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  • How We Won in Iraq (in grave danger of being lost today.)

    10/30/2013 6:04:23 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 12 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | October 29,2013 | BY DAVID H. PETRAEUS
    And why all the hard-won gains of the surge are The news out of Iraq is, once again, exceedingly grim. The resurrection of al Qaeda in Iraq -- which was on the ropes at the end of the surge in 2008 -- has led to a substantial increase in ethno-sectarian terrorism in the Land of the Two Rivers. The civil war next door in Syria has complicated matters greatly, aiding the jihadists on both sides of the border and bringing greater Iranian involvement in Mesopotamia. And various actions by the Iraqi government have undermined the reconciliation initiatives of the surge...
  • ABC: Petraeus called final Benghazi talking points “useless” the day before Rice’s full Ginsburg

    05/12/2013 10:03:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 5/12/13 | Ed Morrissey
    One of the mysteries in the Benghazi scandal has been the role of David Petraeus, who was then the Director of the CIA but was forced to resign in a personal scandal shortly thereafter. While the White House and State Department tried to cobble together talking points to explain away the terrorist attack that took four American lives, what did Petraeus do? According to new information reported for the first time by Jonathan Karl on ABC News’ This Week earlier this morning, Petraeus rejected the final version as “useless” —
  • Timeline of events in generals scandal [She emailed generals weeks before she ever emailed Kelley]

    11/18/2012 2:09:09 PM PST · by thouworm · 41 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Nov 16, 2012 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    May 2012 — Anonymous emails, ultimately traced to Broadwell, were [FIRST] sent to Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and several other generals warning them to stay away from Kelley, the Florida socialite. The emails came from the pseudonym "Kelleypatrol" and included notes on Allen's plans to see Kelley in Washington the following week. Concerned about how anyone else would know about his personal plans, Allen forwarded the emails to Kelley to see whether she was playing a prank on them. Other generals also forward to Kelley copies of emails they received. Early June 2012 — Kelley...
  • Panetta orders Pentagon investigation of legal, ethical issues among military leaders

    11/15/2012 7:56:28 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 15, 2012 | Craig Whitlock
    BANGKOK — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has ordered the Pentagon to find out why so many generals and admirals have become embroiled in legal and ethical problems, a trend exacerbated by recent investigations of two of the military’s best-known commanders. The Pentagon disclosed Panetta’s directive on Thursday after he arrived in Thailand as part of a visit to Asia. But aides insisted that he had been considering the review for some time and that it was not prompted by revelations that the FBI has been investigating former CIA director David H. Petraeus, a retired Army general, and Marine Gen....
  • Jill Kelley tried to broker deals for USF Health

    11/21/2012 9:14:56 AM PST · by maggief · 12 replies
    TBO ^ | November 22, 2012 | Jodie Tillman
    TAMPA — Soon after she was appointed honorary consul to South Korea, Jill Kelley of Tampa went to work trying to establish a relationship between that country and the University of South Florida's medical school. "I was nominated for this diplomatic appointment, for the purpose to facilitate new agreements in the USA with my contacts," Kelley wrote in a Sept. 7 email to USF medical school dean Stephen Klasko. "I have a unique opportunity to propose bids because of my relationship with the top executive branch of Korea, and in addition, the President of the Free Trade Act is my...
  • The CIA Probably Had The Authority To Hold Prisoners At The Secret Benghazi Annex

    11/19/2012 1:08:20 PM PST · by maggief · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 19, 2012 | Michael Kelley |
    In October Paula Broadwell told an audience that the CIA in Benghazi "had taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner" at its secret annex. The CIA flatly denied the claim, saying that the agency "has not had detention authority since January 2009, when Executive Order 13491 was issued. Any suggestion that the Agency is still in the detention business is uninformed and baseless." Marc Thiessen of the American Enterprise Institute points out that the denial is factually incorrect because while Obama ordered the closure of all CIA detention facilities (i.e. “Black Sites”), the order states that it "does not...
  • Patton: Petraeus’ Testimony Will Make Little Difference

    11/15/2012 8:34:41 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 24 replies
    http://www.gopusa.com ^ | November 15, 2015 | Doug Patton
    The fall of retired Army General David Petraeus is a story as old as the Garden of Eden. Sin has consequences. It does not undo a lifetime of service, nor does it negate every good deed ever performed, but it leaves a mark, a scar, like nails driven into a fine table top. The nails can be removed, just as transgressions can be forgiven, but the scars will remain. As anachronistic as it may sound in this day and age, David Petraeus has betrayed his own wife, debased another man’s wife, dishonored his profession and generally defamed the four stars...
  • Petraeus Will Testify Behind Closed Doors on Benghazi

