A senior military source leaves no doubt about who many in the military community believe is responsible for the downfall of General David Petraeus:(Snip) When she started work on the bio she called me for background on one of the general´s previous deployments. I probably gave her four hours or so, and we stayed in touch after that by email and an occasional phone call. Over that time, she went from someone very likeable to a shameless self-promoting prom queen. A very disturbing shift in how she carried herself. If she knew P4 was going to make an appearance
Comments: BI interviews someone who knew Broadwell. The interviewee knew of her crashing private affairs where Petraeus was to be present as she hit a wedding of friends of his. "Photo bombed" everyone at the wedding.
This article was hard to post because the interesting part is not in the first paragraphs. We´ll see more of this as those who observed what she was up to come forward, probably anonymously like the writer´s source.
Read with care as the writer seems to promote the concept that this was simply a seduction - that there is nothing more to the story.
She wrote a doctoral dissertation, which I have not read, that was described as a case study of Petraeus´ leadership style. A case study is problemmatic at best, as a doctoral dissertation, but studying the leadership style of one person is not valid dissertation research. If she had studied his leadership style compared to other generals, that might be acceptable, but even then, shaky. And apparently harvard found the research to be acceptable. But I would note that homunculus donna shalala wrote such a dissertation, studying her boss, Alan ´scotty´ Campbell, late of the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Shalala now heads the University of Miami.
Dear General Patraeus, I will wish you a Happy Veteran´s Day after your free and open testifying on behalf of truth and justice and the American way. Be courageous . Short of that, you do not deserve the same kudos on this day as do the real brave men and women of true valor, both personally and professionally.
I say this because if you end up covering for this administration, your time in the field laboring all these years is forfeited in my estimation. Respect then is most undeserved.
General Petraeus has spent nearly a decade of his life on the war-torn frontiers of this planet fighting this nation´s battles. It has not been possible for his loving wife Holly to be at his side for long stretches of time.
To compare General Petraeus to the simpering Hollywood crowd of the rich and famous or the strutting cravens of Washington D.C.´s rich and powerful is beneath contempt and invites a punch in the face.
Put more thought into your comparisons. Unless you have been on those battlefields you do not have my or many others permission or stature to speak about the General that has done so much for the men and women he has led brilliantly in battle for the country he has defended.
In the meantime, crawl back down into your mommy´s basement and rut with the cheap high school junior you seduced with a medium pizza, a little weed and your extra-small Trojans with ribs and without reservoir tip.
It takes two to tango! Mr. Petraeus could have "outed" himself at anytime, and most likely would have done so once he came to the conclusion that he was being blackmailed in anyway. Maybe he came to that conclusion a day or so ago?
re #5 defense: Cuz the General, being a man suffered sooooo much more than his wife and children. War is the hell he chose. Since he wasn´t drafted it´s outa the keep yer hands off the help rule. He helped himself; only this time he got what he deserved.
The point is we didn´t deserve it and we ain´t involved in his lil deal with the missus. And those who think he has not already been pushed to betray are fools. He has; thank God he´s just enough of a man to refuse to do it any more. Maybe. If. Or.
Second post apologies, but necessary - #5, generals fight the battles from safe areas. General Schwartzkopf of desert storm fame never left florida to fight that war. Petraeus is a particularly savvy guy, from a political standpoint, but then most generals in the modern era, who were junior officers under Bill Clinton. Under current standards, there could never be a Curtis LeMay, (who I served under) or a general patton. Today´s generals are politically sensitive, or they wouldn´t be generals or admirals. So I would hold back on the defense of the greek gonzo. More will come out. This man picked Paula out of a crowd, gave her his card, told her to call him. Isn´t that what bill clinton used to do? The New York Times has already done a preemptive strike to save the general´s reputation, saying that Dulles had a hundred bimbos, and that was OK.
9 My Commanding General, BG Bond, 199th Light Infantry Brigade, was killed on the ground in Vietnam by enemy fire.//General Schwartzkopf, my CINC in the Persian Gulf War, was in-theater from beginning to end of the war. I know; he came on my ship and when he was finished we were all ready to kick butt.//Most generals are at risk from mortar and artillery fire, IEDs, and flying in tactical aircraft and helos. General McChrystal, when he was in command in Afghanistan, was known to drop in and go on patrol with his troops.//I haven´t much admiration left for the brass but in my experience they haven´t lacked courage.
