- Posted November 12, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Petraeus - Betray Us?
With the shocking news Friday that CIA Director General David Petraeus was resigning effective immediately from his position at the agency over a love affair, the rumor mill has been running non-stop. Almost immediately I began receiving messages from different people across the country wanting to know my take on the surprise resignation and what it means.
I had just returned home from getting my medicine when I received the 1st message and had not yet heard the news. Now after the weekend has passed and more and more information is coming out, I can safely say at this point there are questions unanswered and not enough to form a clear opinion on the whole situation.
Many on the right are already seeing the demons of conspiracy and cover-up. Many on the left are saying nothing to see here, move along. The majority in the middle are questioning what gives and how the resignation came about.
Petraeus recently returned from a fact-finding trip to Libya over the Benghazi situation which left 4 Americans, including the US Ambassador, murdered. Some are thinking the resignation came to keep Petraeus from appearing before either of the committees in Congress investigating the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi. But as House Homeland Security Committee Chair Congressman Peter King pointed out, the resignation of Petraeus does not preclude the Congress from having Petraeus testify. King added that Petraeus would be called no matter what.
Others are looking at the timing of the resignation. One concern is over the Benghazi hearings this week, but the other has to do with the information coming to light of an investigation into Petraeus' email accounts by the FBI after the election though the inquiry began months ago. This may be the most troubling question.
Reports are coming out that Attorney General Eric Holder may have known about the investigation, in which Petraeus was not a target, as far back as June. If not Holder himself, the Justice Department was notified by the FBI of the investigation. Yet published reports indicate the President was not made aware until Petraeus submitted his letter of resignation on Thursday.
Also troubling is the reason for the FBI probe. It is reported that the probe began after one woman, allegedly a State Department employee, complained of harassing emails from Petraeus' alleged mistress, author Paula Broadwell. Harassing emails is not something the FBI investigates. This leads to questions about what prompted the investigation.
If the FBI does in fact probe harassing emails, the agency would be overloaded with investigations as almost every American receives their share of harassing emails. There must be something more as to why the FBI began looking into the email exchanges which lead to discovering the affair in Petraeus' personal email account.
Questions, questions and more questions.
What we do know for sure is that there was a betrayal. Not a betrayal that affects national security, but the betrayal of a vow and commitment by Petraeus to his wife of over 37 years, Holly. There was also a betrayal of the high standard expected of a person who oversees the operations of the nation's top spy agency.
Members of the media may also be feeling a sense of betrayal that they were caught off guard by the resignation. Petraeus has had a long and healthy affair with the press for a number of years. I am sure national reporters who have covered the General are feeling cheated and betrayed to discover they were not the only "other woman".
At this time, other than the question of timing and a question of why the FBI became involved to begin with, I think the resignation is exactly what Petraeus said it was on Friday. While Petraeus did not betray us, he did betray his wife, his family and his agency.
From the Cornfield, conspiracy theorists need to chill out. Answers will come in time as Congress continues to look into not only Benghazi, but also the timing and why the FBI began its investigation. For now, we all need to just let the events play out and let Congress do its job.