The UK’s Daily Mail Online writes today that General David Petraeus who was ousted from the CIA because of an illicit affair he conducted with his biographer while he headed the CIA, was unmasked by subordinates who didn’t like that he was focusing on direct covert actions rather than intelligence analysis.
The plot to unseat Petraeus was supposedly uncover by two special operators who had been investigating the attack on the Benghazi consulate on September 11th, 2012.
‘It was high-level career officers on the CIA who got the ball rolling on the investigation. It was basically a palace coupe to get Petraeus out of there,’ Jack Murphy, one of the authors, told MailOnline.
Murphy and co-author Brandon Webb also revealed that the September 11 Benghazi terrorist attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, was retaliation by Islamist militants who had been targeted by covert U.S. military operations.
The book claims that neither Stevens nor even Petraeus knew about the raids by American special operations troops, which had ‘kicked a hornet’s nest’ among the heavily-armed fighters after the overthrow of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
I don’t doubt it, however, there would have been nothing to use against Petraeus if he’d kept to thinking with his big head.
Webb and Murphy said the CIA bureaucracy wanted Petraeus out of the CIA. Senior officials were furious over the way he had been running the agency since he was appointed in September 2011.
He was turning the agency’s focus from intelligence gathering and analysis to paramilitary operations, including drone strikes.
Additionally, he ran the CIA like a four-star general, instead of treating it like a political institution, the authors say. His management style made countless powerful enemies within the CIA.
Who would have thought that a four-star general would have the management style of a four-star general?
Thanks to Parachute Cutie for the link.