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A Brilliant Career With a Meteoric Rise and an Abrupt Fall
New York Times ^ | November 11, 2012 | SCOTT SHANE, SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and PETER BAKER.

Posted on 11/10/2012 1:58:15 PM PST by billorites

David H. Petraeus’s “Rules for Living” appeared on The Daily Beast Web site on Monday, posted by his biographer, a fellow West Point graduate 20 years his junior named Paula Broadwell. The fifth rule, beneath his familiar portrait in full military regalia, began: “We all make mistakes. The key is to recognize them and admit them.”

Mr. Petraeus took his own advice on Friday and resigned as director of the Central Intelligence Agency after admitting to an extramarital affair; officials identified the woman in question as Ms. Broadwell. The full back story is not yet clear, though his affair came to light after F.B.I. agents conducting a criminal investigation into possible security breaches examined his computer e-mails. The decision to step down was his.

Few imagined that such a dazzling career would have so tawdry and so sudden a collapse. Mr. Petraeus, a slender fitness fanatic, is known as a brainy ascetic. He and his wife, Holly, whose father was the superintendent at West Point when Mr. Petraeus graduated in 1974, and their two grown children had long been viewed by military families as an inspiration, a model for making a marriage work despite the separation and hardship of long deployments overseas.

After he began the C.I.A. job in September 2011, the couple settled into a house in the Virginia suburbs and began the closest thing to a normal life together that they had had in years, even if the basement he had designated for a home gym was commandeered for secure C.I.A. communications gear.

After years in war zones, Mr. Petraeus told friends, he was amazed to eat dinner most nights with his wife and to discover weekends again. He told friends that on the day his daughter was married last month, he went for a 34-mile bike ride.

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1 posted on 11/10/2012 1:58:20 PM PST by billorites
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To: billorites

Something stinks to high heaven with all of this maybe in 50 to 100 years we may find out the truth if the USA is ever reincarnate as a once awesome country


2 posted on 11/10/2012 2:04:55 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: billorites

Such a sad situation. Though unfortuantely, not uncommon.


3 posted on 11/10/2012 2:05:43 PM PST by WilliamEaton
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To: billorites
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Few imagined that such a dazzling career would have so tawdry and so sudden a collapse.


The NYT and Liberal MSM will now seek to destroy The General ...

because they KNOW that he has the TRUE dirt on The kenyan-Traitor Obama ...

and they're trying to discredit The General in advance ...



"Go to Hell" ... NYT ...


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4 posted on 11/10/2012 2:06:30 PM PST by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin will DEFEAT the Obama-Romney Socialist Gay-Marriage Axis of Evil)
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To: billorites

Sex, sex, sex —it’s mostly BS and it’s all salacious stuff designed to throw the dog off the true scent of Bengazi, MANPADs and Al Qaeda.

At one time the rumor was Petreus was going 2b Mitten’s VP nominee —THAT is why the Chicago machine originally went onto a war footing, digging up any dirt for release right before the election, in case he was on the ticket.

But then he wasn’t and as the full treachery of Bengazi came to light they needed a stick to beat Petreus back onto the “Videotape and CIA mucked it all up!”-narrative.

They want you to think the FBI started investigating after she started threatening other women out of simply JEALOUSY?

Oh please..!!!!

Could it be THAT simple with THIS administration? You’d have to be OUT OF YOUR MIND.


5 posted on 11/10/2012 2:07:45 PM PST by gaijin
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To: billorites

Sex, sex, sex —it’s mostly BS and it’s all salacious stuff designed to throw the dog off the true scent of Bengazi, MANPADs and Al Qaeda.

At one time the rumor was Petreus was going 2b Mitten’s VP nominee —THAT is why the Chicago machine originally went onto a war footing, digging up any dirt for release right before the election, in case he was on the ticket.

But then he wasn’t and as the full treachery of Bengazi came to light they needed a stick to beat Petreus back onto the “Videotape and CIA mucked it all up!”-narrative.

They want you to think the FBI started investigating after she started threatening other women out of simply JEALOUSY?

Oh please..!!!!

Could it be THAT simple with THIS administration? You’d have to be OUT OF YOUR MIND.


6 posted on 11/10/2012 2:07:52 PM PST by gaijin
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To: gaijin

And some one told Mittens to stfu regarding voter fraud too


7 posted on 11/10/2012 2:09:03 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: billorites

Key lesson: lay down with mangy dogs, you get up with lots of fleas.


8 posted on 11/10/2012 2:10:11 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Patton@Bastogne

He didn’t need the NYT to ruin his career


9 posted on 11/10/2012 2:10:37 PM PST by bigbob
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To: al baby

Will no one who is in “power” stand up to this BS?


