Why Did CIA Director Petraeus Suddenly Resign … And Why Was the U.S. Ambassador to Libya Murdered?

George Washington's picture

The Deeper Questions Behind the Ambassador’s Murder … and the CIA Boss’ Sudden Resignation

While the GOP is attacking (and Dems defending) the Obama administration in connection with the murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, there is a deeper story.

Sure, it is stunning that the State Department never requested backup or that people such as Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer allege that President Obama personally watched in real time the attacks as they occurred via video feeds from drones flying over the Benghazi consulate.

But these claims only can be assessed – and the whole confusing mess only makes sense – if the deeper underlying story is first exposed.

Many Syrian Terrorists Come from Libya

The U.S. supported opposition which overthrew Libya’s Gadaffi was largely comprised of Al Qaeda terrorists.

According to a 2007 report by West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center’s center, the Libyan city of Benghazi was one of Al Qaeda’s main headquarters – and bases for sending Al Qaeda fighters into Iraq – prior to the overthrow of Gaddafi:
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Al Qaeda is now largely in control of Libya.  Indeed, Al Qaeda flags were flown over the Benghazi courthouse once Gaddafi was toppled.

(Incidentally, Gaddafi was on the verge of invading Benghazi in 2011, 4 years after the West Point report cited Benghazi as a hotbed of Al Qaeda terrorists. Gaddafi claimed – rightly it turns out – that Benghazi was an Al Qaeda stronghold and a main source of the Libyan rebellion.  But NATO planes stopped him, and protected Benghazi.)

CNN, the Telegraph,  the Washington Times, and many other mainstream sources confirm that Al Qaeda terrorists from Libya have since flooded into Syria to fight the Assad regime.

Mainstream sources also confirm that the Syrian opposition is largely comprised of Al Qaeda terrorists.  See this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this and this.

The U.S. has been arming the Syrian opposition since 2006. The post-Gaddafi Libyan government is also itself a top funder and arms supplier of the Syrian opposition.

The Real Story At Benghazi

This brings us to the murder of ambassador Stevens and the sudden resignation of CIA boss David Petraeus.

The Wall Street Journal, Telegraph and other sources confirm that the US consulate in Benghazi was mainly being used for a secret CIA operation.

They say that the State Department presence in Benghazi “provided diplomatic cover” for the previously hidden CIA mission.

Reuters notes that the CIA mission involved finding and repurchasing heavy weaponry looted from Libyan government arsenals.

Business Insider reports that Stevens may have been linked with Syrian terrorists:

There’s growing evidence that U.S. agents—particularly murdered ambassador Chris Stevens—were at least aware of heavy weapons moving from Libya to jihadist Syrian rebels.


In March 2011 Stevens became the official U.S. liaison to the al-Qaeda-linked Libyan opposition, working directly with Abdelhakim Belhadj of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group—a group that has now disbanded, with some fighters reportedly participating in the attack that took Stevens’ life.


In November 2011 The Telegraph reported that Belhadj, acting as head of the Tripoli Military Council, “met with Free Syrian Army [FSA] leaders in Istanbul and on the border with Turkey” in an effort by the new Libyan government to provide money and weapons to the growing insurgency in Syria.


Last month The Times of London reported that a Libyan ship “carrying the largest consignment of weapons for Syria … has docked in Turkey.” The shipment reportedly weighed 400 tons and included SA-7 surface-to-air anti-craft missiles and rocket-propelled grenades.




Reuters reports that Syrian rebels have been using those heavy weapons to shoot down Syrian helicopters and fighter jets.


The ship’s captain was ”a Libyan from Benghazi and the head of an organization called the Libyan National Council for Relief and Support,” which was presumably established by the new government.


That means that Ambassador Stevens had only one person—Belhadj—between himself and the Benghazi man who brought heavy weapons to Syria.


Furthermore, we know that jihadists are the best fighters in the Syrian opposition, but where did they come from?


Last week The Telegraph reported that a FSA commander called them “Libyans” when he explained that the FSA doesn’t “want these extremist people here.”


And if the new Libyan government was sending seasoned Islamic fighters and 400 tons of heavy weapons to Syria through a port in southern Turkey—a deal brokered by Stevens’ primary Libyan contact during the Libyan revolution—then the governments of Turkey and the U.S. surely knew about it.


