Was Petraeus Sacrificed for Obama?

Matthew Vadum is an award-winning investigative reporter and the author of the book, "Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts Are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers."


As the scandal regarding the Obama administration’s deadly bungling in Benghazi, Libya, begins to heat up, suddenly CIA director David Petraeus is out, felled by his own sex scandal.

Complicating matters further, Ronald Kessler reports at Newsmax that “Senior FBI officials suppressed disclosure of the highly sensitive case, apparently to avoid embarrassment to Obama during his re-election campaign.”

Congressman Peter T. King (R-N.Y.), who is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that the details of the Petraeus situation that have been reported by the media so far don’t make sense. “It seems this [investigation] has been going on for several months, and yet now it appears that they’re saying the FBI did not realize until Election Day that Gen. Petraeus was involved. It just doesn’t add up,” said King.

According to the administration, the Petraeus resignation makes the ex-CIA chief unavailable to testify in Congress this week about what the administration knew and when it knew it. Acting CIA director Michael Morrell is now expected to testify Thursday before the House and Senate intelligence committees behind closed doors.

Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee’s panel on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, said Petraeus’s resignation ultimately won’t prevent Congress from compelling his testimony.

“The fact that he’s resigned and had an affair has nothing to do with whether he will be subpoenaed to Congress. I hope we don’t have to subpoena a four star general and a former CIA director. I would hope he would come voluntarily but if he won’t he will be subpoenaed … But there is no way we can get to the bottom of Benghazi without David Petraeus.”

The knives have apparently been out for Petraeus for a while. In a story that may have been planted by the Obama White House, Fox News reported earlier this month that the CIA did almost nothing while the consulate was in flames. Anonymous officials also told the Wall Street Journal that the CIA failed to provide adequate security at the mission. The CIA replied that its personnel were involved in repelling the attack.

Petraeus is the highly respected Army general who commanded the successful “surge” that helped to turn around the war in Iraq. As the nation searches for answers about the Sept. 11 atrocities in Benghazi, this war hero has been made to fall on his sword, conveniently disposed of to protect the president.

Leftists won’t lose sleep over Petraeus’s ouster because they already despise him. MoveOn published a full-page ad in the New York Times in 2007 accusing the then-general of “cooking the books for the White House” to justify President George W. Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq. The ad labeled Petraeus “General Betray Us.” The message prompted an unusual official rebuke from the U.S. Senate, which voted 72 to 25 to condemn the offensive ad. To no one’s surprise, then-Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden missed the vote.

It was reported last week that the married Petraeus had an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, and suddenly Democrats, whose party stands for abortion-on-demand and free condoms, are outraged. (There is also talk that Petraeus may have been involved with another woman not his wife.) As Robert Spencer noted, Obama and his party care nothing about sexual improprieties. In fact it can be argued that among his fellow Democrats such behaviors can be resume-builders. (See Bill Clinton, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Ted Kennedy, Eliot Spitzer, and recently, Bob Menendez.)

Newly awakened to the importance of national security, Democrats are worried that as a philanderer Petraeus may have been open to blackmail, something that never concerned them when womanizers Bill Clinton, Lyndon Johnson, and John F. Kennedy, occupied the Oval Office.

Those who study history and the grim statecraft of scapegoating must find it difficult to take Petraeus’s explanation seriously. Doomed Roman officials would take a warm bath and slit their wrists, often after a farewell party, before peacefully drifting off to Elysium. In the old Soviet Union, an out-of-favor intelligence chief would be found dead of an apparent heart attack, or shipped off to remotest Siberia to enjoy an early retirement, but in America a sex scandal will suffice as a cover story.

Meanwhile, the State Department continues its stonewalling operation. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declined an invitation to testify in Congress this week. Instead she’ll jet off to Australia.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) is unhappy with the State Department for refusing to hand over information that she demanded.

“While I understand that investigations by the FBI and the State Department’s own Accountability Review Board are ongoing, it is imperative that this Committee, having direct oversight responsibility, be kept informed every step of the way of developments in the matter,” Ros-Lehtinen wrote in a Nov. 7 letter to Clinton.

Few observers take the department’s Accountability Review Board that is supposed to investigate Benghazi seriously. It is headed by former Ambassador Thomas Pickering whom critics deride as a pro-Islamist tool of Islamofascist Iran who doesn’t take the terrorist threat to America seriously.

Now that President Obama is safely past the electoral finish line, he is free to focus on eliminating any remaining obstacles that threaten his project to “fundamentally transform” the United States.

While official Washington and the mainstream media are entranced by the Petraeus sex saga, playing with it like a kitten plays with a ball of yarn, the Obama administration’s cover-up regarding the Sept. 11 massacre at Benghazi, Libya, that claimed four American lives, including the life of Ambassador Chris Stevens, continues.

Evidence has already established that two hours after the deadly assault on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, the Obama White House knew the operation had been orchestrated by Muslim terrorists with ties to al-Qaeda. Instead of trying to solve the problem, President Obama hopped onto Air Force One on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11 and escaped to Las Vegas for a campaign fundraiser. U.S. forces that could have come to the rescue sat idle an hour’s flying time away awaiting an order to deploy that never came.

