In extremely “fascinating” timing, Petraeus resigned today, a few days after the election, over an extramartial affair. Now I’m sure that the affair happened, but I rather doubt that at this juncture, where extramarital affairs are normal even in the White House and the Marines are expected to embrace gay marriage, that this was really about the affair.
If Petraeus had stood by Obama over Benghazigate all the way, and taken the fall, then the affair would not have mattered. This is Valerie Jarrett delivering a first dose of payback and neutering the threat of a Petraeus presidential run against Obama in 2016.
The CIA spokesman, presumably at the direction of CIA director David Petraeus, has put out this statement: “No one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. ”
Instead of Petraeus falling on his sword at the CIA, Panetta and Dempsey were forced to do it. And Petraeus has been forced out anyway.
This is Godfather politics, but then again this isn’t America or Washington DC anymore. It’s Chicago boss politics. And with foreign wars off the table and national security a dead issue, the borrowed credibility that Petraeus gave to the Troika of Obama, Jarrett and Clinton is no longer needed anymore.
The left took a while to get Petraeus since their “General Betrayus” days, but they got him in the end.