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  •  The point is he never retracted the incorrect info (0+ / 0-)

    Petraeus had plenty of opportunity to do so, and knew his original statement was incorrect (and was smart enough to understand its significance), while the Bush Admin. continued to make hay about nonexistent WMD he said his troops had found.

    Acted as a smart Political Officer.  But, that too eventually catches up with even the most clever.

    •  You missed my point (0+ / 0-)

      My point was that it was not his role to correct anything.  He is a Division Commander working at the tactical level in an active fight.  If he wastes time correcting initial reports he should be fired.

      The determination was made by the Defense Intelligence Agency - one of two (with the CIA) sources of FINISHED Intelligence in our system.  That was the correction.  That was the FINAL answer.  You dont "correct" tactical first reports.  They stand for what they are - first reports.  

      The root of the problem was not the report but how it was used by the Administration.  This was not the only tactical report they turned into a statement of fact, it just happens to be the one the author knows about.  I cant tell you how often I sat listening to White House press briefing in 2003/4 hearing reports being briefed as "fact" that we already knew were not true.  They took the repots they wanted and ignored everything that was contrary to their narrative.  

      It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

      by ksuwildkat on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 03:25:21 PM PST

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      •  The 122 page DIA report was released 2 weeks (1+ / 0-)
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        after his May 13 statement.  The findings showed no WMD trailers.  Nonetheless, the Bush Administration continued to repeat that falsehood, and Petraeus would have been aware they were falsehoods.  

        It sounds to me like both you and the General faced the same dilemma.  What does a soldier do when he knows that policy is based in lies?  I'm saying Petraeus stayed silent, and contributed to the deception, and was rewarded for that.  He can keep his mouth shut, but he's no paragon of virtue for it.

        You made your own choice for your own reasons, and must also live with that decision.  


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