Did Petreaus Betray Us (And If Not Us, His Wife... After The Election Of Course)

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Update, in which we find the true reason for the affair: Petraeus Won’t Testify on Benghazi Next Week, Senate Aide Says.  In other words, next time one is called to testify before a panel over the deaths of 4 people including one US ambassador, one just pulls the infidelity "get out of testimony" card and all is well.

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A mere few days after the re-election of our president, CIA Director David Petraeus annoucnes his resignation:


The reason - an extra-marital affair...


Of course, the defense is already known: Petreaus did not commit that affair... the government did it for him

Via AP:

David Petraeus has resigned as director of the CIA after admitting he had an extramarital affair.


According to his letter of resignation, Petraeus asked President Barack Obama on Thursday to allow him to resign, and on Friday the president accepted.


Petraeus said in a statement that he had shown "extremely poor judgment" in having an affair.

and From the Director of National Intelligence...



Today, CIA Director David Petraeus submitted his letter of resignation to the President. Dave’s decision to step down represents the loss of one of our nation’s most respected public servants. From his long, illustrious Army career to his leadership at the helm of CIA, Dave has redefined what it means to serve and sacrifice for one’s country.


Since he took over as Director in September of last year, he and I have worked together to tackle some of the most challenging issues faced by the Intelligence Community in more than a decade. Under his leadership, the CIA remained instrumental in providing our policy makers decision advantage through the best possible intelligence. I’m particularly thankful for Dave’s unwavering support and personal commitment to my efforts to lead the Intelligence Community and integrate our intelligence enterprise.


Whether he was in uniform leading our nation’s troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, or at CIA headquarters leading the effort to generate intelligence used to keep our nation safe, Dave inspired people who had the privilege of working with him.


I have spent more than five decades serving our country–in uniform and out–and of all the exceptional men and women I have worked with over the years, I can honestly say that Dave Petraeus stands out as one of our nation’s great patriots.


On behalf of the entire Intelligence Community, I thank Dave for his service, his support and his continued friendship.


James R. Clapper

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Sat, 11/10/2012 - 09:06 | 2967489 GetZeeGold
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All this over a blind sheik.


Sat, 11/10/2012 - 11:22 | 2967531 nmewn
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I don't think so. Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed by a drone in Pakistan back in June. He was a Libyan citizen and AQ loves to "make statements" even delusional moonbats can understand.

The attack happened on 9-11...2012.

As to why the military was told to stand down, I believe it was because the civilian government didn't want the collateral damage...civilian deaths...that would have happened.

For the conspiracy minded...many of the weapons "loaned" by the US & CIA for the overthrow of Gaddafi were flowing toward Mali. But that was a known known and no reason to let our people die.

So to me, it was a political decision...not a military one...they didn't want pictures of "dead babies" on TV screens in the middle of an election.


Let me just drop this little puppy in here so I don't have to save it...

"In a letter to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Friday, Panetta specifically addressed the claim that the military could have dispatched armed unmanned aerial vehicles, AC-130 gunships or fighter jets to thwart the attack. Such aircraft were not in the region and not an effective option, he said."

Could some enterprising reporter please ask the Secretary of Defense why they were deemed by him/them to NOT be an "effective option"?


I should copy & paste the whole thing before it escapes/self deletes from the AP...but in the interest of space I won't.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 08:46 | 2967433 nmewn
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The head of the CIA does not order military assets around. In this part of the world its AFRICOM...unless held back by O'Barry who is, unfortunately, the Commander in Chief.

Gen.Ham (AFRICOM) disobeyed orders and was sending help to Benghazi. He is being relieved of command.


by the general who arrested him for disobeying orders from Washington...General Rodriguez.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 09:45 | 2967516 Orly
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What's this all about nmewn?  Why the layers and convolution and then have the man just brazenly quit like that?  This seems like a diversion to me.  From what?

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 10:14 | 2967548 nmewn
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I think Ham was in the process of sending help and was over ruled. Then disobeyed orders by his superiors was "technically arrested" for it and now...he is retiring.