Furthermore there was a CIA post in Benghazi, located 1.2 miles from the U.S. consulate, used as “a base for, among other things, collecting information on the proliferation of weaponry looted from Libyan government arsenals, including surface-to-air missiles” … and that its security features “were more advanced than those at rented villa where Stevens died.”

And we know that the CIA has been funneling weapons to the rebels in southern Turkey. The question is whether the CIA has been involved in handing out the heavy weapons from Libya.

In other words, ambassador Stevens may have been a key player in deploying Libyan terrorists and arms to fight the Syrian government.

Other sources also claim that the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was mainly being used as a CIA operation to ship fighters and arms to Syria.

Many have speculated that – if normal security measures weren’t taken to protect the Benghazi consulate or to rescue ambassador Stevens – it was  because the CIA was trying to keep an extremely low profile to protect its cover of being a normal State Department operation.

Why Did CIA Chief David Petraeus Suddenly Resign?

CIA boss David Petraeus suddenly resigned, admitting to an affair.  This could be the real explanation, given that affairs of high-level intelligence chiefs could compromise national security.

But the timing of Petraeus’ resignation becomes more interesting once one learns that that he was scheduled to testify under oath next week before power House and Senate committees regarding the Benghazi consulate.

Many speculate that it wasn’t an affair – but the desire to avoid testifying on Benghazi – which was the real reason for Petraeus’ sudden resignation.

The Big Picture

Whatever the scope of the CIA’s operation in Benghazi – and whatever the real reason for the resignation of the CIA chief – the key is our historical and ongoing foreign policy.

For decades, the U.S. has backed terrorists for geopolitical ends.

The U.S. government has been consistently planning regime change in Syria and Libya for 20 years, and dreamed of regime change – using false flag terror – for 50 years.

Obama has simply re-packaged Bush and the Neocons’ “war on terror” as a series of humanitarian wars.

And the U.S. and its allies will do anything to topple Iran … and is systematically attempting to pull the legs out from Iran’s allies as a way to isolate and weaken that country.

Americans should ask ourselves if that’s what we want …

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Mark Noonan's picture


You are thinking far too short a time frame - I deal in centuries.  Let's, for the sake of argument, go along with your line that they are particularly mad at us, today, because of things we've done since World War Two (prior to WWII US involvement in the area was minimal).  But that doesn't explain why Charles Martel had to fight a Muslim army outside Tours in 732 or why Jan Sobieski had to fight them outside Vienna on September 11th (do note the date), 1688.  There's a lot of history in those 900+ years and outside of the failed counter-attack called the Crusades it is all about Muslim powers launching unprovoked wars of conquest against the West.  In towns of southeastern Europe you can still find "Turk bells" - bells which would be rung in alarm whenver an expedition of Muslim Turkish marauders/slavers was spotted on the horizon so that the peasantry could run for refuge in the nearest castle.  This is not something that started with the Balfour Declaration and it isn't caused because a few Jews decided to move back to their ancestral lands in Palestine:  it started and is ongoing because of the nature of Islam.  Wipe Israel off the face of the map tomorrow and the war will go on.

Joseph Jones's picture

It started with the Ioudaios (not "Jew" which first appeared in 1775 AD) Pharisees who murdered Christ.  After the diaspora the descendants of the Pharisees wrote the "other" Torah, AKA Talmud, the holiest of all Pharisaical holy books, with gems like:

"Even the best of the gentiles deserve only death."

Only Rabbis, Rabbi sycophants, liars, and naive persons think there is good at the core of Judaism. 

lakecity55's picture

Then, sir, I would submit you have not read history.


Find a copy of Gibbons or The Outline of History  by Wells and get back to us.

Arthur Borges's picture

Which history do we mean, prithee tell? The expansion(ism) of Christianity, of Jihad? Or of Eretz Israel?

I haven't read Gibbons, I confess but these monotheistic religions are over the top anyhow.

