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  • How the FBI Could Force DOJ to Prosecute Hillary Clinton

    01/27/2016 11:51:30 AM PST · by bryan999 · 41 replies
    Could the Hillary Clinton e-mail saga end with FBI Director James Comey resigning in protest? Ken Cuccinelli, the former attorney general of Virginia, knows the laws regarding classified information firsthand. In his private practice, Cuccinelli defended a Marine lieutenant colonel court martialed on charges of possessing such information outside a secure facility. He says Clinton’s actions in the e-mail scandal clearly satisfy all five requirements necessary to sustain charges of mishandling classified material, and constitute a breach perhaps even more glaring than the one for which General David Petraeus was convicted.
  • Former Virginia attorney general says Hillary Clinton broke the law( tr)

    10/01/2015 7:17:15 PM PDT · by shortstop · 11 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 10/02/15 | J. Taylor Rushing
    Hillary Clinton's infamous use of a private, home-based email server as secretary of state was illegal and practically no different from Gen. David Petraeus's criminal mishandling of secret government documents, a top Republican official argued Sunday in a national op-ed. Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican former attorney general of Virginia, wrote in the New York Post that the Democratic presidential front-runner is 'already in just as bad - or worse - of a legal situation than Petraeus faced' because of the private emails. Petraeus pleaded guilty in April to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified intelligence, fined $100,000 and sentenced to...
  • The curious nexus of Hillary Clinton, David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell

    09/01/2015 5:17:24 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 8 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-01-15 | DrJohn
      A revelation coming out of Hillary Clinton's emails was her keen interest in the Presidential ambitions of one General David Petraeus: "Clemons had dinner this week with Petraeus, who freely talked about running for president," Blumenthal wrote to Clinton. "Will he write about Petraeus?" Clinton wrote back five minutes later. Moments later, Blumenthal sent Clinton Clemons' post mentioning the off-the-record dinner and discussing the relative political merits of Petraeus, Vice President Joe Biden and Clinton herself. "Clemons... told me more detail about [Petraeus'] attitude and interest," Blumenthal said, adding a couple of nuggets. Within four months someone decided to...
  • Awkward Petraeus precedent as Hillary may face criminal liability over her secret email system

    03/05/2015 8:34:29 AM PST · by Bubba_Leroy · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 5, 2015 | Thomas Lifson
    It must have seemed like a good idea at the time to prosecute General David Petraeus over mishandling of classified material. But that was before it came to light that Hillary Clinton did not bother with an official and secure State Department email account, instead preferring to use a private server under her own control that lacked the kind of security measures in place at the domain. Now, explicit comparisons of the two former officials are being drawn.
  • Federal government has month to respond to Jill Kelley lawsuit - (Gen. John Allen)

    08/10/2013 6:08:15 AM PDT · by haffast · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | August 6th, 2013 07:23 PM ET | CNN Political Unit
    (CNN) - The government has until September 4 to make its first response to a civil lawsuit filed by Jill Kelley, the Florida woman caught up in the scandal which led to last year's resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus. Kelley filed suit against the federal government in early June alleging her privacy had been violated by employees of government agencies. Last week a federal judge granted a request to give the government 30 additional days before responding to Kelley's complaint. The government cited the length of Kelley's suit and the need to confer with multiple government agencies. Kelley's defense...
  • Hillary Clinton to Write 2nd Memoir

    04/04/2013 7:29:11 PM PDT · by haffast · 32 replies
    ABC OTUS News ^ | 4-3-2013 | ABC
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has a book deal. The publisher Simon & Schuster tells The Associated Press that Clinton is working on a memoir and policy book. The book about her years in the Obama administration is currently untitled and tentatively scheduled for June 2014. Financial terms have not been disclosed. Clinton reportedly received $8 million for her 2003 memoir, "Living History," also published by Simon & Schuster. snip
  • CNN Poll: Americans rate W.H. response to Benghazi attack and Petraeus resignation

