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Gen. Petraeus: U.S. no less safe under Obama
The Hill ^

Posted on 03/29/2009 8:14:13 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Gen. Petraeus: U.S. no less safe under Obama By Michael O'Brien Posted: 03/29/09 10:12 AM [ET] General David Petraeus countered recent suggestions by former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday that the United States is less safe under the Obama administration.

“I wouldn’t necessarily agree with that,” Petraeus said during an appearance on CNN where he was asked about Cheney's comments.

In an interview on CNN two weeks ago, Cheney defended Bush administration interrogation policies and the detention camp in Guantanamo Bay as making the U.S. safer. He criticized Obama for announcing changes to U.S. interrogation policies, which he said had foiled terrorist attacks on the U.S.

Pressed about Cheney's comments, Petraeus did not directly criticize U.S. interrogation policies that some have said amounted to torture. But in offering a defense for traditional U.S. "values," he also did not defend Cheney's remarks.

“I think that there is in fact a good debate going on about the importance of values in everything we do,” Petraeus said. “It is hugely significant to us to hold so dear to the values we’ve fought for over the years,” he said.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhodod; nationalinsecurity; petraeus

1 posted on 03/29/2009 8:14:13 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

He didn’t counter it, and he didn’t say we are no less safe.

That’s all the headline writer and article writer putting words in his mouth.


2 posted on 03/29/2009 8:17:18 AM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: Sub-Driver

He speaks the truth


3 posted on 03/29/2009 8:17:49 AM PDT by greatdefender (If You Want Peace.....Prepare For War)
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Even less safe now.


4 posted on 03/29/2009 8:19:06 AM PDT by Republic_of_Secession.
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To: Sub-Driver
What the hell is he supposed to say?
5 posted on 03/29/2009 8:19:30 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: greatdefender

the media is trying to get the general into a political hotspot. Whatever the answer, yes or nay, they’re going to either use it as a weapon against the general or against Republicans


6 posted on 03/29/2009 8:20:13 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: Sub-Driver

He is trying to say what he can without a Chain of Command violation (and that is not much). By Petraeus saying that we are not less or more safe under Obama is an admission that we are, indeed, LESS safe.


7 posted on 03/29/2009 8:22:46 AM PDT by Thunder90
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To: Sub-Driver
Luckily for our safety, the 0conomy is keep TOTUS occupied. He hasn't gotten around to destroying our military.

Maybe that was Rove's plan all along? N'yessss, ha ha ha ha!

8 posted on 03/29/2009 8:24:23 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Mount Athos

He is careful with words, unlike his CIC.


9 posted on 03/29/2009 8:24:40 AM PDT by omega4179 (Don't spread my wealth, spread my work ethic.)
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To: Sub-Driver

POTUS = Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces of the United State of America.

End of discussion.


10 posted on 03/29/2009 8:25:29 AM PDT by angkor
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To: Sub-Driver
" Gates, appearing on Fox News Sunday. said the increased troops would help stabilize Afghanistan in the near term. “I think the long term objective is to still see a flourishing democracy in Afghanistan.” " But the long term objective for Iraq is ... failure? The long term objective for our military is ....? Gen. Petraeus, I understand, will watch his words. Gates ... I'm begining to wonder.
11 posted on 03/29/2009 8:27:01 AM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: Sub-Driver

He has to be carefull for obvious reasons. On the other hand we have no clue of his political leanings.


12 posted on 03/29/2009 8:27:25 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Sub-Driver
He's a soldier who can't criticize the CIC even if he wanted to. So far, LBJobama hasn't changed anything.

Pray for America and Our Troops

13 posted on 03/29/2009 8:28:04 AM PDT by bray (Join the Rebel Republican Movement!)
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To: Sub-Driver

““It is hugely significant to us to hold so dear to the values we’ve fought for over the years,” he said.”

And isn’t one of those abiding values TRUTH? Why not state the TRUTH, that America is naturally LESS SAFE under a radical leftist president?


14 posted on 03/29/2009 8:28:36 AM PDT by deannadurbin
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To: Mount Athos
Right! "“I wouldn’t necessarily agree with that,”" becomes "General David Petraeus countered recent suggestions by former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday that the United States is less safe under the Obama administration."