Their doctines all let the believers turn over their individual moral responsibility for the brutality he(she) commits to God, who wants you to do it, like in the experiment where this researchers got kids to apply increasingly higher voltages to an actor behind a window who wasn't giving right answers: all the researcher in the white lab coat had to do was to insist that He was responsible for the experiment and all the kids had to do was to "follow instructions."

Is anybody reading "orders" behind the term "instructions"?

Cathartes Aura's picture

even a blindman could see through that lie. . .


Television ~ Foxhole

". . .you show me the war, I don't know what for. . ."


newengland's picture

All war or no war. Americans are protected under the Constitution, but newcomers want to abuse the Republic, and make endless war.

Fck 'em. All war or no war. 'Do not tread on me.' This protects Americans, and it is the political class and banksters who have hijacked the Republic for their own globalist freak psychopathic agenda.

Mark Noonan's picture

Move all our nukes to the SSBNs, terminate our strategic bomber program, reduce the army to 200,000 troops and the Marines to 50,000 troops, expand the Navy to 400 ships including at least 100 attack subs...that is a force sufficient to defend the United States and our global responsibilities...but not large enough in ground forces and heavy air bombardment to allow "lead from behind" pinheads to get us in to trouble...and it gives us a large enough superstructure of force to build up a 5,000,000 man military within two years of "go", so if another World War comes along we'll be ok.

dolph9's picture

It's called take the money and run, people.

We'll be seeing alot of this going forward.  Get what you can and get out.

newengland's picture

I will live and die among mine own in New England. Good luck to you and yours.

Rootless cosmopolitans are a problem, not a solution.

falak pema's picture

Rootless cosmopolitans are a problem, not a solution....

Now why in God's name didn't the New England Indian tribes think of that, and apply it  to the last man to those "rootless cosmopolitan" migrants coming off the Mayflower. They could obviously keep the women as family fodder like the slaves  two centuries later on Mount Vernon property of the man who fathered that new country. 

The golden rule is the only one that truly applies to Man. But you seem to forget that. In your badmouthing of the founding principles of your nation, as incarnated by that lady with the torch and those words written on her plaque. 

newengland's picture

Foreign wars are unconstitutional. It is sick that newcomers to the Republic are trying to make it like the hateful lands they fled.

Vooter's picture

You fucking monkey--the United States was BUILT on theft, deceit and murder. And we've been killing people here and around the world ever since--probably around eight million since the end of World War II alone. Who are these "newcomers" who you believe are sullying our otherwise sterling reputation? LOL! Jesus fucking christ... The only consolation in the whole thing is that the realization I had as a child--probably as early as four or five--that I would spend my life surrounded by INFERIOR, RETARDED ASSHOLES is confirmed by people like you on a daily basis...

oldman's picture

Vooter: +1000

That is probably as near poetry as any rant I have heard or read. It reads like it flowed directly from your gut and was written automatically without a thought in your head.

Yeah, thanks for sharing a truly zenmoment!         om

walcott's picture

She fucked McChrystal too right before he got fired.

newengland's picture

And there's a woman named Deborah Tom in Britain who fucked its Labour security advisor, the Admiral, and she fucked the Tory party's General Richard Dannat...all while researching books.

If screwing around was a matter of national security, then there would be few politicians, businessmen or military hierarchy.

Blackmailing politically inconvenient former friends is the modus operandi of the AshkeNAZI.

Petraeus was caught in the classic honey trap. Who does that whore who fucked him really represent?

Cathartes Aura's picture

lol, the "whore" represents women for you, apparently - all these women fucking, what on earth were the men doin'?

falak pema's picture

being fucked like laid back shills who were watching porn movies while their women chewed them off; men have such biflated minds when it comes to sexual action; or wall street action for that matter. Pompei's fresque is their true mind's eye. 

Can't change human nature, the better part of it being feminine; Adam's bloody rib!

Not made in image of Lord above...thank God! 

Blame it all on Mame dude, blame it all on mame! 

New England puritanism is a tea party tradition and the Mayflower probably disseminated it even to the Indians. They died of it from indigestion; understandably. 

To think, as GW suggests in his post, the Benghazi consulate operation was a vast CIA controlled ops to smuggle guns and bearded nuts to Syria, in support of the rebels to enemy regime of Assad, buddy of Q-daffy, and targeted since 20 years by good ole CIA/Pentagon.

