Krauthammer: White House ‘Held Affair Over Petraeus’s Head’ For Favorable Testimony On Benghazi

By Noel Sheppard |  November 13, 2012 | 19:50
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Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer on Tuesday said the White House used  David Petraeus’s affair to get the CIA director to give testimony about the  attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that was in line with the  administration’s position on the matter.

Appearing on Fox News’s Special Report, Krauthammer said, “The  sword was lowered on Election Day” (video follows with transcript and  commentary):

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I think the really shocking news  today was that General Petraeus thought and hoped he could keep his job. He  thought that it might and it would be kept secret, and that he could stay in his  position. I think what that tells us is really important. It meant that he  understood that the FBI obviously knew what was going on. He was hoping that  those administration officials would not disclose what had happened, and  therefore hoping that he would keep his job. And that meant that he understood  that his job, his reputation, his legacy, his whole celebrated life was in the  hands of the administration, and he expected they would protect him by keeping  it quiet.

And that brings us to the ultimate issue, and that is his  testimony on September 13. That’s the thing that connects the two scandals, and  that’s the only thing that makes the sex scandal relevant. Otherwise it would be  an exercise in sensationalism and voyeurism and nothing else. The reason it’s  important is here’s a man who knows the administration holds his fate in its  hands, and he gives testimony completely at variance with what the Secretary of  Defense had said the day before, at variance with what he’d heard from his  station chief in Tripoli, and with everything that we had heard. Was he  influenced by the fact that he knew his fate was held by people within the  administration at that time?

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As a point of reference, reported  on September 14:

The attack that killed four Americans in the Libyan  consulate began as a spontaneous protest against the film “The Innocence of  Muslims,” but Islamic militants who may have links to Al Qaeda used the  opportunity to launch an attack, CIA Director David Petreaus told the House  Intelligence Committee today according to one lawmaker who attended a  closed-door briefing.

This of course was the administration line for almost two weeks after the  attacks.

With that in mind, Krauthammer drove his point home further a few minutes  later:

KRAUTHAMMER: Of course  it was being held over Petraeus’s head, and the sword was lowered on Election  Day. You don’t have to be a cynic to see that as the ultimate in cynicism. As  long as they needed him to give the administration line to quote Bill, everybody  was silent. And as soon as the election’s over, as soon as he can be dispensed  with, the sword drops and he’s destroyed. I mean, can you imagine what it’s like  to be on that pressure and to think it didn’t distort or at least in some way  unconsciously influence his testimony? That’s hard to believe.

If Krauthammer is correct, it’s going to be very interesting to see if and  how the Obama-loving media reports it.

Stay tuned.

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