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

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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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Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Yeah, Sorcha Faal is a bad joke to say the least. Just comically stupid.

q99x2's picture

Whatever controls US politics is changing things.

disabledvet's picture

We've reelected George W. Bush after all Sheeple! All Hail the mighty George Washington and his Blog!

jeff montanye's picture

yes, essentially.  looks like george w. bush is set to surpass fdr's record (and his darker clone looks in way better health than fdr did in '44).

BattlegroundEurope2011's picture

"You Dirty, Dirty, Dirty Bastards!!"

falak pema's picture

here is a report in french press concerning  an official memo, minutes of the CIA support mission, from the Pentagon, about the Benghazi incident. I'm sure the official US story is worth delving into. 

Le Pentagone publie une chronologie détaillée de Benghazi - Yahoo! Actualités France

Buck Johnson's picture

I totally agree with this.  Also do you guys remember that last year NBC reporter was reporting on MSNBC that he was outside an ammo dump in Libya that had 20,000 SA-7 and other types of manpads.  Imagine many of those weapons and othes getting into the hands of terrorists.

jeff montanye's picture

like 400 tons on a ship delivered to syria?

Keegan11's picture

My French is dreadfully rusty - what's the jist of the article OR s it in English? Thx

disabledvet's picture

I DON'T CARE! I REALLY, REALLY, DON'T CARE. Here...try this on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_nFwwjBlEc that about sums my political motivation going on three years now.

roadhazard's picture

I hear ya, I could care less too. Petraeus fucking some whore is non news and if we spent as much money developing alternative fuel instead of fucking around with those Mid East, desert, rag heads who hate us no matter what we would be a hell of a lot better off and trillion$ less in debt. Fucking morons are running this country and morons are voting for them. I am surrounded by morons.  

jeff montanye's picture

i agree with your larger point but the rag heads don't hate us no matter what.  even with the u.s. support for the founding of israel in 1948, it took them multiple invasions and generations of abuse by us, the israelis and their own u.s. supported tyrants to hate us this bad.

HangSorosHigh's picture

The governments of the entire world have spent billions upon billions over the past 40 years trying to find an alternative to oil.

To date, they have failed completely.

I really don't think another couple of billion or trillion is going to make, or would have made, any difference.

It's battery powered cars or nothing, bitches.

Matt's picture

I'd say it's more of a limited success than an absolute failure. There has been a great deal of incremental progress, but only towards partial replacement, nothing shows promise for allowing continued 7 percent annual compounding growth in energy consumption.

SafelyGraze's picture

CiC: would you have any hesitation about taking out us citizens on us soil?

GenP: well I ..

CiC: I would first have them designated as enemy combatants

GenP: the constitution says ..

CiC: congress gave me the authority.

GenP: who is it you want to be taken out?

CiC: dude! there's a quarter billion people here! you think I've got time to name all the ones that are combative?

GenP: I don't think ..

CiC: "detain and delete" will be the new policy. and "debrief", maybe

GenP: it sounds like you're proposing to ..

CiC: and then grant amnesty -- but not citizenship -- to the new workforce that's come across.


CiC: you can withhold ss and medicare all you want. they'll never get it back.


CiC: the pension funds of all combatants revert to the treasury.


CiC: and I assume you're ok with pre-emptive nuclear strikes


CiC: well?

GenP: I regret that I have not been completely truthful with my wife

CiC: don't start that bullshit with me

GenP: there was this biographer ..

CiC: biographer? you've been under surveillance 24/7. nothing went on between you and that biographer.

GenP: I feel very remorseful.

CiC: don't make me declare you a combatant

Nobody For President's picture

Taking the term 'embedded' to a new level...

Earl of Chiswick's picture

That pig (as in wallowing in bullshit)  of a  reporter, former of CNBS and Bloomberg now aptly named cBS

Margaret Brennan

reports that there were no assets in the area that could have assisted she is a fucking well lubricated conduit for state department and pentagon prop. 

