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was so his personal affairs wouldn't have any affect on the Presidential election.

Personally I believe that General Patreaus remains an ethical and moral defender of America despite the possibility of any unwise personal choices he might have made.

Why isn't anyone suggesting that the General himself didn't want his personal life to possibly affect the presidential election oin America so he decided to wait until after the election to come forward.

That's so much more in line with his past behavior as an American soldier.

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  •  I think you misspelled (4+ / 0-)

    His name. It's Petraeus, not Patraeus.

    Don't forget your tag, too.

    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 12:04:45 AM PST

    •  Thanks. (1+ / 0-)
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      I do him a disservice.

      •  P-e-t-r-a-e-u-s (0+ / 0-)

        I fixed your tag, but you need to fix it in the title and text.

      •  Petraeus didn't "come forward". (2+ / 0-)
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        WheninRome, David54

        (sigh) He was confronted and advised to resign.

        And it's now being reported that Eric Holder knew about Petraeus' indiscretions for months.  

        Even worse (if that's possible) is the revelation that the CIA annex in Benghazi was a detention center for Libyan militiamen and terrorists (which the Benghazi attackers were trying to free), despite the CIA's authority to operate detention centers having been removed in early 2009.

        It's likely that this week's revelations are only the tip of the iceberg of all that's about to spill.

        "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

        by Neuroptimalian on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 01:31:26 AM PST

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    •  As far as your diary (0+ / 0-)

      Does it really matter now? Maybe we should move on.

      He's responsible for his actions and his reputation.

      Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
      ~ Jerry Garcia

      by DeadHead on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 12:16:33 AM PST

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  •  More interesting to speculate about why Cantor and (3+ / 0-)
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    chantedor, Clem Yeobright, bdbd

    Reichert sat on the story. A couple of Rs who could have embarrassed the D President at a pivotal campaign moment ... and didn't. They had to know that the secret was leaking, and would eventually come out, but they didn't use it. Why not? Cui bono?

    •  Because he would be just one more (1+ / 0-)
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      Republican caught in another affair?

      Which party would this revelation have affected the most, Dems or Reps?  

      I can guess why Cantor didn't say anything.  I think R's would have looked worse than D's.

      What about you?

      •  Well if it would have been (0+ / 0-)

        A negative against the president, and was free of potentially negative fallout for republicans, you can be sure the republicans would have found a way to capitalize on it.

        This story hasn't fully developed, I don't think. So all anyone can do is speculate.

        Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
        ~ Jerry Garcia

        by DeadHead on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 12:30:58 AM PST

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        •  Let's wait for th fallout. That's (0+ / 0-)

          the greatest advice anyone can give.  Thank you for that.  One difference though, is the ability to recognize the meaning of a story.  Who has the ability of recognizing the truth of things?

          Should Republicans be recognized for their ability to adapt to any story?  My opinion on Republicans is that they have the ability to adapt a story to fit their needs like nothing I have ever seen, and Democrats have an imperfect knowledge and experience on how to lie.

          Who should be credited for such things?

          I know what I believe.

    •  I wondered about this (1+ / 0-)
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      myself. My thinking is that either they decided it would be playing dirty (unlikely given that they are Rethugs) or they were afraid it might backfire against the Republicans themselves and weren't sure which party it would help or hurt.

    •  Cui Bono got beat by Raul Ruiz, didn't she? (0+ / 0-)

      Or was that her sister?

      Am I right, or am I right? - The Singing Detective

      by Clem Yeobright on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 12:46:57 AM PST

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  •  more fishies inna net: (3+ / 0-)
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    chantedor, Red Bean, WisePiper

    ah but wapo, well, you know...

    "...According to a senior U.S. defense official, the FBI has uncovered between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of  “potentially inappropriate” e-mails 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."

    * Join: OBAMA'S TRUTH TEAM * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

    by greenbird on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 12:14:44 AM PST

  •  I Think Petraeus Had No Choice.... (0+ / 0-)

    The FBI confronted him w/ their findings re his affair weeks ago.  It was all coming down & coming out anyway.  Petraeus was backed into a corner & a confessional.  

    All these Generals look to be in their late 50's- 60's...the women are younger & married. fool like an old fool?

    •  I was JUST as big a fool young as I am now. (2+ / 0-)
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      grover, snapples

      I resent your age-ism.

      Am I right, or am I right? - The Singing Detective

      by Clem Yeobright on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 12:57:29 AM PST

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      •  I'm 67 Years Old Meself..... (2+ / 0-)
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        Clem Yeobright, grandmajanet

        Just saying....both these Generals look like they got their heads turned by younger women.

        Career went out the window.  Consequences of sending potentially damming & traceable emails weren't necessarily the first thing on their minds.  

        Probably best not to leave an electronic paper trail......especially where you work.  

        •  So little you know ... (0+ / 0-)
          Petraeus and his mistress used an email trick favored by terrorists and drug dealers to hide their messages to each other, storing them as drafts in an account they could both access, instead of sending traceable messages to each others’ inboxes.
          Daily News

          Look, if you're not going to concentrate, I'm not going to waste any more time on you. I've got 30,000 pages of email from Gen. Allen to Jill Kelly to read before morning ... And do you know how hard it is to google somebody who has no name, even if you know where he works, e.g., the FBI? Why the hell didn't his parents name him???? What do his school transcripts look like???? What do his friends call him????

          Am I right, or am I right? - The Singing Detective

          by Clem Yeobright on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 01:27:30 AM PST

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  •  We've got to end all these wars (2+ / 0-)

    The deployments are too long and too frequent; the commanding officers all appear to be going nuts.


  •  1% Rule (2+ / 0-)
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    Timaeus, hopesprings

    As in "the rules are different at the tippy-top."

    See The Generals by Tom Ricks; Amazon and elsewhere.

    From the #1 bestselling author of Fiasco and The Gamble, an epic history of the decline of American military leadership from World War II to Iraq
    History has been kind to the American generals of World War II—Marshall, Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley—and less kind to the generals of the wars that followed. In The Generals, Thomas E. Ricks sets out to explain why that is. In part it is the story of a widening gulf between performance and accountability. During the Second World War, scores of American generals were relieved of command simply for not being good enough. Today, as one American colonel said bitterly during the Iraq War, “As matters stand now, a private who loses a rifle suffers far greater consequences than a general who loses a war.”

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 04:47:10 AM PST

  •  petraeus is getting exactly what he deserves & he (0+ / 0-)

    knows it.

    by having all this come out now, it allows him enuf time to rehabilitate his reputation & run for prez in 2016.  the guy's a manipulative, shameless opportunist, much like paula broadwell.  

    there's a good reason he was not very well-liked by many who served with him in the military, as well as the cia.

  •  Russ Baker- author of (0+ / 0-)

    Family of Secrets is already smelling a rat on all this in terms of a CIA coup.  If you read his book, you'll understand why he is saying this.  You don't mess with the CIA, even if you are a President.

    I see nothing moral in Petraeus, and not because he had an affair. It's because he thought it was just fine and dandy to use his position in the military to push Christianity. He's a Dominionist who doesn't give a fig about separation of church and state OR the original rules of the military.  Isn't it interesting how people can stuff a "spiritual and moral guide" into all the soldiers' ruck sacks and forget to read it himself???

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