    11/14/2012 7:26:17 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies
    ABC News/Yahoo!News ^ | Nov. 14, 2012 | PIERRE THOMAS and MARTHA RADDATZ
    Former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to testify at a closed-door session of Congress to answer questions about September's terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, but he will likely also be asked about new revelations that his alleged mistress Paula Broadwell is suspected of storing classified military material, at her home. Petraeus had been reluctant to testify following his resignation as CIA chief, but pressure had been growing in Congress for him to appear. "Gen. Petraeus is willing to come before the committee and the details are being worked out," Sen. Diane Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate...
  • TEN MISSING DATES IN THE PETRAEUS SCANDAL

    11/14/2012 8:20:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Powerline ^ | 11/13/2012 | Scott Johnson
    Edward Jay Epstein has a large and distinguished body of work on intelligence and intelligence-related issues. Among his books in the field are Legend: The Secret World of Lee Harvey Oswald and Deception: The Invisible War Between the KGB and the CIA. Ed has also taken to the ebook form. His ebooks on intelligence-related issues include Killing Castro and James Jesus Angleton: Was He Right? This morning Ed has forwarded the following questions on the Petraeus scandal: Before we can walk the cat back, and establish the chronology of a possible penetration, we need to answer the following ten...
  • Krauthammer: White House 'Held Affair Over Petraeus's Head' For Favorable Testimony On Benghazi

    11/13/2012 6:52:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 117 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 11/13/12 | Noel Sheppard
    Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer on Tuesday said the White House used David Petraeus’s affair to get the CIA director to give testimony about the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that was in line with the administration’s position on the matter. Appearing on Fox News's Special Report, Krauthammer said, "The sword was lowered on Election Day" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
  • White House insists it was unaware of Petraeus scandal until day after election

    11/13/2012 3:08:55 PM PST · by tobyhill · 47 replies
    fox news ^ | 11/13/2012 | fox news
    The White House insisted Tuesday that it was not aware of the David Petraeus scandal until last Wednesday, blaming FBI "protocols" for not being informed earlier. Press Secretary Jay Carney said President Obama was "surprised" when he learned last Thursday that Petraeus had carried on an extramarital affair. While the FBI had at that point already been investigating for months, Carney said "protocols" at the agency apparently kept them from notifying Congress and other agencies in the Executive Branch. In the latest shoe to drop, the FBI on Sunday forwarded to the Pentagon a case involving thousands of "potentially inappropriate"...
  • Scandal Probe Ensnares Commander of U.S., NATO Troops in Afghanistan

    11/12/2012 10:28:02 PM PST · by kristinn · 242 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, November 13, 2012 | Craig Whitlock
    ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT — The FBI probe into the sex scandal that led to the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus has expanded to ensnare Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced early Tuesday. According to a senior U.S. defense official, the FBI has uncovered between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of “potentially inappropriate” emails between Allen and Jill Kelley, a 37-year-old Tampa woman whose close friendship with Petraeus ultimately led to his downfall. Allen, a Marine, succeeded Petraeus as the top allied commander in Afghanistan in July 2011. The...
  • 'I am not in love with David Petraeus': Paula Broadwell's bizarre denial during interview

    11/12/2012 4:53:32 PM PST · by Arthurio · 6 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Tuesday, Nov 13 2012 3AM | Daniel Bates
    The woman who had an affair with David Petraeus denied she was in love with him in a bizarre interview she gave in the midst of their fling. Speaking in an interview while promoting her book in February, Paula Broadwell said without prompting: 'I am not in love with David Petraeus', in what was something of a Freudian slip. By that stage their affair was around five months having started when he became head of the CIA in September last year. It ended around July, according to reports. In the interview Broadwell, who is married with two young sons, revealed...
  • Fox News source: Yes, the CIA was holding prisoners at the Benghazi annex

    11/12/2012 4:48:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/12/2012 | AllahPundit
    Just a single source, but this does jibe with what Broadwell said in her Denver speech. In the original Oct. 26 Fox News report, sources at the annex said that the CIAÂ’s Global Response Staff had handed over three Libyan militia members to the Libyan authorities who came to rescue the 30 Americans in the early hours of Sept. 12.A well-placed Washington source confirms to Fox News that there were Libyan militiamen being held at the CIA annex in Benghazi and that their presence was being looked at as a possible motive for the staged attack on the consulate and...
  • Petraeus 'flew mistress to Paris for a trip that was funded by the government'