Benghazi could be Obama’s Watergate, a potentially presidency-ending scandal far worse than anything President Nixon ever did. Nixon, who almost certainly would have been impeached had he not resigned, involved himself after the fact in covering up a bungled and otherwise inconsequential break-in at the opposition party’s headquarters. Obama almost certainly knew what was happening on the ground in Libya as it was happening and yet he did nothing, preferring instead to fly off to a fundraiser in Las Vegas, a city he otherwise mocks. And if Obama didn’t know, that in itself is an indictment.

Nixon got involved in a scandal that would have, but for his association, faded away to become a mere footnote in history. Nixon did something and it was relatively trifling; Obama did nothing and his omission cost American lives, including the life of a sitting U.S. ambassador.

There are so many other improprieties that could topple or at least weaken President Obama in his second term. There is Eric Holder’s Fast and Furious Mexican gun-walking scandal, a Reichstag fire calculated to foment anti-gun hysteria; the failure to defend U.S. borders; the refusal to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA); and the ongoing abuse of executive orders and recess appointments.

This is only a partial list.

During President Obama’s second term, the list is bound to grow.

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  • UCSPanther

    Maybe a sign of rats fleeing the sinking ship?

    • posse 101

      explain your comment please.

    • margaret388

      No rats are leaving ,my friend. This is the beginning of the destruction of our military. Have you heard our “comandante” Hussein speak about urban militias. Just wait a few months and be afraid, be very afraid.

  • Mary Sue

    I'm surprised Petraeus stayed on in the Obama administration after Bush left. What, did he think he could hang with these people unscathed?

  • crackerjack

    This "Bengahzi" mantra is a bore. It may have made some sense during elections as a uncomfortable theme for Obama, but now ist just a bore.

    No military on the globe can accept a senior commander who compromised himself with subordinates.

    • davarino

      As usual you dont get the point, or refuse to see the point. You are correct, but its the timing and its use to cover up the truth.

      Thanks for your boring analysis

    • Jean

      Your comment is a crackerjack prize – worthless.

    • drbukk

      Valerie Plame was a bore and a financial windfall for Patrick Fitzgerald. He spent a year trying to perp-walk anybody in the White House that he could pin down, while all the while knowing who did it, the slimeball Richard Armitage. So liberals think a blond bimbo at a desk job with the CIA being "outed" by a democrat is WH treason, but an attack on US soil, the murder of our Ambassador & 3 others, the three weeks of WH blaming the video and cutting the nuts off our CIA head IS A BORE? You live in a separate reality.

    • Poppakap

      Does the name Bill Clinton ring any bells with you cracka? The left has been telling us since Monicagate that it just doesn't matter if it was a private affair between consenting adults…

      Bengazi isn't about General P. It's about the lack of action in the White House when they knew exactly what was happening and when. The callousness of BHO in the face of jihadist attack on US soldiers and citizens is an impeachable offense.

      Sorry international affairs are boring. I hear Obama voters find "Jersey Shore" compelling…

    • dece

      Benghanzi mantra is a bore???? FOUR BRAVE HERO'S DIED FOR GOD'S SAKE. the president watched it on tv. That doesn't bother you??????????????????

    • Sashland

      "NO"? William Jefferson Blue Dress Clinton actually broke the law by 'smoking cigars' with a subordinate – Petraeus' friend was a civilian, not an intern.

    • UkExPatLA

      Er, crackerjack, considering your ignorance your pen name is far from apt. Have you not heard of Eisenhower? Can you imagine Roosevelt calling Eisenhower back from the European theater as he planned the Normandy invasion because he was having an affair with his female driver?

  • dannyjeffrey44

    I see so many comments on FB of people who are ready to throw Petraeus under the bus. I have a different view on the issue. http://www.freedomrings1776.com/2012/11/petraeuss

    • RJW

      I walked with the Tea Party three times. Made financial contributions. Voted. Am of the same generation as you. The results of this election is what the people want. Seems like now all one can do is wait until it falls of its own dishonesty.
      RJW

  • Austrian economist

    Saul Alinski's Rule For Radicals #4 Make the opposition live up to its own standards (paraphrasing). The media is complicit in this.

    It was reported last week that the married Petraeus had an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, and suddenly Democrats, whose party stands for abortion-on-demand and free condoms, are outraged. (There is also talk that Petraeus may have been involved with another woman not his wife.) As Robert Spencer noted, Obama and his party care nothing about sexual improprieties. In fact it can be argued that among his fellow Democrats such behaviors can be resume-builders. (See Bill Clinton, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Ted Kennedy, Eliot Spitzer, and recently, Bob Menendez.)

    • davarino

      Yes, and what about the secret service agents caught employing hookers down in Brazil or somewhere in South America. Havent heard anything more about that, or firings. Petraeus affair is staged outrage, thats all.

