Consulate designation provides cover. Obama and Clinton call the post a "US mission." The State Department lists no consulate in Benghazi.
WND reported earlier that ambassador Stevens "played a central role in recruiting (anti-Assad) jihadists." He coordinated with Saudi and Qatari efforts. Fighters go to Syria via Turkey.
Washington claims only non-lethal aid is provided. In fact, the CIA and perhaps Pentagon are actively involved in arming anti-Assad fighters.
Agency efforts to conceal its operations may have contributed to Stevens' death. Perhaps Petraeus is blamed and was sacked. Letting him resign for any reason is how Washington usually orchestrates exits. Why he chose extramarital sex he'll have to explain.
Robert Parry said Petraeus' departure "removes the last high-ranking neoconservative holdover from George W. Bush's administration and gives the reelected President Barack Obama more maneuvering room to negotiate a settlement over Iran's nuclear program."
Petraeus wasn't an Obama favorite. He had suspect loyalties. An unnamed administration source said "some key figures close to the President wanted (him) out, and there was no sadness" to see him go.
The New York Times and Washington Post said FBI investigations began months age into a "potential criminal matter." It wasn't focused on Petraeus.
Information surfaced about a potentially compromised computer he used. Security concerns were raised. FBI agents discussed this with him.
An unnamed congressional official briefed on the matter urged him to fall on his sword and leave. Whether he did or was pushed who knows.
Parry thinks Obama is "clearing the decks (to) move ahead more aggressively with his own foreign policy." Defense Secretary Gates is gone. Now Petraeus, and word is Clinton and others want out or will be replaced.
Perhaps Obama "learned a key lesson of modern Washington: surrounding yourself with ideological and political rivals may sound good, but it is usually an invitation to have your policies sabotaged."
A Final Comment
Ray McGovern is a retired CIA officer (1963 - 1990), turned activist and political critic. He's also a valued Progressive Radio News Hour guest.
In April 2011, he wrote about "Petraeus at CIA - Can He Tell the Truth?" He said Obama picking him as CIA director "raise(d) troubling questions."
"What if CIA analysts assess(ed)" his Iraq and Afghanistan performance as failure? Would he accept or punish "critical analysis?"