It is ironic to note that in spite of a stand-off with Reagan, Q-daffy never violated the US diplomatic premises and no US ambassador ever was harmed during his 40 year tenure.

Then the West bumps him off; now this.  Who is the worst enemy...of himself? 

walcott's picture

Paula Broadwell pretty damn hot. Who wouldn't want to inbed her. You know that puntang is amazing.

ItsDanger's picture

I know most here like to make fun of Fox News but they were on this angle well over a week ago.  Stevens and/or CIA was using the embassy as a cover for arms dealing.

walcott's picture

Petraeus awraded All In medal for banging Paula Broadwell.

Arthur Borges's picture

Perhaps someone will nominate the good man for the next Nobel Drone Prize?

Oldwood's picture

I recall how preposterous the stories that came out of old USSR press corps sounded. We could all laugh at the thought that any even slightly intellegent upright walking person would believe them. I listen to what comes from our unbiased news reporting for the US as well as Europe and it takes me back. Its like we are watching a movie and forgetting its fiction. I have to admit this is better than any movie i recall seeing.

Cathartes Aura's picture

makes sense, when one considers who runs the movie industry. . .

Teabunny's picture

wow, a whole lotta guys resigning because of affairs recently! first gen petraeus now kubasik, ceo lockheed martin, the same one who wanted to lay off workers because of defense cuts looming on the fiscal cliff...hmmm...



Now we know what it means to vote for revenge.... 

so, if the lockheed martin scandal is in response to the lockheed martin layoff threat ..to damage the presidents re-election campaign, why gen petraeus? well, that night, and for 3 days later, the CIA said it was a film that caused benghazi, while libya was saying terror, while CIA agents being killed were screaming terror attack to their bosses at the CIA, who gave the order to "stand down" to those who wanted to help. You know, the CIA who would have been in control of the drones, and watching these men be killed. why would they do such a thing?

answer: did you know that the cia is chock full of mormons?

did you know that the mormons have a prophecy where one of their own "saves the constitution" called the white horse prophecy?

did you know that Petraeus is a mormon? (just like Romney..hmmm)


so, if the mormons really believe in their prophecy, why would God need them to commit murder to help fulfill it?ah, thats silly! who would kill for the presidency or the validation of their religion? well, besides radical islam that is.

Cathartes Aura's picture

Brent Scowcroft is a MorMan too, as linked top of the thread - Kissinger's old friend as well, which lends to the Freemason/Zionist tag.

lots of intriguing baggage,


the knot tightens.  thanks for a very interesting post.

Joseph Jones's picture

Joseph Smith was an apostate Freemason when he wrote the Book of Mormon.

Freemasonry is an offshoot of Judaism.

Just sayin...

Every single "organized religion" in the USA deserves absolutely no tax break of any kind, none. 

BTW, the word "pastor" appears no where in the NT. 

Dr. Sandi's picture

The networks usually save the reruns for AFTER Thanksgiving. You should follow their lead.

ebworthen's picture

"Why Did CIA Director Petraeus Suddenly Resign … And Why Was the U.S. Ambassador to Libya Murdered?"

  1. Power
  2. Money
New_Meat's picture

Sort of the universal answer n'est ce pas?

ShakaZulu's picture

Why Did CIA Director Petraeus Suddenly Resign … And Why Was the U.S. Ambassador to Libya Murdered?

Dickless bankers wanted him dead?  Mooselums only willing to comply....


are we there yet's picture

Obama is dripping with obinations that we know about, fast and furrious, unknown unvetted history, it goes on, more secrets than a mafia boss.... how does he keep a lid on it all.

Bawneee Fwank's picture

Stevens was to be kidnapped...not killed.  He was to be kidnapped and a couple terror snuff films made (you know, two hooded fuckers standing with AK's talking about the great satan shit and Stevens reading from the terror kidnapping manual) to enrage the American sheeple.  The true kidnappers were to be sent out and replaced with goat herders, seal team arrives, kills goat herders and saves Stevens...Election bump for the dear leader.  The two CIA guys fubared the entire thing by disobeying "stand down" orders.  When they arrived at the consulate and ingaged the kidnappers the kidnappers thought it was a double cross and killed Stevens...The original plan was the movie, kidnap stevens and blame that stupid shit movie for enraging the locals.  Once the two CIA guys got involved the dear leader and others did nothing because dead men tell no tales.

falak pema's picture

lol, how ghoulish can the political string pulling get!