Brazen!

15 posted on 03/29/2009 8:29:14 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Sub-Driver; All
I have been trying to wrap my head around why Gates is still there.... I mean from an administration that has done everything in its power to distance itself from the previous admin.... why would they keep Gates around? I had thought that it was b/c someone, somewhere actually had an 1/8th of a brain in their head... but now, with having some time to digest this new administration... I wonder if this isn't all a set up to try and insulate Obambi and his ilk from anything that might go wrong in Afghan by yet again trying to blame it on Bush/Cheney. Any thoughts?
16 posted on 03/29/2009 8:31:05 AM PDT by zimfam007 (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.)
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To: Sub-Driver

lets see if we are safer under this idiot.

Russia right now is building their nuclear weapons
Russia is building their conventional military a lot
Russia is now sending navel patrols around the top of Norway and the arctic to AK
Russia is deploying military to south and central America

North Korea is full steam ahead on their weapons programme and is laughing right now in front of phony

China is building up their military and taking over assets in this country.

Islamic nutjobs are going to be released and even talk of them being released int to the streets of America because they might be harmed back in their country.
charges have bene postponed against one and others can soon get the pathetic liberal group of the ACLU on their side with tax payers money

Islamic nutjobs like Hamas and Hezbollah are coming across our southern border

which brings me onto the southern border

The phony and his ilk are ignoring the problem and saying ,”well it has not come over here the violence and it is not a huge problem”
They say something and then do something else as Napolitano has always done.

Our military is being cut with spending and future weapons and equipment is bring cancelled or postponed.

Are we safer

NO CHANCE and it is not like the General can say otherwise as CNN knew this but hey they got their headline and twisted the story to back their messiah and they wonder why they lose rating.


17 posted on 03/29/2009 8:32:23 AM PDT by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman no sick MA,CT sham marriage end racism end affirmative action)
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To: KC_Conspirator
What the hell is he supposed to say?

Exactly, is he supposed to telegraph the enemy that now is the time to attack because zer0 is an idiot?

Only enemies of America (dems) would do such a thing. Our guys do not sacrifice the security of this Nation for political reasons

18 posted on 03/29/2009 8:33:28 AM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Wake up people, AIG executives are not the enemy, your Government is!)
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To: Sub-Driver

As an Active Duty Officer, Petraeus is very limited in what he can say about Chain of Command publicly.

Expect the biased left leaning media to twist anything said to favor Obama.

Don’t forget, when Petraeus spoke under the Bush administration, it was Hillary who said his words “required a willing suspension of disbelief.”

Now, they will twist and embrace what they can twist to bolster their own shortcomings into positives.


19 posted on 03/29/2009 8:33:36 AM PDT by DakotaRed (Don't you wish you had supported a conservative when you had the chance?)
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To: zimfam007
I have been trying to wrap my head around why Gates is still there.

I'm guessing they were smart enough to know that when it comes to Defense, the Zero team is in way over their paygrades.

20 posted on 03/29/2009 8:34:53 AM PDT by frankenMonkey
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To: Anti-Bubba182

no bias there right.

CNN is losing ratings and they wonder why when they have this pathetic biased twisted article.


21 posted on 03/29/2009 8:35:21 AM PDT by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman no sick MA,CT sham marriage end racism end affirmative action)
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To: frankenMonkey
I'm guessing they were smart enough to know that when it comes to Defense anything, the Zero team is in way over their paygrades.

There, fixed it for ya.

22 posted on 03/29/2009 8:37:16 AM PDT by tsmith130
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To: frankenMonkey
See that is where I retract what I 1st believed.... I believe he is there as a sacrificial lamb.... so once the sh*t hits the fan in Afghan... the Obambi clan can blame it on Bush/Cheney via Gates/Petraeus.... and then they can try and go after the successes in Iraq.... these people up there in DC are vile and evil and wish for nothing more than the destruction of the USA as we know it.... and the MSM will willfully trot along right in front of it. They have hated this war from the get-go b/c the thesis of it has been to spread democracy..... something they have always repudiated from their vile, evil, corrupted cores.
23 posted on 03/29/2009 8:43:21 AM PDT by zimfam007 (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.)
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To: tsmith130

not only does this General have to pay attention to what happens on the war front, he has to pay attention what each and every media hitpiece and understand what his answer will mean back home


24 posted on 03/29/2009 8:45:54 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: 4rcane
Then he should keep his mouth shut on every loaded political questions no matter how good he is at speaking neutral.