      • gerry

        To me,there is something more sinister.The way I see it th greatest "crime"Petraeus commited was winning the surge.This did not go to well with Obama and his mob.Now they have got their revenge.Anyway I never understood why a man of the stature of Petreus wanted to work for a pathological liar like Obama.I do believe that there is a purge of the military going own.

  • pierce

    There is in my humble opinion a massive cover up going on in the Obama administration. The question is "What are they trying to cover up?". The answer is their own ineptness. The Obama administration is in so deep, it will take years to undo it.
    Remember back to 1974-75. Who was the President, Richard Nixon. That was Water.Gate. Fast forward to 2008 thru today. This is Obama Gate. He has not been honest with us, and he is covering up something very big. Do not be surprised if he is forced to resign. What is too bad is we have just had an election.

    • PaulRevereNow

      How are we going to force Obama to resign? The Senate won't go for an impeachment, you know.

      • A 22 Year Old Man

        Can we do it by populist initiative? Is there a law on the books for that?

    • jacob

      Well, it would be expected for Congress to jump on the issue and investigate it to the last
      consequences….
      But under Speaker BOEHMER "leadership", I don't believe it will ever amount to even wishful
      thinking….
      Ask Rep. KING and Rep. ISSA what happened to their investigations…..
      OBAMA can sleep very restful…
      The issue will not bother him at all…

    • gerry

      I was also thinking that one day he might resign,but I don't think so the Democrats are silent and create some diversion.These people have no honour,no respect for human life.Anyway all the world will remember that it is under Benghazi Barak,that an American diplomat was sodomised.

      Obama lied
      Chris stevens was sodomised.

    • dannyjeffrey44

      Pierce, there is a massive cover up going on and the two top explanation are gun running to Al Qaeda in Syria, and incompetence on the part of Obama. I feel that both are in error. It is not gun running to Al Qaeda, John McCain called for that in both Libya and Syria, the fact that we were doing was an open secret. Incompetence won't connect all of the dots. Obama didn't have to do anything, simply allow the defense mechanism already in place to do its job, and they were ready to do it. He ordered them to stand for a far more devious reason, and this does connect the dots…Benghazie and gunrunning…the Gaza connection. http://www.freedomrings1776.com/2012/11/benghazi-

  • https://www.facebook.com/theo.prinse Theo Prinse

    Laura Broadwell, Jill Kelley and general John Allen are media intent maneuvers to distract from the main responsibility of frm General and frm CIA director David Petraeus from the Benghazi CIA arms smuggle operation leading to the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens, frm seals Glenn Doherty and Tyrone Woods and intell. Officer Sean Smith in which Turkish Consul General Ali Sait Akin played a complicit role as well..
    It now appears on top of the suspicion that the Russians forced to confiscate the illegal CIA weapon shipments in a Turkish port is surpassed by the fact that Manpads RPGs etc can be deployed against Israel, Turkeys Kurds and against the Jordanian monarchy.
    Not only is the Benghazigate about treason by Obama in smuggling weapons to AL Qaeda but also to the endangering of several neighboring western friendly countries in the region …
    Via that route Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is back in the political blame game …
    Benghazigate is an international scandal or betrayal of the level of the Hitler Stalin Pact

    • gerry

      Yes it is a diversion but also a way to purge the army.

      • trickyblain

        Except he didn't resign from the army.

    • Jossi

      I wanted to write the same thing more or less. You've got it spot on. A massive cover-up for weapon shipments to Al-Qaeda, which will benefit the Syrian (Sunni) rebels to oust Assad, and further south, to help Hamas to get Manpads RPGs and similar to shoot against Israel. Obama should be impeached, but the number of Senator (and Congressmen) are missing to start the procedures…
      This President will one day find a bitter end, unfortunately the USA too.

  • flowerknife_us

    Americans died and Obama lied.

    • gerry

      To which you should add:

      Chis Stevens was sodomised!

  • WilliamJamesWard

    It is obvious that someone knows what happened in the decision to abandon the Americans
    at Benghazi to their deaths but who gave the order, that is the question. Think on it and
    American General, the top of the heap is heading the CIA and his resume tells it all, he
    is a soldiers soldier, combat tested and his bravery unquestioned in the midst of perfidity
    not seen outside of hollywood movies. Would Petraeus turn his back on Americans in
    mortal peril and in so doing turn his back on his entire life and all he stands for, impossible.
    It is a political crime the Obama Administration is guilty of that the media and Obama need
    to sidetrack in order to survive. Petraeuse's resignation for unseemly conduct in todays
    immoral climate is to be accepted as he is and honorable man but would such and honorable
    man be silenced over Benghazi gate and complicit with a murderous decision, hardly.
    William

    • Robert Barry

      William: Exactly

    • patsjc

      Petraeus is an honorable man. I have no doubt that he will testify on Benghazi and that his testimony will clear him and the CIA but put yet another nail in Obama's coffin.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        Let's hope so……………William

    • mlcblog

      Brian and Melanie (KSFO) are talking about it this morning. A cover-up before our very eyes (that is one of the commie tactics — do it out in the open. People won't believe their own eyes, and they certainly will have no defenses. It will be accomplished before anyone can object.) including the resignation of key players (Holder, others). No one left to testify. They all out of town or indisposed somehow.