    11/27/2012 6:00:22 PM PST · by haffast · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | November 27th, 2012 05:00 AM ET | CNN Political Unit
    Washington (CNN) - Americans are giving the White House low marks for how it's handled the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the resignation of former CIA Director David Petraeus, according to a new national survey. But according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday, a majority of the public doesn't believe the Obama administration intentionally tried to mislead Americans on the September attack that left the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans dead. And the survey also indicates a plurality have a positive opinion of Petraeus and are divided on whether the former...
  • Petraeus chose 'Jackie Kennedy' package for wedding

    11/19/2012 10:58:08 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner "Secrets" ^ | 11-19-12 | Paul Bedard
    The Petraeus sex scandal didn't just reveal the former CIA director's bedroom secrets. It's also shined a spotlight on a romantic facility in Berryville, Virginia, 65 miles from Washington where David and Holly Petraeus' daughter Anne married Matt Mauney last month in a picturesque setting the couple celebrated with pictures on her blog, Rosemont Manor owner William Genda told Secrets that he is sad about how the publicity came to his facility, but happy for the new business it is bringing from the Washington area. "It's probably been good," he told Secrets. Only in business for two years, the...
  • AG Defends Suppressing Petraeus Scandal

    11/17/2012 10:29:31 AM PST · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 16 Nov 2012 | John Semmens
    Attorney General Eric Holder defended withholding information on the scandal surrounding CIA Director David Patraeus until after the November 6 election. “I know there are those who think that they have a right to know everything about what’s going on in their government,” Holder acknowledged. “But those of us on the inside must place the broader national interest ahead of any presumed duty to keep the general public informed.” “As is becoming apparent in the post-election revelations, there are serious issues of national security that could affect the people’s confidence in their government,” Holder continued. “If these issues had become...
  • Petraeus Testifies That He Knew Benghazi Was Terrorism Immediately … But CIA Info Was Changed?

    11/16/2012 9:01:44 AM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    Jan Morgan ^ | 11.16.2012 | Jan Morgan
    For two hours, David Patraeus testified before lawmakers today. The most pertinent information from that testimony was this: the information and talking points intelligence turned over to the White House regarding the Libya attack, were CHANGED after they were handed over to the White House. The one question that has not been answered is WHO MADE THESE CHANGES BEFORE THEY WERE HANDED TO RICE for release? Whoever made this change is responsible for the dispersal of UNTRUTH to the American people and the world regarding the motives behind the attack. Petraeus testified in a closed-door hearing Friday morning that his...
  • Glenn Beck predicted Petraeus dismissal 2 weeks ago

    11/14/2012 8:39:47 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 51 replies
    General David Petraeus resigned amid scandal last week after admitting he had cheated on his wife of 38 years with a woman 20 years his younger. Interesting timing, considering Petraeus was set to testify in the Benghazi investigation and will most likely no longer take part. Why now? And why was the man once hated by the left (‘betray-us’) there in the first place? “This all makes sense if you ‑‑ if you think like a revolutionary. Go back to where General Petraeus was when Barack Obama got into office. Do you remember? There were rumors that he was going...
  • WATCH: Pat Robertson Explains Why General Petraeus Cheated: 'He's A Man'

    11/13/2012 6:22:28 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    Michael Berry ^ | 11.13.2012 | Michael Berry
    video only at link.
  • WATCH: Pat Robertson Explains Why General Petraeus Cheated: 'He's A Man'

    11/13/2012 6:22:35 PM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies
    Michael Berry ^ | 11.13.2012 | Michael Berry
    video only at link.
  • Broadwell: Petraeus Knew of Benghazi Plea for Help,

    11/12/2012 2:57:25 PM PST · by autumnraine · 16 replies
    Military expert Paula Broadwell, who was allegedly improperly involved with resigned CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus, confirmed in October that the CIA annex in Benghazi asked for reinforcements when the consulate came under attack on September 11. She also acknowledged that "there was a failure in the system." Broadwell was speaking at her alma mater, the University of Denver, on October 26. Her lecture, which is on YouTube under the title "Alumni Symposium 2012 Paula Broadwell," now has added value, because based on the recent disclosures, it can now be assumed that she indeed knew exactly what it was that...
  • PATRAEUS COULD FACE CHARGES - FBI Deemed Petraeus Affair Part of Criminal, Not Intel Probe