    11/11/2012 9:08:08 PM PST · by Arthurio · 69 replies
    David Petreaus took his mistress with him on a government funded trip to Paris after he was named director of the Central Intelligence Agency, according to news reports. Petraeus made the trip with 40-year-old Paula Broadwell, who has written a fawning biography of him, in July 2011, an unnamed source told Buzzfeed. Petraus was heading to his new job as chief of the CIA at the time. Sixteen months later, the four-star general has resigned from his post after his affair with Broadwell was uncovered by the FBI. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2231568/Petraeus-flew-mistress-Paris-trip-funded-government-named-CIA-chief.html#ixzz2ByvdfzPq Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • 6 lingering questions about the exit of Gen. David Petraeus

    11/11/2012 5:46:26 PM PST · by mandaladon · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 11 Nov 2012 | EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE and JOSH GERSTEIN
    Resignations over scandals often raise more questions than they answer, and that’s true of Gen. David Petraeus’s abrupt exit from the Central Intelligence Agency. Some have already been put to rest: Paula Broadwell, the co-author of “All In: The Education of David Petraeus,” has been identified as the woman at the center of the FBI email probe that ultimately toppled him. But many questions remain. Here are POLITICO’s six most important: 1. Why resign now? The Obama administration’s first sex scandal exploded just three days after the president was reelected at the end of a hard-fought campaign and just days...
  • Questions on Benghazi

    10/14/2012 6:58:58 PM PDT · by cdchik123 · 60 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/14/12 | Jennifer Rubin
    Where is CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus? He seems to be the missing man in the unfolding Benghazi debacle. It is his agency, among others, which is being fingered by the White House for getting the Libya attack wrong. However, we know that within a very short time after the murder of our ambassador (an extraordinary occurrence) and others, our intelligence community did have the story straight: This was an organized al-Qaeda attack. Is he to preside over a witchhunt? Or is he, who to date has been one of the most respected national security officials, going to be instrumental...
  • Will the new CIA Director revive Enhanced Interrogation program?

    06/25/2011 10:00:34 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 2 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-25-11 | Wordsmith
    The role of the CIA is different from that of the military. It is different from that of the FBI. It only stands to reason that interrogation practices should be shaped to serve their respective needs. During Senate confirmation hearings for Petraeus, Mark Udall, Democratic Senator for Colorado, broached the subject of interrogations: In the vast majority of cases, Petraeus said, the "humane" questioning standards mandated by the U.S. Army Field Manual are sufficient to persuade detainees to talk. But though he did not use the word torture, Petraeus said "there should be discussion … by policymakers and by...
  • Inside the Massacre at Afghan Compound

    04/04/2011 1:36:24 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 56 replies
    online.wsj.com ^ | April 4 2011 | NISSENBAUM And ABI-HABIB
    Stirred to action by a Quran-burning at a Florida church, thousands of people swarmed past hapless Afghan police officers, heading toward a lightly protected U.N. compound. There, members of the tight-knit staff had been paying little attention to the angry protest unfolding at the city's central mosque. Mazar-e-Sharif has long been considered one of the safest cities in Afghanistan. So the diverse U.N. staff—including a female Norwegian fighter pilot, a seasoned Russian diplomat and German woman who had been at the mission for only a week or so—took few precautions even when the mob converged on their compound, burned an...
  • Saudi king urged US to attack Iran

    11/28/2010 6:20:30 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 1+ views
    AFP ^ | 11/26/2010 | AFP
    King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia urged the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear programme, according to US documents leaked by WikiLeaks and published Sunday by daily newspapers. According to a leaked US cable, published by the New York Times, King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz made the call during an April 2008 meeting with US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker and US General David Petraeus. "He told you to 'cut off the head of the snake'," Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington, Adel al-Jubeir, told the US embassy in Riyadh two days after the high-level talks, according to the...
  • Report: Congressman Wexler to resign

    10/13/2009 3:48:23 PM PDT · by Fawn · 284 replies · 16,739+ views
    Reported by: Sun-Sentinel ^ | Oct 13, 2009 | Reported by: Sun-Sentinel
    PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL---Our news partners at the Sun Sentinel report: U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, who represents Broward and Palm Beach counties, plans to resign from Congress. He plans to announce his plans at a news conference Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Boca Raton. A Democratic source with knowledge of Wexler's plans said he is likely to take a public policy job that deals with the Middle East. Wexler, a senior member of the House Foreign Relations Committee, has long been involved in issues involving Israel and Turkey.
  • Ken Blackwell: A Chemical Scare Campaign Is Good Business for Some