Today, every quote is spun, over-analyzed, distorted or exagerrated by the whoremedia.

I don't remember in past wars where Generals and Admirals were questioned by the media everytime they turned around. Eisenhower? Leahy?

Pershing (for gawd's sake)?

Why don't these military leaders have a "no comment" or no "interviews" policy and quit being "caught" (hah!) in front of cameras and microphones.

No one is forcing Petraeus to open his yap.

Leni

25 posted on 03/29/2009 8:58:14 AM PDT by MinuteGal (FR Regional Convention (southeastern states) 4/25 Orlando....Y'all Invited. Freepmail Me for Info)
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To: Sub-Driver

The US may be no less safe under Obama but he certainly isn’t making the US any safer - I believe one of his ‘sell-by’ promises.


26 posted on 03/29/2009 8:58:32 AM PDT by claudwitz
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To: claudwitz

Gen Petreus deserves respect, thanks and admiration from all of us. But beware if he gets into politics. His wife has already been used by Governor (hopefully soon known as former) Sebeleus to promote lib causes in Kansas.


27 posted on 03/29/2009 9:01:51 AM PDT by Kanzan
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To: K-oneTexas

gates is worthless... a real weasley clark.

LLS


28 posted on 03/29/2009 9:02:36 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (hussein will NEVER be my President... NEVER!!!)
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To: zimfam007

Gates is only temporary. Westley Clark is going to take over as SECDEF in May of 2010 when he becomes eligible.


29 posted on 03/29/2009 9:06:40 AM PDT by Thunder90
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To: Sub-Driver; Beckwith; LucyT; STARWISE

Interesting Patraeus Touch.

I hope he runs for the presidency against Obama.

He sure is acting the part, for the military is deeply disaffected with Zero.The good general obscures it well in a very fine CYA.

Which is why Zero has moved to create Civilian Expeditionary para military support Workers.The DoD has already published the executive order.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/13313192/DOD-Directive-140410-DoD-Civilian-Expeditionary-Workforce

I wonder what the good General’s take is on this order. I wish someone would ask him.


30 posted on 03/29/2009 9:11:07 AM PDT by Candor7 (The weapons of choice against fascism are ridicule, and derision. (member NRA)
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To: cripplecreek
He has to be carefull for obvious reasons. On the other hand we have no clue of his political leanings.

If he were even slightly conservative, he could be a front-runner for 2012. I would love to see a real man kick Obama in the behind.

31 posted on 03/29/2009 9:23:01 AM PDT by CurlyDave
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To: cripplecreek
He has to be careful for obvious reasons. On the other hand we have no clue of his political leanings.

I think we just got one. :( And we don't need another tongue-swallowing politician who "leans" to the mushy middle. I hope he decides to keep being a good general instead of a mediocre politico.

32 posted on 03/29/2009 9:23:49 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (American Revolution II -- overdue.)
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To: zimfam007
I believe if something goes wrong, Obama will try to say, “Well I kept Bush's team intact and we were attacked....Bush's fault.”

Unfortunately for Obama, he put Clinton's former COS in charge of the CIA. That will be Obama’s downfall.

Does anyone know who is heading the NSA?

33 posted on 03/29/2009 9:30:03 AM PDT by Chgogal (Don't look at me, Comrade. You elected him, our very own President Mugabe!)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

A lot of people were willing to draft Colin Powell to the white house a few years ago. I don’t know anything about where Patreaus stands politically but I always point to David Hackworth as an example about why we need to be careful.

David Hackworth had one of the most spectacular military careers in modern times but he was also quite liberal.


34 posted on 03/29/2009 9:31:34 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Mount Athos

Candidate for the beltway ‘Headline Writers Hall of Shame’ award.


35 posted on 03/29/2009 9:31:41 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: angkor
POTUS = Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces of the United State of America. End of discussion.

