Was an affair just a pretext for Petraeus’ resignation as CIA chief?

Introduction – Nov 12, 2012

Something odd is happening in America’s defence and intelligence establishment. In the past few weeks several high-ranking figures have either resigned or been relieved of command.
One of the first was Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette, commander of a U.S. Navy Carrier Battle Group who was recalled to Washington from the Straits of Hormuz at the end of October and fired.
Although the Navy said this had nothing to do with his personal conduct, no rape or sexual misconduct, or any of the things that usually put an end to military careers, officials were adamant that Gaoutte was “unfit for command”.
More recently four star general David Petraeus resigned from his post as CIA Director, ostensibly because of an affair he had with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.
The latest senior U.S. commander to be called to account is five-star General William Ward, the former head of U.S. Africa command who has been demoted to a three-star general. The purported reason is his extravegance and “wasting taxpayers money”, something the Pentagon does a lot although it doesn’t usually result in disciplinary action.
We cannot help wondering if these events are linked. Is there indeed some sort of purge underway in the ranks of the U.S. military and intelligence of those whose loyalty to America has been compromised?
The extramarital affair may simply be a pretext for Petraeus’s resignation. He may have been given an ultimatum: step down or otherwise get fired.
Is Obama using this and other pretexts to eliminate those in U.S. military and intelligence command whose loyalty to Israel takes precedence over America?
For the past few years Israel has been pushing the U.S. to attack Iran but to no avail. Elements in the U.S. military and intelligence would have been critical to Israel’s efforts to persuade America to strike Iran, particularly if a false flag operation was to have been employed.
Now that he’s won the election has Obama decided to remove from the ranks those whose loyalty to America is in question?   

Was an affair just a pretext for Petraeus’ resignation as CIA chief?

DEBKAfile – Nov 10, 2012

The resignation of the acclaimed national American hero, four-star general David Petraeus, as CIA Director is being presented by his friends as an honorable act in the light of an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, 39 – and nothing else.

The affair is said to have come out after the FBI placed his extramarital partner, author of his biography “All In,” under investigation for “improperly trying to access his email and possibly gaining access to classified information.”

Petraeus stepped down as Central Intelligence Director Thursday, Nov. 8, after serving less than a year. In his letter of resignation he wrote, “Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.” The President accepted his resignation Friday.

The point is that during his 2010-2011 stint as commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Petraeus and his biographer Broadwell were often seen together and tongues already wagged then. Before that, he served as head of the US Central Command and commander of US forces in Iraq, where his “surge” doctrine brought the US war to a successful end.

For a public figure of his stature and heroic repute, an extramarital affair would not normally these days be considered reason enough to quit his job. Bill Clinton’s presidency survived his affair with Monica Lewinsky, although the US president, who officiates as Commander in Chief of US forces and responsible for the CIA, lied to Congress.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said the president should not have accepted his resignation. “A personal mistake should not have led to his departure.”

Informed sources in Washington told debkafile that they believed there was something more than an extramarital affair behind the Petraeus resignation and the FBI’s probe of Paula Broadwell.

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Adding weight to suspicions that a purge may be underway in the ranks of the U.S. military… 

US Military Planned Mutiny To Topple Obama if He Were Re-Elected

Gordon Duff and Press TV – Veterans Today Oct 31, 2012

The Obama administration has had American military, both on domestic and foreign bases on high alert since October 1. However, there has been no known terrorist enemy threatening the US. The enemy is called “domestic” but its origins are far from American.

Today, Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette was “fired” from his command of one of the three carrier battle groups back to Bremerton, Washington to face an investigation.

It is impossible to adequately state how unusual this is and how serious.

The Navy was clear that the charges had nothing to do with his personal conduct, no rape or sexual misconduct, no stolen money, no drug use, the things that usually bring down careers in the Navy, that and crashing ships into each other.

Gaouette was sent back because the Secretary of Defense found him unfit for command, sent him across the world in the middle of one of the largest combat exercises in history, one both timed prior to an election and one at a critical location, near the Straits of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf.

Gaouette commanded nearly one third of the Naval and air combat forces in the region.

The decision was made based on a conversation with the Secretary of Defense who, at the end of the talk, believed Gaouette was part of a group of military officers who have been under suspicion for planning a “Seven Days in May” type overthrow of the US government if President Obama is re-elected.

This is not conjecture, dozens of key officers face firing, hundreds are under investigation, all with direct ties to extremist elements in the Republican Party and the Israeli lobby.


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