promise to learn more about defense if confirmed” Hagel.

Third, the reason CIA honchos wanted Petraeus out, supposedly, is that he came from a different agency culture (the CIA is notorious for chafing under directors who are outsiders) and because, by emphasizing drone strikes, he steered the agency away from espionage and towards paramilitary activity. But it’s Brennan who, arguably more than anyone else, has been the administration’s point man on drone targeting. He’s the consummate intel insider so he’ll face no resistance of the sort Petraeus did on that count, but unless he can unload drone responsibilities on Hagel and the Pentagon, the CIA’s going to have to get used to its new paramilitary role. I wonder if that’s part of the reason O wants Brennan at the agency now. If anyone can sell them on becoming Team Drone for the indefinite future, it’s him.


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“GM is alive and Osama is dead” or something like that.

Anyone else notice we have a fine press and an even finer dictator running us?

acyl72 on February 11, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Does it matter why he was ousted? He was stupid and immoral, he needed to go.

astonerii on February 11, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Palace Eunuchs?

Who says Game of Thrones is not based on reality?

Mr. Joe on February 11, 2013 at 6:08 PM

He was doing the 2 step with another woman while his wife sat at home.

The fact is he is supposed to be a upstanding military leader and supposed to protect his country. If he will stick it to his wife, he’ll stick it to anyone.

He had to go no matter what. Now we will have Brennan, the islamic convert.

Nice job Patreaus

Philo Beddoe on February 11, 2013 at 6:10 PM

What an effed up banana republic we have become.

Archivarix on February 11, 2013 at 6:10 PM

The only individual responsible for Petraeus’ ouster is Petraeus. Old fool couldn’t control his penis. Another undisciplined clown.

Doomsday on February 11, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Show us the bin Laden photos

vinman on February 11, 2013 at 6:11 PM

The only person responsible for his ouster is him. He couldn’t control his pen is and he paid for it. Another undisciplined fool got what he deserved.

Doomsday on February 11, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Today’s CIA are a bunch of lawyers, to cover the puerile azzes. The agency has sunk incredibly low, to the detriment of the land.

Obama finished them off.

Brennan…he and Obama are always with their muzzie brothers. Just view the bigger picture. Don’t focus on the Osamas, who’re in the way of the muzzie brotherhood.

The Arab’spring’ is the biggest hoax upon the world. Obama is a charlatanic thug. His brothers flourish, with his aid.

Name one people, I triple dare you, who are freer/free due to Obama. Don’t name Burma, for which he falsely claims credit, and not the Black Panthers, about whom we know already. Also, don’t name any union thugs either.

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Who ordered the ‘stand down’ order…?

Seven Percent Solution on February 11, 2013 at 6:14 PM

What an effed up banana republic we have become.

Archivarix on February 11, 2013 at 6:10 PM

+1

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Hmmmm…

Indeed

workingclass artist on February 11, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Patton wouldn’t have gone out like this. Pffft!

So, I have to ask…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPR108kwNo4

Liam on February 11, 2013 at 6:15 PM

The country is really being run by Czarmunists?

Don L on February 11, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Name one people, I triple dare you, who are freer/free due to Obama. Don’t name Burma, for which he falsely claims credit, and not the Black Panthers, about whom we know already. Also, don’t name any union thugs either.

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 6:14 PM

I got you schadenfreude. Democrat connected criminals are all freer due to the dog eater regime.

Corzine walks a free man. He should have been executed for what he did, and I am not engaging in hyperbole. Executed at sunrise in public.

tom daschle concerned on February 11, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Used, yet surprised. Yes this qualifies as being in the dark. Allah, a request if I may, Would you have any interest in doing a piece on Brennan?

I wonder if that’s part of the reason O wants Brennan at the agency now. If anyone can sell them on becoming Team Drone for the indefinite future, it’s him.

This strikes me as a nice jumping off point. Much is not know or clear about this fellow Brennans role in many things.

Bmore on February 11, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Much is not know or clear about this fellow Brennans role in many things.

Bmore on February 11, 2013 at 6:21 PM


John O. Brennan, Obama’s top terrorism and intelligence adviser is the owner of The Analysis Corp., the firm that was cited in March 2008 for penetrating the files of presidential candidates Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and John McCain in the State Department’s passport office.

At the time of the breach, Brennan was working as an unpaid adviser to the Obama campaign.

Circles within circles.

sharrukin on February 11, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Petraeus should have been furious that Obama claimed credit for ending the war in Iraq, when in fact Bush – and Petraeus – ended that war. Obama not only opposed the strategic decision – The Surge – which ended the war, he, like the moron Hagel, cluelessly claimed it would make things worse.

I am furious at the cowards in the GOP who allow Obama to steal Bush’s honor. I am disgusted with Petraeus for allowing himself to be Obama’s dupe. He deserves the disgrace Obama has heaped upon him.

Basilsbest on February 11, 2013 at 6:27 PM

The general couldn’t control his privates.

myiq2xu on February 11, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Circles within circles.

sharrukin on February 11, 2013 at 6:25 PM

I have been trying, though time is not cooperating with me, to uncover more of this fellows doings. Since the radio interview in particular.

Bmore on February 11, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Barky is trying to get rid of any generals whom would protect and defend The Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. Including the primary danger at present to The Constitution… Obama himself.

