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Petraeus – Resignation Or Sacking? “…Competence didn’t earn him four stars. Former peers accused him of brown-nosing his way to the top. It made him a brand as much as general. Talk about him being presidential material surfaced….”

March 5, 2013 1 comment

…..In 2007, Time magazine made him runner-up as Person of the Year. The designation is as meaningless and unworthy as Nobel Peace awards.

General David Petraeus

General David Petraeus (Photo credit: Talk Radio News Service)

So is current and previous praise. John McCain once called him “one of (our) greatest generals.” His judgment leaves much to be desired.

He’s not the best and brightest on Capitol Hill. He once admitted to graduating near the bottom of his Naval Academy class.

White House and media spin praised Petraeus’ performance as Iraq commander and CENTCOM head. It was falsified hype. Performance contradicted facts. Iraq was more disaster than success. His Afghanistan surge failed. Syria on his CIA watch didn’t fare better.

Before he fell from grace, he was called aggressive in nature, an innovative thinker on counterinsurgency warfare, a talisman, a white knight, a do-or-die competitive legend, and a man able to turn defeat into victory.

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English: Admiral William J. Fallon, USN, Commander, U.S. Central Command (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 2008, James Petras described him well in an article titled “General Petraeus: Zionism’s Military Poodle. From Surge to Purge to Dirge.”

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Brennan-led secret raids may have led to Benghazi retaliation, book claims | Fox News

February 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Former CIA Director David Petraeus and other top intelligence officials were kept out of the loop on secret raids in Libya which may have triggered the attacks on the U.S. Consulate last year, according to a new book out Tuesday.

 

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According to the authors — a former Navy SEAL and former Army Ranger — the man tapped by President Obama to lead the CIA in his second term, White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, was behind those classified “combat operations” which were allegedly conducted in the run-up to the September 2012 terror attack.

 

The e-book, called “Benghazi: The Definitive Report,” covered a number of behind-the-scenes claims, including that Petraeus was ensnared by a “palace coup” at the CIA that ultimately helped expose his affair with biographer Paula Broadwell.

 

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Fox-Murdoch offered Petraeus Prez Race Funding | Veterans Today

December 7, 2012 2 comments

David PetraeusRupert Murdoch wanted to bankroll his presidential campaign

Reported today in the Telegraph

Editor’s Note: This comes as no surprise. The American Israeli Lobby and Israeli Intel keeps a close eye on any ranking generals who might have presidential ambitions. It’s part of their job.

For years they have been offered free junkets to Israel where they are ‘evaluated’ as to their usefulness and willingness to join the Israeli insider team to high post retirement positions.

But what really is the story here is a major network in cahoots with a top Israeli mega media wheel, being caught right in the spotlight of penetrating presidential campaign on the front end, and exposing that this is what they have been doing for years and years. Thank you Roger Ailes, just in time for Christmas…Jim W. Dean]

Petraeus – the story goes on

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Pentagon Peacocks… (Gunny G: “Perfumed Princes” As Col David Hackworth Would Refer To Them)

December 5, 2012 16 comments

The Davis Petraeus saga is another urban legend; a myth about a great man felled by a single flaw or indiscretion. The truth is that Petraeus is a bit player in a larger, uglier drama, the political corruption the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and that exclusive four star glut that sits atop the military. And the rot didn’t start with Petraeus. Recall Army Chief-of-Staff George Casey taking to the airways to rationalize the Fort Hood Islamist massacre in 2009. Somehow “diversity” and Muslim sensitivities were more important than twin dangers of domestic sedition or troop safety on American bases.

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Casey was thrown at the Sunday chat shows, like the more recent Susan Rice mendacity tour, to spin a politically correct message. And then there was Admiral Mike Mullen leading the charge for sex with any sex a year later on the E-Ring at the Pentagon. Say what you will about booty call as a “civil right,” but gender choice is not a significant national security issue in the middle of a shooting war. The legality of relationships are social issues that should be addressed by an elected, yet too often cowardly,

Congress; not the appointed military brass. And while the JCS was riding point for preferences, nobody seemed to notice, or care about, failure in all those Muslim Wars. Indeed, a four-star public relations campaign reinvented the English language to avoid words like victory. The new word for retreat is “drawdown.”

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Petraeus scandal puts four-star general lifestyle under scrutiny – (“The commanders who lead the nation’s military services and those who oversee troops around the world enjoy an array of perquisites befitting a billionaire”) The Washington Post

November 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Petraeus scandal puts four-star general lifestyle under scrutiny

 

View Photo Gallery — The David Petraeus scandal: Cast of characters: A scandal that began with the relationship between retired Gen. David Petraeus, the director of the CIA, and his biographer, Paula Broadwell, has mushroomed. Here’s a look at the people mentioned in the case.

