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  •  No, the real question is (11+ / 0-)

    Why did Obama make an incompetent, lying, right wing hack, head of the CIA? Sorry, but no one should be surprised that something like this happened.

    I'm no philosopher, I am no poet, I'm just trying to help you out - Gomez (from the song Hamoa Beach)

    by jhecht on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 06:00:50 AM PST

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    •  I've been thinking pretty much (7+ / 0-)

      the same thing and time to get staunch Dems in all of the posts that matter.  Enough with this bipartisan crap.

      When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

      by msmacgyver on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 07:34:06 AM PST

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      •  It's my impression that the CIA is (2+ / 0-)
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        almost by definition, a Conservative institution by and large. With right wing elements throughout. The President gets to appoint a Director, but I'm not sure how much influence he has over the rest of it.

        "The pessimists may be right in the end but an optimist has a better time getting there" -- Samuel Clemons

        by native on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 08:32:09 AM PST

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    •  He was trying to be nice (0+ / 0-)

      You know "reach across the aisle", be bi-partisan and all.

      Hope he learned his lesson.

    •  Rope-a-dope for a rival & hypocrisy jiu-jitsu (0+ / 0-)

      Ordinarily I'd be among the last to come to that conclusion, but in this case I'm making an exception.   I'm a Pacific Islander too, and that's what I would've done.

      The ridiculous overlap between the GOP and the military-industrial complex, coupled with their figleaf, which Greenwald calls the "cult of the Soldier" means that it's extremely tricky to take on Petraeus  (or any other general inclined to play MacArthur).    The safe course is to give these fellows enough rope to hang themselves, which as big-time egotists they seldom waste time doing.

      As Meteor Blades highlighted last night, nobody seems to have noticed the real blot on Petraeus' escutcheon-- the Drones' Club (not the Wodehouse version, unfortunately).  Adultery is the one charge the tighty-righties can't pass over if someone else does it, and would be a plausible lesser charge to plead if the alternative is worse.  Stay tuned.

      "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold...The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity" -W.B. Yeats

      by LucyandByron on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 01:30:03 PM PST

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