Petraeus's Resignation Political?

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The outgoing U.S. and NATO led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander in Afghanistan Gen. David Petraeus claps, as he welcomes the new NATO- led International Security Assistance Force commander in Afghanistan U.S. Gen. John Allen during a changing of command ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, July 18, 2011. As Petraeus shifts from the Afghan battlefield to run the CIA, he leaves behind a legacy of tactical and spycraft changes that spurred more killings and captures of Afghan militants while reducing insurgent attacks to their lowest level in years, senior U.S. officials in Afghanistan said.

Why did Petraeus resign days after the election? Why did he resign at all, if the FBI concluded—after a months-long investigation—that they had no criminal case? As Jane Mayer asks in The New Yorker, “What is really going on here?” The timing of Petraeus’s resignation and numerous holes in the investigation and scandal have some wondering whether politics was involved. The investigation began months ago over the Jill Kelley emails, and Petraeus was personally confronted about it two weeks ago, according to The New York Times. And what of the FBI "whistleblower" who told Republicans in Congress about the investigation in October? Seems no one can solve the Petraeus puzzle just yet.