Skip to comments.Petraeus, the comeback general. He may benefit from the Bill Clinton rule.
Posted on 11/25/2012 7:49:41 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Gen. David H. Petraeus, long the most famous overachiever in the U.S. Army, is already on his way to a new career distinction: breaking the land speed record for rehabilitation from a scandal.
It was only two weeks ago that Petraeus resigned from his job as director of the CIA after it became clear that his affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, couldn't be kept under wraps.
The dust hasn't settled yet on the chaos kicked up by the FBI's discovery of the affair, touched off by Broadwell's jealousy of another woman who liked men in uniform. Did Petraeus allow Broadwell to put unauthorized hands on classified information? Did the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Marine Gen. John Allen, say anything indiscreet in emails to Tampa socialite Jill Kelley? Does the shirtless FBI agent get away scot-free? And did all this madcap socializing affect anyone's performance on their day jobs?
Never mind. We're a fast-moving society and, it appears, a forgiving one. At home in suburban Virginia, Petraeus is no doubt still making amends to his high-achieving wife. But in the larger world, the retired general is already contending with an avalanche of opportunities for his next big job.
He's had offers to teach from at least four universities and had conversations about seats on corporate boards. He's thinking about giving speeches, writing a book on leadership or even becoming a talking head on television.
And that's not all.
"Down the road, a return to public service isn't out of the question," a friend who talked with Petraeus told me last week. Not as an elected politician but as a potential Cabinet officer in a future administration.
"He just doesn't see himself as a politician," the friend said.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
A fluff piece saying “There was no terrorist attack and it was just about sex, nothing to see here. Move along”
In other words, Petraeus testified as he was told, and the press was told by Obama to be good to him.
Why not? Same with the ho lovin NY prosecutor, right?
So enlightened thay now we are just like, uh....FRANCE...!
Isn’t that great?
This is nauseating. The deaths of those four Americans and the destruction of an American diplomatic facility have simply been airbrushed out of public consciousness.
the GOP is either enabling them or will fix it.
If they don’t fix it they are every bit as complicit.
I said it on Sept 11:
The ambassador was killed, it can not be unaddressed.
The electorate does not care about it. The media, uneducated as most are, have no real sense of how big this is, that our ambassador was killed in country.
No matter how much cover up goes on, our enemies know what it meas and they are bold about it when they see us acting like media mesmerized buffoons.
Mark Steyn says it better, of course, in yesterday’s column, and he’s got his sense of humor back- not necessarily to be confused with optimism.
He is a loser, he believed his own publicity
“Never mind. We’re a fast-moving society and, it appears, a forgiving one.”
FU you liberal weasel. How much ‘forgiveness’ did the LA Times or any of the other outlets of crap ‘journalism’ give Bush, for things that he wasn’t even responsible for? Liberals are the most intolerant jerks on the planet.
He’ll find a cush job on the board of The CFR and an executive consultant for “insert your favorite defense industry corporation here” in between holding down his dean of Princeton title.
I think you have hit on something. They honestly have no idea of how big this is.
In addition, people in the media seem to feel themselves to be inhabiting some other sphere, remote from and unrelated to the US, and it is almost as if the horrible things that are happening strike them as fictional or at any rate as things that have no impact on their personaly reality.
MSM forgiveness is never extended to conservatives. If the MSM forgives Petraeus here, it will only be because he was working for Obama at the time.
But if, in the future, Petraeus should decide to run for anything as a Republican, that MSM forgiveness would rapidly be withdrawn.
There is not a man alive that hasn’t fouled up when it comes to the lure of the siren song.
Anyone can understand that the fellow got caught with his **** out.
But that is not what is under examination here.
Like Clinton and Lewinsky, the wider matter is not about sex.
It is about national security.
Clinton was found guilty of perjury and was shown to be a liar.
The question with Patraeus is not whether he was fooling around with some tart.
It’s a question of did he fool around with his national duty’s? Did he get people killed while he was taking orders from the “little general”
The answer is likely yes.
That is probably a pretty fair assessment.
So much for “Duty, Honor, Country”.
Maybe he can do commencement addresses at our various military academies.
Better yet, he and Bubba can link-up to present a “Do As I Say, Not As I Do” seminar on leadership.
his high-achieving wife.
Oh for crying out loud. She’s an over paid Federal bureaucrat who got her job because of how her husband is.
“. . .as if the horrible things that are happening strike them as fictional or at any rate as things that have no impact on their personaly reality.”
That’s the way I see it. They are playing with our country, they are pretending they are not responsible for the damage they are causing but it is tremendous. Imagine if the majors had all treated this as it should have been treated on Sept 11. It should have had the same size and scope of reaction that the Space Shuttle explosion did.