Pentagon:gunships/fixed wing fighters weren't in "vicinity of Libya nor postured to be an effective operational option" for Nenghazi attack

Just read some of the other bs she is spewing



Problem with Benghazi cover-up theories re Petraeus is that he is now more free than ever to talk about exactly what happened

Fmr. CIA Director Petraeus will no longer testify at next week's Senate Intelligence committee hearing on Benghazi.

so which is it?




nmewn's picture

"Pentagon:gunships/fixed wing fighters weren't in "vicinity of Libya nor postured to be an effective operational option" for Nenghazi attack"

Considering our military jets have been capable of Mach 1 & 2 for quite some time it defies logic/time/space doesn't it? ;-)

mvsjcl's picture

It's not their speed that's the problem, it's their propensity to veer in the opposite direction from their intended destination immediately after take-off, then fly around in aimless circles several hundred miles from their targets, due mainly to "communication glitches."

Apparently, the military has been working feverishly on this problem since it first cropped up on 9/11.

nmewn's picture

lol...I'd really like to stay on topic for this evening.

This is some pretty serious shit too...if we (as a country) are not going to protect our people, who we (as a country) have asked to go into some very hostile places...we can in fact scrap the whole concept of a country.

No one will fight for it knowing this is the case...it will be over.

In which case, I'll be running for President of the Republic of North Florida next year ;-)

RafterManFMJ's picture

You can bet if that consulate were full of banksters, the air support would have been there in 8 minutes.

JPM Hater001's picture

"In which case, I'll be running for President of the Republic of North Florida next year ;-)" Rookie mistake....You monologue'd...

FEMA Zone IV newest resident is welcomed by the "You Monologue like a Deuce Bag" brigade.

Never let them see you.

nmewn's picture

"You monologue'd"

No, I didn't really, did I? Any reply and it ceased to be a monologue ;-)

jeff montanye's picture

heck i was hoping to be atlantic beach canvassing captain.

mvsjcl's picture

I get your drift. As far as the concept of country goes, I fear that in this post-industrial, quasi-national conglomerate world of ours, the notion of country is irrevocably gone, replaced by pens into which different colored sheep are kept fenced in.

nmewn's picture

There is no doubt the color of law has been diluted down into shades of indistinguishable gray.

It was not the original intent but the steady drip has its consequences.

mvsjcl's picture

You state something, but you say nothing.

nmewn's picture

"You state something, but you say nothing."

You have eyes yet cannot see.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

state secrets are to be kept..to protect the fuck ups and the insane sociopaths as well as the master plan for the status quo ..that is the 1% elite and their power and wealth..some generals and admirals and head of cia were a risk to shed some light on the recent issues which would have risked exposing parts of the "Master plan".

we can guess reasons for libya, syria 911 kennedy shooting on and on..but I go by occam's razor..it is all to protect wealth and power of the true rulers of the west ..perhaps we should do all we can to not be part of the plan.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

as a follow up to my last post: some ego's here are due for deflation if they wake up to the manipulation of various ism's and long held views and ideals..from semper fi to marx and mao, from the talmud to the cross, from loyalist of all stripes ..EU UN FED global warming it all has to placed into the matrix of the simple fact..you are controlled and are part the system that keeps the 1% wealth and power..very simple now go read the NY times or WaPO or Huffpo and ZH..where do we turn when we realize information and history never were true??

DaveyJones's picture

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

I've never seen a back so large and so embeded that it's also a brain, a limb and a stomach

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

That steady drip has been going on for a long, long time.


Interview with James Ennes THE FORGOTTEN CRISIS

 Israeli attack on US ship was no accident

 On June 8,1967, in the midst of what became known as six day war, Israeli aircraft and motor boats brutally attacked an American naval vessel, the USSLiberty, in the international waters off the Sinai peninsula in the Mediterranean sea. The attack lasted more than two hours, killing 34 American sailors and wounding 171 others. Ever since then, with the survivors of the Liberty insisting that the attack on Liberty was deliberate and premeditated, and the Israelis claiming that it was unintentional, the issue has become a recurring source of tension between Israel and United States.

