Petraeus scandal at CIA shouldn’t diminish military record

The shocking resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus over a sex scandal shouldn’t diminish his remarkable military record, including how he used his time in charge of the U.S. Army’s Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth to craft the counterinsurgency strategy that later helped turn around the Iraq War. President Bush gave him command of U.S. forces in Iraq in 2007, and “Petraeus’ new counterinsurgency approach got American soldiers out of their massive bases in Iraq and into Iraqi neighborhoods,” noted CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen. He predicted that “historians will likely judge David Petraeus to be the most effective American military commander since Eisenhower.” But the timing of the resignation – after President Obama’s re-election, but before Petraeus was due to testify to Congress on the Benghazi attack – is fueling suspicions that the Petraeus affair is about more than an affair. Among the questions, noted Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin: “Why was the White House and/or congressional members charged with national-security oversight not alerted before the election?” And “why did Petraeus, when briefing Congress on Sept. 14, purportedly push the bogus cover story on Benghazi (i.e., it was about a spontaneous demonstration over the anti-Muslim video) when his agency had information within two hours that it was a terrorist attack?”