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CIA director David Petraeus quits over affair with biographer
nypost.com ^ | Nov 10, 2012 | ap

Posted on 11/09/2012 3:12:43 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper

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To: Berlin_Freeper

Wonder if the White house knew and used it to control him.


51 posted on 11/09/2012 3:39:02 PM PST by Grig
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To: maggief

You’re the best, maggie girl!


52 posted on 11/09/2012 3:39:35 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: MestaMachine
ANYONE who feels it necessary to tell you he/she is a hero....isn’t. I call your attention to john kerry, john mccain, and colin powell just for starters.

Amen, at one time I actually thought Colin Powell was a great general. Nowadays I don't know how the public would be able to tell a Great General from one who brown-nosed their way to the top. Accepting an appointment to serve in a Democratic administration is probably an indicator though.

53 posted on 11/09/2012 3:39:42 PM PST by Reddon
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To: Cicero

Damn, was going to and forgot!

psss


54 posted on 11/09/2012 3:39:56 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Gluttons for punishment.)
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To: forgotten man

The whore probably slurped her way to graduation. She has young boys and a husband. What a-holes, Betrayous and Whoredwell.


55 posted on 11/09/2012 3:40:20 PM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: nascarnation

There’s a “ring knockers” joke here somewhere.


56 posted on 11/09/2012 3:40:20 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: CaptainK

They share the special bond of West Point grads, I guess.


57 posted on 11/09/2012 3:40:25 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's bankruptcy: 2016)
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To: Brandonmark

Titled the book - All In: the Education of General David Petraeus.

The mind swirls.


58 posted on 11/09/2012 3:40:38 PM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: CaptainK
I don't get it.

Some women really get off on their power to destroy lives with their twat.

59 posted on 11/09/2012 3:41:37 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up." ~marron)
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To: Nachoman

All I can say is that I spent three years writing a guy’s biography, and I didn’t have an affair with him.


60 posted on 11/09/2012 3:42:31 PM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

LOL... I’d forgive him.


61 posted on 11/09/2012 3:42:34 PM PST by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Romney & Ryan.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

This is not shocking at all.

I am willing to bet that majority of powerful men have had affairs in their life. I am also willing to bet that the same majority are having an affair right now.

For men to reach that power, it takes them decades. Their marriage would have been decades old as well... the wives will be old and shriveled by then. Wide eyed younger whores will tempt any powerful man.

Power = Money or Sex. For most, it is both.


62 posted on 11/09/2012 3:43:39 PM PST by sagar
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Well, at least he’s not gay.

/s


63 posted on 11/09/2012 3:45:07 PM PST by davetex (Sick of moochers)
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To: silverleaf
Yikes, it says she was embedded with Petraeus

LOLOL!

64 posted on 11/09/2012 3:45:15 PM PST by Aria ( 2008 wasn't an election - it was a coup d'etat.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
"Broadwell is under investigation by the FBI for trying to access Petraeus’ email and possibly gaining access to classified information, NBC News reported."

Hmm. Interesting. He looks like a troll. She wasn't in it for the love. There has to be so much more to this.

65 posted on 11/09/2012 3:45:17 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Cicero

Hilary Clinton has been appointed the Director of the CIA today, in a move that many say was only a matter of time...
(doesn’t that just make your teeth hurt??)


66 posted on 11/09/2012 3:45:53 PM PST by randomwalk (Liberalism is a psychosis...)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

This should be a lesson to the rest of us guys. If the director of the CIA can’t keep it a secret, nobody can.


67 posted on 11/09/2012 3:46:10 PM PST by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Romney & Ryan.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: yldstrk
thee stupid beyotches and their whore parts

LADY PARTS! LADY PARTS! It's what they vote with.

68 posted on 11/09/2012 3:46:55 PM PST by Tonytitan
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Let’s see, Petraeus resigns, private citizen, invokes 5th Amendment, Hillary resigns, private citizen, invokes the 5th Amendment. Holder resigns, private citizen, invokes the 5th Amendment. Nope, nothing to see here, move along.

Gunner


69 posted on 11/09/2012 3:46:55 PM PST by weps4ret (Republicans are suffering from Testicular Atrophy!!!)
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To: maggief

I hate to out grandma but his mother is one of his friends and she has more photos of him and Petraeus’s sweetie and what are probably their kids. People have no privacy on Facebook.


