WALKING through the lobby of the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Va., after handing in his resignation on Friday, David H. Petraeus passed a bas-relief sculpture of Allen Dulles, who led the agency in the 1950s and early ’60s. Below it is the motto, “His Monument Is Around Us.” (Snip) But private life for a C.I.A. director today is apparently quite different from what it was in the Dulles era. Mr. Petraeus resigned after admitting to a single affair; Allen Dulles had, as his sister, Eleanor, wrote later, “at least a hundred.”
The half-wits of The Ministry of Truth seem to miss the central issue. It is not that Petraeus chose to dip his wick into forbidden receptacles, but rather that such behavior opened him to extortion. Maybe he realized that, and as a patriot (it´s possible) he elected to resign.
Perhaps Allen Dulles WAS being blackmailed with any number of his hundreds of affairs. I´d be stunned to find out he wasn´t. It seems to have been of no concern to him whatsoever. He didn´t even care if his long-suffering wife ratted him out.
Obit wanted Petraeus to NOT testify about Benghazi.
This was the workaround. The affair business was simply a device to explain the resignation which would preclude his testifying. The no-testifying bit is not a slamdunk for Obit. I saw Trey Gowdy a while ago and he does not take No for an answer. A pit bull. And others like John Bolton say that he will testify - be subpoenaed, if necessary. Now we could have another Obama "executive privilege" exercise. That could be interesting and look even more suspicious than Benghazigabe-Petraeusgate-Broadwellgate looks already.
I heard Lt.Col. Bill McCowen on WMAL in DC this morning, and he said he knew several of the guys who set up the security detail for the Gen. in Afghanistan and they were "suprised" of the visitors. There will probably be more to surface, but that´s not the point....
What the heck was going on in Benghazi???? Gun running that would make F & F look like child´s play????
How many out of town trips can PIAPS arrange until Jan. 20????
Dulles probably smoked in his office and had a bar so he and his pals could have a drink after closing a big deal. He probably bent some chicks over his desk. Our collective ideal spy, James Bond, was not a monk. It was a different world before Political Correctness metastasized. F- all of you neo-puritans if you get on the band wagon against Petraeus. There are a whole bunch of folks who are warriors and have a Viking mentality. As an aside, she is hot and 20 years younger than him. The warriors we have are brave and violent. They work hard and they play hard. They curse. They offend. They drink and carouse. They may brawl on liberty. They may associate with women with low morals when on shore leave. They will give their lives in the defense of our country. They are not choir boys. This Petraeus thing is all political.
In an episode of MI-5, an operative is told, "It´s not that you had an affair, it´s that you didn´t tell us about it."No matter what nefarious things were going on, Petraeus himself handed them the bludgeon.
The so-called MSM show themselves to be more disgusting with each passing day. Their interest in the salacious aspects of this story compared with their lack of interest in finding the truth about the deaths of Americans, including an Ambassador, in Benghazi, Libya, saddens as much as it angers.
How ironic that these less than noble deeds of the General may serve to help his country as much as some of his more heroic ones, by shedding light on the far more reprehensible and destructive actions of others.
I feel for his wife and family, but the only interest his marital infidelity holds for me is that it may serve to expose the reasons why a President of the United States apparently did more to aid the enemy than he did our own people on 9/11/12.
So is the NYT attempting to use the "everybody does it" excuse for Petraeus´ affairs? And that being indiscreet and adulterous is just the way things have always been and should therefore be excused, and let´s move along?
#4 is right. The resignation makes it harder, but not impossible, to get him to sing. I see there is the awaited subpoena just handed down.
We shall see. I doubt the O Admininstration will have quite the easy time of these next 4 years as they think, unless they declare the 22nd Amendment null and void, which I have no doubt they will try to do. Hey, they think they´re on a roll; they´ve been able to get much of their socialist agenda passed and now have just graduated their first Corps of FEMA´s "Youth" soldiers to use all that ammunition they got.
We´re in a world of trouble here unless somebody in power does something.
The Obamunists believe they dodged a bullet with the election and that they´re untouchable now. Back in unfettered power. A compliant media eagerly writing plausible cover stories. A mewling, impotent Republican Party play-investigating. No, they think they´re going to skate again.
But sometimes hubris brings down hubris-ers by their being a tad too clever. And the thing they´re missing about this Petraeus gambit of theirs is that it´s about sex. And that means, unfortunately for them, that the media just can´t help pursuing every little detail. If it had only been about, oh, treason or the preventable deaths of US citizens, the media and the public would have been bored and tired of it all. But sex? No. Both the media and the otherwise somnolent public are going into hyperdrive on this now...because it´s about sex. An erect public is an informed public.
#10, there is a timeline study that suggests Obie / Valerie knew of this affair before the Gen was promoted to CIA. IOW, a pre-made resignation / scandal ready for use when needed: Days after an election and one day before damaging testimony.
I´m confident it´s all on the up and up and MSM will surely prove it so. Ya think ?
I continue to believe that this affair-business was not news to Petraeus´ wife. Just a convenient excuse for Zippy´s coverup.
And I continue to believe that the Resident about whom our only medical information has been that he should moderate his alcoholic intake, had a cocktail hour on 9/11 to celebrate his next day trip to Vegas and...well, shall we say "overdid it" a bit?
Maybe we´re lucky he wasn´t in the Situation Room.
I´m with number one. Why didn´t Clinton resign? Why did he perjure himself? And why is he still popular? The Slimes would say that he is a flawed man but a good president, but they won´t say that Fauxbama is a good man but a bad president. Bottom line: why are we reading the Slimes?
In Washington, whether you have to resign because you´ve been caught having an affair depends on who you are and who you´ve gotten on the wrong side of. It has nothing to do with national security, morality, honor or anything else. (Vide: Jack Kennedy, Bill Clinton vs. Newt Gingrich, Gen Petraeus.) Petraues, like Gingrich, must have really offended a lot of the powers that be in D.C.
Petraeus has been threatened with something much worse than what he is already going through. This administration is run the Chicago way, remember? There is no way this honorable man would put his wife through this horrible publicity unless the alternative is worse. My heart aches for him and his family.
We keep seeing crys of, "Obama can be impeached". With the current Dem majority of the US senate, I doubt that a 2/3 of the senate will cobbled to find BHO "guilty" to remove him from office. If it does happen, look at what we get in his place...Joee B. We would have to hope to be able find that J.B. abbeted in the charge or dig up some charge like that was lodged against Agnew and then SOH will be in the POTUS seat or like Ford from the house. If That is a long long stretch of justice. Why will it not happen? The MSM is in the pocket of the DEMs and public will be totally excluded from knowing any of the details as has already been demonstrated relative to Benghazi.
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