The media can be as sanctimonious as they want about Petraeus´s marital infidelity, and I am not advocating for it, but these are the same liberal hypocrites who gave political cover to the President of the United States when it became known that he was getting oral sex under the desk in the Oval Office from an intern so they have no moral high ground to stand on here. None. It is very very obvious here, unless you an Obama voting freak, what is going on. Will they get away with it? Time will tell but I don´t much put faith in the integrity of our so-called government.
Agreed, for the most part. You have the stature to criticize. And what he did was wrong and weak. He injured himself and others, and undercut the defense of us all.
Fighting wars with flawed humans, the only type available, has been going on for more than three thousand years. It took twenty years for Odysseus to come home, and yet we forget that Penelope had to deal with the same twenty years. We are going to discover the strength of Holly as well.
Regarding the argument that General´s fight from safe areas: It would be a great disgrace for an Army to not protect its General, and yet, General Petraeus did circulate by helicopter and by ground convoy, and was known to walk the streets of Iraqi cities without helmet or body armor. He most decidedly did NOT fight the war from Florida, and probably was in more danger from the politics and the slime in Washington D.C. than Baghdad.
#5 I was under the impression that the general and everyone else who has served our country did so in order for people like #1 and anyone else to have the freedom to speak their minds. And before you flame me I am a West Point grad and am an Army careerist who is now retired. I served my country as best I could and I certainly do not feel I have the right to tell anyone else what is proper to say or what is not permissible.
And those rights, especially for the military retired such as you and me, includes you and me, even after years of suppressing that same right for years in service of the common good. There is a lot of distance between earning a rhetorical fist in the face and delivering it.
With the internet, every fool in every basement with access to mommy´s laptop has a right to say whatever they wish, and when they turn eighteen, have a right to vote as well. That does not make them less the fool, nor does it make them the equal of a demonstrably flawed but also excellent man like General Petraeus.
Even granting the general´s service and accomplishments (and I certainly do), and taking into account that other directors and Presidents have succumbed to similar seductions, there is absolutely no way this can be dismissed as just being an unfortunate personal matter. ANY such affair involving the Director of the nation´s principal intelligence gathering agency IS by definition an intelligence matter and potentially a serious national security threat.
As such, it must be thoroughly investigated to determine if proper reporting and action protocols were followed. Even the limited information leaked already clearly indicates serious questions about whether they were.
I´m sorry, but past service is irrelevant here. National security considerations should be the sole focus of any future investigation.
Florida is the New Selma, and not for the first time. On a visit to Tallahassee Tuesday, Jesse Jackson "used the phrase ´Selma of our time´--a reference to civil rights marches in Alabama that helped prompt change in the 1960s," the Miami Herald reports. By way of explanation, the paper quotes an earlier, ungrammatical comment the septuagenarian would-be provocateur made last month on CNN, where he "talked about an economic boycott to ´isolate Florida as a kind of apartheid state given this whole stand your ground laws.´ "
A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The NSA boasts in training materials that the program, called XKeyscore, is its "widest-reaching" system for developing intelligence from the internet. (Snip)The files shed light on one of Snowden´s most controversial statements, made in his first video interview published by the Guardian on June 10.
Dream Defenders Executive Director Philip Agnew has said he knew the group would have to “get comfortable with being uncomfortable” during its now-13-day sit in at the Capitol. The college activists reached a new level of “uncomfortable” over the weekend – the group said Capitol police stopped food from coming into the building, leaving a group of about 50 protesters with little more than snack items and a few cups of water. Reports from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement indicate that´s not accurate.(Snip)phone calls to FDLE in support of the protest shut down the center’s ability
The Department of Justice civil rights unit sent to Sanford, Florida in 2012 to mediate the anti-George Zimmerman protests has a history of putting racial advocacy ahead of its mandated duties, according to a former head of the unit. “At CRS headquarters, we (meaning I) regularly had to warn or take corrective action against career employees for acting as advocates instead of mediators,” Ondray Harris, the former director of the DOJ’s Community Relations Service (CRS), told The Daily Caller. CRS was the unit deployed to Sanford in 2012 to oversee anti-Zimmerman protests.