    07/23/2009 12:06:23 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 1,042+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 23, 2009 | Ken Blackwell
    Last month, the Statistical Assessment Service (STATS), a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization affiliated with George Mason University, released "Science Suppressed: How America became obsessed with BPA," a report which accuses the media "of ignoring the extensive research of respected scientists and major health agencies in the United States and around the world, which found BPA was not only safe but played an important role in ensuring food safety."   It also confirms what countless previous studies have said; BPA is safe. If you're unfamiliar with Bisphenol A (BPA), it is a chemical used to make lightweight, versatile, durable, high-performance plastics.  It's...
  • A Remarkable Recovery (Please see included video)

    05/10/2009 11:45:54 AM PDT · by Flavius · 4 replies · 502+ views
    cbs ^ | 5/10/09 | cbs
    Lt. Brian Brennan was severely wounded in Iraq and faced unbeatable odds but,
  • Petreaus/Jindal in 2012? (VANITY)

    11/10/2008 12:12:36 PM PST · by WalkerDollahon · 22 replies · 263+ views
    Folks, It is not too early to start thinking about 2012. I think, if he is indeed a Republican, that General David Petraeus would be a PHENOMENAL candidate for the Republicans. I, for one, do think that in four years time it will not be "bread and butter" tabletop, economic issues that will be driving national debate but instead a myriad of increasingly frightening international developments, i.e., a nuclear-enabled Iran, a collapse of a nuclear-capable North Korea, continued Al Quada militancy, and the largest one, an attack by Russia upon the independent nation of the Ukraine. Americans will tire of...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: GEN David H Petraeus, Part 2 ~ November 10, 2008

    11/09/2008 5:00:26 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 112 replies · 393+ views
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World | StarCMC and Our Troops!!
    Our Troops Rock!  Thank you for all you do!   For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.   Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!     ~ Hall of Heroes ~ GEN David H. PetraeusPart 2 - Military Career Pre-OIF (Next week - Part 3: Miltary Career - OIF)Info from this website.             Education and academia Petraeus graduated from West Point in 1974. He returned to the military academy in 1985, after earning the General George C. Marshall Award as...
  • Petreaus, Crocker Receive State Department's Highest Honor

    10/07/2008 10:22:00 AM PDT · by meandog · 2 replies · 279+ views
    American Forces Press Service | 10.7.08 | By John J. Kruzel
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2008 - The State Department today conferred its highest award on the U.S. commander and diplomat who oversaw a dramatic drop in violence in Iraq and forged a model for future military-civilian partnership. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice presented the Distinguished Service Award to Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the former top U.S. commander in Iraq, and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan C. Crocker, saying that no two public servants are more deserving of the honor. "May you accept this award as but a small down payment on the vast and enduring gratitude that our entire nation...
  • Give me more Aussies, pleads General (Petraeus)

    09/04/2008 2:17:25 AM PDT · by Dundee · 13 replies · 218+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 03, 2008 | Patrick Walters
    DAVID Petraeus would like more Australians to work alongside him as he assumes overall command of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars next month. General Petraeus said he had already asked Canberra to lend him several Australians. "I have already requested it. I need to be careful here,"... ...the four-star general said he wanted to thank Australian troops for their contribution to Iraq. "We are privileged to have them with us," he said. "They have initiative. They have a great work ethic and they have a wonderful sense of humour. "They don't hesitate to offer a view, even when not solicited....
  • The Patton of Counterinsurgency (from the archives)

    04/24/2008 5:03:57 AM PDT · by moderatewolverine · 14 replies · 62+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 10, 2008 | Frederick W. Kagan and Kimberly Kagan
    Great commanders often come in pairs: Eisenhower and Patton, Grant and Sherman, Napoleon and Davout, Marlborough and Eugene, Caesar and Labienus. Generals David Petraeus and Raymond Odierno can now be added to the list. It's natural to assume that successful pairs of commanders complement each other's personalities (the diplomatic Eisenhower and the hard-charging Patton, for example) or that the junior partner is merely executing the vision of the other (Sherman seen as acting on Grant's orders). In reality, the task of planning and conducting large-scale military operations is too great for any single commander, no matter how talented his staff....
  • Code Pinkos stink up hearings