70 posted on 11/09/2012 3:47:06 PM PST by Mercat
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To: maggief

well scott, you unfortunately married a whore


71 posted on 11/09/2012 3:47:25 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: saleman

Beat me to it!


72 posted on 11/09/2012 3:47:45 PM PST by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter")
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To: Grig
Wonder if the White house knew and used it to control him.

Exactly
73 posted on 11/09/2012 3:48:29 PM PST by uncbob
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Sounds like the D/CIA was working undercover.....


74 posted on 11/09/2012 3:49:06 PM PST by llevrok
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To: Eva
Yes, and the chief executive of Lockheed Martin has resigned under similar circumstances, an affair with a subordinate.

They resign except for Clinton who becomes more popular
75 posted on 11/09/2012 3:51:21 PM PST by uncbob
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Congratulations General, your men died but you gotcha some...


76 posted on 11/09/2012 3:51:46 PM PST by Errant
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To: onyx; MestaMachine; SE Mom

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A turning point for Palestinians

Denver Post, The (CO) - Thursday, November 18, 2004

Author: Paula D. Broadwell

The fate of the failing nascent Palestinian state - and, by default, the fate of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process - lies in the hands of the successor to Yasser Arafat. Is there a potential successor who could effectively unite the Palestinians and somehow maintain legitimacy with Israelis, Arab neighbors and the West? Can a steely new leader emerge to lead the Palestinians toward a functioning state and viable two-state solution? Given the all-but-impotent peace process, it seems there is nowhere to go but up.

The Palestinian Authority that Arafat led is widely perceived by Palestinians as corrupt and incompetent. Despite this, he has undeniably been the most popular Palestinian politician and the figurehead of the Palestinian national cause. Many Palestinians acknowledge that he spearheaded the revolution that eventually focused the world’s attention on their troubles.

With continuing disorder in the occupied territories, the international community may question whether the situation may deteriorate further with Arafat no longer serving as a magnet of loyalty for diverse groups. On the other hand, Arafat’s death may be a turning point toward renewed hope for peace in the Middle East.

It is important not to ignore the debilitating toll taken by the 35-year Israeli occupation that has strangled Palestinian self-government, free enterprise and education. However, there is no doubt that the chaos that exists in the occupied territories is also the result of entrenched Palestinian nepotism, corruption and incompetence. Arafat succeeded in creating overlapping bureaucracies precisely to prevent subordinates from challenging his power, playing them against each other.

Wearing three hats, Arafat was the president of the Palestinian National Authority (also known as the Palestinian Authority), chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, and head of Fatah (with its Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade and the Tanzim - the paramilitary counter-balance to the military wings of the Palestinian opposition groups, Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad). These three centers of political authority - the PA, PLO and Fatah - have all sent players into the political arena to replace Arafat.

From 1994 to his death, Arafat presided over this collapsing Palestinian economy. He was given billions in aid from individual donors, states, the United Nations and non-government organizations. In spite of this aid, Palestine’s gross domestic product is down nearly 70 percent and Palestinians have seen their collective national net worth reduced by more than two-thirds. Public infrastructure has disintegrated. Public health standards, in 1993 the highest in the Arab world, are now among the lowest.

Much has been written about Arafat’s reticence toward grooming a prodigy. He clearly had a problem sharing power with legitimate candidates. The first Palestinian Authority prime minister resigned after only four months in office out of frustration with Arafat’s oversight. In July 2004, the current prime minister stepped down in protest of Arafat’s rigid oversight, and then withdrew his resignation after Arafat promised to give him more powers.

Because there is no entrenched democratic system with political legitimacy within the Palestinian regime, the rules of succession were not institutionalized, giving credence to the potential for violent struggle. Fear of usurpation and the violent pitting of mainstream candidates against each other have threatened Arafat for decades. Perhaps another of Arafat’s fears was that designating a successor would have played into the hands of Western efforts to sideline him. Because Arafat only had a 10-year-old daughter, the heir approach to succession was clearly out. Appointing a weak candidate might have stimulated potential rivals to try to eliminate the designee.

So, who are the players in this political arena?