This isn't going away. We'll find out one way or the other.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 09:53 | 2967525 Crassus
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Carter Ham is an excellent commander. Began his Army career as an enlisted man.

Beginning in the academy, Patreaus has had a carefully managed career achieving two stars before his first combat ribbon as commander, 101st Airborne Div. during V Corps drive to Baghdad. His meteoric rise has been attributed to his willingness to follow what many of his senior officers saw as wrong-headed and unworkable orders from the DOD. This won him the reputation in the brotherhood as a "bootlicker." To his credit, he took on the responsibility and through ingenuity and persuasion avoided disaster. Men at the summit of power and achievement often experience a sense of immortality that can place them in grave danger.


Sat, 11/10/2012 - 09:54 | 2967529 knukles
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does that make the top dog a mission creep?

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 10:09 | 2967542 nmewn
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lol...I found it interesting that the SECOND meme/turd overflowing the toilet of DC (after him stepping down) was he wouldn't be testifying on the investigation of Benghazi.

Ummm, no.

He will be issued a subpoena to appear before Congress. If he refuses, he will be the second (present or past) administration official to be cited for contempt.

Its going to be fun watching claims for Executive Privelge on a now private citizen ;-)

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 10:30 | 2967559 spanish inquisition
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A little high profile to dissapear him in a black camp (though I would love the irony). 2 shot suicides are getting suspicous, so are the hands behind the back naked hangings, maybe time to bring back the Wellstone.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 10:40 | 2967569 nmewn
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It has all the hallmarks of amatuer hour when someone dies of drowniing and no water is found in the lungs ;-)

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 10:05 | 2967539 spanish inquisition
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Can't remember what channel I was watching yesterday , but I am pretty sure I heard the Bin Laden raid described as run by military but directed and oversaw by CIA. Could of been drinking at the time, but they may be floating the idea that the buck stops "there".


Sat, 11/10/2012 - 10:29 | 2967558 nmewn
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The CIA is pretty good at starting wars, playing around inside wars but pretty inept at running them or operational control. Its my understanding the intel was gathered by the CIA as to where bin Laden was. The military then ran the the "dry runs" and practiced for the assault and made the assault itself.

As an FYI...the doctor who gave confirming evidence where bin Laden was, was in turn, compromised by the "political ball spiking" of the administration and arrested by Pakistan. The rank & file CIA and the military wasn't real happy about that.


Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:09 | 2966298 RiotActing
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But I sure as shit no nothing about Bengahzi, in fact I forgot where it was? Benwah?

Goat fucking? sure I did that too.... just dont mention that B word again...

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:04 | 2966470 zelator
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- I have a wide stance.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:45 | 2965994 Antifaschistische
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It had to be a hooker....who would voluntarily jump this dude!!

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:55 | 2966043 CunnyFunt
Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:00 | 2966052 Precious
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100 pushups, grunt.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:01 | 2966061 TruthInSunshine
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Then Holder, Clinton, Geithner...and so forth. Cue the resignations en masse.

Obama is pardoning Madoff & making him Treasury Secretary. It's the only way we can kick the can at this point. Don't judge, bitchez!

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:28 | 2966143 insanelysane
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Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:13 | 2966319 Capitalist10
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Damn!  Beat me to that one.

Madoff gets the Fed when the Bernank exits.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 07:18 | 2967416 rufusbird
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Why not? He has a longer track record...

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:13 | 2966103 Gully Foyle
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She looks very giving. The big ones are. Because it is all about you and your needs instead of theirs.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:29 | 2966147 CunnyFunt
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GULLY, I know, that's why I quit chasing model types and shacked up with a voluptuous Filipina. Low maintenance is a good thing. I'm currently teaching her how to skin game.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:44 | 2966205 Precious
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Fri, 11/09/2012 - 21:49 | 2966877 Karlus
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Is "skin game" what you guys call it? My wifey calls it playing the skin flute