 

English: Official photo of David Petraeus, Dir...

English: Official photo of David Petraeus, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

By Rajiv Chandrasekaran and Greg Jaffe, Published: November 17

 

Then-defense secretary Robert M. Gates stopped bagging his leaves when he moved into a small Washington military enclave in 2007. His next-door neighbor was Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time, who had a chef, a personal valet and — not lost on Gates — troops to tend his property.

 

Gates may have been the civilian leader of the world’s largest military, but his position did not come with household staff. So, he often joked, he disposed of his leaves by blowing them onto the chairman’s lawn.

 

Among the new information uncovered by the Post’s Greg Jaffe and Anne Gearan, the Petraeus biographer was asked to leave her doctoral program at Harvard and apparently mistated her accomplishments at West Point.

 

Among the new information uncovered by the Post’s Greg Jaffe and Anne Gearan, the Petraeus biographer was asked to leave her doctoral program at Harvard and apparently mistated her accomplishments at West Point.

 

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Gunny G: WHAT “THE FOLKS” ARE SAYING!: ***If Rep. Peter King Is Right, Then Maybe Petraeus…”

November 16, 2012 1 comment
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If Rep. Peter King Is Right, that Petraeus said it was the video when he testified on the 14th, and said today that he didn’t say that then and that he said it was a terrorist attack instead, maybe, just maybe this is what happened behind the scenes:

 

The bama white house black mailed the General with their affair information, probably gathered with the HELP of the alleged mistress, (working for the same bama crime family) so he went up and told the video story….

 

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Dangerous Game: Rise and Fall of David Petraeus…By Peter Farmer….. (“But why did Petraeus agree to serve under Obama in the first place…”)

November 16, 2012 4 comments

…..There are many unanswered questions about the scandal.

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English: Official photograph of General David H. Petraeus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Was Petraeus’ affair with Paula Broadwell simply a matter of chance, or was he the victim of a carefully-orchestrated takedown by party or parties unknown? Did the White House set up Petraeus as a way of neutralizing a would-be political opponent? Is Petraeus being punished for failing to toe the administration line on Benghazi?

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Petraeus and the Fierce Struggles for Imperial Power by Jack D. Douglas…

November 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Is a Military Coup in the Works?
Jack Douglas on Petraeus and the vast struggles for US imperial power.

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Petraeus and the Fierce Struggles for Imperial Power

by Jack D. Douglas

Recently by Jack D. Douglas: The Lull Before the Social Storm

Almost everyone analyzing the many political crises and scandals erupting at the top of the U.S. is overlooking the Big Picture of the vast struggles for power at the top. There are always such struggles in powerful nations and in vast imperial powers there are commonly fierce struggles. Even totalitarian regimes in which “one man dictatorship” is what people outside see are riven with fierce struggles at the top. Hitler by the late 1930′s was about as close to being a one-man dictator as anyone ever is. He is still referred to that way routinely in the U.S. But that was the Public Front he worked furiously to maintain while carrying out fierce struggles of many kinds against the SA heads, against most of the General Staff of the Wehrmacht which was led by the top General Ludwig Beck, and against many other plotters, some of whom eventually joined von Stauffenberg‘s Valkyrie plot to kill Hitler and sue for peace with the West.

I and many other people have been writing about these struggles at the top in the U.S. for many years. They were fierce in the Vietnam era of the 1960′s and into the 1970′s and involved many conspiratorial groups from the generals to the FBI, the Kennedy and LBJ coalitions, and so on. They are every bit as fierce now.

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Capt._Eric_H._May_20070917_Petraeus_with_a_Kiss (“An ass-kissing little chickenshit…I hate people like that.”)

August 8, 2012 2 comments

 

English: General David Petraeus in testimony

English: General David Petraeus in testimony (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

“An ass-kissing little chickenshit…I hate people like that.”

 

Admiral William Fallon talking about General David Petraeus

 

Give credit where credit is due. This week General Petraeus fully understood his role when he came to Washington.

 

 

His costume was dazzling, bedecked with nine rows of fruit salad and a fine collection of qualification badges. His spit shined shoes creaked with excitement, but his expression was as firm as his comb-over hairdo, and he was ready.

 

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What you don’t know about David Petraeus (““Worst of all, he’s a big-government liberal: His strategy in Iraq relied on numerous population-centric strategies that are called counterinsurgency when deployed inside a war zone but, if implemented in the U.S., would be called social welfare programs on the scale of FDR’s Works Progress Administration or Johnson’s Great Society. Petraeus uses government resources to put unemployed locals to work on massive infrastructure projects, he works hard to secure fair political representation for aggrieved minorities, and he builds strong, public social services like hospitals and schools. President Reagan’s edict, ‘government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem,’ doesn’t seem to hold for Petraeus in Iraq. Would it hold for Petraeus in Washington?”)

August 8, 2012 2 comments

 

(This is the third part of a series profiling the potential running mates of GOP candidate Mitt Romney this election. Read Part I to learn about the possibility of rumored favorite Ohio Sen. Rob Portman filling the role and his positions on the most pressing issues of the day.

English: Official photo of David Petraeus, Dir...

English: Official photo of David Petraeus, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Read Part II to learn about prospective VP picks Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.)

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Admiral Fallon On The USS Saratoga During USS Liberty Attack…was born in East Orange

April 19, 2012 3 comments

He Was A Carrier Pilot On The Saratoga Fallon was a young US Naval Officer serving aboard the US Aircraft Carrier Saratoga in June, 1967, when Israel launched a surprise war against its Arab neighbors.

He saw the valiant F-4 Phantom pilots rocket off the Saratoga to save the crew of the USS Liberty, only to return 15 minutes later.

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(“Petraeus has said that the rise of new “smart” gadgets means that Americans are effectively bugging their own homes, saving US spy agencies a job when it identifies any “persons of interest”.”) Prison Planet.com » CIA Head: We Will Spy On Americans Through Electrical Appliances

March 16, 2012 Leave a comment
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Global information surveillance grid being constructed; willing Americans embrace gadgets used to spy on them

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CIA director David Petraeus has said that the rise of new “smart” gadgets means that Americans are effectively bugging their own homes, saving US spy agencies a job when it identifies any “persons of interest”.

Speaking at a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s technology investment operation, Petraeus made the comments when discussing new technologies which aim to add processors and web connections to previously ‘dumb’ home appliances such as fridges, ovens and lighting systems.

Wired reports the details via its Danger Room Blog:

“‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies,” Petraeus enthused, “particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft.”

“Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters — all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing,” Petraeus said.

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U.S.-IRAQ: Fallon Derided Petraeus, Opposed the Surge – IPS ipsnews.net

February 20, 2012 2 comments
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WASHINGTON, Sep 12, 2007 IPS – In sharp contrast to the lionisation of Gen. David Petraeus by members of the U.S. Congress during his testimony this week, Petraeus’s superior, Admiral William Fallon, chief of the Central Command CENTCOM, derided Petraeus as a sycophant during their first meeting in Baghdad last March, according to Pentagon sources familiar with reports of the meeting.

Fallon told Petraeus that he considered him to be “an ass-kissing little chickenshit” and added, “I hate people like that”, the sources say. That remark reportedly came after Petraeus began the meeting by making remarks that Fallon interpreted as trying to ingratiate himself with a superior.

That extraordinarily contentious start of Fallon’s mission to Baghdad led to more meetings marked by acute tension between the two commanders. Fallon went on develop his own alternative to Petraeus’s recommendation for continued high levels of U.S. troops in Iraq during the summer.The enmity between the two commanders became public knowledge when the Washington Post reported Sep. 9 on intense conflict within the administration over Iraq.

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WARNING: Corporate-Fascist Military Coup Brewing in the United States? ~ “Posing as a venerable American hero, “leading” American troops through two wars in service to his nation, Petraeus’ ties are in fact to Wall Street and London corporate financier oligarchs”

October 1, 2011 Leave a comment

WARNING: Corporate-Fascist Military Coup Brewing in the United States? ~ “Posing as a venerable American hero, “leading” American troops through two wars in service to his nation, Petraeus’ ties are in fact to Wall Street and London corporate financier oligarchs”

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Corporate-Fascist Military Coup Brewing in the United States?:

Posing as a venerable American hero, “leading” American troops through two wars in service to his nation, Petraeus’ ties are in fact to Wall Street and London corporate financier oligarchs. His membership [3] in the corporate-financier Council on Foreign Relations [4] is perhaps the most significant conflict of interest in America’s political landscape.

He has been both commander of America’s troops and now director of the CIA, all while privately associating with the unelected policy makers of the CFR; an organization that represents the collective interests of the largest banks, private institutions, and corporations on earth. Whether Petraeus is guilty or not of improprieties amidst this enormous conflict of interest is irrelevant.

The fact that he hasn’t shown the proper judgment to rectify such a conflict by either resigning, or ending his CFR associations, should be alarming to all Americans.

To add further fears regarding the ambitions and agenda of Petraeus, one must examine those that are gravitating around him and indeed prodding him along.

In 2010, Petraeus gave a speech……….

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