Why Did General Petraeus Really Resign?


Washington Post on November 9, 2012:

David Petraeus resigns as CIA director

CIA Director David H. Petraeus resigned Friday and admitted to having an extramarital affair, bringing a shocking end to his brief tenure at the spy agency and highly decorated national security career.

The affair came to light as part of an FBI investigation into a potential security breach involving Petraeus’s e-mails, according to federal law enforcement officials and a former senior intelligence official. The investigation uncovered e-mails describing an affair between Petraeus and Paula Broadwell, a former military officer and co-author of a glowing biography of Petraeus, according to two law enforcement officials who were briefed on the investigation.

Petraeus, a retired four-star Army general who once was seen as a potential presidential candidate, met with President Obama on Thursday and said he intended to step down because of the affair, Obama administration officials said. The president accepted his resignation Friday.

What was highly unusual about the “resignation” of General David Petraeus was that his affair was still a secret when it happened. The media didn’t have a clue. I can’t remember another case where that happened.

Maybe there was more to the story:

Petraeus objected to rewritten Benghazi talking points

Before circulating the talking points to administration policymakers in the early evening of Friday, September 14, CIA officials changed “Islamic extremists with ties to al Qaeda” to simply “Islamic extremists.” But elsewhere, they added new contextual references to radical Islamists. They noted that initial press reports pointed to Ansar al Sharia involvement and added a bullet point highlighting the fact that the agency had warned about another potential attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in the region. “On 10 September we warned of social media reports calling for a demonstration in front of the [Cairo] Embassy and that jihadists were threatening to break into the Embassy.” All told, the draft of the CIA talking points that was sent to top Obama administration officials that Friday evening included more than a half-dozen references to the enemy​—​al Qaeda, Ansar al Sharia, jihadists, Islamic extremists, and so on.

The version Petraeus received in his inbox Saturday, however, had none. The only remaining allusion to the bad guys noted that “extremists” might have participated in “violent demonstrations.”

In an email at 2:44 p.m. to Chip Walter, head of the CIA’s legislative affairs office, Petraeus expressed frustration at the new, scrubbed talking points, noting that they had been stripped of much of the content his agency had provided. Petraeus noted with evident disappointment that the policymakers had even taken out the line about the CIA’s warning on Cairo. The CIA director, long regarded as a team player, declined to pick a fight with the White House and seemed resigned to the propagation of the administration’s preferred narrative. The final decisions about what to tell the American people rest with the national security staff, he reminded Walter, and not with the CIA.

The White House wouldn’t retaliate against Petraeus for something like that, now would they? Are they really that petty?

BTW – Wasn’t there another General who got canned about that same time?

I’m sure if there was anything going on the media would dig into it and tell us, right?



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39 Responses to Why Did General Petraeus Really Resign?

  1. myiq2xu says:

    It’s Foliehatt Friday!

    • DeniseVB says:

      Honey, I’m in full body Suit du Folie 😀 Not only was another General relieved, also an Admiral of a Carrier Strike Group in mid-deployment. Info in the link you provided, added at the end.

      Were they “interviewed” by Issa’s “politically motivated” team ?

      Subpoena. Subpoena.

      • Lulu says:

        I have an aluminum barbeque grill and I’m thinking about how to wear it on my head. I’ll have to clean it first.

    • Constance says:

      I think an aluminum foil wig would be good. I will have to look for one that’s comfortable as my personal philosophy means I have daily need of it.

  2. myiq2xu says:
    • DeniseVB says:

      Tea Party also pays for their rally permits, unlike the OWS, who cost their rape camp cities millions. I remember one police officer telling a group how he liked working at tea party rallies. Never a problem and they leave the area cleaner than they found it 😀

  3. myiq2xu says:
    • 49erDweet (D) says:

      Parsing “offensive” he might just be being truthful for a change: Definitions: 1. causing resentful displeasure; highly irritating, angering, or annoying: {maybe)
      2. unpleasant or disagreeable to the sense: (hardly)
      3. repugnant to the moral sense, good taste, or the like; (no way)
      4. pertaining to offense or attack: (too vague)
      5. characterized by attack; aggressive: (we have a winner)

  4. votermom says:

  5. HELENK says:

    breaking news on FOX

    Libya problems again 2 US military units put on alert

    security problems in Tripoli

    British embassy personal leaving

  6. HELENK says:


    knives out for Sharyl Attkisson

    from a commenter at Rev Amy’s place

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Speaking of Watergate, I can’t find anything to debunk this, must be true that Hillary was fired from the legal team ?


    Working for Teddy?

  8. DeniseVB says:

    Crap. They buried alleged Boston Bomber “Speedbump” in Virginia, a local radio station is reporting. (near Richmond they say).

    Speaking of crap, time for another email harvest 😀


    • Constance says:

      They should have buried him at sea. On the other hand it would be useful to know who comes to visit his grave because no way can they keep it secret for long.

  9. HELENK says:

    US military on alert to evacuate Americans in Tripoli

    ongoing story from pentagon

    special ops in Germany on high alert

    story on FOX

  10. Constance says:

    Also think of the implied threat against anyone else who talked outside of Obama’s talking points when they saw what happened to Petreus and Hicks. There needs to be a select committee to investigate this incident, 4 people died and more would have if not for the warriors who ignored orders. I’m not even sure this attack was carried out by a band of random terrorists it could have been an attack by Egyptian military which is why no one has been arrested.

  11. HELENK says:

    a few names involved in the talking point changes

    According to the email, several officials in the meeting shared the concern of Nuland, who was not part of the deliberations, that the CIA’s talking points might lead to criticism that the State Department had ignored the CIA’s warning about an attack. Mike Morell, deputy director of the CIA, agreed to work with Jake Sullivan and Rhodes to edit the talking points. At the time, Sullivan was deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the State Department’s director of policy planning; he is now the top national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden. Denis McDonough, then a top national security adviser to Obama and now his chief of staff, deferred on Rhodes’s behalf to Sullivan.

    The email to Rice reported that Sullivan would work with a small group of individuals from the intelligence community to finalize the talking points on Saturday before sending them on to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which had originated the request for talking points.

    The sender of the email spoke with Sullivan after the meeting, reminding him that Rice would be doing the Sunday morning shows and needed to receive the final talking points. Sullivan committed to making sure Rice was updated before the Sunday shows. The sender told Sullivan the name of the staffer (redacted in the email) who would be running Rice’s prep session and encouraged the team to keep Rice in the loop.

  12. HELENK says:

    Fox is talking to SEAL team 6’s parents about their deaths and what happened

  13. myiq2xu says:
  14. myiq2xu says:
  15. HELENK says:


    ya think????
    the dems tried to commit hari kari in 2008 and have been slowly bleeding since then

    they forgot country before party always

  16. myiq2xu says:
  17. HELENK says:

    commenter at Rev Amy’s place having bumper stickers made

  18. votermom says:

    What could go wrong?

  19. votermom says:

    Oh My

  20. Mary says:

    Ok….do I think that Petreus’s resignation was probably about being forced to change the talking points, and not really about the affair….and the administration used that affair info to force him to comply? Yes.

    Do I have any proof or evidence? No.

    Tin foil hat day, as you say. 🙂

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