Why Did CIA Director Petraeus Suddenly Resign … And Why Was the U.S. Ambassador to Libya Murdered?

The Deeper Questions Behind the Ambassador’s Murder … and the CIA Boss’ Sudden Resignation

While the GOP is attacking (and Dems defending) the Obama administration in connection with the murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, there is a deeper story.

Sure, it is stunning that the State Department never requested backup or that people such as Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer allege that President Obama personally watched in real time the attacks as they occurred via video feeds from drones flying over the Benghazi consulate.

But these claims only can be assessed – and the whole confusing mess only makes sense – if the deeper underlying story is first exposed.

Many Syrian Terrorists Come from Libya

The U.S. supported opposition which overthrew Libya’s Gadaffi was largely comprised of Al Qaeda terrorists.

According to a 2007 report by West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center’s center, the Libyan city of Benghazi was one of Al Qaeda’s main headquarters – and bases for sending Al Qaeda fighters into Iraq – prior to the overthrow of Gaddafi:

The Hindustan Times reported last year:

“There is no question that al Qaeda’s Libyan franchise, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, is a part of the opposition,” Bruce Riedel, former CIA officer and a leading expert on terrorism, told Hindustan Times.

It has always been Qaddafi’s biggest enemy and its stronghold is Benghazi.

Al Qaeda is now largely in control of Libya.  Indeed, Al Qaeda flags were flown over the Benghazi courthouse once Gaddafi was toppled.

(Incidentally, Gaddafi was on the verge of invading Benghazi in 2011, 4 years after the West Point report cited Benghazi as a hotbed of Al Qaeda terrorists. Gaddafi claimed – rightly it turns out – that Benghazi was an Al Qaeda stronghold and a main source of the Libyan rebellion.  But NATO planes stopped him, and protected Benghazi.)

CNN, the Telegraph,  the Washington Times, and many other mainstream sources confirm that Al Qaeda terrorists from Libya have since flooded into Syria to fight the Assad regime.

Mainstream sources also confirm that the Syrian opposition is largely comprised of Al Qaeda terrorists.  See this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this and this.

The U.S. has been arming the Syrian opposition since 2006. The post-Gaddafi Libyan government is also itself a top funder and arms supplier of the Syrian opposition.

The Real Story At Benghazi

This brings us to the murder of ambassador Stevens and the sudden resignation of CIA boss David Petraeus.

The Wall Street Journal, Telegraph and other sources confirm that the US consulate in Benghazi was mainly being used for a secret CIA operation.

They say that the State Department presence in Benghazi “provided diplomatic cover” for the previously hidden CIA mission. (WND alleges that it was not a real consulate.)

Reuters notes that the CIA mission involved finding and repurchasing heavy weaponry looted from Libyan government arsenals.

Business Insider reports that Stevens may have been linked with Syrian terrorists:

There’s growing evidence that U.S. agents—particularly murdered ambassador Chris Stevens—were at least aware of heavy weapons moving from Libya to jihadist Syrian rebels.

In March 2011 Stevens became the official U.S. liaison to the al-Qaeda-linked Libyan opposition, working directly with Abdelhakim Belhadj of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group—a group that has now disbanded, with some fighters reportedly participating in the attack that took Stevens’ life.

In November 2011 The Telegraph reported that Belhadj, acting as head of the Tripoli Military Council, “met with Free Syrian Army [FSA] leaders in Istanbul and on the border with Turkey” in an effort by the new Libyan government to provide money and weapons to the growing insurgency in Syria.

Last month The Times of London reported that a Libyan ship “carrying the largest consignment of weapons for Syria … has docked in Turkey.” The shipment reportedly weighed 400 tons and included SA-7 surface-to-air anti-craft missiles and rocket-propelled grenades.


Reuters reports that Syrian rebels have been using those heavy weapons to shoot down Syrian helicopters and fighter jets.

