Spoke to colleague Larry Kudlow of CNBC's "Kudlow Report" late in the day (above) with regard the sudden announcement of DCI David Petraeus's resignation. My information is that Petraeus did not resign because of the affair he mentions in his resignation latter. My information is that Petraeus quite because he misled carefully the relevant intelligence committees on their inquiries on the Benghazi tragedy in the first wave of investigation in September and October. Am told that Petraeus did not testify to the committees while under oath. Am told that Petraeus did not want to return to the Hill under oath next week and confront the inconsistences in his remarks about the CIA's part in the fiasco. The impolite word is "lie." The White House developed the "hateful video" explanation on September 11/12. It was nakedly fallacious. Petraeus did not correct the record in public. The election stalled a full Congressional inquiry. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will not take to the idea of a commission, however Senatior Diane Feinstein has the whip hand with her intelligence committee in the Senate. The House will proceed at all possible speed in the Lame Duck. This will go far and high. The leaking is daily and brutal. At risk right away is the administration's plan to advance Susan Rice, perhaps as the next Secretary of State. However all the principals of the national security apparatus are at risk, Tom Donilon, Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta, the Joint Chiefs, President and Vice President. It appears that the American people were purposefully misinformed by the Obama administration. Why, what purpose? The election? Or worse? Why did the DCI keep silent?
(Petraeus resigned after an FBI investigation on his biographer Paula Broadwell was revealed.)
I tell Larry Kudlow that this is not only about Benghazi, a nightmare on the face of it that the American people can understand as heroism and betrayal, but also goes to the Obama administration's secret policy in the Arab Spring of aiding strongmen and warlords regardless of their Jihadist connections. The Petraeus resignation makes the scandal that much easier to sell in headlines. Beauty (the widespread rumor is that the correspondent is Patricia Broadwell, biographer and former Army major, West Point graduate) didn't kill the beast. Benghazi killed the beast. Will Petraeus talk? Yes, if he is called. Did Petraeus resign to outmaneuver the White House that was making threats against him and Broadwell about security? Did the White House get surprised by the resignation? Ask yourself, would the White House engineer a Petraeus resignation about an affair of the heart with a glamorous married mother of two on the same day that the president was making headlines about the fiscal cliff and the second term? Pop the popcorn.