The PLO. In 1964, the Arab League, a confederation of Arab countries, met in Cairo and established a Palestine Liberation Organization to deal directly with the problem of the Palestinian Arabs. Its charter called for the destruction of the Zionist state and for the establishment of a Palestinian entity. In 1994, the Oslo peace process helped transform the PLO into the born-again Palestinian Authority, contributing to the legitimization of the Arafat regime. The PLO and PA’s senior leadership come overwhelmingly from those who were 1948 refugees from lands that became part of Israel. Interestingly, few of the current “old guard” figures in the PLO originated in the West Bank or Gaza, the lands where a Palestinian state is taking shape.

Fatah. The Palestinian political and military organization was founded by Arafat in the mid-1950s to work toward the creation of a Palestinian state. Fatah carried out numerous acts of international terrorism in Western Europe and the Middle East in the 1970s, but it is now considered the PLO’s governing party. Fatah is still by far the most important political movement in the PA and has a strong interest in uniting around a single candidate for the leadership. The jailed Fatah leader, Marwan Barghouti, could be a unifying force, but he will most likely never be released from the Israeli prison where he is serving five life sentences. Dominated by an older generation, Fatah has seen considerable turmoil as the new guard demands a greater say in the party.

Palestinian military. The past and current heads of security in the West Bank and Gaza have proven themselves to some extent and could produce several key contenders. Most of these individuals favor order and discipline and have resisted terrorist units that act on their own and ignore the dictates of the central government. However, few of them have the political clout, especially with Israel and the international community, to replace Arafat.

Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). The Palestinian Islamist paramilitary and political organizations are considered terrorist organizations by Israel and Western countries. Both are ostensibly dedicated to the destruction of Israel and the creation of an Islamic state in Palestine. Part of Hamas’ legitimacy with the PA rests on its provision of welfare and charity for the Palestinian poor. Hamas and PIJ are not united around a single leader, but even independently, they could both present strong opposition to Arafat’s successor, should that successor threaten their existence.

Final contenders. Fortunately, the Palestinian leadership has moved swiftly to press for national elections in January 2005 and to designate interim leaders. Mahmoud Abbas will control the PLO and the Fatah institutions. He has impeccable PLO credentials, serving as the secretary and third Fatah member of its executive committee and former prime minister of the PA. Unlike many Palestinian exiles, Abbas has been able to transform himself by returning to the West Bank, becoming the chief Palestinian negotiator with Israel. Abbas is respected by the international community because of his truculent effrontery toward Arafat and his support of the Oslo and Geneva peace measures.

The current prime minister, Ahmed Qureia, will be responsible for the PA government and the National Security Council, including oversight of the PA’s finances, bureaucracy and security services. Rauhi Fattouh, the speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, took Arafat’s official position as interim president of the PA. According to Palestinian law, this position should go to Fattouh, who would lead for 60 days until presidential elections are held. It is doubtful, however, that the whole transitional leadership will be able to translate its formal authority into real power. Indeed, little policy change is likely in the near future, since significantly altering Arafat’s path would invite mass Palestinian uprisings from Islamists and Arafat loyalists.

It appears that most of the surfacing candidates are pragmatists, determined to continue the diplomatic process and ready to make peace with Israel. Psychologically, they are less flighty than Arafat; operationally, they are more realistic and are less entrenched in Palestinian or Islamic ideology. With this in mind, the successors might distribute power more widely, leading to a more efficient decision-making process. They will likely retain the goal of an independent Palestinian state, with east Jerusalem as its capital.

Like Arafat, they might be willing to make small concessions on territory and other matters, but only if their main aim can be achieved. If the “old guard” manages to move the peace process forward, it could potentially forge an important coalition with the next generation of nationalists and weaken these Islamists. It would behoove them to form this alliance while preparing for elections, and this is precisely one of Abbas’ goals. Unless legitimately addressed, the young guard nationalists and Islamists will present a persistent strategic threat - not only to the dominance of the nationalist old guard but also to the future of the peace process, which they ardently oppose.

The Palestinian problem has been a recruiting tool and a symbol for terrorists from Morocco to Indonesia. Though it is too idealistic to think that an absence of the nefarious Arafat would lead to an immediate final settlement and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians, it is true that new Palestinian leadership could be a step in the right direction. At a minimum, perhaps the social welfare and human rights of the Palestinian citizens would become more important than regime survival.

The Bush administration needs to affirm its commitment to a viable Palestinian state and present a fairly detailed permanent status package, outlining a more engaged policy that pays more attention to Palestinian - not only Israeli - concerns. We should collectively embrace this opportunity and press for transformation from Arafat’s defunct rule to a just and legitimate democratic system recognized by Palestinians, Israelis, the greater Arab populace and the international community.