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 00:33 | 2967151 CunnyFunt
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Good catch. I thought it sounded strange as I was typing, but decided to leave it.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 01:30 | 2967240 Harbanger
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Truth is free men will always survive.  It's their NATURE.  You can't enslave a free man.  They will always win by their fighting spirit, especially when fighting from the bottom.  They exist, love and live by their battles, it's been bred into them through evolution.  Most don't even know it.  :)

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:13 | 2966105 Boozer
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Your a cruel one Cunny! :)

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:14 | 2966107 Whoa Dammit
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Holly"s (Petraeus) legal first name is Hollister (no joke). Shortening it to Hoggy would be more apropos.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 22:50 | 2966990 Orly
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Dude.  Can we leave his wife out of this, please?  It's really not necessary.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:15 | 2966110 Breezy47
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Yikes! She is a hottie!

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:19 | 2966131 Mad Mohel
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Fuck! I thought that was a gag picture. Upon further research, I say O should give him another Medal.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:09 | 2966093 R3VOLUTION
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Paula Broadwell.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:22 | 2966346 eatthebanksters
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It was Michelle, but she gets to stay because she's special...

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:23 | 2966480 Ookspay
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Probably a sppok hooker who comprimised him long before they made him become CIA director to begin with. A twofor, blackmail him into to taking the job and blackmail him into resigning. Lot's a "favors" exchanged over 2 years, now dump him. SOP, 8x10 glossy's of the good general on the business end of a 12" strapon is my guess.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 22:51 | 2966993 Orly
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You guys are so gullible, it's not even funny.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:01 | 2966049 CommunityStandard
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He was forced out for screwing up in Libya.

The US Ambassador was funneling arms from the fallen Ghaddafi regime to rebels in Syria.  In retaliation, Islamic groups planned the attack on the Embassy that eventually led to his death.  Russian intelligence found out beforehand and warned the CIA, though Petraeus did nothing.  Easier to get rid of him with an affair as opposed to admitting he screwed up.  This after the country was already told the attack was over some little-known anti-Islam movie.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:03 | 2966073 disabledvet
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Yep..."prepare for ground assault."

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:09 | 2966091 Richard Whitney
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"Islamic groups...in retaliation..."?

If we were supplying them arms, why would they retaliate?

The Banghazi story and the Petraeus story stink, but I don't know how the 'beneficiaries retaliated' explains it.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:18 | 2966111 CommunityStandard
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Sorry for being vague.  By Islamic groups, I was referring to pro-Assad groups and not the rebels.

I heard that Petraeus was getting the boot last week, but I didn't think it would happen so quickly, so blatantly, and with such a bogus cover story.  Serves me right, I suppose.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:30 | 2966155 insanelysane
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Had to happen quickly.  He was supposed to testify next week.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:11 | 2966308 RiotActing
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Ive been reading it was special forces from UAE... where are you sourcing your info from?

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 22:55 | 2966999 Orly
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Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:11 | 2966099 Gully Foyle
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Well that is a Lord of the Rings level fantasy if I have ever read one.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:57 | 2966255 Common_Cents22
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Petraeus already said the CIA did not give a stand down order, he was pointing the finger.   Petraeus was not going to tow the company LYING for Obama in testimony next week, obama threatened Petraeus and Petraeus said fuck you, i'll step down myself.  

Watch the truth leak out quickly.

Obama has screwed with too many people, he cannot throw all of them under the bus.

Watch out when Hillary is finally out at SecState.   sparks will fly.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:05 | 2966287 Randall Cabot
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Remember the USS Liberty!!!!!

"U.S. military rescue aircraft were recalled, not once, but twice, through direct intervention by the Johnson administration. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamaraís cancellation of the Navy's attempt to rescue the Liberty, which I personally confirmed from the commanders of the aircraft carriers America and Saratoga, was the most disgraceful act I witnessed in my entire military career."





Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:09 | 2966297 Bastiat
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Plus one for optimism.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:24 | 2966355 eatthebanksters
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Axelrod dug up the dirt and said you go nicely or we'll court marshall your ass!  He did not want Petraeus on the stand to give testimony...why can't congress subpoena him anyway?

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 22:57 | 2967001 Orly
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They will.  Boehner isn't going to take this laying down.

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