    11/12/2012 2:49:30 PM PST · by texas_mrs · 93 replies
    ABC NEWS - VIA DRUDGE ^ | 11/12/12 | MARTHA RADDATZ (@martharaddatz) , PIERRE THOMAS (@PierreTABC) , JASON RYAN (@JasonRyanABC) and JONAT
    The FBI withheld its findings about Gen. David Petreaus' affair from the White House and congressional leaders because the agency considered them the result of a criminal investigation that never reached the threshold of an intelligence probe, law enforcement sources said today. The sources said agents followed department guidelines that generally bar sharing information about developing criminal investigations. The FBI is also aware of its history under former director Herbert Hoover of playing politics and digging into the lives of public figures. As one official said, the rules are designed to protect people (both private and elected officials) when negative...
  • New Details in Patraeus Scandal: Woman Who Received Threatening Emails Revealed

    11/11/2012 3:39:27 PM PST · by nuconvert · 82 replies
    -excerpt- Kelley alerted the FBI about the emails that appeared to be an attempt to blackmail Petraeus, which started the investigation, said the sources, who are close friends of the Petraeuses. In addition, the threatening emails might not have come from biographer Paula Broadwell, as widely reported. Kelley, a Tampa, Fla. resident who is married with three children, and sister Natalie are close friends of the Petraeus' and spent holidays together. And she was not having an affair with the retired, four-star Army general, sources close to the family tell Fox News.
  • Was David Petraeus’s Affair In The New York Times Four Months Ago?

    11/10/2012 8:20:18 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 5 replies
    DailyDownload ^ | November 10, 2012 | Ben Jacobs
    The surprise resignation of David Petraeus yesterday was the result of an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. But was this relationship between the CIA director and a journalist really a surprise? As numerous media outlets are reporting, it appears that Broadwell’s husband may have written a letter to Chuck Klosterman, the ethicist at the New York Times, about the affair months ago: My wife is having an affair with a government executive. His role is to manage a project whose progress is seen worldwide as a demonstration of American leadership.
  • Obama to put Petraeus at CIA, Panetta at Pentagon

    04/27/2011 5:57:10 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 20 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Wednesday, 04.27.11 | MARGARET TALEV AND JONATHAN S. LANDAY
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will announce Thursday a major overhaul of his defense and intelligence teams, one that analysts say has the potential - but no guarantee - to speed a drawdown of U.S. forces from Afghanistan. He will nominate CIA Director Leon Panetta to lead the Defense Department, replacing Secretary Robert Gates, who is retiring. Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of forces in Afghanistan, will retire from the military and would become the new CIA chief. Lt. Gen. John Allen, now the deputy at U.S. Central Command, would fill Petraeus' shoes in Afghanistan to command U.S.-led forces. Ryan...
  • I wish someone had asked General Patton this (globull warming alert!)

    08/04/2010 3:50:56 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 20 replies ^ | 08/04/2010 | Paul Mingroff
    I think we missed the story from mid-July about Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' mind-boggling effort to lobby Gen. Petraeus to reduce the military's carbon footprint in Afghanistan. During a hearing on the war (yes, this is war we're talking about) the Arizona Democrat stated that the U.S. Air Force is "the largest user of energy on the planet" (even larger than Al Gore?). She then asked Petraeus whether he plans to use "small-scale solar and hydropower systems and also some solar-powered street lights" at our bases in Afghanistan. The General appeared to have a hard time believing what he had heard,...
  • Petraeus: 'We are in this to win' in Afghanistan (C-in-C out of synch with AfPak Commander)

