General Petraeus

When CIA Director, David Petraeus resigned just a few weeks after the re-election of President Obama the country was still in the throes of confusion and anger over what had happened in Benghazi. Certain media outlets had led people to believe that Obama had abandoned two former Navy SEALs in a combat zone, callously handing them a death sentence. However, even those who were skeptical of these media reports had to admit that the timing of David Petraeus’ resignation was absolutely devastating. For all intensive purposes, it appeared that he had to resign over something to do with Benghazi.

SOFREP received word that Petraeus was going to resign a full three weeks ahead of the public announcement. What we were not expecting was the reason cited for him stepping down. Not long after Benghazi happened, Petraeus began interviewing for a job at Princeton University and was planning to quit as Director of the CIA.

The overrunning of the Consulate, and the killing of two GRS employees, would have come to him as a shock. John Brennan was running his own operations and probably briefing the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper on to the bare minimum needed to keep these secret missions legal. Likewise, a Congress member with budget oversight responsibilities was probably being read on, but the briefings kept vague to the point of uselessness. Brennan just needed a rubber stamp.

Kept in the dark to these compartmentalized JSOC operations, the Ansar Al-Sharia retaliation caught the CIA by surprise. They had no idea that Special Operations missions would be kicking the hornets nest in Libya and therefore could not prepare for the likely fallout that would result. Realizing this after the consulate attack, Petraeus knew for certain that he was a perpetual outsider in the administration. More specifically, he was furious about being left in the lurch by the Obama administration.