The ship’s captain was “a Libyan from Benghazi and the head of an organization called the Libyan National Council for Relief and Support,” which was presumably established by the new government.

That means that Ambassador Stevens had only one person—Belhadj—between himself and the Benghazi man who brought heavy weapons to Syria.

Furthermore, we know that jihadists are the best fighters in the Syrian opposition, but where did they come from?

Last week The Telegraph reported that a FSA commander called them “Libyans” when he explained that the FSA doesn’t “want these extremist people here.”

And if the new Libyan government was sending seasoned Islamic fighters and 400 tons of heavy weapons to Syria through a port in southern Turkey—a deal brokered by Stevens’ primary Libyan contact during the Libyan revolution—then the governments of Turkey and the U.S. surely knew about it.

Furthermore there was a CIA post in Benghazi, located 1.2 miles from the U.S. consulate, used as “a base for, among other things, collecting information on the proliferation of weaponry looted from Libyan government arsenals, including surface-to-air missiles” … and that its security features “were more advanced than those at rented villa where Stevens died.”

And we know that the CIA has been funneling weapons to the rebels in southern Turkey. The question is whether the CIA has been involved in handing out the heavy weapons from Libya.

In other words, ambassador Stevens may have been a key player in deploying Libyan terrorists and arms to fight the Syrian government.

Other sources also claim that the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was mainly being used as a CIA operation to ship fighters and arms to Syria.

Many have speculated that – if normal security measures weren’t taken to protect the Benghazi consulate or to rescue ambassador Stevens – it was  because the CIA was trying to keep an extremely low profile to protect its cover of being a normal State Department operation.

Why Did CIA Chief David Petraeus Suddenly Resign?

CIA boss David Petraeus suddenly resigned, admitting to an affair.  This could be the real explanation, given that affairs of high-level intelligence chiefs could compromise national security.

But the timing of Petraeus’ resignation becomes more interesting once one learns that that he was scheduled to testify under oath next week before power House and Senate committees regarding the Benghazi consulate.

Many speculate that it wasn’t an affair – but the desire to avoid testifying on Benghazi – which was the real reason for Petraeus’ sudden resignation.

The Big Picture

Whatever the scope of the CIA’s operation in Benghazi – and whatever the real reason for the resignation of the CIA chief – the key is our historical and ongoing foreign policy.

For decades, the U.S. has backed terrorists for geopolitical ends.

The U.S. government has been consistently planning regime change in Syria and Libya for 20 years, and dreamed of regime change – using false flag terror – for 50 years.

Obama has simply re-packaged Bush and the Neocons’ “war on terror” as a series of humanitarian wars.

And the U.S. and its allies will do anything to topple Iran … and is systematically attempting to pull the legs out from Iran’s allies as a way to isolate and weaken that country.

Americans should ask ourselves if that’s what we want …

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  • Buelah Man

    John Brennan is the likely candidate to replace Petraeus. Brennan is the main instigator/author of the government’s Murder Program, which has mainly been used overseas. Who better to bring the program home to roost than the very author?

    • Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and Deputy National Security Advisor John O. Brennan was put in this position because it does NOT require Senate confirmation. He was originally submitted as National Security Advisor, but withdrawn. I would bet dollars to donuts Brennan is behind this entire fiasco and Petraeus refused to be his sacrificial lamb, hence his resignation. Brennan knows where Obama’s skeletons are buried.

      Douglas Hagmann: “The video, defense contractors & Obama

      “In the “Montagraph video,” a connection is drawn to Stanley, Inc. The importance of this, beyond the status as defense contractors from Arlington, Virginia, lies in the digital fingerprints connecting the video “The Innocence of Muslims” with a user with access to the NewsPoliticsNow website. The “Montagraph video” explains the connection by the presence of a common avatar, or an image used by Internet posters. It is here that things become as disturbing as they are convoluted.

