Petraeus One of Two Failed Leaders in BENGHAZI; Should Be Allowed NOWHERE NEAR Secretary of State Post Ex-CIA Director Was Responsible for Annex Attacked in Benghazi and was COMPROMISED at the time

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By Ben Barrack

Petraeus (L) and Hillary (R); Failed Leaders in Benghazi. In 2014, Petraeus seemed to endorse Hillary for President.

Petraeus (L) and Hillary (R); Failed Leaders in Benghazi. In 2014, Petraeus seemed to endorse Hillary for President.

Hillary Clinton has rightfully taken a lot of heat over Benghazi. The Special Mission Compound (SMC) where Christopher Stevens was when he was murdered was a State Department outpost. The other location that was attacked by Muslim terrorists in Benghazi was the CIA Annex barely a mile away.

David Petraeus was the CIA Director at the time and the security of that Annex was his responsibility. Yet, he is reportedly being considered for the Secretary of State position held by Hillary at the time of the Benghazi attacks.

Perhaps worse is that at the time of the attacks, Petraeus had already been compromised by an extra-marital affair. The day after the re-election of Barack Obama less than two months later, the affair was made public and Petraeus was jettisoned in disgrace. Reports at the time indicated that the Department of Justice, overseen by Attorney General Eric Holder knew of the affair and had been holding it over the CIA Director’s head. As such, Petraeus’s judgement should preclude him from any consideration as Secretary of State.

Here is Charles Krauthammer on November 13, 2012 discussing the fall of Petraeus. In this clip, Krauthammer draws the important connection between the Benghazi attacks and the compromised CIA Director at the time of those attacks:

In a 2014 piece as explosive as it was exhaustive, pulitzer prize winning reporter Seymour Hersh revealed that Petraeus was in charge of the operation in Benghazi that ran weapons out of Libya and into Syria, through Turkey. According to Hersh, this transfer of weapons to Syria took place through the ‘Rat Line’ and that it was explained in an appendix (annex) to the Senate Intelligence Committee report released earlier that year:

A highly classified annex to the report, not made public, described a secret agreement reached in early 2012 between the Obama and Erdoğan administrations. It pertained to the rat line. By the terms of the agreement, funding came from Turkey, as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar; the CIA, with the support of MI6, was responsible for getting arms from Gaddafi’s arsenals into Syria. A number of front companies were set up in Libya, some under the cover of Australian entities. Retired American soldiers, who didn’t always know who was really employing them, were hired to manage procurement and shipping. The operation was run by David Petraeus, the CIA director who would soon resign when it became known he was having an affair with his biographer. (A spokesperson for Petraeus denied the operation ever took place.)

The denial by a Petraeus “spokesperson” is beyond the straining of credulity, especially in light of evidence that has come forth since. A report by Catherine Herridge of Fox News last year indicates the CIA was clearly aware of gun-running from Libya to Syria and that Mike Morell – Petraeus’ successor and Deputy at the time of the attacks – knew about it as well:

A third DIA memo, dated Oct. 5, 2012, leaves no doubt that U.S. intelligence agencies knew that weapons were moving from Libya to Syria before the attack that killed four Americans.

Former CIA Director Mike Morell recently dodged questions about these weapons in an interview with Bret Baier.

Baier asked him: Were CIA officers tracking the movement of weapons from Libya to Syria?

“Can’t talk about it,” Morell said.

Here is the corresponding video of Herridge’s report:

Morell’s refusal to discuss the CIA’s knowledge of the weapons trafficking belies claims by Hillary during Senate testimony in 2013 that she was unaware of such weapons trafficking:

In addition to Hersh’s reporting that Petraeus ran the “rat line”, he also revealed which members of Congress received the “highly classified Annex” to the Senate Intelligence Committee report in 2014. There were eight, according to Hersh:

Distribution of the annex was limited to the staff aides who wrote the report and to the eight ranking members of Congress – the Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate, and the Democratic and Republicans leaders on the House and Senate intelligence committees.

The leader of the House Select Committee on Intelligence (HSCI) at the time was Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), who has since been identified as someone having a serious conflict of interest in Libya beginning in 2011. His wife – Kristi Rogers – held a senior position at Aegis, a weapons contractor – in 2011. It was in 2011 that Aegis began doing significant work in Libya.

Fortunately, Rogers was booted from Trump’s transition team earlier this month.


In addition to Petraeus helping to arm the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya and Syria, he also went out of his way in 2011 to condemn an American citizen for burning a Qur’an:

The point – when it comes to Petraeus – is that at the time of the Benghazi attacks, he was a compromised CIA Director. The two Americans killed while defending the CIA Annex that was the responsibility of Petraeus – Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty – were the victims of failed leadership.

As such, David Petraeus should be allowed nowhere near the position of Secretary of State.

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  1. don76550 says:

    Patraeus is also a vehement opponent of the right of law abiding citizens to own firearms and as secretary of state would have influence on the UN treaty to ban gun ownership. He must be rejected. He would bring to the office the same moral values Clinton did. That is intolerable.

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