As unworthy of that title as he may be, we just have to suck it up. UH!

36 posted on 03/29/2009 9:34:58 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: zimfam007
I wonder if this isn't all a set up to try and insulate Obambi and his ilk from anything that might go wrong in Afghan by yet again trying to blame it on Bush/Cheney. Any thoughts?

I think you have it right.

37 posted on 03/29/2009 9:36:38 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: Candor7

” I hope he runs for the presidency against Obama.”

John Gibson has been pushing Petraeus’s name as the Republican’s best shot in 2012.
Don’t know whether this is wishful thinking on Gib’s part or if he has an inside track to the General’s intentions.
Gravitas ,experience and maturity should be a major focus by the Republican candidate in 2012 .
And Petraeus has that in spades compared to Zero.


38 posted on 03/29/2009 9:49:38 AM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: Sub-Driver

Sounds like he tactfully avoided discussing politics in a public forum, which is what a soldier is supposed to do.


39 posted on 03/29/2009 9:58:00 AM PDT by SeminoleSoldier
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To: Sub-Driver

Tell me “it’s no less safe” after the next attack.


40 posted on 03/29/2009 10:22:47 AM PDT by upcountryhorseman (An old fashioned conservative)
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To: Sub-Driver

CNN spin. He didn’t say we were not less safe.


41 posted on 03/29/2009 10:59:35 AM PDT by mojitojoe ( Idiots elected a Marxist ideologue with narcissistic personality disorder & America is dying.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Someone is on drugs. What the hell was Gen. Petraeus supposed to say.
'Yeo, the CIC is a moron and we'll all be dead in three years from terrorist attacks.'

Whomever asked that question should be water boarded then sent to GITMO for shear stupidity.

42 posted on 03/29/2009 11:09:28 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: zimfam007
have been trying to wrap my head around why Gates is still there..

He's trying to walk a line. He KNOWS if we get hit--he and the Democat party are done until Americans are lulled into passivity again. He won't get a second term.

At the same time, he's trying to pacify the left wing moonbat base by pretending he's doing things he isn't really doing or conversely not doing things he really is doing using Orwellian language.

43 posted on 03/29/2009 12:24:03 PM PDT by riri
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To: Mount Athos

CNN attempting the ol’ journie trick of getting arguments started where none exists.

Real Honest Headline: “General refuses to step into political debate over interrogation policies”


44 posted on 03/29/2009 12:32:51 PM PDT by WOSG (Why is Obama trying to bankrupt America with $16 trillion in spending over the next 8 years?)
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To: DakotaRed

Right. Obama’s Move-on supporters called him ... BETRAY-US.

And now they are going to listen to him?

he is just a talking point for them that they will toss aside if he’s not useful.


45 posted on 03/29/2009 12:38:27 PM PDT by WOSG (Why is Obama trying to bankrupt America with $16 trillion in spending over the next 8 years?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Petraeus measured his words, trying to sidestep political landmines, and the Hill twisted them.


46 posted on 03/29/2009 12:45:17 PM PDT by Purrcival (Proud to share my birthday with President Reagan)
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To: Thunder90

RIchard Danzig


47 posted on 03/29/2009 1:51:46 PM PDT by PurpleMan
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To: MinuteGal
I don't remember in past wars where Generals and Admirals were questioned by the media everytime they turned around.

General George S. Patton, might disagree. So would General MacCarthur.

48 posted on 03/29/2009 2:46:16 PM PDT by itsahoot (We will have world government. Whether by conquest or consent. Obama it is then.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Both the Huffington Post and Democratic Underground are providing direct links to the Petraeus interview so that leftists can hear what Petraeus said in his own words.


49 posted on 03/29/2009 3:09:47 PM PDT by jamese777
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To: itsahoot
Of course I thought of that. They were questioned on the course of the war, but not loaded questions on the presidency or politics....or at least they didn't comment.

Later, when Gen. MacArthur fell out with Truman, it was a different story. Even then, the General pretty much kept his mouth shut.

Leni

50 posted on 03/29/2009 4:48:17 PM PDT by MinuteGal (FR Regional Convention (southeastern states) 4/25 Orlando....Y'all Invited. Freepmail Me for Info)
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