      • Jim_C

        They HAVE to testify if called. Resigning doesn't make them dead. Being out of town is not an excuse for shirking duty "Oh, he's out of town, I guess we'll never get him to testify; thats that!"

        My God, where do you guys come up with this nonsense? Does it actually make you feel good to just make stuff up?

        • mlcblog

          We'll see who testifies or if there even are testimonies and hearings. Hillary is famously out of town, for instance.

    • Jim_C

      OK, William, so Gen. Petraeus is an honorable man (I agree), yet he will allow Obama and "the media" (Christ, I lose brain cells every time a dingbat blames "the media") to discredit his character and all he has achieved to cover for (the nonexistent scandal of) Benghazigate?

      Is that your inane thesis?

      • mlcblog

        Please refrain from using the name of Jesus as a swear word, if you will.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        Sorry to hear you have brain cell loss Jim but I guessed already, here, media did it, media did
        it, media did it, media did it, media did it, media did it, there that should take care of the
        last few brain cells you have. Now go out and buy another cauliflower, stuff it in your ear
        and start over, and oh yes good luck!…………………William

  • davarino

    Where are the Woodward and Bernstien journalists when you need them? Oh I guess they only investigate Republicans.

    I think from now on only republicans should be elected president and congress, because it seems this is the only way we have transparency in government, otherwise the media doesnt cover it and no one cares.

    • gerry

      Yes,their silence is deafeningWhere are the champions of the truth?

  • Adam Riverton

    This is all a distraction from the more important scandal. Valerie Jarrett's secret negotiations with Iran.

  • Shmuel HaLevi

    Knowing how Peron operated, in the Mr. Obama US nothing will happen either.

  • Steve Chavez

    HOPEFULLY GENERAL BETRAY US remembers when Senator's Obama and Clinton were SPITTING ON HIM and how he gets his revenge by spitting back at them by BETRAYING THEM!

    If the General is humiliated further if in the hearing he is blamed for any of this Benghazi matter, he will spill the beans, not only concerning the death of four Americans, but Obama's, Hillary's, and all surrounding them, with the real goal in the Middle East of Muslim appeasement, Russian whispering, Israel bashing, and looking the other way while Iran builds their nukes!

    COME ON GENERAL, GIVE REVENGE A CHANCE!

    • Judith

      As soon as he opens his mouth, that nice fat paycheck will be gone. No, he will go quietly into the night or everything he has worked for all his life will be gone.

  • PhillipGaley

    Is this the same general who had Bibles printed in the Afghan language to be burned, . . . the only thing in G0D's green earth by which an entire people might have been changed because their thinking was changed? Could this indeed be the same person?

    • mlcblog

      Sadly true.

  • jacob

    At O'REILLY's Fox News program, a lady made a very interesting comment….
    She said OBAMA stole the election because, one way or another, 47% of the American people are on
    the take, and she might be right, as I'm still to learn to whom would sugar taste bitter….
    I learned the other day that the Venezuelan dictator CHAVEZ, one of the two people OBAMA considers
    "GREAT MEN" (the other "Minister" Mad Dog Louis Farrakhan), imported many containers of Chinese made HAIER blenders, cookers, etc,. to be distributed among the people who will most likely vote for
    his hand picked candidates in the December governors election…
    Who copied who ????
    Doesn't birds of a feather flock together ?????

  • patsjc

    O my beloved country what has happened to you? How did such a lying tyrant such as Obama get the wheel?

    • Barb3000

      Because all the sheeple out there looked adoringly at him and voted for him, that's why.

  • gerry

    They don't copy it is in their genes.It is obvious that people where bought.Just wait when the bills are coming in!

  • margaret388

    I think we are watching the beginnin of the demoralization of our military. Has somebody heard our “comandante” Hussein talking about the urban militia?…..be afraid, be very afraid.

    • Jim_C

      No, nobody has actually heard Commander-in-Chief Obama talk about that. I have heard conservative liars do so, though. Be gullible, be very gullible….

  • Jim_C

    "Benghazi could be Obama’s Watergate, a potentially presidency-ending scandal far worse than anything President Nixon ever did."

    Sure, I suppose, if you squeeze your eyes really tight, click your heels, and wish on a falling star….dreams do come true!

    • mlcblog

      I think you have a correct assessment here.

      • Jim_C

        God bless you for being sensible, here!

    • pagegl

      Well, the scandal may be, perhaps possibly is, far worse than anything Nixon did. But, it is unlikely to end Obama's persidency. Nixon had some honor and chose to resign because of what people associated with his campaign did. Obama has no such compunction; it's all the ends justifies the means to him. And even if we could prove he did something illegal, the Democratic Senate will not vote for impeachment.

      • Jim_C

        Do you actually want it to be a scandal "worse than Nixon?"