Jame Jam newspaper which published the statements of chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Admiral Thomas Moorer on October 21, 2001 has had the opportunity to interview James Ennes who was an lieutenant aboard the USSLiberty on the day of attack.


Q: It has been reported that after the Liberty radioed for help, two aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean responded by launching fighter aircraft, but they were recalled before reaching their destination to help Liberty. Can you tell us who gave the orders and why they were recalled?

 A: Secretary Robert McNamara ordered the recall of rescue aircraft. He has refused to discuss the matter. The recall order was confirmed by President Lyndon Johnson. President Johnson later said that he would not risk shooting down Israeli aircraft, even if Americans died as a result.

Precious's picture

Petraeus:  "I'm resigning today, so that I can start making some real coin."

kliguy38's picture

sadly there is probably more than just passing truth to that ......now you easily buy off four star whores

Cathartes Aura's picture

interesting article (of course), worth a full read,

Ironically, when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared to defend her policy at a conference on the Maghreb region held at the Center for Strategic and International Relations on October 12, she was introduced by the Mormon General Brent Scowcroft, a former National Security Council chief and close associate of Henry Kissinger, who is a grey eminence of the Mormon Mafia.

just a quick "mainstream" bit, over on "yahoo news" they're pondering a few replacements for la Hilary,

It's also possible a Republican might come forward. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman worked for Obama as ambassador to China before returning to make a failed bid for the presidency. One senior Republican foreign-policy hand describes his work in Beijing as "superb, top-rate."


Mr. Huntsman has been on my radar for a while, even his wiki has some fascinating stuff yet to be re-written,


for anyone who likes to connect the dots as drama unfolds. . .

Popo's picture

Meh.  GW, you lost me at "terrorists".   What terrorists?   I don't see any terrorists.   I just walked back home with my dog and I didn't see any terrorists.   Last week at the airport I had a pair of blue gloves pad-down my testicles, and they didn't find any terrorists either.  Ok, sure, there was some minor event a few years back in 2001 (yes, "minor" relative to the response which cost $100's of billions) but it's not even clear that that was "terrorism", as Tower #7 appears to have decided to spontaneously collapse of its own free will.   

I appreciate your blogging GW, but if you're going to see boogymen around every corner, then you're just part of the problem.   

The problem of course (as so few are wiling to admit) is that wars are incredibly profitable enterprises for a certain group within the USA.  The Iraq war which is said to have "cost" a lot, in fact "made" a lot -- it just depends on which side of the coin you're looking at.    The Iraq war was like winning the lottery for Cheney and his pals.  And they're desperate to have those giddy days of free taxpayer billions back again.

So please GW, dispense with your silly notions of "terrorism" and address the core issue:  Taxpayer fleecings.    Which is what this is all about.  Humanity be damned, of course.



jeff montanye's picture

ok gw could have been more precise.  a consistent use of al qaeda fighters would have been better.  but the motives of such are what puzzle me.  

gw says the personnel sent from libya to syria and that attacked the consulate overlap.  what would be their motive if the ambassador was funding them, sending them where they wanted to fight, getting them bigger guns, etc.?  

also what difference does it make re: testimony of petraeus if he is civilian or head of cia except that if he were trying to hang on to his post and obama knew of the affair he could pressure him to testify to obama's liking?  why then would obama want him to resign?   waiting until after the election seems something o. would want but the rest doesn't seem to help him.  i'm confused.

RichardP's picture

When handed the resignation, Obama did not want to accept it.  Within a day, he changed his mind and accepted it.  Obama did not force the resignation.

If the boss can have an affair, then the intelligence grunts figure they can have one also (with it's attendant security risks, multiplied many times over).  That logic becomes a problem, and so we need proof that it is not OK for the boss to have an affair.  Hence, he was encouraged to resign, and Obama was encouraged to accept the resignation.