Fabricated in HOllywood in Langley; for the good of Potus, except those lousy actors got their script wrong.

No wonder they fired the film director.

Tut, tut; you can hear Cameron smirking in WHitehall, like Hollande in Quai d'Orsay : Why didn't you call us Potus, instead of using your lousy seals way out of water. We would have sent you 007 or Inspecteur Clouseau! 

Everybodys All American's picture

Well at least the media will investigate Benghazi finally. Stepanopolis, Mathews, Crowlie will not let go of this until an answer is determined.

DollarMenu's picture

Stepanopolis, Mathews, Crowlie -

the only thing they won't let go is their hairdressers.

btdt's picture

Look who the coauthor os of the Broad's hagiography on Betray-us.

He's the Judith Miller of the CIA's other asset, the WaPo.

Like Miller, a bit of sabbatical shore duty after a job well done... and then back on board the USS Mockingbird.
Vernon Loeb, one of the Washington Post reporters who in 2003 wrote the botched story about Jessica Lynch’s purported battlefield heroics in Iraq, is returning to the newspaper as its local editor.

Washington Post, April 3, 2003

The electrifying but erroneous story about Lynch, then a 19-year-old Army private, turned her into the single most recognizable soldier of the Iraq War.

In a front-page report published April 3, 2003, the Post anonymously cited “U.S. officials” in saying that Lynch “fought fiercely” in the ambush of her unit in southern Iraq, that she had “shot several enemy soldiers,” and that she had fired her weapon “until she ran out of ammunition.”

But the hero-warrior narrative–published beneath the bylines of Loeb and Susan Schmidt–was untrue.
Lynch did not fire her weapon in the ambush. Nor was she shot and stabbed, as the Post reported.

I examine the Lynch case in my latest book, Getting It Wrong, noting how the Post account of her supposed derring-do “became a classic illustration of intermedia agenda-setting: News organizations around the world followed the Post’s lead by prominently reporting the supposed heroics of young Jessica Lynch and contemplating their significance.”

Not surprisingly, the Post in announcing yesterday that Loeb was returning neither mentioned nor hinted at his role in reporting the Lynch story. The Post memo did describe Loeb as “a tremendously talented, high-energy journalist, whose enthusiasm for what we do is infectious.

“In his new job, he will drive our coverage of the region, ensuring we are serving our readers, both print and digital, the smartest, freshest and most authoritative news and features on the issues that matter most to them. It’s a good match: this is a highly competitive market, and Vernon is an intensely competitive editor.”
The memo also said Loeb has run marathons and is an ardent fan of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team. (The DCist blog noted that Loeb’s Twitter account has been silent for several months.)

Loeb returns to the Post on February 1, following a stint as deputy managing editor for news at the Philadelphia Inquirer. He had left the Post in 2004 to become an investigations editor at the Los Angeles Times.
I once tried to speak with Loeb about the Lynch case. I called him at the Inquirer in 2008, while I was researching Getting It Wrong; he abruptly hung up on me.

I wanted to ask Loeb about the sources behind the Lynch story. I also wanted to ask him about the interview he gave to the NPR Fresh Air show in late 2003, during which he said the Pentagon was not the source for the Post story.

In the years since, the dominant narrative has become that the Pentagon concocted the story about Lynch’s heroics and fed it to the Post in order to boost American support for the war. But in the interview on Fresh Air, Loeb said he “could never get anybody from the Pentagon to talk about” the Lynch case.

“They wouldn’t say anything about Jessica Lynch,” Loeb said on the show.
“I just didn’t see the Pentagon trying to create a hero where there was none,” he added. “I mean …they never showed any interest in doing that, to me.”

Moreover, he declared: “Our sources for that story were not Pentagon sources.
Loeb described them as “some really good intelligence sources” in Washington, D.C.
And he added: “We wrote a story that turned out to be wrong because intelligence information we were given was wrong. That happens quite often.”

