Skip to comments.An Open Letter To David Petraeus From The American People
Posted on 11/12/2012 8:52:31 PM PST by kristinn
Were doing this in hopes that it might catch on and eventually generate results, so if you agree feel free to share it around via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail or any other method you think is appropriate.
Dear Gen. Petraeus:
The American people have followed your stellar career in the military and your tenure as Director of the CIA with great pride. After over 38 years of devoted military and public service, the abrupt and explicit nature of your letter of resignation presented to the American people by the CIA raises nothing but disquieting questions amid concerns raised by the Benghazi terrorist attack.
The timing alone is bursting with suggestive implications.
Wholly unrelated to marital misconduct, you are at the epicenter of a scandal that has more profound consequences to American self-governance than reports of your spousal infidelity. Your abrupt departure from the CIA has only fueled suspicion surrounding the scope and nature of the entirety of events surrounding the terrorist attack on our mission in Benghazi, Libya, that cost four American lives. The aftermath of the attack and the administrations actions in its wake demand accountability.
Where you were once reported as anxious to testify before a Congressional oversight hearing, we urge you to put your personal difficulties aside and present the American people the facts as you know them. The unsettling information already in the public realm compels a full, public airing for scrutiny by the American people.
Among the crushing breadth of questions with Constitutional implications:
1. In your Benghazi briefing to Members of Congress in September, on what basis did you include information stating the attack was a response to an obscure YouTube video? Was the YouTube narrative provided to you from someone outside of the CIA? Where did it come from?
2. Without disclosing sources and methods, what was the CIA doing in Benghazi at the time of the September 11 attack on our diplomatic mission there? Why did we have a mission, and a CIA annex facility, in one of the most dangerous cities on Earth when every other nation had pulled out of Libya? Are the stories of gun-running to Syria accurate? And are we engaged in weapons-dealing with jihadists associated with Al-Qaeda?
3. If the CIA is engaged in weapons dealing out of Benghazi, was this a policy initiated or proposed by you or your agency? If not, who proposed and initiated the program?
4. Did you actually have an affair with Paula Broadwell? If so, were you ever coerced, threatened or even approached by a person or persons with knowledge of this indiscretion in any way suggestive of blackmail?
5. Did you author or approve the language in your resignation letter? Did you, in fact, agree to resign or were you fired?
6. What did the President know and when did he know itbefore, during and after the actual terrorist attack in Benghazi? What was he doing while four Americans lost their lives amid repeated distress calls for help? What were you doing?
As you no doubt are aware, America is a deeply divided country and our citizens have less faith in our government than perhaps ever before. You were one of the few men in Washington the public saw as an honest, capable and admirable public servant. In the wake of your resignation as presented, you still possess a measure of trust from the American people, borne of your lifetime of service that few among our highly-placed officials can claim.
Recent events have only exacerbated that lack of faith in the U.S. government.
It should be no surprise to you that very little of this makes any sense to average Americansthe same Americans who looked to you as an example of character, integrity and honor in military and public service. Your full accounting of these events could begin the long road to a restoration of faith in our own government that only the disinfectant light of truth can make possible.
No closed-door Congressional whisperings. You are no longer bound by that obligation.
As you become enveloped by the full measure of dark machinations our politicos manufacture in their quest to cling to power, your silence will only give confidence to those endeavors.
We urge you without delay to give a full accounting directly to the American people in any public venue of your choosing.
Your adult life has been spent defending us; in these troubling times what the very notion of a free and self-governing America requires is not your military skill but your honesty.
America is waiting, Sir. Our survival in freedom is at stake.
If you are indeed a man of honor then you will relish the chance to answer these questions and more...Sir!
Put another way...your personal life may be a disaster, but the country is a disaster and we need you to honor your oath of office.
The lives of men and women at over 285 embassies and consulates around the world await on you to do the honorable thing. Your can fix your marriage on your own time.
Honor, duty, country and no allegiance to the regime.
and another great post by kristinn!
If you dont mind, I would like to see if I can forward this to P4.
I like the questions and I think he would answer them if I can find him.
Does Obama have the power to tell Petraeus that he can’t testify (”executive privilege”)?
I pray this man does not kill/suicide himself over feeling guilty.
Or take a walk in Marcey Park.
It’s not my letter. The original poster asked it be spread far and wide so go for it.
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He could try. It’d make it more like Watergate, though.
The enemy is in the house, take him out.
Thank you for your service and God Bless you and your family, watch your back.
After going to Benghazi after the attack, where & how did he get the idea of the stupid youtube video, or WHO told him to go up to CONgress with this laughable faked story. WHO, is the piercing question???
Bumping for excellence
You are supposed to serve us, Gen Petraeus. Serve the public servants serving everywhere in the department of state now and tell us what happened. You owe us.
All this stupid president knows is he can't break 100 without cheating.
The golfer in chief is a doofus who's allowing others to handle the "big stuff".
When we first heard of this I found it impossible that a 4 star would risk everything for poontang but I guess I lacked imagination. I guess if an E-5 will anyone will. Amazing. “Look not to your stars, look to yourselves...”
I guess you haven’t noticed the “civic contract” is gone. Integrity is out the window. “Doing the right thing” isn’t worth the effort. This is what Adams meant when he said the Constitution is for “governing a Christian Nation only.” The “tipping point” we have reached is not the 47% in the wagon it is the 80% that lack integrity.
Excellent letter. If General Petraeus has any integrity left, he will spill the beans, for his country’s sake.
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