    07/04/2010 12:10:36 AM PDT · by indianrightwinger · 14 replies
    Petraeus: 'We are in this to win' in Afghanistan By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer Deb Riechmann, Associated Press Writer 2 mins ago .KABUL, Afghanistan – Gen. David Petraeus formally assumed command of the 130,000-strong international force in Afghanistan on Sunday, telling NATO and Afghan officials "we are in this to win" despite rising casualties and growing skepticism about the direction of the nearly 9-year-old war. Petraeus received two flags — one for the U.S. and the other for NATO — during a ceremony marking the formal assumption of command. "We are in this to win," he told a crowd...
  • Petraeus and Obama's Uncertain Trumpet

    06/28/2010 1:17:29 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    WSJ ^ | JUNE 28, 2010 | Fouad Ajami
    The chroniclers tell us that Lyndon Johnson never took to the Vietnam War. He prosecuted it, it became his war, but it was, in LBJ's language, a "bitch of a war." He fought it with a premonition that it could wreck his Great Society programs. He had a feel for the popular mood. "I don't think the people of the country know much about Vietnam, and I think they care a hell of a lot less." We know how that war ended, and the choreography of President Obama relieving Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his command notwithstanding, there is to this...
  • McChrystal Like a Rolling Stone

    06/23/2010 3:51:50 PM PDT · by Todd Kinsey · 28 replies
    The ^ | June 23, 2010 | Todd Kinsey
    If General McChrystal is guilty of anything it is being gullible enough to believe that allowing a journalist from a left leaning publication was a good idea. One of the things I learned during Desert Storm was that journalists do a good job cozying up to GI’s and making them feel important. After all, everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame. None of the quotes that everyone is up-in-arms about is directly attributable to General McChrystal but his error was thinking that this journalist was going to paint his team and the military in a positive light.
  • Senate Votes to Condemn MoveOn for Ad Attacking General Petraeus (Flashback - Obama Voted Present)

    06/23/2010 11:24:55 AM PDT · by indianrightwinger · 12 replies
    Senate Votes to Condemn MoveOn for Ad Attacking General Petraeus Friday , September 21, 2007 WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a measure condemning for a newspaper ad it ran last week attacking Gen. David Petraeus. The move came as President Bush accused Democrats of cowering to the liberal political action group. The measure passed in a 72-25 vote, with none of the Democratic presidential candidates supporting it. Sponsored by Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn, never one to shy away from forcing Democrats to go on record on politically sticky issues, the amendment to the defense authorization...
  • Breaking--Obama Ends 'Operation Iraqi Freedom'

    02/19/2010 1:58:14 PM PST · by Welshman007 · 21 replies · 527+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 2/19/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    According to the report, Secretary Gates sent a memo to General David Patraeus on February 17 informing the commander of the name change. In reporting this news, however, the Washington Examiner wondered if there would be some sort of official proclamation by the Obama Administration that we had won.
  • Patraeus/Palin 2012

    10/28/2009 6:09:22 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 16 replies · 701+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10/12/2009 | Peter Peninart
    Remember last winter, when liberals were complaining that Barack Obama had kept Bush family consigliere Robert Gates as his secretary of Defense and named a John McCain buddy, General James Jones, as his National Security Adviser? They're not complaining now. Today, Gates and Jones are MoveOn's best friends, because they provide the political cover that Obama needs to reject General Stanley McChrystal's call for more troops in Afghanistan. Imagine if Richard Danzig was Defense secretary and Susan Rice was NSC adviser, as many had expected. Obama would have never dared send them out to publicly slap down McChrystal, as both...
  • General David Petraeus takes on Afghanistan

    09/15/2008 7:48:40 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 7 replies · 111+ views
    Times Online ^ | September 16, 2008 | Tim Albone
    He is credited with taming the violence in Iraq, rewriting American counter-insurgency strategy and salvaging the reputation of the US military. When General David Petraeus steps down today as the commander of US forces in Iraq however, he will have little time to savour the plaudits from fellow soldiers and the Bush Administration. Instead the politically savvy paratrooper will swap the Iraqi frying pan for the Afghan fire. General Petraeus will take command of all US forces in the Middle East and Central Asia and with it the unenviable task of turning round the increasingly desperate fight faced by US...
  • Odierno’s Departure