I don’t even think the dopey GOP senators get it. THey are not going to come out well on this - it IS historical and it cannot be covered up- it can be lied about, to our own embarrasment, but never covered up.
What are you talking about? There were no deaths and no consular facility. It never happened. It was all a set up to make a movie at a later date.
I’m guessing he’ll end up at Princeton. He has his PhD from there, and it’s a fitting place for a Wilsonian globalist.
Stupid is as stupid does. I don’t understand how a person can live with themselves doing the things this man and people like him do.
Never agreed with his “Turn the military into an NGO, Counter-Insurgency doctrine”. His strategy cost many lives and maimed many more needlessly. His personal indiscretions aside, it is his complicity with this administration that is most unforgivable.
To get the security clearances he has requires a polygraph for lifestyle, yet, here he is giving away secrets in sexual affairs and violating all kinds of security prohibitions. Proof that the security clearance system is a joke.
Never forget that the Kenyan REWARDS incompetence. Patraeus’ zipper problem will probably land him a job as Sec of State.
Democrats could care less about loose morals. As a matter of fact it is a plus on your resume. Didn’t Gen Allen get his old job back after emailing his 30 year old girlfriend about 5,000 times? Oh, I forgot, he was just asking about the weather back in the states.
Article - and comments # 1 through # 19 , esp # 8.
There fixed it. Real soldiers in uniform would have seen through this female manipulator in a heart beat.
How silly of me!
Too bad General Arnold wasn’t from our era. All those silly notions about treachory and treason!
Of course anyone else is likely "up there" so they have to shut up, too. I guess I'd see who she's spent time with.
Wonder how many notches she got at the academy.
The war on shame for the past 30 has done quite a bit of damage.
The problem was lack of security and the Obama’s “Stand Down” call....not Petraeus.
I am less interested in the bimbos (bimboes, bimbi?),than in learning:
Who gave the order to the military to “stand down” and NOT implement plans to rescue our people in Benghazi on 9-11-12? When? WHY??
If you’ll break your marriage vows and cheat on your wife and kids, then what won’t you do? You think this jackass loves his country more than he loves his wife and kids? He’s just a user and a taker. He’s a grifter with four stars.
And asking for more troops makes you a brilliant military leader? Even Bob the hobo knows to ask for more. You think the French Generals in WWII weren’t asking for more troops as the Germans blew through them? They must have been brilliant, too.
If we had continue to piss off the Iraqi people, the Anbar Awakening would never had happened.
AMEN!!!! Liberals are NOT LIBERAL with those who speak the TRUTH!! As Ann Coulter said it so well: “LIBERALISM IS A DISEASE!” Now we have another four years oof a very SICK and Demented and Corrupt Boy and Muslim Terrorist sitting in the OVAL OFFICE!
Free Republic thread link http://tinyurl.com/ahlxpgk
A complete joke, like Caligula’s horse senator.
It’s treason and sabotage.
Yeah, he may benefit from this country losing its collective mind...politically, socially and morally.
I think the true beleivers will ignore the question if it is accurately phrased.
I think the true beleivers will ignore the question if it is very accurately phrased.
beleivers s/b believers
Do you recall who posted the early article describing the contingency plans in place for just this type of mission?
Was the General in charge of the Africa
Command removed because he started to implement rescue plans, or complained when he was ordered to Stand Down?
If we had applied greater force early on, we could have left a lot sooner, thereby, not pissing of the Iraqis as much and never necessitating the Anbar Awakening.
Personally, I think we should have never gone after Iraq at all. However, If we were serious about remaking the Middle East we should have kept rolling after the fall of Baghdad and immediately invaded Iran. Iran would have fallen just as quickly at that time. No nuclear problem and the rest of the Middle East would have fallen into line pretty quickly after that. In fact, the world would be kissing our butts and would fear us. Now, they mock us and deride us. The people who run our country are morons and, I guess, now you can say at least 51% of our participating electorate is also. So, I suppose, we get the leadership that we deserve.
Thanks for the ping; posts. Great thread. Thanks to every poster.
TREASON like this republic has never seen before...in real-time, pre-meditated, ongoing, continuous.
Questions NEVER asked. Answers NOT forthcoming.
Sharia markers/signposts/milestones set in America. Amendments 1 & 2 directly attacked.
R.I.P. Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, Chis Stevens, Tyrone Woods.
The universalism of Islam, in its all-embracing creed, is imposed on the believers as a continuous process of warfare, psychological and political, if not strictly military. . . . The Jihad, accordingly, may be stated as a doctrine of a permanent state of war, not continuous fighting. Majid Khadduri
Yes, it’s treason, and half of our fellow Americans support it. IOW, we’re on our way to CW2.
***** “Never mind. We’re a fast-moving society and, it appears, a forgiving one.” ******
Did they interview his Wife?