Why did Petraeus resign?

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David Petraeus may have had an affair, but that likely was not the reason why he resigned. Try this scenario.

Petraeus was a general of great talent and wide respect who disagreed with the White House over strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan, but whom the White House could not afford to ignore. After Afghanistan, he was thought likely to be the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – but, wary of his popularity, media acceptance and possible political stature, he was passed over by the White House and sent to a low profile and secret corner of the administration. Being the good soldier, Petraeus took the demoted position of director of the CIA.

After Benghazi, Petraeus, as director of the CIA, became a point of focus as a possible fall guy for the deaths of the four Americans. When their bodies were returned to Andrews Air Force Base amid the pomp provided by the president and secretaries of state and defense, Petraeus was noticeably absent. That has never been explained. But that, as well as other aspects of the Benghazi debacle, were scheduled to be addressed in his coming testimony to congressional committees. As the designated fall guy, he is likely to have been fed a script by the White House that he didn’t like and refused to accept.

Then came the revelation of an affair that, if it existed some months if not years ago, was just now “discovered” by the FBI. You mean that he wasn’t vetted by the FBI before he took over the CIA, and the White House didn’t know? If they were doing their jobs, the FBI knew and the White House knew. So with an uncooperative fall guy, who might speak honestly and unfavorably of the White House and State Department at the coming congressional hearing, it became expedient to draw the “affair card” and ask Petraeus for his resignation. He, being the good soldier, would and did comply. And besides, because of the “affair” now exposed, he would be destroyed as a possible political opponent. A clean sweep!

Is this far-fetched? No – not with this White House, whose mantra has been to know of and destroy the integrity of its opponents, and to play with the truth to a gullible and agreeable media.

Welcome to the new world of accepted dishonesty and of alternative facts.

James Wetzel

Aiken, S.C.

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scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 11/15/12 - 01:51 am
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Exactly

Mr. Wetzel, I have run through the exact same scenario in my own mind. We don't know all the facts and yes this is speculation to some degree but I bet we are not far off at all.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 11/15/12 - 03:23 am
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Yes Scoop, Mr. Wetzel's

Yes Scoop, Mr. Wetzel's letter is pure speculation, reasoned as it may be.

But so is the official story from the administration, at least to all but the proletariat.

Unfortunately in today's media climate we'll probably never know the truth. What a shame!

But hey, at least we'll have a tantilizing story to entertain the masses and shore up the official line.

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shrimp for breakfast 11/15/12 - 03:43 am
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I tell you what

Just because the man had an extramarital affair is no reason for us to lose such an important intelligent defender of freedom. We need him very badly and just because he cheated on his wife is no reason to throw him under the bus. The country looses just because the man had sex with someone other than his wife.
Bid deal. we need the General!

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carcraft 11/15/12 - 05:04 am
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I think they are holding

I think they are holding military UCMJ prosecution for the affair over the general's head to insure he falls on his sword and will be considered the "source" for Obama's BS story!

dwb619
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dwb619 11/15/12 - 08:11 am
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twins

Has anyone else noticed that Mrs Kelly and her twin sister look a lot like the Kardasihan clan?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/15/12 - 08:35 am
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Its called a political purge
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Its called a political purge in socialistic circles. Romney was purged because of his particular faith. Cain was purged because of his Clinton-est womanizing. The march to a one party system in the USA.

Possible the last war time general with a chance at the job of POTUS. The Fascist have lost. The socialist have won.

Democrats have no moral code. No guilt. No conscience. Fun. They stay.

Republicans have some moral code. Guilt. Conscience. No fun. They must go.

The party of lets eat, drink and be merry will survive. It is human nature.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/15/12 - 08:38 am
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For some of us, there was
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the admonition to "keep it in your pants". Some egos cannot. "Led away into dark places by silly women". Now how many times have we heard this story?

Ever wonder why men are not allowed the rights "of their own bodies"?

TParty
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TParty 11/15/12 - 08:44 am
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Tin foil hat day I

Tin foil hat day I see...

"You mean that he wasn’t vetted by the FBI before he took over the CIA". Correct. Why would the FBI vet any CIA folks, when CIA handles things in house? And how is director of CIA a demoted position to

And what's with this "affair" in quotations- as if it is just made up?

The biggest problem the writer has- "So with an uncooperative fall guy, who might speak honestly and unfavorably of the White House and State Department at the coming congressional hearing."- well... guess who is still going to testify? How would drawing the affair card help any cover up?

I'm saving this letter- so that after the testimony Petraeus gives doesn't bring down the Obama administration, knowing he is an honest and great man- we can use this as an example of over active imagination.

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 11/15/12 - 09:24 am
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Your boy Eric Cantor
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knew about it before the election. Why does he get a pass?

Let's go over a couple other facts. The position of Director of the CIA is not a demotion. Congress can still subpoena anyone they want for the Benghazi hearings, which I predict will uncover a whole bunch of nothing. There's a reason why no other major news outlets wouldn't follow Fox's lead on this story, and it has to do with basic journalism.

KSL
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KSL 11/15/12 - 09:41 am
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You hope!

You hope!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/15/12 - 09:56 am
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Sure they knew ...

Maybe he resigned because they WERE going to throw him under the bus...he said no & go ahead & spill what you have on me.....he chose his way & NOT their way ......
He will recover from this I believe & run for President one day....he is well liked & respected still...if we got rid of every politician in DC with a woman on the side how many do you think we would have standing...heh

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/15/12 - 10:01 am
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Hillary

OOoh Hillary where are youuuu...

The fact that she left town says a lot.....she doesn't want any sticky stuff on her hands....she has plans for the future & if she can dodge a bullet she is...she is a good dodger..

KSL
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KSL 11/15/12 - 10:08 am
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"Your boy, Eric Cantor." So

"Your boy, Eric Cantor." So no one is going to object to me referring to Obama as "your boy."

KSL
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KSL 11/15/12 - 10:13 am
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That would be referring to

That would be referring to the fact he is the most childish acting president we have ever had. I will never forget his visage in the last debate when looking at Romney. Petulant little bad boy.

KSL
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KSL 11/15/12 - 10:19 am
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Seenit

You are right. What has he got to lose now compared to the administration?

ultrarnr
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ultrarnr 11/15/12 - 12:18 pm
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Conspriacy theory
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This letter is one of the craziest conspiracy theories I have ever read. Amazing that the good general is going to testify tomorrow before Congress. This is why i enjoy reading the posts here. I can always count on them for a few laughs.

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harley_52 11/15/12 - 01:55 pm
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The Day After...

...General Petraeus resigned, I posted my theory on why he resigned, when he resigned, why he briefed Congress with information he knew to be false, why he was (then) not going to testify, and the options available to him if/when he did finally testify.

At that time, the General Allen aspect of the entire saga was not yet known. Aside from that, my theory seems to have been correct, so far. What happens when/if he finally does testify will be interesting.

Meanwhile.....I think he should remain very careful about who he sees, what he eats/drinks, and that he has plenty of bodyguards close at hand.

harley_52
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harley_52 11/15/12 - 01:58 pm
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"How much of a "misleading" story would you tell....

....to protect $150,000 a year military retirement pay?"

Not to mention lifetime health care for you and your wife and all the other retirement benefits to which a retired 4 star General is entitled.

The Administration literally holds his life in their hands.....and I'm sure he's been reminded of that fact often.

TParty
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TParty 11/15/12 - 02:00 pm
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"How much of a "misleading"

"How much of a "misleading" story would you tell to protect $150,000 a year military retirement pay?"

When you can make millions from the far right media machine, while maintaining your benefits- rather then go to jail for perjury - I'd say if you conspiracy theory people were right- then telling the truth to bring down Obama would be the best option.

TParty
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TParty 11/15/12 - 02:01 pm
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This idea that he is an

This idea that he is an "uncooperative" fall guy, but when asked to resign, he's a "good soldier" and complies just does not compute.

I wonder who will be eating crow after tomorrow.

TParty
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TParty 11/15/12 - 02:06 pm
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"why he briefed Congress with

"why he briefed Congress with information he knew to be false, why he was (then) not going to testify, and the options available to him if/when he did finally testify.

At that time, the General Allen aspect of the entire saga was not yet known. Aside from that, my theory seems to have been correct, so far."

Aside from the Allen aspect, and you thinking he was not going to testify, and your false idea that he lied to congress- then sure - your theory seems to have been correct so far....