    02/07/2008 7:07:00 PM PST · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 115+ views
    Commentary ^ | Max Boot
    Odierno’s Departure Max Boot Nadia Schadlow has an excellent article in the Wall Street Journal pointing out why it would be folly to move General Petraeus out of Iraq prematurely. This is a point that others, including me, have previously made, but Nadia adds an important historical dimension by noting all of the major generals, from George Washington to Creighton Abrams, who have spent years overseas directing American war efforts. By those standards, Petraeus’s deployment abroad, while lengthy and strenuous (counting a tour in the Balkans, since 2001 he has spent 50 months, or more than four years, overseas), is...
  • General Petraeus: Man With a Message ofHope (Man of the Year)

    12/31/2007 4:22:22 AM PST · by PurpleMan · 11 replies · 327+ views
    Today, we put him in the spotlight again by naming Gen Petraeus as The Sunday Telegraph's Person of the Year, a new annual accolade to recognise outstanding individual achievement. He has been the man behind the US troop surge over the past 10 months, the last-ditch effort to end Iraq's escalating civil war by putting an extra 28,000 American troops on the ground.
  • Top Story of 2007: The Surge, the Military, and the Media

    12/27/2007 6:24:11 PM PST · by ricks_place · 5 replies · 222+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | 12/27/07 | Michelle Malkin
    There should be no question what the top story of the year was: America's counterinsurgency campaign in Iraq, the Democrats' hapless efforts to sabotage it, and the Western mainstream media's stubborn refusal to own up to military progress. What happened in January defined the rest of the year. We rang in 2007 with vehement liberal opposition to the "surge" of 21,000 added U.S. troops and tactical changes to secure Baghdad. In the ensuing 12 months, Democrats tried and failed repeatedly to undermine this military strategy and starve the war of funding. Their poisonously partisan allies at attempted to smear...
  • MY Person of the Year By Rich Galen

    12/21/2007 12:16:39 PM PST · by K-oneTexas · 4 replies · 39+ views ^ | December 21, 2007 | Rich Galen
    MY Person of the Year By Rich Galen Friday, December 21, 2007 As we move into the fading days of 2007, every organization will be proclaiming their ____ of the year. The Associated Press will have its Top Ten Stories of the year. ESPN will have its Top Ten Sports Highlights. There is even a site which has the Top Ten Astronomy Photos of the year. Time Magazine used to make a big deal about its "Man of the Year." Political correctness overtook Time and they changed it to the "Person of the Year" although it is not clear to...
  • Beyond the surge {MUST READ}

    11/18/2007 1:18:25 PM PST · by SmithL · 36 replies · 28+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/18/7 | Editor
    President Bush's surge strategy is about to be put to the test. Until now, all claims of failure or success were to be treated with caution. Too often they were theories infused with hope or pessimism - depending on one's view of the war - and political spin. Bush's gamble was that a temporary infusion of 30,000 extra troops in and around Baghdad would provide a span of relative stability that would give the Iraqis the time - and confidence - to assume far more responsibility for their own security. Supporters of the surge see cause for optimism. Violence has...
  • The attack on General Petraeus

    09/30/2007 3:48:13 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 11 replies · 168+ views
    The Daily Light ^ | September 29, 2007 | Paul D. Perry
    I have in this column and other places been more than a little critical of what I regard as our misadventure in Iraq. However, I find’s mischaracterization of General Petraeus’ recent statement as a “betrayal” of the American people to be at best scandalous, at worst simply left-wing propaganda. Bluntly, military officers in our nation are subject to the instruction and command of legitimate civil authority. However, the General’s report was frank and, I believe, sincere — and it was his opinion, after all. I hope he was correct in many of his assessments. Especially that “Iraqi leaders are...
  • Democrats' antiwar strategy suddenly falls flat in Senate