      “According to published reports, Stanley, Inc. was awarded a $164 million contract to print new U.S. passports in 2006. Two employees of Stanley, Inc., along with a third individual employed by another defense contractor identified as The Analysis Corporation, were identified as the perpetrators who breached the records of the U.S. passport office on three occasions in 2008 and “improperly accessed” the passport records of Barack Hussein Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. The breaches occurred on January 9, February 21 and March 14, 2008.

      “It is important to note that the CEO of the Analysis Corporation at the time of the passport office break-in was JOHN O. BRENNAN, who served as a close advisor to Obama in 2008 on matters of intelligence and foreign policy. Brennan also contributed to Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Brennan also had a 25-year career in the CIA.

      “Presently, John Brennan is chief counterterrorism advisor to Barack Hussein Obama under the official title of Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Assistant to the President.

      “Since 2008, the accepted and unchallenged motive for the breach was that the perpetrators were looking at the passport and biological data on all three presidential candidates in some sort of “exploratory” mission. They were summarily fired from their jobs and disappeared into the night before they could be interviewed by investigators working on the case. What took place following this admitted breach, however, has an extremely sinister overtone.”

      Sinister is right. One was executed with a shot to the head; the other was “disappeared”.

  • Robnume

    I used to date and Iranian national who attended UCLA in the late 70’s, just before the shah’s fall. They are wonderful, mostly secular and well educated peoples. I still know Iranian-Americans and they are peaceful, loyal and productive folk. Since the de-humanization tactic didn’t work so well under Dubya, Obama has decided to repackage this sham as “humanitarian”, as if. As a history student of more than half a century I’ve seen this again and again and again. Hell, we were already in Vietnam by the time I was born in 1958 and I knew the geographics of Vietnam by the time I was 4 y.o. – I was a news junkie from the age of 3 – better than that of my birth country, the USA. It is prescient that Betrayus resigned just prior to testifying, but this ain’t anything new, either. The Reuter’s piece on this news item is laughable in its pro-war propaganda. Whaddya expect from MSM outlets? Nuttin’ honey, nuttin’.

  • Robnume

    BTW, Beulah Man’s post is right-on the mark.

  • Tony

    I hope you have checked out Webster Tarpley’s analysis of these events and the role of the CIA.

  • KathyP
  • I bet he didn’t even have an affair. Another phony (and lame!) cover story, just like the story about the anti-muslim video that supposedly caused Benghazi.

  • How about THIS food for thought: if the Benghazi “ambassadors” were a CIA front supplying arms to Al Qaeda terrorists in Syria, Obama under the NDAA could have LEGALLY assassinated those “ambassadors”. Right? The NDAA specifically says “dealing with Al Qaeda”, right?

  • Spire

    “Americans should ask ourselves if that’s what we want …”

    It would be nice to begin with asking ourselves is it even legal. But maybe that would make us ask how and why the US has become fascist. And sadly, it seems Americans just don’t fucking care.

    Great article, and in general great, great work WB. Thanks.

  • Point of contention in an otherwise very good article, but a VERY important point: “Furthermore there was a CIA post in Benghazi, located 1.2 miles from the U.S. consulate, used as “a base for, among other things, collecting information on the proliferation of weaponry looted from Libyan government arsenals, including surface-to-air missiles” … and that its security features “were more advanced than those at rented villa where Stevens died.” ”

    WND: “The State Department website lists no consulate in Benghazi.

    “According to Middle Eastern security officials speaking to WND, the so-called consulate was more of a diplomatic meeting place for U.S. officials, including Stevens.

    “The security officials divulged the building was routinely used by Stevens and others to coordinate with the Turkish, Saudi and Qatari governments on supporting the insurgencies in the Middle East, most prominently the rebels opposing Assad’s regime in Syria.”

    And this from WND: “The U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, actually served as a meeting place to coordinate aid for the rebel-led insurgencies in the Middle East, according to Middle Eastern security officials.

    “Among the tasks performed inside the building was collaborating with Arab countries on the recruitment of fighters – including jihadists – to target Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria.

