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  •  Broadwell had no prudence, (5+ / 0-)

    which is evident alone from the deliberate double entendres which filled her book and her interview on Daily Show.  She was a careerist and a 'Studentin', as the German's say, who was too ga ga for her own good.  She reminds of the twerps who snuck into the White House dinner.

    Probably the new internal surveillance regime after 9-11 allowed the WH to have Gen P fall on his sword so swiftly, as he is a major major potential political opponent, but there are wars to end and potential ceasarism to manage.  The Congressional noodle brains are the ones who have been complaining about leaks, and now they have thus put their own best chances on their auto da fe.

    No doubt the internal processes will appear less visible but as complex as whether and how Rove and Veep implicated the career foreign service and such in the Orange cake affair, but regardless of secondary events, the main narrative is a pure as a Foley....Kos should resist conspiracy theory while sorting this out but I'm surprised there isn't more investigative interest on side of the left. Thanks for the start.

    I'll be curious to hear how Michael Beschloss compares this to Eisenhower during WWII. Protestant asketics and zealotry in some sense appears to have a stronger role in politics today than in the wake of the New Deal.

    •  When I watched her talk about her Petraeus bio (4+ / 0-)
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      earlier this year on CSPAN, I couldn't help wondering how someone this young and inexperienced as a writer would be allowed such close access to him and the privilege of writing his official bio. Something seemed off about that. I wrote it off as his wanting some fawning groupie (which she struck me as being) to write a glowing account of his brilliant career in anticipation of his entry into politics, and her being more than willing to oblige. I never really gave much thought to the possibility of their having an affair as such things are so common as to hardly be worth thinking about and not really very interesting.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 07:19:47 AM PST

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