Is Petraeus Falling on His Sword?

Was General Petraeus told by the Obama administration to fall on his sword? Was the general told he would be exposed unless he clammed up about Benghazi? Did he decide to blow his own cover before the president could? Could it be he is sitting on stuff that would tempt some in congress to consider the president's impeachment -- and Obama knows it?

There are so many unanswered questions.

But it certainly it is a bit odd that Petraeus's resignation happened several days after the election and several days before he would have testified about Benghazi. It would not be the first time self-immolation was ordered so that a dear leader could survive.

Remember, Petraeus refused to go along with the administration's storyline about Benghazi, disassociating himself and the CIA from the whole debacle. It could be he was ordered to resign. Failure to do so might have meant his affair would be plastered over the media and the mistress targeted. So maybe Petraeus chose to fall on his sword, coming forth with the information about his affair himself and offering his resignation.

Why would this administration target the general, who is widely respected and admired? What might the White House gain from his fall from grace? Perhaps silence about the truth concerning the Benghazi firestorm?

After all, the story of a "spontaneous" demonstration instigated by an obscure video has not held up well, and in-depth answers still have not been forthcoming. But as head of the CIA, the general has to know the truth about what happened, and is no doubt being pressured to sit on it.

But there may be a way for Petraeus to testify. It could be the general is cannier than Obama and his administration thinks he is. There is a chance a court order via the House will allow Petraeus's testimony -- something the good general might even want. Being ordered to testify would technically allow him to remain loyal to Obama and his oaths as a military officer.

But he could still sing.

If he is ordered to tell the truth and does so, the consequences for the administration could be catastrophic. 

Certainly conservatives should stay tuned as this unexpected drama continues to unfold and adds to the speculation over the Benghazi debacle.

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