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Petraeus Resignation Sparks Reexamination, Conspiracy Theories

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: republicans, conspiracy theories, Petraeus, government, propaganda, politics )

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The resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus sent shockwaves throughout the country Friday. Some want to take this chance to re-examine the general's legacy, while many on the right want to connect the surprising development to their scandal du jour.

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Roseann d (178)
Monday November 12, 2012, 2:50 pm
The scandal du jour. Petraeus gained prominence under BushCo....would he have been a scandal to the Righties then?

Devon Leonar (54)
Monday November 12, 2012, 3:13 pm
I'm sorry that were (as a society) more shocked and self righteous by sex than violence....

Kit B (276)
Monday November 12, 2012, 3:17 pm

These men of power and influence seem to need a little extra spice in their lives. I just wonder why they choose so badly in their extra marital affairs.

The emails that started it all:

Ex-CIA director David Petraeus has told friends he was shocked to find that his biographer and girlfriend, Paula Broadwell, was suspected of sending anonymous, threatening emails to a Petraeus friend she saw as a romantic rival.

A close Petraeus associate said Monday that FBI investigators told Petraeus that Broadwell sent anonymous emails to Jill Kelley, a Petraeus family friend from his time at Central Command in Tampa, warning her to stay away from him. The Petraeus associate spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential conversations with Petraeus. The CIA director resigned last week after confessing to the affair.

Carrie B (306)
Monday November 12, 2012, 3:28 pm
And Kit, those men of power and influence unfortunately have a line of insecure, attention seeking women to accommodate. Fools all!

Carrie B (306)
Monday November 12, 2012, 5:36 pm
None of this has or would have had any influence on last week's election. The Petraeus resignation has nothing to do with anything except his sad sexual behavior. He's not even a Democrat nor was he involved in the Obama campaign. Nothing more than sour grapes on the part of the right wing and their mouth piece Faux Noise.

JL A (281)
Monday November 12, 2012, 7:17 pm
Sexual vulnerability is a bigger red flag in the worlds of the CIA and the FBI than elsewhere in government.

John B (185)
Monday November 12, 2012, 8:36 pm
Thanks Carrie for the link to the article. Read and noted.

Lloyd H (46)
Monday November 12, 2012, 10:41 pm
And of course it was such a shocker that another Big Shot Repug just can not stand the confines of "Traditional Marriage"

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 3:24 am
Quite honestly, the only sex life I am interested in is my own! What is going on with our many years of sexual preoccupation with any and everyone in the public eye? It is not as though sexual indiscretions are anything new or even noteworthy. Are there so many who are really that repressed and naive?

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 9:27 am
Who really cares? When all is said and done, isn't this a non - story? I was really hoping that the more enlightened would see this as it really is. Nothing new, unusual, or different - just more public because of everyone's lack of privacy. Would sexual indiscretions have made a difference in the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, or WWII? No, but , but because we now have access to all everyone does, we have become so self righteous. I would really enjoy seeing those "holier than thou" have their sex lives scrutinized.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 9:36 am

The story here is not just about sexual indiscretion. It's about whether or not this woman (Paula Broadwell) had any access to highly secret and important information that would have been classified. It's also a story about why a republican FBI agent, chose to lie about what was happening, and have his own agency turn this into a witch hunt for his own reasons. Supposedly to affect election result. Both of these possibilities are currently being investigated. The FBI is to investigate criminal activity not randomly be used for revenge. Sexual indiscretions are not our collective business, the indiscretions of a man at the zenith of power and influence, that should be carefully scrutinized for the safety of this country.

. (0)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 10:25 am
I've heard at least one rumor from some CIA person who says this is part of something bigger. There are just too many coincidences in the timing so I'm just going to wait and see what if anything else emerges. She does look predatory in certain pictures doesn't she? Until then, I'll keep an open mind.

Thomas P (280)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 4:15 pm
Thanks. What I'm not so sure about is whether this was really a witch hunt in disguise. And I really don't know why the FBI was looking into personal emails anyway. At this point we don't know enough to justify that. I'm not so sure that the woman he allegedly had the affair with is the woman that will ultimately be demonized her (at least, any more that she already has been). There may be another woman who had some ulterior motives, financial and otherwise.

Wilde T (10)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 5:16 pm
Perhaps the question is if this is another John Edwards, Gary hart political career castration and who was egging it on? And is the Lebanese party planner an international party planner for the military well connected?

Sharon F (0)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 7:30 pm
When BushBoy appointed Petraeus to a prominent job in his warmongering episode in Iraq, we called General P. 'Betrayus.' Not only did he Betrayus on the warmongering front, but now his wife as well. As I always said, the bloooooooated, incompetent military 'needs it wings clipped' big time.

Please speak frankly to your Congresspeople about this as they are debating (trying) to balance the budget.

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 5:17 pm
Today, the news is that this Kelly woman is having financial problems, which definitely adds another dimension to the story. Michael Hastings is absolutely right, as stated in the article. He was on a talk show last night, and the only pundit to dare to tell the truth....he was cut off by the anchor. Oliver Stone was on Joy Behar's CurrentTV show today and stated what the Progressive view of Betrayus has always been. We were disappointed with Obama appointing him. The surges never worked....Iraqi's were given millions of our taxpayer dollars; and you can see that the Afghanistan "surge" was also a failure--all at the behest of Betrayus. Glad to see him get his comeuppance.
I've said before that this Benghazi mess is all tangled up with the CIA, but now with all the e.mails at the disposal of our gov't, it shouldn't be as difficult to untangle behind the scenes. What the American people will learn is up to The Powers That Be.

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 5:18 pm
Oh, yeah---looks like the Big One fell pretty hard after all.

Carrie B (306)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 6:22 pm
Since I have been scolded about my comments on this story all I will say is that I respect all of your opinions and comments and I had not intention of making anyone feel "stupid". My apologies.

Jae A (316)
Friday November 16, 2012, 10:34 pm
Late arriving but here is my penny worth :-)...if this is a drama of intrigue and spy vs spy or will play out with the end result going back to Bush / Cheney and their years of corruption from within the White House..and the world will be informed just how and why...other than that, this isn't interesting beyond the sex of it all if that ...just another Republican [two recently actually] caught with his pants down. Beyond that...time will tell and guessing ,as fun as it might be, just isn't worth anything more as to having any value beyond a WTF my opinion at this time. I'd be more interesting into investigations..charges...trails... as to why a half million innocent people died in Iraq due to Bush and Cheney's Corporate dealings for the profits of a few,personally....Anywho..since the guessing game is already in play..I'm guessing as I said that it will all lead back to Dubya and Cheney if it leads to anywhere beyond the 'sex'/
love triangle' my opinion. Remember Herbert W. Bush was head of the CIA at one time and he still has oil/global influence in the middle east as well as within the CIA I'm guessing.

Jae A (316)
Friday November 16, 2012, 10:37 pm
..correction "trials'...that dyslexic thang : -).. Probably others needed also...ooooooops.

Jason S (50)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 1:28 pm
Things don't just have in Washington there always a reason, just look deeper an you will see there always more to a story them what the government or business is saying about what is going on. good posting, thanks
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