The family of the ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has accused the army of abducting him. His daughter Shaimaa told a news conference in Cairo that the family was taking legal measures against the army. Mr Morsi has been held at an undisclosed location without charge since he was removed from power on 3 July. (Snip)One of Mr Morsi´s sons, Osama, said: "What is going on is a violation of human rights and a scandal in every sense of the word."
In the charade that became the trial of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, and in the continuing aftermath of the verdict, there was one thing the American people didn’t get from much of the national broadcast media: fairness. In the hours of continuous coverage that I monitored and recorded, I couldn’t believe the lack of balance in coverage.(Snip)Some news organizations seemed to resist the temptation of balanced reporting from the onset. What happened to investigating stories thoroughly? What happened to balancing a report with all points of view? And what happened to keeping agendas and
George Zimmerman, who has not been seen publicly since being acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin earlier this month, surfaced last week to rescue an unidentified driver trapped in an overturned truck in Florida, police said Monday. Sanford Police Department Capt. Jim McAuliffe told Fox News that Zimmerman, 29, was identified by a crash victim as the man who pulled him from the mangled vehicle last week. “George Zimmerman pulled me out,” firefighters were told by the unidentified driver, according to McAuliffe.
I have to admit, I’m stumped. Either something fairly important happened yesterday in Washington, or as readers of The Dallas Morning News might say, “I have no idea what you mean.” News reports, mostly from the right-of-center media, would indicate a 50-year IRS employee, recently retired as a tax specialist, testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Carter Hull, we’re told, said the inappropriate screening of tea party-related applications reached at least the office of the IRS chief counsel, one of two political appointees in the building. You remember the IRS scandal, right?
The brother of Trayvon Martin, whose shooting death by George Zimmerman gained international attention over the past year, is currently serving as an intern for Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., her office confirmed to NBC News. A Florida jury found Zimmerman not guilty of of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter on July 13. Zimmerman says he shot the teen in self defense. Martin’s brother Jahvaris Fulton attends Florida International University in Miami, Fla., (Snip) According to Wilson´s office, Fulton is also part of the 5000 Roll Models of Excellence Project.
In 2005 the Florida legislator enacted statute 776.032. “Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.” This immunity statute is often erroneously referred to as Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground (SYG) law, even by lawyers, judges, and law professors who ought to know better.(Snip)In fact, SYG is a different statute entirely, 776.013(3). Although many states have adopted some form of self-defense immunity law, Florida’s is remarkably broad in many respects. It provides not only immunity from both civil liability and criminal prosecution, but even from arrest in instances that lack probable cause
In the aftermath of the acquittal of George Zimmerman, Eric Holder, Al Sharpton and Ben Jealous of the NAACP are calling on the black community to rise up in national protest. Yet they know — and Barack Obama, whose silence speaks volumes, knows — nothing is going to happen. "Stand-Your-Ground" laws in Florida and other states are not going to be repealed. George Zimmerman is not going to be prosecuted for a federal "hate crime" in the death of Trayvon Martin. The result of all this ginned-up rage that has produced vandalism and violence
President Barack Obama’s half-brother, Malik Obama, had a close relationship with Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi that continued from the 1980s until the dictator’s death. A photograph obtained by the Daily Caller shows Malik smiling with Gadhafi. Photos of Gadhafi from the time period appear to place the photo somewhere between 1987-1990, around the same time as the 1986 Berlin discotheque bombing and the Lockerbie bombing in 1988, for both of which Libya was responsible. Obama was a vocal supporter of the Libyan dictator and once interceded with his brother on Gadhafi’s behalf during the Libyan civil war,
Colin Powell has admitted to exchanging ´very personal´ emails with a Romanian diplomat but denies having an affair with the much younger woman after a hacker threatened to release their intimate messages. The 76-year-old retired general told the Smoking Gun that he met Corina Cretu, 45, roughly 10 years ago when she was working as an assistant to the president of Romania. She is now a member of the European Parliament. ´After I left the Department of State in January 2005 we stayed in touch via email,´ he told TSG.
CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack. Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya. Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret. CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy
Serial sexter Anthony Weiner’s wife partly blamed herself last year when her horndog husband confessed to her that he was at it again. Friends and family told People magazine that Huma Abedin was kicking herself at the time for bailing out of couples counseling and focusing more on their newborn baby boy. But, thanks to a new round of joint therapy that continues even now, the couple was able to put the relapse behind them. “They really became a unit, and she feels much closer to Anthony now,” a relative told the magazine. That’s a long way from how Abedin
The United States will temporarily shut down its embassies and consulates around the world Sunday, including those in Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt, as a precautionary measure, the State Department said Thursday. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf did not say how long the international installations would stay closed -- only that the decision was taken “out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting.” Sunday is a normal workday in many Arab and Middle Eastern countries. Embassies in Europe and Latin America would be shuttered that day anyway.
In preparation for the release of Oscar-bait film The Butler, Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and director Lee Daniels (Precious) sat down with Parade magazine. The film chronicles a butler (Whitaker) who works in the White House through seven administrations. Winfrey plays the butler’s wife. In the interview, Winfrey explained her sadness that so few Americans know about the history of the civil rights movement: “They don’t know diddly-squat. Diddly-squat.” She then said of the historic use of the n-word, “I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last
American scientists claim the planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate in the past 65 million years. Climatologists at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment have warned the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift since the dinosaurs became extinct. If the trend continues at its current rapid pace, it will place significant stress on terrestrial ecosystems around the world, and many species will need to make behavioral, evolutionary or geographic adaptations to survive, they said.
[Video] Ouch. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie turned down an offer by Sen. Rand Paul to join him for a beer and bury the hatchet in their ongoing -- and very public -- feud. "I´m running for re-election in New Jersey. I don´t really have time for that at the moment," Christie said in an interview on a local radio station. The New Jersey governor said if he finds himself in Washington, "I´ll certainly look him up." But he added: "I don´t suspect I´ll be there anytime soon. I´ve got work to do here."
About 400 area retail and fast-food workers, together with colleagues nationally, participated in a strike Thursday to demand raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “If not $15, then something. I mean give us something. I work 36 hours a week and barely make enough to pay my rent, gas bill, light bill. It gets to the point where I barely have enough for lunch sometimes,” said Angel Richardson, 21, who works at McDonald’s. “I’m five months pregnant, what am I going to do in four months? I hope something changes.” The minimum wage is $7.25 nationally and $8.25
Oprah Winfrey said Americans by and large know “diddly-squat” about the history of the civil rights movement. The talk show queen and media mogul made her comments during the promotion of her new film, “The Butler,” about a black man who serves in that capacity through seven administrations at the White House. “They don’t know diddly-squat,” she said in a recent interview with Parade magazine. “Diddly-squat.” Ms. Winfrey also said that when she hears the N-word, she thinks of the “millions of people who heard that as their last word as they were hanging from a tree.”
The administration has popped the bubble of hope some small business had that switching to part-time staff would let them escape the high costs of Obamacare. The Small Business Administration on Thursday created a website to explain to businesses that the government will simply tally up the number of part-time employees firms have to determine if enough hours have been worked to essentially create a "full-time equivalent." Some smaller businesses had thought that if they could get under the 50 full-time employee cap that activates Obamacare by cutting full-time workers and hiring more part-time workers they would escape
Government workers in the city of Seattle have been advised that the terms "citizen" and "brown bag" are potentially offensive and may no longer be used in official documents and discussions. KOMO-TV reports that the city´s Office of Civil Rights instructed city workers in a recent internal memo to avoid using the words because some may find them offensive. "Luckily, we´ve got options," Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo obtained by the station. "For ´citizens,´ how about ´residents?´"
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) suggested on Friday morning that the tea party movement is comprised of the same types of people who fought against the civil rights movement during the 1960s. Speaking with the Daily Beast, Rangel said of the movement: “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. He added that the tea party movement can be defeated similar to how the civil rights movement eradicated Jim Crow mentality: “It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused