Petraeus shoots down theory that his resignation from CIA had something to do with Benghazi

Earlier today, I told you HERE about right-wing pundit Charles Krauthammer’s utterly illogical  theory “that President Obama blackmailed then-CIA Director David Petraeus to give testimony about the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that was in line with the administration’s position on the matter.”

And now we have THIS:

Former CIA Director David Petraeus on Thursday said his resignation had nothing to do with the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and denied disclosing any classified information.

Petraeus’s comments come a day before he is expected to testify to the House and Senate Intelligence committees at closed-door hearings. Those hearings are expected to focus on what Petraeus saw when he visited Benghazi.


Petraeus’s first comments since his resignation were to CNN Headline News reporter Kyra Phillips. He told Phillips he had not provided any classified documents to his biographer, Paula Broadwell, with whom he had an extramarital affair.

Petraeus said he resigned from the CIA because of the affair and believed standing down from his post was the appropriate response, according to Phillips.

Petraeus added that he did not try to persuade others in the administration to allow him to keep his job once he admitted the affair, according to the report. The four-star general said he had not spoken to Broadwell since his resignation last week.

A question arises: Will any of the right-wing conspiracy theorists now argue that Petraeus is lying about whether his resignation was related to Benghazi?

I can’t imagine that happening. Conservatives usually aren’t given to impugning the integrity of four-star generals. Petraeus has long been a hero extraordinaire to Republicans in particular and Americans in general.

As much as the wingnuts hate Obama, they’ll just have to take Petraeus at his word on the reason for his resignation from the CIA. Obama’s only role in that resignation was his formal acceptance of it.


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