David Petraeus: What Obama Did Not Need to Know
Past CIA officers have been known to withhold information about questionable activities so presidents will have "plausible deniability." In the matter of retired Gen.
It is plausible that the FBI kept the president in the dark about the FBI investigation that turned up his CIA director's extramarital affair with his biographer
Yet, it also is suspiciously coincidental that the sad scandal, for which Petraeus resigned, came to public light a mere two days after Obama's re-election -- a campaign in which the CIA's role in Benghazi,
The predictable baying hounds of partisan Obama-bashing are joined in this instance by such skeptical Democrats as Sen.
But before we get to the classic Watergate-era question -- "What did the president know and when did he know it?" -- I have a more fundamental question in mind: Why did this hot story have to become public at all?
The probe that led to Petraeus' sudden exit began, according to news accounts, with a complaint several months ago by
The emails revealed evidence of an intimate extramarital relationship, according to media accounts, but after months of investigation the FBI found that neither the retired general nor Broadwell had broken any laws.
So, if the FBI concluded there was no criminal case, why was this matter brought to public attention? If there was no evidence of a crime, why would the president have to be told?
According to the
Yet, Petraeus did not offer his resignation at once. He undoubtedly knew that his resignation and the CIA's intelligence failures would zoom to the top of everybody's talking points in a close election campaign and superheated media atmosphere. He did not intend to resign, the
Sometime near the end of October, an unidentified FBI employee reportedly took the matter into his own hands and told two congressional Republicans, Rep.
Cantor said he turned over the information to FBI Director
Yes, says Rep.
Besides, If the FBI had notified the
Now that the cat's out of the bag, a vigorous debate has erupted over whether Petraeus should have resigned or not. He might have been able to carry out his job as well as ever, but as a fellow
He did the right thing to preserve whatever public honor he has left, which is considerable. The rest is between him and his family.
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