That’s why Barky has chosen freaks to like Sebelius, Incompetano, Clintoon-hack Panetta and is trying to get a reject like Hagel in as SecDef.

viking01 on February 11, 2013 at 6:32 PM

If Brennan really was, shall we say, “supplementing” Petraeus on intelligence

You misspelled “supplant”

tom on February 11, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Maybe so. (the headline).
If so, they wanted to trade him for a bigger fool, a bigger islamist, a bigger 0bama puppet,and someone who actually hates the USA.

Which, given the trend in the CIA for the last couple of decades, would not be a huge surprise to me..

LegendHasIt on February 11, 2013 at 6:40 PM

J

ohn O. Brennan, Obama’s top terrorism and intelligence adviser is the owner of The Analysis Corp., the firm that was cited in March 2008 for penetrating the files of presidential candidates Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and John McCain in the State Department’s passport office.

At the time of the breach, Brennan was working as an unpaid adviser to the Obama campaign.

Circles within circles.

sharrukin on February 11, 2013 at 6:25 PM

And the guy who was co-operating with the federales investigating that wound up dead in his car.

workingclass artist on February 11, 2013 at 6:41 PM

And the guy who was co-operating with the federales investigating that wound up dead in his car.

workingclass artist on February 11, 2013 at 6:41 PM

I didn’t know that.

Banana Republic indeed.

sharrukin on February 11, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Thank you for your service, General.

MT on February 11, 2013 at 6:44 PM

I didn’t know that.

sharrukin on February 11, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Exactly. Many things not being covered at the hearings.

Bmore on February 11, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Does it matter why he was ousted? He was stupid and immoral, he needed to go.

astonerii on February 11, 2013 at 6:05 PM

It matters

how

Petraeus was ousted. This is a slimy administration.

jazzuscounty on February 11, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Talk to John Brennan and ask him the questions that need to be asked. Patreaus was set up and was chosen for the the job beacause of his extra marital activity. Brennan needed a patsy and he and Obama found the perfet one. Providing weapons for all of the Arab Spring is an illeagal activity. It blurs the lines between friends and enemies. John Brennan and Barack Hussein Obama are indeed our enemies. This is what I have thought for the last 24 hours. I just wonder if I am right.

BetseyRoss on February 11, 2013 at 6:46 PM

One of the things that needs more coverage.

Bmore on February 11, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Oddly, I find myself supporting Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Though for slightly differing reasons. Seldom does this occur.

Bmore on February 11, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Brennan is an opportunist, a boot licker and a snake. Not to mention a liar, when lying is expedient.

Petreus was a fool to accept the CIA appointment. It was a WH setup to destroy him and meanwhile to take him out of the loop. The WH had the goods on him from the start, and intended to play the Broadhurst card to finish him off.

Foreign policy is being dictated by the WH. Sec of State and Sec of Defense take their orders from Obama and his WH advisors. Libya was Obama’s baby, and since the Benghazi attack was precipitated by secret raids JSOC had performed in Libya, it was proof of the backlash and failure of that operation. The disaster lay squarely at the feet of the WH, hence the attempt to deflect blame to the amateur video.

Panetta’s job at the hearings was to distance Obama from events surrounding Benghazi, to protect him from much more serious, possibly impeachable damage that will follow when more details of that operation come to light.

petefrt on February 11, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Brennan is an opportunist, a boot licker and a snake. Not to mention a liar, when lying is expedient.

Petreus was a fool to accept the CIA appointment. It was a WH setup to destroy him and meanwhile to take him out of the loop. The WH had the goods on him from the start, and intended to play the Broadhurst card to finish him off.

petefrt on February 11, 2013 at 6:54 PM

I hate to break this to you but Petraeus is every bit as much an opportunist, boot licker, and snake as Brennan.

Happy Nomad on February 11, 2013 at 7:31 PM

I hate to break this to you but Petraeus is every bit as much an opportunist, boot licker, and snake as Brennan.

Happy Nomad on February 11, 2013 at 7:31 PM

+1

Doomsday on February 11, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Does it matter why he was ousted? He was stupid and immoral, he needed to go.

astonerii on February 11, 2013 at 6:05 PM

If he were a Democrat, he’d still be there.

unclesmrgol on February 11, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Happy Nomad on February 11, 2013 at 7:31 PM

But he was bested by an even bigger opportunist — Barack Obama.

unclesmrgol on February 11, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Methinks Brennan is being blackmailed Barack Obama.

Buy Danish on February 11, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Methinks Brennan is being blackmailed Barack Obama.

Buy Danish on February 11, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Well? Don’t stop there. What’s your theory?

There’s so much corruption in the Obama regime, anything could happen.

petefrt on February 11, 2013 at 11:42 PM

You don’t need a conspiracy. What you have is a bunch of people there whom Petraeus had antagonized. Coup? well no, because there was no lead. It was just a lot of people on board who didn’t like the buy.

If you really are into these things you understand that Patraeus has really really bad tradecraft, that is he did not protect himself, and by extension the people he worked with, from obloquy.

As Charles McCarry put it, who had worked as a singleton for them,”The world doesn’t care what you do as long as you respect the feelings of others.”

P-diddle didn’t and they got him. If nothing else he was arrogant with this person life and you can’t smoke in a gunpowder plant.

Denver Bob on February 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM