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Paragraph 11 Explains Petraeus Departure

Posted on | November 9, 2012 | 30 Comments

by Smitty

In case anybody wondered why David Petraeus ejected:

“I wanted him to continue,” she said. “He was good, he loved the work, and he had a command of intelligence issues second to none.” Feinstein added that Petraeus will no longer be required to testify at hearings next week related to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya Sept. 11.

Military justice considers extramarital affairs, ripe ground for blackmailing, to be security threats and possible grounds for court martial, The Associated Press reported.

If Petraeus doesn’t run for POTUS on the 2016 GOP ticket I don’t know how I’m going to muster enthusiasm to fall in line for the conservative Charlie Brown parade.
After John McCain and Mitt Romney, I really need somebody with the stature and courage of DP to call for another head-on charge at Lucy, clutching balls the way she does, only to offer another grotesque yank at the last second, letting conservatives fall down, gasping. Again. For another four years. In the name of Progress.
Ah, political fantasy football.

via Drudge


30 Responses to “Paragraph 11 Explains Petraeus Departure”

  1. 20thCenturyVole
    November 9th, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

    Subpoena his ass.

  2. Quartermaster
    November 9th, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

    I have been given to understand, by reliable sources, that DP is at best a moderate.

  3. Quartermaster
    November 9th, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

    Being a private citizen does not mean he can ignore such. There are certain people that really don’t want teh truth because they can’t handle it. I’m sure Feinstein breathed a sigh of relief.

  4. smitty
    November 9th, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

    You wouldn’t make 4 stars in the Army otherwise. I want to feel like he’s conservative, but Colin Powell tells me you’re likely correct.

  5. smitty
    November 9th, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

    Although, if DP is a moderate, then that counts as an extra point for my Peanuts gag.

  6. CalCon10
    November 9th, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

    So…all Haldemann & Co. had to do was resign because they’d had affairs. Poor Tricky Dick! If only he’d’a known!

    Hahaha. This kind of chicanery makes me so mad, I can barely even write.

  7. skhpcola
    November 9th, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

    The cover-up is getting deeper than the Marianas Trench. The truth will eventually out, but Ozero and his cabal are doing a fine job of shutting people up and lying through their teeth.

  8. big4bluz
    November 9th, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

    The conspiracy theory crowd will be working over-time on this.

  9. richard mcenroe
    November 9th, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

    How can it be a conspiracy “theory” when you’re working with known conspirators?

  10. Beeblebrocs
    November 9th, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

    If Issa doesn’t call him anyway then I’ll be pissed.

  11. alohasteve
    November 9th, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

    VERY INTERESTING. Three Separate Maps of County by County vote and vote trends in the 2012 Presidential Election…

  12. lolvincitomnia
    November 9th, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

    Petraeus can be subpeonaed, and forced to testify, in fact as he’s not in Obama admin, Obama can’t order him not to. One thing none of those trying to suggest Petraeus is secretly on our side, is, Petraeus’ wife is still employed by the Obama administration. As far as I’m concerned, the committee needs to subpeona him, and not let him squirm his way out of testifying, and we can’t allow the cowards on the committee to lie to us, claiming his departure means he can’t testify, that’s a lie.

  13. lolvincitomnia
    November 9th, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

    Oh, btw, I’m sick and tired of the lies being spread claiming we didn’t get enough votes, the facts are, more republican voters voted, than we’re being told did. The numbers aren’t adding up and there was serious fraud in all the swing states.

  14. fondatori
    November 9th, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

    “Military justice considers extramarital affairs, ripe ground for blackmailing, to be security threats and possible grounds for court martial…”

    I’m thinking that some people outside the military consider affairs ripe ground for blackmailing, too.

  15. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    November 9th, 2012 @ 9:37 pm
  16. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    November 9th, 2012 @ 10:21 pm

    If only the FBI were as efficient in investigating what happened in Benghazi than in investigating who David Petraeus was “all in” with.

  17. ThomasD
    November 9th, 2012 @ 10:54 pm

    Adultery being a crime under the UCMj was my first thought.

    But, driving home this evening listening to NPR he was described as ‘retired’ General Petraeus.

    First time I’ve ever heard them make that distinction about anyone. And it was something that seemed to have a bit of added emphasis.

    I’m not conversant with the ins and outs of General Officer retirement, but does anyone know when he “officially” separated?

    I wonder if this was what the Obama administration used as their carrot? No Court Martial in exchange for a silent ride on the infidelity express.

  18. K-Bob
    November 9th, 2012 @ 10:56 pm

    So… which star is the “total suck-up” star?

  19. K-Bob
    November 9th, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

    “After John McCain and Mitt Romney, I really need somebody with the stature and courage of DP to call for another head-on charge…”

    Let’s call Panetta. He’s already comfortable with the other side, so he’s got the lowest possible “negatives.”

  20. Bob Belvedere
    November 9th, 2012 @ 11:28 pm

    Ha! That’s the Rule 5 Spirit!

  21. K-Bob
    November 9th, 2012 @ 11:50 pm
  22. K-Bob
    November 9th, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

    But the conservative pundits keep telling us the polls were right!

  23. SDN
    November 10th, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    Pretty much starts with the first one, as any star is subject to Senate confirmation. Patton would never have made it today.

  24. Foo Bar
    November 10th, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    So what exactly are you saying? That Obama sent a biographer on a covert mission to seduce Petraeus? That Petraeus initiated the affair so that he could get out of testifying? Seriously, what is your theory?

    Or maybe, just maybe, that next paragraph in the article explains it better. The military (and the CIA) takes a hard line on affairs, perhaps even harder on the brass than on the troops.

  25. ThomasD
    November 10th, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

    Latest reports are that the affair pre-dates his time at the CIA. Which would seem to put his pension, if not outright freedom in real jeopardy.

    He’s not going to be of any use in front of Congress, he’ll simply keep repeating exactly what he said last time.

  26. Quartermaster
    November 10th, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

    He would have to be recalled to active duty to under go Court Martial. With Zer0, that is very unlikely to happen.

  27. Quartermaster
    November 10th, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

    You won’t make 1 star without being a politician. Colin Powell is probably the most egregious examples one can cite.

  28. Wombat_socho
    November 10th, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

    I don’t know if I qualify as a pundit, but I admit to being thoroughly confused by the polls at this point.

  29. ReaganiteRepublican
    November 11th, 2012 @ 3:46 am
  30. K-Bob
    November 12th, 2012 @ 1:54 am

    You need a special, magic sliderule to make them add up, that’s for sure.