        Because that's what most people here sound like–like they WANT there to be a scandal, rather than, "Gee, I hope everyone acted in the best interests of our countrymen."

        • pagegl

          Let's see… inept Nixon campaign workers break into a Democratic party office, get caught, and Nixon lies about what happened and that is a big honkin' deal.

          Terrorists attack our consulate, consulate staffers request help via a high priority channel, someone in the administration if not Obama decides not to help, the ambassador and three other personnel are killed, at some point Obama decides a campaign apperance in Las Vegas is more important, and then the administration goes into severe BS mode and tries to convince us this whole CF was a spontaneous demonstration due to some lame-a$$ed video not an obvious well-orchestrated terrorist attack and for two weeks maintains an obvious lie to avoid who knows what.

          And somehow you think that isn't a scandal. If Nixon's plumbers and lies were a scandal the Benghazi mess certainly qualifies.

  • http://americankafir.com/ waltjr

    "Reichstag fire "

    I like the analogy it fits very well with the Obama Admin, along with "Night of the Long Knives" is what Obama is doing to Petraeus or anyone else he deems as a threat to his control and power.

    • Scotsirish

      "Hitler" was the first thought that came to my mind on all of this.
      Now I see Robert Spencer's article stating the same (at Jihad Watch.)

  • mlcblog

    While I loved to see this General as an honest man of principle, fighting for our American way of life, I am troubled by a video in the comments of FPM where at the 4:00 mark Petraeus is talking (himself!) about how the Koran must not be disrespected. It is eerie to me because it is Obama-speak only O might not say it so clearly. So I must see from this that General P is part of the administration's mind set and going along with all their thinking, as opposed to my previous picture of him as aloof from politics and just serving his country as a good General.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Being PC is a thorough going disease with dire consequences………………William

  • Jossi

    Not only am I convinced the Democrats stole the election (it is not the first time!) they also STOLE the United States of America.

    • karcer

      The only thing that happened is the tea baggers attempts to steal it backfired on them! Deal with it!

  • kathy

    Just what is going on in this country? I've read articles about voter fraud which to me should be reason enough for the entire congress and senate to invoke a nonbias and immediate investigation to prove this is true or fabricated charges. What I read so far is no comment by either body. Mr Obama has disregarded our constitution and our so called ruling body has taken no action. What has taken precedence in this country, personal gains either money or po9wer. It is time for all Americans to stand up for our constitutions and call violators out and demand they adhere to their oath of office or be retired

  • Jim_C

    I see where this is all going. When "Benghazigate" finally fades away as a Right Wing-invented non-scandal that comes nowhere near discrediting the guy who beat them in another election (which was the only purpose for which it was invented) it will not be deemed the pathetic, anti-American wishes of gobsmacked "conservative" troglodytes, but "a massive coverup of untold proportions that happened before our very eyes with the help of The Media."

    Mark my words and check back with me next year on this.

    • JCS

      I guess those 4 people weren't really murdered. Go cash your food stamps and wefare check.

      • Jim_C

        Yes, and I guess Obama did it!

    • Poppakap

      The crimson kool-aid is strong with this one…

    • karcer

      No doubt that's what they hope for and will try to claim, Jim C, but I think this will fade away by a year from now. They have now turned to cannabilizing their own in their post-election shock, and only just realizing it, are now trying to somehow blame liberals for that too.

      • Maxie

        You sound a little nervous. Keep sipping the kool-aid.

  • tagalog

    Why would David Petraeus suddenly "be unavailable" to show up for questioning by Congress pursuant to subpoena just because he resigned from office?

    When they subpoenaed the suspected reds from Hollywood to testify before HUAC 'way back in the 40s and 50s, a failure to show up and answer questions was prosecuted as contempt of Congress, and they got a year in a federal pen for that.

    But the Benghazi incident will fade away with time and events, and we'll never get to the bottom of it. Obama will leave us in an economic mess and will be remembered in history as the First Black President and that alone will be his legacy, with the economic issues forgotten.

    Petraeus, whose bitterest sin is that he was a damn fool, will be remembered in disgrace and not as the brave and brilliant warrior he was.

    • Jim_C

      It's a shame; I wish he didn't resign but apparently he has something called "principles" which can be inconvenient in political life. Just because he's resigned doesn't mean he won't testify.

      As a general in war, though, I think history will look kindly upon him.

      Benghazi was a tragic event, which like many tragic events that have come of our involvements in the ME, could have been handled better in hindsight. The mistakes are plain to see, yet understandable. Despite the breathless, speculative and unseemly way the conservative media is trying to invent a scandal, ostensibly to make up for the loss of an election, I just don't see it. It will fade away, and I hope it does with a minimum of conspiracy theory and a modicum of human understanding.

      • tagalog

        Beginning with Vietnam, I have gone through life thinking that American politicians and some of our military people just inexplicably go a little nuts when dealing with Asia.

        During the past 12 years, I've expanded that view to our conduct in the Middle East, although I think our military people have vindicated my earlier less charitable view of them (though I still reserve judgment about our mil in Asia).