    04/17/2008 5:54:25 PM PDT · by flib · 33 replies · 299+ views
    April 17, 2008 | flib
    During my recent visit to Capitol Hill, I was lucky enough to have the time and opportunity to attend some of the Petreaus hearings. I entered the hearings near the end of the morning session on Tuesday, April 8th. I was shocked to see that the Code Pinkos were there is full force making a mockery of our process. Cloaked head to toe in their version of Muslim garb with faces painted ghoulishly white with black circles around their eyes, they sported hands painted red. (The red hand bit quite appropriate since it was Code Pink who went into Fallujah...
  • Democrats embarrass themselves with their shabby treatment of Petraeus and Crocker

    04/14/2008 5:09:19 AM PDT · by Security Mom 08 · 10 replies · 109+ views
    www.FamilySecurityMatters.org ^ | April 14, 2008 | Joel Himelfarb
    They say they support the troops, but the words and actions of certain members of Congress seem to belie that idea.Read entire article
  • US Threat To "Protect Troops" From Tehran

    04/12/2008 6:01:58 AM PDT · by Fennie · 31 replies · 40+ views
    The Australian ^ | April 12, 2008 | Correspondents in Washington
    US President George W. Bush yesterday warned Iran that if it refused to stop arming and training Shia militia in Iraq then "America will act to protect our interests and our troops". During a speech in which he ordered an indefinite halt to US troop withdrawals from Iraq this northern summer, Mr Bush called Iran one of the two greatest threats to the US in this century, together with al-Qaida...
  • Congressional Democrats Warn Petraeus, Crocker Not to Minimize Seriousness of Situation in Iraq

    04/04/2008 8:26:21 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 16 replies · 100+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 04-04-08 | By Dan Robinson
    Congressional Democrats are warning U.S. Iraq commander General David Petraeus, and the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, not to attempt to minimize the seriousness of the situation in Iraq when they testify to Congress next week. VOA's Dan Robinson reports from Capitol Hill. A few days before General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker appear before House and Senate committees to deliver their latest update on Iraq, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi makes clear what she hopes they will not say. In a news conference together with the chairmen of the House committees on Armed Services and Foreign Affairs, she refers to the recent...
  • General Petreaus at a Brokered Convention (Vanity)

    12/24/2007 8:08:12 AM PST · by Greg F · 78 replies · 106+ views
    Greg F | 12/24/07 | Greg F
    How about General Patreaus as our candidate chosen at a brokered convention? Why not make this a referendum on sanity?
  • (FREEP this Poll) How would you describe the situation in IRAQ? Improving, No Change, Worse

    11/22/2007 5:53:00 PM PST · by TheEaglehasLanded · 28 replies · 65+ views
    AOL News ^ | November 22, 2007 | the eagle has landed
    How would you describe the situation in Iraq? It hasn't changed 43% It's Improving 39% It's getting worse 18% Total Votes 35,025 Other Question What do you think of former Lt. Gen Ricardo Sanchez's comments supporting supporting Democrat bill to withdraw all troops in 1 year? Thumbs up 69% Thumbs down 31%
  • General Petreaus & Ambassador Crocker Presser DOD Video

    09/12/2007 4:47:10 PM PDT · by shield · 15 replies · 446+ views
    DOD ^ | September 12, 2007 | National Press Club
    Many did not have an opportunity to watch this presser today. So enjoy...
  • Osama Bin Laden's dreams denied by US might (thoughts turning to droughts, rains, polar icecaps)

    09/11/2007 7:05:27 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 19 replies · 618+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | Tuesday 11/09/2007 | Michael Burleigh
    Six years separate us from a crime that makes the time of "new world orders" (George H Bush) and "it's the economy, stupid" (William Jefferson Clinton) in the 1990s seem very distant. As if to remind us of who and what fundamentally altered the world's compass, Osama bin Laden has reappeared "live", departing from the manner of his previous media outings since October 2004. This has mainly provoked comment about the shape and colour of the beard of the world's foremost fugitive. Despite the $50 million reward for information leading to bin Laden's capture, he is still at large, somewhere...
  • Petraeus Report Looms: Can the Democrats Please Grow Up?

    08/20/2007 11:52:40 AM PDT · by Dan Calabrese · 22 replies · 1,132+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | August 20, 2007 | David Karki
    We are still a month away from General David Petraeus' report to Congress on progress in Iraq, and Democrats are already trashing its credibility, before it has even been given. From Speaker Nancy Pelosi accusing the White House of hiding behind Petraeus to a Washington Post column calling it "a White House con job in the making," the left is doing its usual adept job of spewing treasonous rhetoric over things that only exist in their Bush-hating conspiracy-riddled minds.