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Petraeus calls on Congress to
back White House on Syria

Politico, by Mike Allen

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Posted By:BuckeyeRon, 9/7/2013 4:28:30 PM

Retired Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, former CIA director under President Barack Obama, called strongly Saturday for Congress to back the White House on Syria, declaring that military action against the regime is “necessary” to deter “Iran, North Korea and other would-be aggressors.” “Failure of Congress to approve the president’s request would have serious ramifications not just in the Mideast but around the world,” Petraeus said in a four-sentence statement provided to Politico. (Snip) In his years as U.S. commander in Iraq and Afghanistan, Petraeus was regarded by many Republican lawmakers as a god on military matters.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: melanie, 9/7/2013 4:33:26 PM     (No. 9510434)

Oh shut up. You haven´t commented on anything you should have, like the wisdom (or lack thereof) of troop withdrwals from Iraq and Afghanistan, Benghazi, the devastation of sequestration on defense budgets, NSA spying, and a host of other issues. We don´t need to hear from you now. As a veteran, I view you as a total sellout. Slouch back to your academic ivory tower and just shut up.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 9/7/2013 4:36:13 PM     (No. 9510437)

I guess Obama has more bad stuff to drop on Petraeus and Obie is out twisting arms...Graham (per usual), McCain (per usual) and now Petraeus, too. I wonder if John Roberts´ arm will be twisted, too.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 9/7/2013 4:37:37 PM     (No. 9510441)

Sorry, Betrayus - - go back to your whores.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Starlady, 9/7/2013 4:38:05 PM     (No. 9510443)

You have lost your credibility General. Too late!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: griddog1, 9/7/2013 4:40:38 PM     (No. 9510446)

What was it the Democrats called him? "Betraueus"

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Reply 6 - Posted by: IdahoGal, 9/7/2013 4:42:41 PM     (No. 9510449)

Yep, Mr. Petraeus has lost all credibility with me. Don´t you dare tell me how to think. I don´t listen to anyone with no commonsense or morals.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: dman, 9/7/2013 4:44:37 PM     (No. 9510454)

Petraeus´ formerly important input has been severely compromised. Is this what he really thinks, or is this what he has been told to think?

Coordinating a proper direct confrontation with Iran to stop their nuclear program is more necessary. The best way to extricate ourselves from Syria in order to face Iran is to not get involved in Syria in the first place.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ladychatalie, 9/7/2013 4:52:07 PM     (No. 9510464)

Sorry Petraeus. You made your bed... go lay in it.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: JudithC, 9/7/2013 4:52:15 PM     (No. 9510466)

Add me to the list of posters. I have no respect left for this loser and agree that the jug eared loser is iprobably is holding a couple cards he hasn´t played and, bingo, when he did Betrayus stepped up to the plate.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: bighambone, 9/7/2013 5:01:06 PM     (No. 9510478)

Maybe he is seeking to be appointed as an ambassador someplace?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: No Representation in CA, 9/7/2013 5:01:45 PM     (No. 9510482)

Shut up and get lost ASAP.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Twinkle93, 9/7/2013 5:12:31 PM     (No. 9510497)

The opportunity to stand up and do something to deter Iran & N. Korea is past because of Obama´s dancing around, past insults to allies, lies to Congress & to the American people.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 9/7/2013 5:20:01 PM     (No. 9510509)

Who gives a RA what this miserable little creature has to say about anything? Crawl back in your hole.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: J F Ackerman, 9/7/2013 5:32:54 PM     (No. 9510525)

What poster #1 said, in bold caps and underlined!!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: rugerman2242, 9/7/2013 5:35:05 PM     (No. 9510527)

They all lie,, trust none of them. In former times I respected this man highly, not any more. Somewhere I see Hildabeast and the FBI files still running rampant.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: ketchuplover, 9/7/2013 5:39:14 PM     (No. 9510534)

And to think how excited some got when the idea of him becoming the GOP Pres. nominee was floated!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: pigop, 9/7/2013 5:39:32 PM     (No. 9510535)

Not credible. Enjoy your pension, that´s all you´ve got.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Boston Tea Party, 9/7/2013 5:43:57 PM     (No. 9510542)

Sorry,Davey,your sell-by date has passed,and BTW you´re irrelevant.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Pearson365, 9/7/2013 5:45:23 PM     (No. 9510547)

Petraeus must be worried that his wife will lose her $187,500 per year job within the Consumer Protection Agency of Dodd Frank. The general has surely been called by Valerie Jarrett about possible cost cutting efforts, and he does not want to have her lose her well paid job at the agency. So, having sold out his troops in Afghanistan, he´s willing to sell out his country for his wife´s future.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: ruready?, 9/7/2013 5:46:50 PM     (No. 9510549)

Obama and his NSA may have the goods on several others. Some that come to mind are

- John McCain and Lindsay Graham
- John Roberts
- Marko Rubio
- John Boehner


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Reply 21 - Posted by: Ben Around, 9/7/2013 5:54:21 PM     (No. 9510554)

Oh no! He will be all over the news now! I thought we had heard the last of general betrayus. He obviously has no self respect. As many of he posters have pointed out, he has no credibility, either.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Sanchin, 9/7/2013 5:59:08 PM     (No. 9510567)

I cannot understand the logic here Petraeus. According to him we should conduct a limited strike (with larger strike plans in our back pocket)that does not target Assad directly because 1400 people out of over a 100,000 were killed by chemical weapons. The point for doing this is to deter other "bad actors" from using weapons. In the process we are-
1) Going to assist known terrorists
2) Dare Russian to prove to the world that they mean what they say and say what they mean.
3) Defy the UN
4) Go in without an exit strategy
5) Have no idea who would control Syria once Assad is overthrown.
6) Kill 100´s if not 1000´s of civilians and low level army personnel that could not have possibly had any input on rather chemical weapons were used (by Assad or the rebels??)

