By Verne Strickland November 10, 2012
Those close to him say it would be hard to find anyone in Washington more ardently admired than CIA Director David Petraeus – West Point graduate, story-book career, former four-star general of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, friend and adviser to presidents, highly-decorated, twice-wounded combat veteran, known for his calm, steady bearing and sense of honor. Add to that his reputation as a family man, married for 37 years to his wife, two grown children. An outstanding American in every sense of the word.
But David Petraeus, it turns out, is a totally unknown quantity. And possibly a dangerous one.
I am certain this will be revealed soon, unless President Obama has so much to hide that he will stop any investigation by whatever means he deems necessary. Of course, this follows on the heels of the convoluted Binghazi affair, which for weeks has languished in mystery as Obama remains silent about what he knew, what he didn’t know, and when.
CIA Director David Petraeus resigned Friday after admitting to an extramarital affair -- an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, that was revealed over the course of an FBI investigation, The FBI had been investigating an unrelated and much broader case before stumbling on the affair.
Fox News has learned that during the course of this investigation, the name of biographer Paula Broadwell came up. The FBI followed that lead and in doing so, uncovered his affair with her. The FBI for some time was concerned that perhaps Petraeus was some sort of victim, but there has been no evidence discovered to back up such concerns. Broadwell co-wrote Petraeus' biography, "All In."
Broadwell could easily be just a convenient “cooperator” – a distraction cooked up by the Administration to avoid having to explain a more troublesome plot.
Petraeus met with President Obama on Thursday before submitting his letter of resignation, which the president accepted. In a message to staff, Petraeus said he asked "to be allowed" to step down.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation did not inform the Senate and House Intelligence Committees about the inquiry until this week, according to Congressional officials, who noted that by law the panels — and especially their chairmen and ranking members — are supposed to be told about significant developments in the intelligence arena. The Senate committee plans to pursue the question of why it was not told, one official said.
The revelation of a secret inquiry into the head of the nation’s premier spy agency raised urgent questions about Mr. Petraeus’s 14-month tenure at the C.I.A. and the decision by Mr. Obama to elevate him to head the agency after leading the country’s war effort in Afghanistan. White House officials said they did not know about the affair until this week, when Mr. Petraeus informed them.
Adultery in Washington, DC is hardly a titillating subject today, so to use it as an excuse for quitting an illustrious military career is seen as a lame attempt at a slighly-distracting sex scandal.
If Petraeus were a CIA agent in the field, however, a sexual affair with a lover such as Paula Broadwell could have been compromising to the agency.
At any rate, it has to make us all extremely uncomfortable to see one nasty surprise after another emerge into public view regarding Mr. Obama. I am not only surprised, but fearful of what the next revelations may bring.