Sex and Benghazi! Benghazi!

So let’s get this straight: a woman who is a close friend of CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus and his wife triggers a FBI investigation of threatening emails from another woman, who is instantly found to have been engaged in an illicit sexual relationship with Petraeus, and apparently thought the first woman was a rival for the general’s favor, although the FBI almost instantly discovered the theoretically unrelated fact that said first woman had actually exchanged a few thousand “potentially inappropriate” emails with Petraeus’ successor to Petraeus in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen. None of these people are single or married to each other.

As the Obama administration tries to sort all this out (with an inevitable side-issue being the legendarily tense relationship between the FBI and CIA) and provide some continuity of direction to the CIA and the U.S. mission to Afghanistan (and to NATO, where Allen was slated to become Supreme Commander Europe), from the sidelines congressional Republicans and conservative gabbers, still under the influence of their post-election meds, are shrieking Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi! just as they were before there was any issue with Petraeus. Everything, even illicit sex, it seems, is actually about Benghazi!

Wish I could say “I’ll just wait for the movie” about this convoluted situation, but doubt any of us will have that luxury.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.