        Unless we're fighting all-out to win at all costs, we go crazy when we engage in armed hostilities.

        • Jim_C

          Well it makes sense. Killing people, breaking things, and imposing your will on a populace is what a military is for. Every modern account of warfare contains a healthy dose of chaos and irrationality, but at least it's in the service of the above goals. Unless you're using the military for that first purpose, you're asking for headaches here and at home. I wish we had the wisdom to see that.

          The Arab Spring was a mixed bag, no question, but one thing is irrefutable–the world has changed, and technology now can show Arab youth what they've been missing and engage them with the outside world (one way or another). Their leaders could control that, before–not so, now. So with regard to the ME, I think it's a long game of intelligence work rather than anything we can accomplish militarily.

          • Drakken

            The arab youth you so lovingly refer too are more rabid in their anti-western sentiment than their parents. This will be solved one way or another by total war not this idiotic hearts and minds COIN manual disgrace.

    • mlcblog

      Now he says he is testifying. Wonder how much he will tell…if he ever gets there.

  • richard lukin

    There's an air of wild-eyed desperation about the more bizarre comments one read here, and about the basic piece they follow. When you trample on what seems reasonable–especially in the face of no evidence–you lose the listener pretty fast.

  • Bartemais

    I happened on a news program this morning. I think it was CBS. Charlie Rose was one of the moderators and they had Oliver Stone on spouting aspersions on General Petraeus. Mr. Stone (a traitor living and working in the USA) was running down everything about General Petraeus career. The 3 news people at the table including Charlie Rose were acting as if Oliver Stone was some kind of legitimate expert on the General. All I can say is that we live in sickening times. The news media is getting more traitorous all the time. May God help us.

    • tagalog

      The interesting thing about Oliver Stone is that he's just about 100% wrong on any issue he chooses to give an opinion about, so you can rely on him for accuracy. He'll be completely wrong every time.

  • JCS

    The people who re-elected Obama a week ago sowed the wind. We will all reap the whirlwind.
    Don't forget, lying is a virtue with democrats if it advances their agenda. You need go no farther than
    Bill Clinton, the Lying King.
    Besides, Benghazi is George W. Bush's fault anyway, right? Everything else is.

  • popseal

    To my distress, I find that faux messiah may indeed be behind an allien force field in regards to career ending matters. Any hopes for a sudden end to the disaster now occupying the White House, will not come to fruition ……….if I'm right. Regardless of the theories flying around the 'web, societies usually get the governments they deserve.

  • Ar'nun

    Gen Stanley McChrystall
    Gen Carter Ham
    Gen David Petraeus
    Gen John Allen
    Colonel Harry D Tunnell
    Gen Kip Ward

    These are just the impeccable leaders whose careers have all been eviscerated under Barack Hussein Obama's tenure that we know about. why would there suddenly be so many Military high level brass losing their careers after, in some of these cases, never having a single black mark on their records? Well, it’s become known that these brave leaders of men would never turn their military power on their own countrymen. And as we all know, that just won't work for a dictator. In the Congressional District formerly held by Retired Col Allen West, voter turnout last week reached 141.1%. Yes, more people voted than were even registered to vote. If elections are this corrupt, why bother having them? And as Daniel Greenfield opined recently, there is no guarantee that elections will continue in the future.

    • Jim_C

      So now Obama is to blame for Petraeus's extramarital affair? You do realize Petraeus was kept on by Obama and then rehired by Obama to the CIA? That Obama, as well as most decent people, probably wish Petraeus were still in the job?

      Do you guys even listen to yourselves, sometimes?

      • amused

        Answer : NO

    • mossback

      My thoughts exactly. And just wait until Congress recesses for the holidays, he'll appoint S. Rice to Sec. of State. He's become so predictable.

  • http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com LibertyAtStake

    Was Petraeus sacrificed? Does a bear defecate in the woods?

  • Kn Palmer

    Lest we forget, there were 3 other Americans who died at Benghazi. Their bodies, along with that of

    Chris Stevens, were met at an Air Force base. What SHOULD have happened next would have been com-

    plete autopsies that would have revealed causes of death AND how each one died, torture included. I

    am betting that our CIC ordered either cremations or immediate burials, to prevent such autopsies, as

    well as payoffs to the 4 families which are keeping them quiet.

    Am I wrong?

    • Jim_C

      "The fact of the matter is what Governor Mitt Romney said about my brother Glen is true, and he called him a hero and we're honored by that," Quigley said. "And we're honored by what Obama did for the homecoming. The fact of the matter is being an American hero can be completely bipartisan and everybody wants to point fingers and play the blame game — let's blame the terrorists."

      Glen Doherty's sister. Sound like someone who took a bribe?

      Get a life. Please.

      • Drakken

        You sorta failed to mention the former SEALs Dad who really eviserated the Obummer admi for not telling them a thing.

        • Jim_C

          Yes, he certainly made all the rounds on the shows, didn't he? Almost as if he knew exactly who to go to. He was grieving, but something tells me wasn't an Obama supporter to begin with.

