Petraeus Scandal Sparks Conspiracy Theories

While General David Petraeus began his preparations to address the recent attacks in Benghazi at the congressional hearing, many conservative media members have begun to wonder exactly how his recent allegations of a sex scandal and resignation as a result is connected to the United States consulate attacks.

Petraeus testifying in 2010 for a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing.

The former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) announced his resignation stating that he had an extramarital affair with Paula Broadwell, his biographer. Since the announcement and his resignation this affair has begun a wave of media obsession. Since the resignation, multiple broadcasters have followed and reported the “steamy and “tawdry” sex scandal.

Conservative media members have begun to speculate that these allegations of a sex scandal for Petraeus and his eventual resignation are directly connected to the CIA related incident in Benghazi. Charles Karuthammer, from Fox News Tuesday night, indicated that the Petraeus Broadwell affair “was being held over [Petraeus'] head” when the September 13th testimonies were presented in regards to Benghazi, potentially forcing him to have no choice but to resign.

Conservative radio personality, Rush Limbaugh, stated that he feels that the administration still has something to hold over Petraus’ head. He goes further to say that “if they want him to tell the story about the video, that’s what he’s gonna tell” while holding the hearing in regards to Benghazi set for later this week.

Conservative Pundit, Glenn Beck, feels that the entire sex scandal is nothing more than an elaborate set up. During his show he asked his viewers to think on the key issues of this announcement. “This whole scandal is doing what? How is your opinion of the military? Discredit the last standing honorable American institution we have – the military. This makes no sense, unless your goal is to distract and discredit the military and blame all of the problems on somebody else or distract the media.” He goes further to question why now and what the purpose is of these announcements.

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