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RedQuinoa 11/15/12 - 02:08 pm
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He's already retired from the Army

Enough already, please, with all the talk about UCMJ, military retirement pay, etc. Petraeus retired from the US Army on 31 August 2011, and assumed duties of the civilian position of CIA Director in October. Mr. Petraeus is no longer subject to the UCMJ.

harley_52
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harley_52 11/15/12 - 02:36 pm
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We Know Petraeus Knew....

...that the attack in Benghazi WAS NOT a spontaneous protest to the YouTube video, yet that's what he told Congress was the cause when he briefed them days after the attack. He told them a story he KNEW to be untrue.

There has to be a reason.

I say the Administration had him by the ba.....er, short ones. They had known about the affair for a long time. They held it over his head and blackmailed him into giving false information to Congress.

It will all come out....

TParty
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TParty 11/15/12 - 02:42 pm
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"They had known about the

"They had known about the affair for a long time. They held it over his head and blackmailed him into giving false information to Congress.

It will all come out...."

Who is "they"? Republican Cantor? If your theory is true, then it will come out tomorrow, since the affair is exposed and they no longer have anything to hold over his head. Huh?

But- I'm sure creative minds will come up with excuses of why Obama is still President on Monday.

harley_52
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harley_52 11/15/12 - 03:10 pm
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They Still Have Plenty....

...to hold over his head, as dichotomy and I were just discussing. The question is whether he'll tell it all, or bow to the pressure. Even if he doesn't tell it all, it will still come out.

I think it is impeachment material, though I think we'll end up with a Clinton type impeachment where the Senate lacks the scruples to do the right thing.

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faithson 11/15/12 - 03:19 pm
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bull**** mountain again leads the charge

Lies are often much more plausible, more appealing to reason, than reality, since the liar has the great advantage of knowing beforehand what the audience wishes or expects to hear.
Roger Aisles is a genius, he and PT Barnum are cut from the same cloth.

harley_52
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harley_52 11/15/12 - 03:22 pm
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Petraeus Can Be Prosecuted...

....under Articles 133 and 134 of the Uniform Code Of Military Justice if the affair began while he was still on Active Duty.

We know Broadwell was "embedded" with Petraeus while he was Commander in Afghanistan and his staff was aghast at the level of contact they shared. Rumors were everywhere they were having an affair. Were they?

It will come out.

KSL
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KSL 11/15/12 - 03:44 pm
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It is too bad the general's

It is too bad the general's dirty laundry has to come out as a result of someone who continues to hide his. As to whether Obama is legally entitled to be president, at this point it is a moot point. He has been elected and will continue the damage he has already done. I still want his college records unsealed. When is he going to man up and let America know whether he lied on his application to Occidental. He must have. Why else seal the record? And if he is so dammed smart, why seal your grades? The only thing Hill had sealed was her senior thesis, for good reason at the time. America has now shown it will vote for an Alinskyite, stupidly, twice.

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seenitB4 11/15/12 - 04:18 pm
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From Wall st Journal

WASHINGTON—In David Petraeus's final days at the helm of the Central Intelligence Agency, his relations with chiefs of other U.S. agencies, including his boss, National Intelligence Director James Clapper, took a contentious turn.

At issue was whether the CIA should break its silence about its role in Benghazi, Libya, to counter criticism that increasingly was being leveled at the agency and Mr. Petraeus, said senior officials involved in the discussions.

Mr. Petraeus wanted his aides to push back hard and release their own timeline of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi and a nearby CIA ...

the more I read the more I think he was pushed out because he didn't play ball..

RedQuinoa
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RedQuinoa 11/15/12 - 04:28 pm
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When did it all begin?

Sorry, friend, but Petraeus was out of the Army, according to current media accounts that I could locate.

One example can be found at this link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2012/11/12/petraeus-broadwell-affa...

So, at this time - it appears that the tryst with Ms. Broadwell began after he departed the Army. Thus, it's a private matter and not subject to UCMJ action, even if you find it morally reprehensible.

Of course, if it did commence while he was on active duty (and then if some military higher-up wants to pursue it), he would probably be subject to recall and potential prosecution.

IMO, I don't know if that would be the wisest use of government money and other resources, given the many other pressing issues we face as a nation.

All the same, thank you for pointing that out.

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