The end of an era with Arafat should be viewed by the second Bush administration as a window of opportunity to address one of the root issues in the global war on terrorism and to promote reconciliation between the U.S. and the greater Muslim world. Let us maintain some sense of idealism that a new generation of leadership - both in the Middle East and America - will emerge to effectively move the peace process forward.

Paula D. Broadwell , an Army captain with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, has been assigned to the Middle East and is pursuing degrees at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies.


77 posted on 11/09/2012 3:53:04 PM PST by maggief ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building.")
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I don’t care what he says, I don’t believe it. Too convenient. Too coincidental. Something just made to order for Barry’s benefit. Anything too good to be true uusually is.

And Betrayus had a real need to get himself out of a bad situation. Broadwell wouldn’t mind him saying things that weren’t true as long as they all spell her name right. This kind of scandal is...as so many said here...great for her book sales and today no Lefty woman minds being labeled a tramp or whatever so there really is no downside for the professional gal who couldn’t write a book by herself either.


78 posted on 11/09/2012 3:53:20 PM PST by An American In Dairyland
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To: Aria

If Obama and the FBI knew this before the election, Petraeus should have been asked to resign immediately and not wait until after the election. Politics trump national security once again.


79 posted on 11/09/2012 3:53:20 PM PST by kabar
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To: Berlin_Freeper

He is not attractive at all.


80 posted on 11/09/2012 3:55:17 PM PST by angcat
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To: Berlin_Freeper
I do not condone the General's actions and I feel that his resignation was appropriate.

With that being said, there are two parties in every affair and I just hope this woman suffers the same public humiliation and destruction of career as Petraeus. She's nothing but a slut and a two-bit whore.......

Unfortunately this is likely to be a career enhancement for her with a potential book deal and lots of television appearances...........

81 posted on 11/09/2012 3:56:29 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: Mercat

The very reason I don’t facebook.

I cannot understand why people feel compelled to publicly post private information.


82 posted on 11/09/2012 3:56:32 PM PST by maggief ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building.")
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

83 posted on 11/09/2012 3:57:09 PM PST by JediJones (Newt Gingrich warned us that the "King of Bain" was unelectable. Did you listen?)
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To: kabar
If Obama and the FBI knew this before the election, Petraeus should have been asked to resign immediately and not wait until after the election. Politics trump national security once again.

They covered this angle thoroughly on FNC Special Report. If Mueller knew about this some time ago which is speculated may be true, why wasn't something done then? If it was a security risk now, then it was a security risk then and Obama politicized Benghazi - exactly what he accused Romney of doing.

84 posted on 11/09/2012 3:57:16 PM PST by randita
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To: nascarnation
Is there some rule that says he can’t testify after he has resigned? _________________________________________________

None that I know of or no more so than if he were still with the administration. What it does is send a message to anyone else who would ‘rat’ out this administration. Remember what Jarrett said to her staffers in Chicago before the election even took place. It was to the effect that those who betrayed the One would have hell to pay. As the story goes, they all signaled their approval with the statement.

85 posted on 11/09/2012 3:57:31 PM PST by iontheball
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To: angcat

He does look like a democrat.


86 posted on 11/09/2012 3:57:42 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Gluttons for punishment.)
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To: nascarnation

Do West Pointers try to get into the other’s email?


87 posted on 11/09/2012 3:57:58 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: All

Did he spill his secrete sauce on her dress?


88 posted on 11/09/2012 3:58:33 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: kabar; maggief; onyx

That is EXACTLY what the panel were just discussing on FNC just now.

The implications are simply beyond belief. IF Mueller knew, IF Obama knew..when did they find out? What went into the decision to keep it quiet? Apparently this investigation isn’t two days old, like the election results. As usual, we are left with, what did the president know and when did he know it?


89 posted on 11/09/2012 3:58:43 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Errant
“Having a bunch of medals and badges doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve achieved anything, you’ve got to do something beyond yourself to make a difference in life.

So exactly how does Paula Broadwell think military commendations and decorations are actually won?

90 posted on 11/09/2012 4:00:00 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

If it’s worth doing a broad, it’s worth doing a Broadwell.