And yet, the false narrative about the Pentagon’s having made up the story about Lynch’s heroics endures, and has become dominant. It fits well with a curdled popular view about the war in Iraq.

I’ve called before at Media Myth Alert for the Post to knock down the false narrative about the Lynch case and disclose the identify of its sources on that story.

If they weren’t “Pentagon sources,” then who were the “U.S. officials” who supplied the erroneous account about Lynch? Why should they be continue to be protected with anonymity, given that they clearly provided inaccurate information?

Loeb should say, especially since his new job at the Post will include “ensuring [that] we are serving our readers” in an “authoritative” way.

Yeah, funny how that happens - real good sources providing false narratives.

These turkeys are just Edward Bernays level technology, version 5.0. And the rest of us are dumber than turkeys.

Cathartes Aura's picture

ahh yes, the WaPo, carrying on the amrkn "news" traditions,

"We live in a dirty and dangerous world. There are some things the
general public does not need to know, and shouldn't. I believe
democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps
to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print
what it knows."

Katherine Graham, publisher Washington Post, in a 1988 speech to CIA recruits


hidingfromhelis's picture

This is especially pertinent:  Loeb should say, especially since his new job at the Post will include “ensuring [that] we are serving our readers” in an “authoritative” way.


In other words, "We've been told to write stories like this."  Also, as a reader I don't look to be served in an authoritative way so much as an informative way...like journalists used to do.

Die Weiße Rose's picture

thanks George Washington -

this is interesting and excellent investigative journalism.

when will Hillary Clinton resign ? January 2013 ?


Dr. Sandi's picture

Why should Hillary resign? She didn't have sex with that woman.

Translator's picture

What HASN'T Obama lied about?

sgt_doom's picture

I hate to borrow extravagantly from Boinboing.net, but . . .



knukles's picture

O:  So you're on page for next week in front of Congress, right?

P:   I am bound by my oaths and duty to tell the truth, sir.

O:   I'm talking about our truth.

P:   I cannot abide by any falsehoods, Mr. President.

O:   I'm ordering you (interrupted)

P:   Sir, to tell a lie is an illegal order

O:   (screaming) What the fuck, listen you little (Interrupted)

P:    Sir, you may have my immediate resignation.  Call it for personal purposes, say an extramarital affair.

O:  What the (interrupted)

P    You've had the Feebies watching me.  We both know it.  Mr. President, I am head of the CIA and my own assets watch my six and know full well of your asset's activities.  I'm out. 

O:  You will (interrupted)

P:   I'm out.

O:   Let's think about this for....

P:   You got till tomorrow afternoon.  Either I tell the truth as I see it in Congressional testimony as head of the CIA or a resignation for an extra marital affair...  Either way, I will not be lying for you, Mr. President.

New_Meat's picture

Damn TOTUS can't help but interrupt at the most important moments.

tradewithdave's picture

Didn't you read the report.  The student council president, valedictorian, homecoming queen, all-state basketball player, West Point cadet and fitness champion, Harvard graduate degree holder, University of London PhD candidate, physician’s wife and skydiving mother of two sent threatening emails to someone who was cozying up to her boyfriend.  It is customary for people with that profile, PhD experts in international security and such, to convey threats... especially via email. That way you have a record of what you said. 

It's also common for 4 star generals who are the director of the CIA and cabinet members to engage in extra-marital affairs via email.  Everybody uses email.  Email is convenient plus according to FBI reports he confessed the relationship. What seems to be the problem?   

Oh, you're hung up on the Benghazi thing and the election timing issues.  Love is like that.  You never know when it's going to hit you.  Election nights are no exception.  Keep in mind that according to press reports the FBI initiated their inquiry because of an anonymous woman who received threatening emails.  What more do you want?  That's proof positive.  The General resigned didn't he?  Case closed.  Move along. President Obama is probably relieved because I think the General was friends with Dick Cheney and George W. Bush.  Those guys aren't that popular any more. 

Here's a link to the acceptance speech.  People are going FORWARD.  Get on the love train.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pBK2rfZt32g



lakecity55's picture

So you fell for the story planted in the Mockingbird Post about the FBI?