Wreaks of Chicago-style politics
Regarding the disclosure of information relating to CIA Director David Petraeus’ extramarital affair and subsequent, abrupt resignation, Ret. Lt. Col. Ralph Peters had this to say to FOX News’ Neil Cavuto:
“The timing is just too perfect for the Obama administration. Just as the administration claimed it was purely coincidence that our Benghazi consulate was attacked on the anniversary of September 11th. Now it’s purely coincidence that this affair — extra-marital affair — surfaces right after the election, not before, but right after, but before the intelligence chiefs go to Capitol Hill to get grilled. As an old intelligence analyst, Neil, the way I read this — I could be totally wrong, this is my interpretation — is that the administration was unhappy with Petraeus not playing ball 100% on their party-line story. I think he was getting cold feet about testifying under oath on their party-line story. And I suspect that these tough Chicago guys knew about this affair for a while, held it in their back pocket until they needed to play the card.
I don’t like conspiracy theories, I may be totally wrong, but the timing of this, again, right after the election and right before Petraeus is supposed to get grilled on Capitol Hill, it’s really smells.”
Peters is not alone in his views.
When asked if Petraeus will testify, U.S. Rep. Peter King called the retired four-star Army general an “absolutely necessary witness.” The New York Republican is the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.
“As far as I’m concerned, the intelligence committee has to interview Gen. Petraeus. Whether or not he’s head of the CIA is almost irrelevant to him testifying,” King said. “He’s the only one who would have the facts that we are looking for, so he’s going to have to testify one way or the other.” King expressed skepticism about the circumstances and timing of Petraeus’ resignation.
“The main issue is: Why was the investigation launched in the first place?” King asked. “There’s more here. This story does not add up. There is something missing in the entire story. I don’t see any good explanation coming out of this. There’s no way you can defend what the White House and the administration is saying. It just doesn’t make sense, and that’s the point I’m making.”
The Daily Caller has more here.