    09/22/2007 8:42:37 AM PDT · by Dems_R_Losers · 29 replies · 926+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | September 22, 2007 | Anne Flaherty
    WASHINGTON - Democrats' momentum on their antiwar effort has stalled abruptly, ending weeks of hand-wringing by the White House. The reasons? A convincing four-star general, an activist group that overplayed its hand, and a plainspoken defense secretary who does not bother to defend the 2003 Iraq invasion. "I think it's better today," Sen. Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.) said of the war. "I think we're on a better path than we were." While a longtime skeptic of President Bush's troop buildup in Iraq, Alexander joined his GOP colleagues in blocking each of the Democrats' three antiwar bills this week. The third...
  • Rudy's Coup

    09/22/2007 4:12:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies · 798+ views ^ | September 22, 2007 | Robert D. Novak
    WASHINGTON -- Rudy Giuliani scored a hit with conservative activists by getting ahead of his Republican presidential competitors in blasting Sen. Hillary Clinton for not denouncing's attack on Gen. David Petraeus. Giuliani caught the spirit of Republican rage over the left-wing's full-page ad in The New York Times. On the day Petraeus presented his report on Iraq, the ad demeaned him as "General Betray Us." Giuliani asked: "Who should America listen to -- a decorated soldier's commitment to defending America, or Hillary Clinton's commitment to defending Washington-based conservatives this week voiced approval that Giuliani was hitting Clinton...
  • Senate Passed Amendment Supporting General Petraeus and U.S. Troops

    09/20/2007 1:40:54 PM PDT · by yoe · 75 replies · 1,031+ views
    ACU Legislative Action Center ^ | September 20, 2007 | Staff
    25 Democrats Voted against it and 3 Democrats didn't vote! We are pleased to announce that the Senate voted and passed the Cornyn Amendment condemning detestable attacks on General Petraeus and U.S. Armed Forces! By a vote of 72-25 (3 not-voting), the Senate passed the Cornyn Amendment that strongly condemns any effort to attack the honor and integrity of General Petraeus and all members of the U.S. Armed Forces. This Amendment also sends a clear message to the U.S. Armed Forces, letting them know that and their liberal cohorts in the Senate do not speak for the majority of...
  • Davis demands hearing on ad

    09/19/2007 4:55:38 AM PDT · by TheRobb7 · 15 replies · 315+ views
    The Hill ^ | 9-18-07 | Klaus Marre
    The ranking Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform wants to convene a hearing on whether The New York Times violated campaign-finance laws when it granted a discounted rate for’s “General Betray Us” ad. Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) asked committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) Tuesday to convene a hearing on the issue, saying that any rate change “for political advertising could constitute an unlawful campaign contribution.” According to media accounts, the “open rate” for the ad should have been $181,000. The liberal group said it paid $65,000. “The difference between the ‘open rate’ and the actual...
  • The Party of George Soros

    09/17/2007 6:26:29 PM PDT · by lancer256 · 26 replies · 67+ views ^ | 09/17/07 | david limbaugh
    I don't think nearly enough has been made of the despicable character assassination attack ad against General David Petraeus and the Democratic leadership's striking refusal to repudiate it. If you want to see the face of the modern Democratic Party, re-read that ad. The full-page New York Times ad, reportedly purchased at a radical discount, directly accused Petraeus of "cooking the books for the White House," called him "a military man constantly at war with the facts," and said he "is likely to become "General Betray Us." Lest you think I'm exaggerating, consider the comments of MoveOn's executive director,...
  • General Petraeus' Congressman

    09/15/2007 1:20:08 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 5 replies · 738+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 9-15-07 | Kieran Michael Lalor
    September 15, 2007 General Petraeus' Congressman By Kieran Michael Lalor All politics are local. But sometimes, local politics are a national bellwether. Much has been said about the mendacious, full-page advertisement ran in the New York Times this week referring to Gen. David Petraeus as "General Betray Us." Democrats in Congress orchestrated the piece, and most have refused to condemn this baseless attack on a man who has devoted more than three decades to defending the people of the United States. Incredibly, even Petraeus' own Congressman refused to defend him. Let's be clear: General Petraeus was born and raised...
  • Bush report touts Iraq's gains (Libbies, how's that ad working?)