This is the type of reasoning and planning that results in a person destroying a great professional career and personal honor. This is the type of thinking that leads to believing one is above the law and the rules do not apply to them. This intelligence leads to cheating on one´s wife. More importantly, this mind set leads to Escalation , WAR, and LOSS of American lives. No Sir, America no longer requires your services nor puts stock in your opinion.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: MattMusson, 9/7/2013 6:13:40 PM     (No. 9510587)

Petraeus plays Stepnfetchit hoping he will get invited to the Big House to eat watermellon.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 9/7/2013 6:14:22 PM     (No. 9510589)

Well our intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan hasn´t deterred aggression by other foreign nations, and the Obama Administration has no credibility at home or abroad. No one fears the U>S> any longer because the American people do not respect their own President.
( In my opinion ). People in other countries understand what is happening in the U.S. much clearer than many of our own citizens. Foreign media do not cover up for this Administrations scandals as our own press does.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: bobn.t, 9/7/2013 6:16:36 PM     (No. 9510592)

Hey Petraeus,
You´re in the same wallow as the rest of them. You stink, you Lied (to your wife and family), you betrayed everyone. You´re a slime bag.

No respect from me.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 9/7/2013 6:24:21 PM     (No. 9510599)

Does this mean he has another girlfriend ?
If Colin Powell comes crawling out in support ,
then we know the NSA has the goods
on all these failed men.
There have been 197 murders in Detroit so far in 2013.
And 290 in Chicago.
What can´t Putin say he´s going to bomb those cities to teach the criminals in other cities a lesson ?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: BuckeyeRon, 9/7/2013 6:35:32 PM     (No. 9510606)

We´ve been commenting on this for an hour and now it´s the lead on Drudge!

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Reply 28 - Posted by: tusker, 9/7/2013 6:38:06 PM     (No. 9510609)

Back this General.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Lonestar Jack, 9/7/2013 6:42:52 PM     (No. 9510613)

Mr Half an Half is reaching down to the bottom of the barrel and calling in all his markers when he gets Petraeus to stump for him.

Both have clay feet -- sorry general but you had a time to raise your voice.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: volksford, 9/7/2013 6:58:16 PM     (No. 9510627)

Bingo !...# 2.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Keekng, 9/7/2013 7:19:01 PM     (No. 9510643)

Go away, Petreaus, your pick has been bent beyond repair.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 9/7/2013 7:30:47 PM     (No. 9510652)

I once revered "King David." But I also once revered Chief Justice John Roberts, too. I wonder if we´ll ever find out what this thuggish administration has on these two (and so many others) that is powerful enough to emasculate them.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Italiano, 9/7/2013 7:48:17 PM     (No. 9510669)

From hero to zero. Not the first, nor the last.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Axeman, 9/7/2013 10:45:10 PM     (No. 9510769)

I guess there are still strings left to pull.
You never know who will dance onto he stage next.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 9/8/2013 7:07:53 AM     (No. 9510961)

Generals have or ought to have expertise in the conduct of military matters. They are no more to be listened to in matters of international relations and politics than anyone else - perhaps, indeed, less.

General Petraeus´ opinion on the proposed attack from a strictly military standpoint might be presumed to have some worth. It is likely he is not informed of the details or the objectives of the attack, however.

His opinion about the wisdom of the attack and whether or not it is necessary to safeguard U.S. interests is no more authoritative than anyone else´s. That he succumbed to what can only be assumed to be pressure to issue a terse endorsement of Obama´s plan without going into or even knowing the details does him no credit. His seems to be a tragic story of reversal of fortune in which a flaw of character, as usual, has played the leading role.

It is, simply put, sheer nonsense to say that attacking Syria with missiles and aircraft will somehow "deter Iran, North Korea and other would-be aggressors." If General Petraeus truly believes such fantastic wishful thinking, or if he thinks limp-wristed, half-way measures will do anything at all except bring the United States into further contempt by our enemies, even his military judgment has to be questioned.

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Perhaps the most remarkable feature of American democracy is the magnificent estate of public land that it reserved from the very beginning for the use of all citizens, rich or poor. There is nothing like it in the democracies of Europe, which came into being with nations already carved up into private fiefdoms. The Great Idea that hundreds of millions of acres of forests, deserts, rivers and prairies should be owned by, and managed for, the public interest has had a profound and lasting influence on American culture. But not everyone has accepted it. Cliven Bundy’s armed standoff with the National Park

A Marine´s story: Women set up
to fail USMC’s most grueling test

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ABC News, by Martha Raddatz*    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/21/2014 11:13:10 AM     Post Reply
At a petite 5’3’’, Sage Santangelo may not look like a combat fighter at first glance. But the female second lieutenant has never let that hold her back from pursuing her dream of becoming an infantry officer in the Marine Corps. Growing up, Santangelo found she was always able to keep up with the guys and enjoyed playing hockey on all boys’ teams. But when she joined the Marines, Santangelo found the playing field changed; she was segregated into female-only training units and as a woman, was relegated to less strenuous physical training than her male counterparts. And that’s why,

Reid: ´We Are a Nation of Laws,
Not of Men and Women´

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Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/22/2014 10:53:27 AM     Post Reply
It may not be tomorrow, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says "something will happen" to force a Nevada rancher to obey a court order to stop grazing his cattle on federal land and pay his grazing fees. "It´s obvious that you can´t just walk away from this," Reid said in an April 18 interview with a Nevada´s KSNV-TV News 3 program “What’s Your Point?” "You can´t have a law that is -- we´re a nation of laws, not of men and women," he said. (Video) Reid noted that most cattlemen pay their taxes, pay their fees, and follow


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