10 posted on 11/10/2012 2:11:35 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Patton@Bastogne

Don’t rush to judgement yet, because I believe the general has already sold out to politics. I can’t believe a man with honor would have sit by and done nothing on Benghazi. He is as corrupt as this administration. His “living the dream” comment sort of say’s it all. He retired as general and left Duty, Honor And country behind for political gains. Sorry, but I see his as a Colin Powell, the affirmative action general and a closet democrat.


11 posted on 11/10/2012 2:13:32 PM PST by papageo
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To: Patton@Bastogne

He took charge of the blackmail. He had made mistakes and it was being used against him. He is now free to tell all to Congress.


12 posted on 11/10/2012 2:17:26 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: billorites

And the Benghazi counts continues to mount, so far two four stars and one admiral...wondering who’s next. Anyone who takes this at face value (as presented by the MSM) is very naive.


13 posted on 11/10/2012 2:22:47 PM PST by pepperdog ( I still get a thrill up my leg when spell check doesn't recognize the name/word Obama!)
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To: Patton@Bastogne

amen


14 posted on 11/10/2012 2:26:04 PM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: gaijin
How could Petraeus have been Romney's running mate when his wife works in the Obama White House?

If Romney had selected this dope to be his running mate, his loss would have been even more strongly justified.

15 posted on 11/10/2012 2:36:42 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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To: hal ogen; All
Will no one who is in “power” stand up to this BS?
unfortunately (for the country); that time has passed; the D/R Establishment Party in Congress...
didn't / won't "rock the boat"..they saw only the power/$$$$ entrusted to THEM

16 posted on 11/10/2012 2:37:46 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Anger a Conservative by telling a lie; Anger a Liberal by telling the truth. - RWR 8-)
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To: al baby
And some one told Mittens to stfu regarding voter fraud too

Yep. Thankfully, West has the guts to fight and whether he wins or loses, he's proven how much voter fraud was going on and which side were the cheaters. Not that anything will be done.

As for Betrayus, if it's true, and I believe it is, this probably wasn't his first daliance. Hussein's admin knew this and gave him the position with this knowledge to blackmail him with when the time came. The Clintons had the FBI do their dirty work and it's been revved up with this admin.

17 posted on 11/10/2012 2:40:34 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: billorites

Drudge is reporting that Clinton will not be available for testifying on Benghazi either.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/house-asked-clinton-to-testify-on-benghazi-but-she-declines-due-to-scheduling-conflict/article/2513151#.UJ7XjWfg-MU


18 posted on 11/10/2012 2:44:40 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: billorites

David H. Petraeus = semper bullshit


19 posted on 11/10/2012 3:41:50 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: WilliamEaton

“Such a sad situation. Though unfortuantely, not uncommon.”

I think that pretty much sums up the situation.


20 posted on 11/10/2012 3:48:09 PM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: billorites

He did not do the honorable thing; he only resigned after the FBI discovered the affair. It was incredibly stupid thing for him to do. Does he not understand that the Chinese and Russians knew of this affair within days, if not hours, of the first act? Just like we know who all their leaders are fooling around with, they watch our folks and keep a dossier on them too. I bet you ten dollars they held their breath with anticipation when O nominated him to head Langley, giddy at the prospect of having this kind of dirt on the head of our spy agency.

It was a colossal failure on his part. As a commander he knows the value of operational security; but he chose to ignore it and placed people’s lives at risk.


21 posted on 11/10/2012 4:11:57 PM PST by flying Elvis ("In...War, the errors which proceed from a spirit of benevolence are the worst" Clausewitz.)
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To: papageo
I can’t believe a man with honor would have sit by and done nothing on Benghazi.

First, you don't know what he did or didn't do. Second, while there is a time and place to fall on your sword, you only get to do that once. If every military officer resigned when there was some political decision they did not like no one would make it past colonel.

22 posted on 11/10/2012 4:59:28 PM PST by AndyJackson
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To: papageo

The CIA first put out a statement that no one in the agency refused a request for help from our Bengazi people. Bill Kristol interpreted that as throwing the President under the bus. Later, the CIA put out another statement about responding within minutes to the attack, which seemed to take the heat off the administration. What I wonder is why the change.


23 posted on 11/10/2012 5:28:28 PM PST by buridan
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To: gaijin
At one time the rumor was Petreus was going 2b Mitten’s VP nominee

2b? That's teenager texting mode!

24 posted on 11/10/2012 5:37:16 PM PST by Isabel C.
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