    “The distinction may help explain why there was no major public security presence at what has been described as a “consulate.” Such a presence would draw attention to the shabby, nondescript building that was allegedly used for such sensitive purposes.”

  • Gil

    After Iran than who?



    • To know the answer, look up “the world’s 10 reserves of oil and gas”.

  • Rehmat

    Several Jewish bloggers have claimed the Gen. Petraeus is a “fall guy” for the murder of US ambassador and three others inside the CIA compound in Benghzai. He is defended by anti-Muslim extremists from the both parties and the Zionist-controlled mainstream media. In 2008, professor James Petras had called Gen. David Petraeus “Zionism’s military poodle”. Petraeus’ replacement, Michael Morell, was recommended by Israel-Firster John Brennan (a Zionist Christian). Both Morell and Brennan had worked under former CIA director George Tenet who is accused of covering Israeli foot-prints behind the 9/11 terrorism.

    • edan

      So the FACT that 19 Muslim Arabs hijacked 4 jetliners and flew them into 3 buildings and a field in Pa. don’t mean anything to you. It’s the Zionists? Saudi Arabia admitted that 15 of the 19 were indeed Saudi Citizens, and when did you see Mohammad Atta last? They were all Zionist walking around on their tiptoes?

  • This Guy?

    So…why was the ambassador killed? I see the circumstances of Syrian terrorists, but why would he be killed?

  • Chris

    it doesn’t explain why Stevens was killed.

  • How does resigning keep Petraeus from testifying under oath?

  • ned

    It seems you don’t have the complete story. It was a baby 9/11 carried out by the original 9/11 perps and neocons as an attempted coup d’etat. The tip off was the CIA ordered standdown (as reported by Fox, so we know it was true). Unfortunately for them it failed to decapitate the U.S. government, Obama was re-elected and now the perps are being rounded up, fired or eased out.

  • David Duggan

    What’s keeping the General from testifying anyway? Resigning doesn’t disqualify him from testifying. Past retired CIA directors have testified at congressional hearings before.

  • Anon777777

    I think you have it right, with regard to WHAT was happening, but I do not agree with your argument that the US is arming “al queda.” The Obama Administration has indeed employed some of the old tactics, but has also rejected some of the old tactics and they have also introduced new ones.
    These new tactics are primarily political, diplomatic, economic, globalist and social.
    Bush and his neocons mouthed the idea that extremism– and not Islam–was the enemy, but they built an infrastructure both at home and abroad to wage holy war against Islam.
    There is a whole “corporate Islamaphobia/counter-terrorism” industry, and it’s interesting that you quote Reidel, since he is a part of that industry. The new Obama tactics leave those folks out in the cold, so it’s perhaps not suprising that they participated in the Benghazi black operation, creating a disinformation campaign with supporting video, white papers, and “news analysis.”
    The new paradigm includes Islamists in a democratic framework. The strategy is to include Islamists, even ultraconservative ones, in public policy debate. The theory is that democratic debate weeds out unproductive ideas and practices. Religiously-based policies won’t always produce extremist orthodoxy or anti-democratic oppression. A democratic framework will obligate all interests to compromise for the sake of functionality. Those who insist on dysfunction, whatever their justification for it, will be politically marginalized.
    It is not a magic solution for all problems and it is not gauranteed to work perfectly in all cases.
    But it will most probably address the “jihad problem” over the long run, and our previous policies did NOT address that problem.

    Our previous policies seemed to be designed to create new enemies for generations and to systematically radicalize an entire religion. The endpoint of that policy is, frankly, permanant warfare and genocide. Such a policy may suit the worldview of religious fanatics who believe that the world must be inevitably drawn into apocalyptic war according to interpretations of ancient scriptures, but the youth of the world increasingly reject such fanatical views, whether they are Islamists, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Sikhs or members of any other sect.
    Thus, here in the United States we do not wage war on religious conservatives. We do not argue that the government needs to become a dictatorship to suppress conservatives. Instead, those who advocate armed action in favor of religious warfare are checked by the rule of law, created by democracy. Since it works for us, we should count among our friends those who want to try it. Even Islamists.