91 posted on 11/09/2012 4:00:00 PM PST by JediJones (Newt Gingrich warned us that the "King of Bain" was unelectable. Did you listen?)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Her last twitter was the day before the election:
5 NovPaula Broadwell ‏@paulabroadwell My take: Petraeus ldrshp maxims in Newsweek http://tinyurl.com/byeqtsx Take performance personally/if u r ok 2 b average, so 2 will be your team.

92 posted on 11/09/2012 4:01:12 PM PST by Brandonmark (OWCM is The new American Minority!)
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To: weps4ret

“Let’s see, Petraeus resigns, private citizen, invokes 5th Amendment, Hillary resigns, private citizen, invokes the 5th Amendment. Holder resigns, private citizen, invokes the 5th Amendment. Nope, nothing to see here, move along.

Gunner”

Don’t you all just love such coincidences?


93 posted on 11/09/2012 4:02:25 PM PST by varina davis (A real American patriot -- Gov. Rick Perry)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

If the military goes after him, how are the rules different? Could he still stonewall in that court?


94 posted on 11/09/2012 4:02:31 PM PST by Anima Mundi (You can lead a brain to facts but you can't make it think.)
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To: randomwalk

IT MAKES MY FREAKING EYEBALLS EXPLODE !

I can still find my beer though


95 posted on 11/09/2012 4:03:21 PM PST by onona (Don't mean nothin)
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To: iontheball

He can testify, but his testimony will be tainted. With this revelation, how can anything he says be trusted? If he says anything that would incriminate Obama, they’ll say he was vindictive.

His testimony is not worth diddley squat. Obama gets yet another lucky break. No wonder he likes Vegas so much. All his gambles pay off big.


96 posted on 11/09/2012 4:03:47 PM PST by randita
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To: Mr. K
Being educated on the birds and the bees sure beats learning your A-B-Cs.


97 posted on 11/09/2012 4:04:27 PM PST by JediJones (Newt Gingrich warned us that the "King of Bain" was unelectable. Did you listen?)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Paula Broadwell is a research associate at Harvard University's Center for Public Leadership and a PhD candidate in the Department of War Studies at King's College London. She spent much of the past year in Afghanistan as an embedded author, building upon her previous two-year pursuit of a doctoral dissertation: a study in transformational leadership and organizational innovation influenced by U.S. Army General David Petraeus.

Broadwell's passion for leadership and security policy stems from her background in the U.S. military and her academic pursuits. She graduated with academic and leadership honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Running on the cross country, indoor, and outdoor track teams, Broadwell graduated at the top of her class in physical fitness. She has lived, worked, or traveled in over 60 countries during more than fifteen years of military service and work in geopolitical analysis and counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations. During that time, she had assignments with the U.S. intelligence community, U.S. Special Operations Command and an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. Broadwell earned an MA with honors from the University of Denver Korbel School of International Studies, a certificate of Arabic study (in Jordan and the Palestinian Territories) through the National Security Education Program Boren Fellowship, and also earned an MPA degree from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government while serving as the Deputy Director of the Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. Broadwell previously wrote for London's Kings of War and the Washington Post/Foreign Policy's "Best Defense" blogs, and she has published op-eds in The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, and Boston Globe. She has also written chapters in books on counterinsurgency, transformational leadership, and women in defense, and has contributed to national TV networks and BBC radio and NPR on similar topics. In her free time, she has been a sponsored 1/2 Ironman Triathlete and a female model/demonstrator for KRISS (.45 caliber machine gun manufacturer); she remains active in international women's counter-terrorism, peacekeeping, and conflict resolution efforts as well as veteran support organizations, especially the fitness-oriented Team Red White and Blue.

Looking at her credentials, she is sharp as a whip and may have been on to something bigger than the Petreaus bio, which is why the FBI was after her.

98 posted on 11/09/2012 4:05:18 PM PST by BigBobber
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To: Brandonmark

Ridiculous shorthand-style message. Boy, do I hate Twitter.


99 posted on 11/09/2012 4:07:14 PM PST by JediJones (Newt Gingrich warned us that the "King of Bain" was unelectable. Did you listen?)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Always found it strange that some people gravitate toward a member of the opposite sex that has similar facial structure. The last thing I want to do is look at myself while having fun.

Come to think of it, that also works when some people pick dogs. So perhaps sex has nothing at all to do with it.

100 posted on 11/09/2012 4:07:43 PM PST by justa-hairyape
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