    09/15/2007 2:19:06 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 19 replies · 687+ views
    Washington Times ^ | September 15, 2007 | By Jon Ward
    A White House status report on Iraq yesterday said the Iraqi government has made some progress since July on benchmarks for political reconciliation, but spotlighted continuing sectarian meddling with the military and national police by politicians. Continues...============================================================= Libbies, how's that ad working? First, liberals tried complaining hysterically that the 'surge is not working', and once they figured out what month they were in (January) and that the surge hadn't started, they tried passing non-binding resolutions and failed, so then they tried imposing deadlines for withdrawal and failed, so then they tried imposing absurd new requirements on the military and...
  • The war against politics

    09/14/2007 4:36:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 306+ views ^ | September 14, 2007 | Kathleen Parker
    WASHINGTON -- Reflecting on Gen. David H. Petraeus' report and surrounding carnival, it's little wonder the natives are restless -- popping off in angry ads, firing personal invectives and, as regards Congress, surpassing even the low expectations of cynics. Bubbling up from the cellars, meanwhile, is the unwelcome thought that no one is in charge. The president is deferring to the general; the general is deferring to the president; Iraqis are deferring to no one; and everybody else is running for office. Such is the state of affairs six years after America was awakened by the armed sneer of radical...
  • War, Psychology and Time

    09/14/2007 7:52:32 AM PDT · by uxbridge · 6 replies · 383+ views
    StratFor ^ | September 11, 2007 | George Friedman
    There are moments in history when everything comes together. Today is the sixth anniversary of the al Qaeda attack against the United States. This is the week Gen. David Petraeus is reporting to Congress on the status of the war in Iraq. It also is the week Osama bin Laden made one of his rare video appearances. The world will not change this week, but the convergence of these strands makes it necessary to pause and take stock. To do this, we must begin at the beginning. We do not mean Sept. 11, 2001, but the moment when bin Laden...
  • Rudy takes off gloves: slams Hillary in New York Times ad.

    09/14/2007 10:39:36 AM PDT · by Mrs. Plutarch · 161 replies · 3,387+ views ^ | 9/14/07 | Jonathon Martin
    Marrying a political attack with a fundraising gambit, Rudy has fashioned his own ad for the New York Times. He blasted it out to supporters this afternoon as part of a money solicitation and has put a portion of it on his website just above a contribution form.
  • Hillary Slams Giuliani Over Comments

    09/14/2007 3:33:14 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 88 replies · 2,012+ views
    WCBSTV.COM ^ | 14 SEPTEMBER 2007 | AP
    Says Former Mayor's Times Attack Ad Sign Of Desperation (CBS) NEW YORK -- Ever since Rudy Giuliani aborted his race for Senate against Hillary Clinton in 2000, the political world has been hungering for a re-match between the political titans. On Friday, with both candidates running for president, we got a taste of what could be. Suddenly, it's Rudy versus Hillary all over again. Giuliani plunged head-first into a growing controversy over the activist group "Hillary Clinton should be ashamed of herself for that," Giuliani said. The organization publicly mocked Gen. David Petraeus this week as "General Betray...
  • Pro-Bush Group Airs Ads Denouncing Liberal Anti-Petraeus Ad

    09/14/2007 12:05:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 988+ views
    Associated Press via Fox News ^ | September 14, 2007
    WASHINGTON — A political group supporting President Bush's Iraq war strategy with a multimillion-dollar ad campaign is airing a new TV ad denouncing a liberal group's sharp criticism of Gen. David Petraeus.The campaign is the second rollout of ads by the group, Freedom's Watch, and capitalizes on Democratic Party unease over a newspaper ad run this week by, one of the leading anti-war voices among liberal activists. Click here to see the advertisement that Freedom's Watch plans to run (.pdf).The MoveOn ad appeared Monday in The New York Times on the morning of Petraeus' first appearance before Congress to...
  • Clinton Spars With Petraeus on Credibility

