Monday Brief

Petraeus Resigns, Questions Abound

Nov. 12, 2012

The Foundation

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Opinion in Brief

David Petraeus

“David Petraeus’s resignation [as CIA Director] marks the end of one of the great postwar military and government careers…. But for now, the explanation of Petraeus’s resignation unfortunately raises more questions than it answers, in a number of significant ways: Fairly or not, questions will be raised why this Washington-style Friday-afternoon resignation occurred after rather than before the election – a question that does not necessarily suggest that Petraeus did not take the proper nonpartisan course. But just days after [the election], we are already beginning to hear of all sorts of ‘sudden’ news: the Iranian attack on a U.S. drone; the plight of the Hurricane Sandy victims … as much more severe than we were led to believe; the sudden publicity of the ‘fiscal cliff’; and the Benghazi hearings. In that unfortunate politicized landscape comes the Petraeus bombshell. We were beginning to sense that the crime of Benghazi … and the cover-up … were not the entire story of the 9/11/2012 attack…. If rumors are true that the liaison may have involved biographer Paula Broadwell, co-author of an extremely favorable biography of Petraeus, then there are additional ethical issues that, fairly or not, call into question Broadwell’s bona fides as an author and the portrait of Petraeus in her warmly received book. And if the FBI was involved, then additional questions arise over the reasons they also became interested – when, why, how, and on whose prompt? Because of both Petraeus’s sterling reputation and his high office, infidelity takes on greater importance than if it were – how absurd to write this – merely that of a lesser figure like Bill Clinton, whose serial miscreant conduct was taken for granted, even when he was a sitting president. If the affair occurred while Petraeus was general, it contradicted the code of military justice; if while at the CIA, it posed a potential security breach. For most of us, however, Petraeus is forever frozen as the hero of 2007-8, when, battered by the congressional hearings … and ad hominem attack ads in the New York Times … he nonetheless pressed ahead and broke the back of the insurgency – in part due to his competence, his unmatched reputation, and the talented circle around him. … [T]he truth was always that he sought to serve his country regardless of politics.” –historian Victor Davis Hanson

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Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM

notoshariah in CA replied:

Please do not write all in CAPS ( It is a turn-off) like shouting at someone.
Then use spell check - too PLEASE.

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Robert E8 USN Ret in SE AZ replied:

notosharia, you are quite correct. All upper case (caps) is a turnoff. Difficult to read, so I usually skip it. If one wishes to emphasize, place an asterisk * before and after the word, or phrase. It will be printed as italic. Obviously, an all italic statement loses the value of emphasis, so one should not try to do a whole piece in italics, bad as all caps. Thanks for your comment.

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Lisa in Longview, Texas said:

RE: Petreaus. Let's just call it what it is. An opportunity to distract Americans from Obama's failures and the fact that he (A) is doing nothing about Iran's attack on the the US plan and (B) caused the death of 4 innocent Americans in Banghazi. This is nothing more than a conspiracy by the White House using Patreaus as a shield to block the bullets being shot by Americans at the White House. Clinton can commit adultery, Holder can be responsible for the murder of innocent Americans and Hispanics under the guise of "forced gun control" and Obama can cause the death of innocent lives in Benghazi but Patreaus is asked to resign because he had an affair......PEOPLE PLEASE!

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Wolf in unk said:

I have worked for Gen. Petraus, and he is not the man portrayed by the news media. I believe he was stooged into taking a copout plea to bow out rather then face whatever the administration of Obama thought they had against him. I still think this has the smell of cover up al over it

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. replied:

Yo, Wolfy,

You bait a hook, toss it in, if they bite you got 'em, just play 'em 'til you really need to reel 'em in. How tough is that? Yeah, Generals are keepers. Next!

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

MajorStu in Peru, IN replied:

Knowing that the scandal of an affair made the General susceptible to blackmail by foreign governments, no one seems to raise the spectre of the possibility of him being blackmailed by his own government.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 2:09 PM

JAC in Texas replied:

I've said this before, but Petraeus was asked by the Chicago boys how he liked his four-star general military retirement benefits, and if he wanted to keep them. They also told him they know where his relatives live. It was an easy choice for him.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 3:21 PM

R in Texas said:

It does not matter if Petraeus resigned, was fired, or whatever. People died. Americans died. He should testify. He and hillary should both be made to testify by force if necessary.

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. replied:

I'm going to have Eric Holder demand a waterboarding session for both of them until we get to the bottom of this!