  • UCSPanther

    If only the Republicans could find and field a leader of Stephen Harper's calibre…

    • amused

      yea , but they didn't , nor could they .

  • weroinnm

    Impeach Obama for Treason – Tancredo on Benghazi, Libya! http://teapartyorg.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id
    “Food For Thought”
    Semper Fi!
    Jake

  • Stuary Parsons

    Why is the General expected to resign because of infidelity. Presidents caught with their trousers down have not resigned ?

  • pierce

    How many people can truthfully they voted for BUBBA? Alias BO.

  • Diogenesusa

    If David Patraeus decided to violate the oath and promise to his wife that he made before God and a company of witnesses. WHY should he be expected to honor any other oath that he swore?? The litany of government officials that have violated positions of trust (including Husband and Father) date back to the Founding Fathers of our country. What does it say about Americans if we trivialize our marriage vows? With the social trend expanding that realm, I would expect even the homosexuales and lesbians to agree with that point. How does a person separate their personal integrity, and yes, their religious spiritual beliefs from the conduct of their official duties?? Perhaps the call to a specified term of national service by all Americans would alleviate our total dependence on professional politicians and military personnel. We could then renew our sense of participation in the nation’s destiny rather than, as Mitt Romney commented, “47% of Americans feel like victims”.

  • amused

    Keep taking deep breaths you paranoids , Obama won the election , no he wont be impeached , no this doesn't come near Nixons Watergate , and as far as sexual peccadillos go in Washington , well we already knw about PHILANDERING REPUBLICANS , "TAP Dancing Republicans" in airport bathrooms , Young Intern diddling by Republicans polticos ….all in all there's enough to go around , that neither side can take the high ground pointing a moral finger .So dont get too excited you bunch of hypocrites , you got Obama for 4 more years .In addition Petraeus is Bush's boy ,as too the FBI director ..

    • tagalog

      So, once the fact that political views are characterized by bias and inconsistency (as Orwell so eloquently pointed out in his essay Politics and the English Language) is acknowledged, will you please point out any instances of hypocrisy?

      Watergate didn't come close to the flap over Watergate, either. Watergate, if not a one-time event, was an anomaly largely manufactured by the time in which it occurred. I say that as one who saw Nixon as a scumbag and who celebrated by dancing in the streets the night he came on TV and resigned.

      In light of later and more significant events, the flap over Watergate was an act of arrant and rampant, undiluted, hypocrisy.

      For some reason, on the internet and elsewhere, hypocrisy seems to be some sort of great bugaboo. I find it a bit mysterious that certain people seem to be so fixated on it; after all, true hyprocrisy is hardly uncommon or even particularly harmful to anything, including discourse and debate. It is, after all, "the tribute that vice pays to virtue" and very few are free of it. Furthermore, the term "hypocrisy" is often used where the term "inconsistency" is more warranted.

      I agree that President Obama is not going to be impeached; the current poltiical power structure won't permit that. However, President Obama is facing a more drastic and terminal risk, as must be obvious to everyone who is aware of the degree of his unpopularity.

  • amused

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has some tall explaining to do to the leadership on Capitol Hill.

    On October 27, Cantor learned from an FBI employee that an investigation had discovered CIA Director David Petraeus was having an extramarital affair. Cantor did nothing about that information, except to ask his chief of staff, Steve Strombres, to inform FBI Director Robert Mueller, according to ABC News. Four days later, October 31, Strombres notified Mueller. Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner and House Homeland Security Committee chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.) — two key House members with a need to know — were left in the dark by Cantor

    Ok , Why didn't Tea Party WaterCarrier Eric Cantor , house majority Leader -REPUBLICAN . spill the beans or inform his own party leaders about this ?????

  • Proconsul8

    I would posit that Petraeus' affair was well known to POTUS and AG from the time he was appointed. It was a useful tool to keep the general spouting the party line under threat of revealing the affair. It was useful to them after the election to divert attention and, perhaps, imply the blame was really all on Petraeus for not securing or aiding the Libyan Consulate. If the general has any honor, he will see to his personal matters and then, return with a phalanx of former SOF bodyguards and testify to the exact truth of what happened in Libya and who was responsible. Then we may see a clear path to impeachment.

  • amused

    Quite possible . If so , since it was a matter of the General tripping over his dork , then It makes a good campaign strategy .After all it wasn't Obama's adultery , why blow an election ? Since the FBI was investigating since januaury and found it not to be a security threat , then you'd have to ask Bush appointee Mueller FBI head , why it wasn't disclosed . You don't know anymore than I if it has any connection whatsoever to Benghazi , in fact the nebulous order " To stand down "{ has not been verified nor confirmed by anyone as of yet . So you are operating based on pure speculation . It has yet to be seen where the chain of command began or ended regarding the situation . So don't get too worked up , either way it was bad judgement at worst . YOU dont know the exact truth , nor do I , you will have to await the hearings , but I'm sure , even if it is proven not to involve Obama and was a lapse on someone elses part below his command , you're gonna blame him anyway …right ? Your lot has never let facts get in the way of a good smear story against your nemesis , has it ?

