Charles Krauthammer: Petraeus Thought He Could Keep His Job … White House ‘Held Affair Over Petraeus’s Head’ For Favorable Testimony On Benghazi


QUID PRO QUO?  So why does a sex scandal make it impossible for a CIA director like General David Petraeus to keep his job? Being black mailed and pressured to do and say things that are not true of course. But what happens when the blackmail and pressure comes from within, like the White House?

Charles Krauthammer has once again got it 100% correct. Appearing on Fox News’s Special Report, Krauthammer stated that the Obama White House used David Petraeus’s affair to get the CIA director to give favorable testimony about the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Petraeus thought he could keep his job after he knew he was being investigated for his “extramarital affair” and most likely went before the Congressional hearing and told a story to save his job by siding with the Obama administration ridiculous story that the attack was the result of a video tape. David Petraeus, of all people, who is an expert on terrorism knew better. But when some one has your professional career in their hands … he followed the Obama party line.

“His job, his reputation, his legacy, his whole celebrated life was in the hands of the administration, and he expected they would protect him by keeping it quiet.”

Transcript from News Busters:

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I think the really shocking news today was that General Petraeus thought and hoped he could keep his job. He thought that it might and it would be kept secret, and that he could stay in his position. I think what that tells us is really important. It meant that he understood that the FBI obviously knew what was going on. He was hoping that those administration officials would not disclose what had happened, and therefore hoping that he would keep his job. And that meant that he understood that his job, his reputation, his legacy, his whole celebrated life was in the hands of the administration, and he expected they would protect him by keeping it quiet.

And that brings us to the ultimate issue, and that is his testimony on September 13. That’s the thing that connects the two scandals, and that’s the only thing that makes the sex scandal relevant. Otherwise it would be an exercise in sensationalism and voyeurism and nothing else. The reason it’s important is here’s a man who knows the administration holds his fate in its hands, and he gives testimony completely at variance with what the Secretary of Defense had said the day before, at variance with what he’d heard from his station chief in Tripoli, and with everything that we had heard. Was he influenced by the fact that he knew his fate was held by people within the administration at that time?

KRAUTHAMMER: Of course it was being held over Petraeus’s head, and the sword was lowered on Election Day. You don’t have to be a cynic to see that as the ultimate in cynicism. As long as they needed him to give the administration line to quote Bill, everybody was silent. And as soon as the election’s over, as soon as he can be dispensed with, the sword drops and he’s destroyed. I mean, can you imagine what it’s like to be on that pressure and to think it didn’t distort or at least in some way unconsciously influence his testimony? That’s hard to believe.

Doug Ross has the timeline and one pretty much has to have no brain to think that Obama, the WH and his reelection folks did not know about the Petraeus investigation.

Does anyone really think that the Obama White House did not know about the investigation that not only looks into CIA director Gen. Petraeus, but also Gen. Allen,the Commander of the US and NATO troops in Afghanistan. Come on folks, really? Remember the Obama philosophy on never letting a crisis go to waste.

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    8 Responses to “Charles Krauthammer: Petraeus Thought He Could Keep His Job … White House ‘Held Affair Over Petraeus’s Head’ For Favorable Testimony On Benghazi”

    1. rob on November 14th, 2012 10:04 am

      Nothing to lose now, time to talk. Payback is Hell.

    2. Tamikosmom on November 14th, 2012 10:29 am

      When the following article is considered … can Petraeus words be trusted even if he were called to testify before Congress regarding the Libya attack?

      EXCLUSIVE: Petraeus mistress may have revealed classified information at Denver speech on real reason for Libya attack
      Published November 12, 2012

      At an Oct. 26 speech at her alma mater, the University of Denver, on the same day that Fox News reported that the rescue team at the CIA annex had been denied help, Broadwell was asked about Petraeus’ handling of the Benghazi situation. …

      Broadwell quoted the Fox News report when she said: “The facts that came out today were that the ground forces there at the CIA annex, which is different from the consulate, were requesting reinforcements.”

      Broadwell went on to explain more sensitive details from the Benghazi attacks, particularly concerning what the real cause might have been.

      “Now, I don’t know if a lot of you heard this, but the CIA annex had actually, um, had taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner and they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back. So that’s still being vetted.” …

      She suggests in her Denver speech that Petraeus knew almost immediately that the attack was a terror attack — possibly to free militia members.

      A FEW DAYS LATER, Petraeus testified in a closed session to Congress that the attack was due in large part to an anti-Islam video and a spontaneous uprising, according to reports from the hearing.

      Congressional leaders say privately they believe they were lied to by Petraeus when he testified shortly after the attack. Some of these members already considered charging Petraeus with perjury, but said they planned to withhold judgment until he testified this week. After resigning as CIA director, the CIA said Acting Director Mike Morrell would testify in his place.

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    3. Tamikosmom on November 14th, 2012 10:31 am

      The youtube of Paula Broadwell speech has been pulled but .. The Blaze has a clip that can be viewed at:

    4. A Texas Grandfather on November 14th, 2012 12:49 pm

      When one gets in bed with crooks and thieves, this is what happens.

      There is something not quite right about Petraeus. I believe that somehow he has been promoted about two grades above the rank of where he could perform.

    5. on November 14th, 2012 9:30 pm

      Indeed Petraeus really has betrayed his wife, his kids and his country. I have no doubt that his take on Benghazi was Quid Quo Pro. I’m sorry for Holly, but I’m glad the gig is up.

    6. It's Me on November 15th, 2012 12:46 pm

      This is what happens when you have a Dictator in- chief.

    7. Super dave on November 15th, 2012 6:28 pm

      The democrats could start a murdering spree and the media would ignore it. Wake up people, the time is at hand to defend yourselves. 50 states now want to secede leaving obama only the seven imaginary states he thinks are left. I see an upheavel in America, arm yourselves or be left out and at the mercy of the thug democrats.

    8. Daily Commentary – Friday, November 16, 2012 – Conservative Columnist Charles Krauthammer Believes in Conspiracy Theories | Scared Monkeys on November 16th, 2012 9:55 am

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