    • TruthWFree

      I assume you are NOT a person of faith. I am and I can completely understand how the Islamists faith in their false religion motivate them to fight forever because it is their allah’s will. Almost 1400 years of Islamic agression and conquering by the sword proves my point. Your secularist view is flawed because you do not understand faith…even misguided faith. Either Obama is a Muslim (it is claimed Brennan is a convert) and sees this as an opportunity for power or he is just using the Islamists to eventually further his goals which I perceive to be anti-American, anti-Constitution and traitorous….and dictatorial.

      • Bill

        “False Religion”??? That can only be said by someone who believes their religion to be the “Real Religion” or the “Right Religion”… People like you are extremely scary and narcissistic. As if you have an ounce of proof that your religion is the “Right One”. All religions are nothing but a belief system. Yours, theirs, his, hers.. it is extremely sad that folks such as yourself are so self righteous and blockheaded that you cannot see that their is NO difference between you and someone else who believes their God and Religion to be the right one. Btw, it is religious folks who will never see things without a filter, so stop saying idiotic shit like “I can see your not a person of faith” or “because you do not understand faith” you somehow can’t understand how corruption works???? Faith is as corrupt as it gets so people of faith should know all about corruption but your belief in something without any physical, tangible or scientific proof what so ever does not make you more qualified to understand a thing… let alone corrupt politics and government. If anything it disqualifies you from the adults table and the adult conversation for your lack of reason and balanced judgment on anything.

        • TruthWFree

          I do believe Jesus Christ when He said “no one comes to the Father except through Me” and “the Father and I are One” and “you have seen Me, you have seen the Father. This is my faith based on the eye witnessed writers of the Gospels who saw and heard what Jesus said and the miracles He performed, like giving sight to the blind, healing lepers, feeding 5000 and again 4000 with a few fish and loaves of bread, raising three people from the dead, walking on water, quieting a storm,and many other miracles to prove who He said He was, not to mention rising from the dead on the third day as He said He would after being crucified. I would not be a Christian if I did not believe His words that “no one comes to the Father except through Me” and there would be no Christian faith if He had not risen from the dead. Yes, this faith in Jesus Christ helps me to understand why a Muslim can get the evil, satanic spirit of the allah god and kill and rape for the allah god, albeit rather a deranged demonic type of faith. What this Anon777777 does not understand…”created by democracy”, and neither do you, is that America was founded on Christian principles. America’s Founders were largely Christian and democracy in Christianity goes all the way back to selecting a replacement for the traitor Judas. Religious “warfare” is embedded in Islam (It’s what Muhammad did.”) and is largely the reason Islam at one time controlled an area larger than the Roman empire (Muslim Ottoman Empire). The death sentence for apostasy (leaving) is also a large factor in why few Muslims leave Islam. Dying while fighting for the allah god is the surest way to Muslim heaven, Muhammad’s words, so if you and Anon777777 think secular enticements will stop the Islamic warfare against unbelievers, I have a bridge to sell you. You do not understand faith…even misplaced faith in a Satanic allah god.

  • edan

    If you don’t believe this is all about the Muslim Brotherhood and their long established goal of a Sharia Caliphate from Morocco to Indonesia, then you are very, very naive. You need to do a lot more research. Read Sayyid Qutb. He is always left out of the discussion. His brother Mohammad Qutb wrote a very informative book, about the Sharia Caliphate, and Islamic domination of the entire region. Why the US is involved in this is confusing and has many root causes and backers.

  • Fakir Smith

    I always saw it as they took out the ambassador and the base. The attack was a cover story. Same as all this fake outrage on Twitter and Hillary’s testifying.