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:35 PM

LibertyIsUS in Arlington, VA replied:

I don't really know who you are, and I don't really care beyond the fact that your snipes at generally good comments are pathetic. If you are the president, don't you have anything better to do with your time than interfer with a conservative's discussion? Maybe you could work on the debt crisis you've so masterfully contributed to!

Joseph O'Donnell
One VA Patritiot
Arlington, VA

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 7:15 AM

Garrett in South Carolina said:

I beleive Broadwell should resign her commision in the Army Reserve for "Conduct Unbecoming".

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Dave Drewes in La Crosse WI said:

It sure will make them millions by sale of the book. Could that have anything to do with the release?

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Daryl in Bentonville said:

Our people do not remember that we are the employer not the serfs...all government of any level works for us....i would hope that there are massive firings next election, enough to let him know we will not tolerate him or the elites that support him...time to put a stop to all of it...we write the checks. cut them long do you think he could operate if we the people said no money to fund the whitehouse, senate offices, vacations for him....and his..if you want to go on vacation be like the rest of us and use your own money....and by the way, dock his pay and all of them if they do not put in at least 60 hours a week doing real work... not "meetings at the club" the golf course, the restaurant, or any other place. real work. reading paper, signing paper, like a real ceo does.

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

James Pogue in OK said:

I suspect he and LTC Oliver Nothe has much in common. The Generals oath of duty, honor and country speaks loud to me. Perhaps he has fallen on his sword for a CIC that cares little for the military as demonstrated by his many actions during his tenure. So rather than getting into a piss contest with his boss (a no win situation) he will quietly go home and let this absurdity continue. Like General MacArthur said, "old soldiers just fade away into obscurity." After they give their life blood to a country that lacks real appreciation for their service. Only old soldiers understand and appreciated his service and his having to put up with the politician's the Monday quarterback his decisions.

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Barbara Theisen in Florida said:

This entire episode of Petraeus' resignation is ridiculous and highly suspicous. If extra-marital affairs weren't National Security problems for presidents at least from FDR to Clinton, how can they now be such for the head of the CIA?

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM

p3orion in Midland, Georgia said:

"The globalists could make a surprise treaty push for ratification of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (UNATT). This treaty is coming under the radar since gun-control advocates know it could never pass the U.S. Senate after debate in broad daylight. The gun-control advocates assume that private ownership of guns is inherently dangerous. "

Private ownership of guns IS inherently dangerous. Rightly so, and may it always continue to be.

Remember, the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights provides the final defense of the rest. The right to bear arms was never about target shooting or hunting; it was and is ultimately the right to resist a government that no longer derives its "just powers from the consent of the governed."

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:28 AM

riceinwa in Pacific Northwest said:

In those we would choose as great men, heroes to which we look up and revere, they yet contain an inherent rebellion against a Holy Sovereign...they are yet men...members of a fallen race who continue to show outwardly and inwardly their desperate need for a Saviour. Generals and privates, men and women--all.

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:31 AM

TheHarp in Oregon said:

So, the next quatrain begins with the same old cakes and circuses, lies and damn lies. Except for the heartbreak of watching my country commit suicide, it is indeed a good time to be old. Welcome to United Socialist States of Amerika, tovarisch.

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Patricia Ivory in D'Hanis Texas said:

With all that is going on and the way that the elections were rigged in favor of Obama, this is the icing on the cake. I have had a week to reflect on the elections and my disappointment of the turnout and have decided that all of this makes me stronger than ever. I am urging the Medina County Patriots not to give up on our cause, but to seek out the truth by whatever means possible and to share info with each other. We will NOT stand down, until all truths are aired and all are brought to justice. We have a long and tough battle ahead and I would urge all Patriots to do the same, seek the truth, and tell the world what you find. We are America, we are the people of these United States, we stand for Liberty and Justice, and we are willing to do whatever it takes to bring our republic back to what it was meant to be. This is " Our God and Our Country."
Pat Ivory/ceo
Medina County Patriots

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Jed in Columbia said:

I wish he could keep his pants on around beautiful women. Where is his wife in the midst of all of this? Was he a great military genius? I don't know. Should he be a role model for young men? Not in my opinion. If his wife can't trust him, why should anyone else?

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:45 AM

John H. in Danville, VA said:

I agree with Mr. Fleming wholeheartedly! Obama is NOT the King he wants to be, but he sure has let us feel as though we have to BOW to him, not like his bowing to the KIng of Saudi Arabia a few months ago??!!! He was, at that point, a SECOND-RATE leader in my mind!!!! I for one, thought we once fought a revolution against a certain tyrannical monarch in Western Europe, but it seems as though we may have been

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:45 AM