The abrupt resignation of Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus after an FBI investigation discovered his affair with biographer Paula Broadwell has left behind many questions unanswered. Latest development in the story unveiled the involvement of another woman in the affair, 37-year-old Jill Kelley, the State Department’s liaison to the military’s Joint Special Operations Command.
Apart from the friction between two females that led to the resignation of CIA Director Petraeus, there are more tiers to the matter which are worth considering. Out of all others, the resignation came less than a week before Petraeus was scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on the September 11 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
A spokesperson of the committee said acting director Mike Morell would testify in place of Petraeus. The connection between Petraues and Benghazi attack investigation was also accentuated by prominent investigative journalist and Associate Editor of Washington Post, Bob Woodward in his appearance in the program ‘Meet the Press’. Woodward said, ‘Petraeus visited Tripoli, Libya a week and half ago and conducted his own personal inquiry regarding the Benghazi incident’.
He also said that during his stay he interviewed the station and base chief. Hence, it goes without stating that he knows the full story of the events that led to an attack that killed US Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens along with three other Americans dead.
Furthermore, according to Woodward, Petraeus is someone who is considered a credible military official by the Republicans who are on fire about government security indifference on Benghazi. The evidences presented by Petraeus in front of Senate Intelligence Committee would have provided Republicans the opportunity to reignite the issue and expose foreign policy loopholes of Obama administration.
Now, with Mike Morell replacing Petraeus there remains less doubt that White House will have an easy escape from the Benghazi mess. However, the question that still remains is whether Petraeus will be asked to testify and present his evidences as a private citizen or not? If not, then unfortunately, the truth behind Benghazi attack will never be known.