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How Petraeus betrayed us
Fox ^ | Michael Goodwin

Posted on 11/12/2012 2:16:20 PM PST by Arthurio

Mother always said the bigger they are, the harder they fall. If ever there was any doubt, the stunning case of CIA boss David Petraeus dispels it.

The most important and celebrated military leader of our time has fallen from the sky with a thud that is shaking all of Washington. His personal life and career are in tatters, but that is not the whole story. Not by a long shot.

Petraeus, once talked about as presidential timber, played a big part in the administration’s misleading narrative surrounding the murder of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya. That we now know he was under investigation by the FBI for an affair and a security breach when he told congressional leaders that the attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others was a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Muslim video adds a level of intrigue that is extraordinary even for the spooky world of the CIA.

Before that briefing, the State Department had evidence that the attack was carried out by an Al Qaeda offshoot, a fact that led some members of Congress to suggest Petraeus was parroting the White House political line. His confession of the affair and the FBI probe give that suggestion new meaning because he could have had an ulterior motive for being a team player.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/11/12/how-petraeus-betrayed-us/#ixzz2C36SbI5U

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1 posted on 11/12/2012 2:16:26 PM PST by Arthurio
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To: Arthurio
I'm thinkin' of late that Petraeus is likely a 'rat.

Perhaps he can share who he voted for this go round?

2 posted on 11/12/2012 2:24:14 PM PST by Paladin2 (.)
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To: Arthurio

My opinion of Petrarus dropped dramatically when he took the CIA gig. An honorable man wouldn’t choose to work for such a lying POS like Obama unless he had no other options for putting food on his table.


3 posted on 11/12/2012 2:24:58 PM PST by wny
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To: Arthurio

The MSM loves the sex scandal element of this. But if the
General wanted all the hoopla to go away then he needs
to invoke the word “Obama” at every media opportunity.
That is the magic word to make the media disappear.


4 posted on 11/12/2012 2:28:31 PM PST by Sivad (Nor Cal Red Turf)
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To: wny

Yup. One of the many reasons why I did not trust Huntsman.


5 posted on 11/12/2012 2:28:52 PM PST by Arthurio
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To: Arthurio

The MSM loves the sex scandal element of this. But if the
General wanted all the hoopla to go away then he needs
to invoke the word “Obama” at every media opportunity.
That is the magic word to make the media disappear.


6 posted on 11/12/2012 2:29:01 PM PST by Sivad (Nor Cal Red Turf)
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To: wny
My opinion of Petrarus dropped dramatically when he took the CIA gig.

It dropped for me after he attacked the Koran-burning Florida pastor, for exercising his First Amendment Rights, instead of worrying about killing the enemy.

7 posted on 11/12/2012 2:29:25 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Arthurio

Really? So, you know everything and all the facts already?
Cuz no one else does.


8 posted on 11/12/2012 2:30:25 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

This story still has many twists and turns yet to be revealed.


9 posted on 11/12/2012 2:33:49 PM PST by muskah
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To: Arthurio

There’s too much hero worship these days. I think Petraeus was a pretty good General, but he really didn’t do anything that a lot of Generals would not have done. He was successful with “The Surge”, but I’m not quite sure what was so innovative about it. Generals down through history would have loved to do that if they had the option. I guess we are so used to the Vietnam strategy of withdrawal and “gradual loss” that the idea of trying to overpower the enemy and win was brilliant. After that success, he achieved Rock Star status, and although most people didn’t know where he stood on anything, they projected their ideals on him and he became “Presidential Timber”. Maybe he was, maybe he wasn’t, but it seems that these days people want their leaders to be gods and they are really mere mortals, some not as strong as ordinary people. Now they are shocked that he has feet of clay.


10 posted on 11/12/2012 2:34:15 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Never Underestimate the Power of Evil or Evil Doers)
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To: Arthurio

I think many/most Generals are sell outs to begin with. Many rise to that position more because of their political skills and less from merit.

