The Petraeus resignation, the pro Israel lobby and the nomination of John Brennan for CIA DirectorSubmitted by Ian56 on Wed, 01/09/2013 - 11:29
The Petraeus resignation had nothing whatsoever to do with his extra marital affair and everything to do with the pro Israel lobby and Benghazi being used by the CIA as a staging post to supply arms and fighters to the rebels in Syria.
Petraeus had angered the pro Israel lobby in 2010. The pro Israel lobby wanted to replace Petraeus with a more hard line pro Israel and neocon appointment as Director of the CIA.
The Benghazi incident provided the smokescreen and opportunity for them to do exactly that.
John Brennan has now been nominated for the Director of the CIA.
Petraeus's statement and views about Israel in March 2010
In 2010, General Petraeus pointed the finger at the Israeli-Palestine conflict and America's unwavering support for Israel, as the principle cause of the anger in the Islamic world against America.
He broke the Israel lobby's sacred taboo against making any such linkage.
In March 2010, when Petraeus was still head of the US Central Command, he gave testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee which included this observation about one of the “challenges to security and stability” faced by the United States:
“The enduring hostilities between Israel and some of its neighbors present distinct challenges to our ability to advance our interests in the AOR [Area of Operations]. Israeli-Palestinian tensions often flare into violence and large-scale armed confrontations. The conflict foments anti-American sentiment, due to a perception of U.S. favoritism for Israel. Arab anger over the Palestinian question limits the strength and depth of U.S. partnerships with governments and peoples in the AOR and weakens the legitimacy of moderate regimes in the Arab world. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda and other militant groups exploit that anger to mobilize support. The conflict also gives Iran influence in the Arab world through its clients, Lebanese Hizballah and Hamas.”
From this moment on Petraeus became a target for the pro Israel lobby who started actively seeking ways to remove him from government influence and public life.
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