    09/14/2007 9:33:33 AM PDT · by khnyny · 66 replies · 2,025+ views
    New York Sun ^ | September 12, 2007 | Eli Lake
    WASHINGTON — Senator Clinton squared off yesterday with her possible challenger for the White House in 2012, General David Petraeus, and came closer than any of her colleagues to calling the commander of the multinational forces in Iraq a liar. Using blunter language than any other Democrat in the last two days, Mrs. Clinton told General Petraeus that his progress report on Iraq required "a willing suspension of disbelief." Referring to the charts General Petraeus brought to the House and Senate this week, Mrs. Clinton said, "Although the charts tell part of the story, I don't think they tell the...
  • Senator Clinton Questions General David Petraeus Committee Hearing

    09/14/2007 8:29:57 AM PDT · by khnyny · 31 replies · 1,647+ views ^ | September 12, 2007
    Senator Clinton: I want to thank both of you, General Petraeus, Ambassador Crocker, for your long and distinguished service to our nation. Nobody believes that your jobs or the jobs of the thousands of American forces and civilian personnel in Iraq are anything but incredibly difficult. But today you are testifying about the current status of our policy in Iraq and the prospects of that policy. It is a policy that you have been ordered to implement by the president. And you have been made the de facto spokesmen for what many of us believe to be a failed policy....
  • Text of the President's Address [on Iraq]

    09/13/2007 7:33:03 PM PDT · by indcons · 50 replies · 1,100+ views
    The White House ^ | September 13, 2007 | President Bush
    <p>THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. In the life of all free nations, there come moments that decide the direction of a country and reveal the character of its people.</p> <p>We are now at such a moment.</p> <p>In Iraq, an ally of the United States is fighting for its survival. Terrorists and extremists who are at war with us around the world are seeking to topple Iraq’s government, dominate the region, and attack us here at home. If Iraq’s young democracy can turn back these enemies, it will mean a more hopeful Middle East and a more secure America. This ally has placed its trust in the United States. And tonight, our moral and strategic imperatives are one: We must help Iraq defeat those who threaten its future and also threaten ours.</p>
  • Bush orders gradual troop cuts in Iraq

    09/13/2007 6:29:12 PM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 37 replies · 1,128+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | sept 13,2007 | TERENCE HUNT
    President Bush, defending an unpopular war, ordered gradual reductions in U.S. forces in Iraq on Thursday night and said, "The more successful we are, the more American troops can return home." Still, Bush firmly rejected calls to end the war, saying the insurgents who threaten Iraq's future are a danger to U.S. national security. American troops must stay in the battle, Bush said, and more than 130,000 will remain after the newly ordered withdrawals are completed in July. "The principle guiding my decisions on troop levels in Iraq is: return on success," the president said.
  • Flip-Flop: Matthews Now Says Discussing National Security Not Petraeus's Job

    09/13/2007 5:30:35 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies · 1,147+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It's a flip-flop that would be the envy of John Kerry on a good windsurfing day off Nantucket. For the last two days, Chris Matthews had been excoriating General David Petraeus for his reluctance to opine on the effect of the Iraq war on America's safety at home. Suddenly this morning, Matthews has decided that -- guess what? -- it's not Petraeus's job to make pronouncements of that sort. View video here. As I described here, it began on "Hardball" two nights ago, with this Matthews diatribe against Petraues for his reluctance to answer the question from Sen. John Warner...
  • Democrats assail Bush over troop cut plan

    09/13/2007 5:09:49 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 9 replies · 393+ views
    AFP via Yahoo! ^ | 09/13/07 | Olivier Knox
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - Opposition Democrats assailed President George W. Bush's tentative plan to withdraw up to 30,000 US troops from Iraq by next July even before he announced it Thursday. Bush will make a 15-minute, televised address on Thursday night saying he could bring force levels back to where they were in December 2006 if the conditions are right. A senior aide said that the president would closely follow the strategy laid out by the US commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, which would end the military "surge" ordered in January. That would leave roughly 130,000 US troops in Iraq...