Petraeus was a fearless, hands-on battlefield General and he has earned our respect for that. However, he should not have served this President after his retirement from the military. He became a political tool of the President and has been giving cover to the democrats since accepting his position.

Also, I disagree mightily with the Counter Insurgency doctrine he re-wrote. I believe in crushing the enemy and imposing your will as opposed to his advocacy of soft-power and misguided attempts to get 7th Century mindset mullahs to like us.

But I digress.

Back on point. Petraeus should testify before Congress ASAP. This Benghazi debacle and subsequent attempts to spin the truth should be fully investigated.


11 posted on 11/12/2012 2:36:06 PM PST by 3Fingas
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To: The Sons of Liberty

He became a White Colin Powell.


12 posted on 11/12/2012 2:36:17 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: muskah

I just hope Petraeus doesn’t end up like Admiral Boorda.


13 posted on 11/12/2012 2:42:02 PM PST by miserare
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To: dfwgator
He became a White Colin Powell.

No surprise there. So many senior officers have gotten where they are by sucking up to the powers that be, while many competent and honorable people are flushed out of the system. I have yet to meet a general officer whom I personally respect (and I have met many).
14 posted on 11/12/2012 2:48:59 PM PST by Apparatchik (If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away - Jim Ignatowski)
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To: dfwgator
He became a White Colin Powell.

No surprise there. So many senior officers have gotten where they are by sucking up to the powers that be, while many competent and honorable people are flushed out of the system. I have yet to meet a general officer whom I personally respect (and I have met many).
15 posted on 11/12/2012 2:49:14 PM PST by Apparatchik (If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away - Jim Ignatowski)
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To: Apparatchik

Sorry for the dupe and one correction: General James Mattis is the sole exception.


16 posted on 11/12/2012 2:54:34 PM PST by Apparatchik (If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away - Jim Ignatowski)
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To: dfwgator
He became a White Colin Powell.

Excellent description.

The interesting thing is that no one in the 0bama regime ever liked him. And taking out ads that referred to him as "Betrayus" wouldn't engender loyalty on his part. They must've realized that appointing someone who was not in their inner circle to the sensitive position he was in could prove fatal to their nefarious plans. That's why I think they formulated a plan to purge him in the second term. He would be a stumbling block. Unfortunately he obliged by having the affair.

17 posted on 11/12/2012 2:54:34 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Never Underestimate the Power of Evil or Evil Doers)
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To: Arthurio

One has to be truly without sin to do anything good against the Democrats. The is no forgiving a Republican so there will be no one to stand against tyrants.


18 posted on 11/12/2012 3:08:02 PM PST by Crucial (Tolerance at the expense of equal treatment is the path to tyranny.)
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To: Arthurio

Maybe Patreus was promoted to CIA because they knew they could control him with his past wrongs.


19 posted on 11/12/2012 3:08:02 PM PST by FreedBird
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To: Arthurio

Wasn’t he mentioned as a Vice President candidate or possible Presidential candidate? People knew a long time ago about him. This information is conveniently released now, to distract the public from something else.


20 posted on 11/12/2012 3:10:50 PM PST by FreedBird
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To: Arthurio
We have been more betrayed by Obama than anyone else. Biden, Hillary, Pelosi, dirty harry and even John the traitor kerry have been worse.
21 posted on 11/12/2012 3:14:38 PM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: mountainlion

Obama hasn’t betrayed anyone.
He’s done exactly as he would be expected to do by anyone who studied his history.
The MSM certainly gets credit for covering that up.


22 posted on 11/12/2012 3:17:27 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's bankruptcy: 2016)
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To: miserare

or Vince Foster!


23 posted on 11/12/2012 3:49:35 PM PST by muskah
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To: Arthurio

Just think how fast this would have been made public if he had been picked as Mitt’s running mate. Glad that was one bandwagon I never had the chance to fall off.


24 posted on 11/12/2012 4:05:51 PM PST by CPONuke
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