PALM BEACH, Fla. – With some speculating that former CIA Director David Petraeus may be under a blackmail threat from the Obama administration, radio giant Rush Limbaugh is not expecting the general to contradict his testimony about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi when he testifies before Congress this week.
Petraeus resigned his position at the CIA three days after Obama was re-elected, citing an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.
“It’s a reasonable thing to think he might have been blackmailed over this,” Limbaugh said Wednesday afternoon. “And it’s reasonable to think he might have wanted to get out from under the blackmail by resigning, and so now everybody’s waiting with baited breath for his testimony.”
On Sept. 13, Petraeus testified to Congress about the 9/11 attack in Benghazi, going along with original claims by President Obama and his aides that the violence erupted in reaction to an anti-Muslim video. The onslaught killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
Since then, administration officials have said it was a terrorist attack designed specifically for the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on New York and Washington, D.C.
“If Petraeus goes in there and says anything different than what he said on September 13th, do you know the world of hurt that he’s in?” said Limbaugh.
“He’s going to the get the question, ‘Were you lying then or were you lying now?’ … ‘Are we to believe you now, or are we to believe you then?’”
Petraeus is expected to testify behind closed doors for members of Congress, possibly Thursday and/or Friday, but Limbaugh expects nothing new to be said.
He explained: “If you have some hope or prayer that there’s gonna be some huge treasure trove of ‘Gotcha Obama’ from Petraeus’ testimony, it isn’t going to happen. A, he’s not gonna commit perjury, he’s not gonna say something different than he said last time; and B, whatever they’ve got on him, they’ve got on him.
“They were able to kick him out of office, they were able to blackmail him, do whatever with this affair business. They kept it. They knew what was going on. They held it in check until they needed it. But the idea that somehow Obama’s going to be made to take the hit on this Benghazi thing, it isn’t gonna happen. The Democrats get away with it. That’s the lesson. No dispute will be finished and resolved until the Democrats win it.”
Limbaugh concluded: “There is not gonna be one kernel of truth of what happened at Benghazi come out of any of this. It ain’t going to happen. I mean within two weeks of Obama being re-elected, you think they’re going to open the doors and the floodgates for people to go in and get to Obama? It isn’t gonna happen. … You have to understand what’s going on here, folks. There is a circle-the wagon operation around Barack Obama that nobody’s gonna penetrate. That is abundantly clear.”