  • ObamaYoMoma

    I can't understand why so many people today regard General Petraeus a hero and as one of America's greatest generals? I remember the first time I ever read about him. It was early in the Iraq nation-building operation when the military was going to obliterate Fallujah. However, General Petraeus intervened to stop the attack and I remember thinking at the time that that would be a decision we would all live to regret.

    Approximately a year later after numerous US troops had been needlessly killed Fallujah was finally leveled. The Left love the fact that General Petraeus always tries to use non-violence and kindness over brute force over and over again.

    Then the majority of Republicans today are under the mistaken impression that Iraq was somehow a victory. I hate to rain on all their delusional parades, but Iraq inevitably turned into an unmitigated disaster. What are you lame Republicans smoking anyway? Talk about delusional and if you call the Sharia state of Iraq a democracy, then you are severely gullible, naive to the max, and more than just a little bit ignorant

    Moreover, the infamous rules of engagement that left our troops unarmed and defenseless against our Muslim enemies in Afghanistan against not the Taliban but the Afghani troops that we were training instead over in Afghanistan was created and carried out by none other than General Petraeus.

    How can someone hold the highest positions in our military and intelligence departments and at the same time serve in both theaters of war in Iraq and Afghanistan and remain so oblivious to reality at the same time? To me that is amazing. Yet, he is a genuine hero and one of America's greatest generals…give me a break.

    With respect to Benghazi, moonbat pundits like Shaun Hannity are so oblivious to Islam and Muslims and so incredibly blinded by political correctness at the same time that they totally are oblivious to the fact that Obama and Hilliary were deliberately using that Muslim video to condition the American people to recognize and accept the supremacy of Sharia over our US constitution. To me…that's treason and both of them should be shot. Yet, not a peep!

  • Len_Powder

    This 'sex scandal' will delight the prurient in the public, as all such scandals do. A connection has been made to Benghazi because of the testimony Petraeus was scheduled to deliver to Congress. The focus of the MSM is on the sexual scandal, minimizing or disclaiming, it's connection to Benghazi and the murders which occurred there while Obama and members of his Security Council witnessed the act real-time.

    It is not the extra-marital affair that is most significant. What matters is what happened in Benghazi on Sep 11, 2012; what Obama knew in the first 24 hours after the attacks began; who ordered the military to 'stand down' when rescue operations were being considered; why the homicides were blamed on an insignificant video that very few saw. We will hear about sexual affairs ad nauseum until mankind if finally laid to rest, but Benghazi-gates only come along rarely. Let's forget the infidelity of Petraeus and keep our eye on the real story: 4 Americans were killed while the President watched.

  • Len_Powder

    Time to get real! Petraeus was told to resign, what day to resign and was handed the resignation letter to sign, similar to the way Stalin dealt with his opponents, real or imagined. He was told NOT to testify to Congress, citing whatever excuses necessary to avoid doing so. In return for his cooperation he was offered a generous 'retirement package' and his life, as well as the lives of his loved ones.

    Galileo eventually recanted his theory that the earth revolved around the sun even though he was certain of its rectitude. He thereby escaped imprisonment and perhaps death. He was brilliant but not courageous or willing to die for the truth, thereby revealing a fundamental human weakness: the fear of significant loss. Petraeus made his bargain with the Devil and understands the consequences of not keeping his part of the bargain. He will either: (1) not testify, or (2) testify and lie.

    • Jim_C

      Pure idiocy–there is nothing "real" about what you've written. NOTHING. You've made it all up.

      Repeat: what you have just written is not in any way supported by reality. YOU MADE IT UP.

      It's amazing, to have to explain what is in the real world of empirical observation, and what is in the diseased imaginations of the ignorant and paranoid. This is what it's come to?

      • Maxie

        Consider that you are clearly plagued with 'a diseased imagination of the ignorant and paranoid.' It's pathetically obvious that the Obungle regime blew-off the Benghazzi debacle so it would not impact on the re-election campaign. In their panic they $crewed it up and now they are called to account. But worry not: The corrupt, dishonest Media will continue to shill for our ebony messiah and to he!! with honesty, virtue and ethics — all outmoded concepts in or brave new world. Petraeus and Rice will lie under oath while Obama marches us on to Utopia!

  • karcer

    You people are unbelievable. It's the right, still reeling from losing the election, and trying to breath new life into the Benghazi conspiracy theory, that has whipped this story into a frenzy to begin with, trying to use it to somehow delegitimize the election results. Now you're going to turn around and blame all the publicity on Obama and liberals? Go cry to Fox news about it!

    • Maxie

      What exactly IS the 'conspiracy theory' ? Spell it out in detail. Where's the "frenzy" in a secret committee hearing? Is the MarxiCrat Media whipping up a Watergate-style frenzy? Don't see/hear anything but Sex to smear Petraeus as the bad guy, not Obambi. How are the election results "somehow" being delegitimized? Spell that for me please between gulps of kool-aid.