A few things. First is that there appears to have been a great deal of classified information bandied about between the people involved and possibly others. The threshold for dissemination of classified information to unauthorized parties is absolutely zero tolerance, but especially so for the head of the CIA. In Obama's press conference yesterday, he stated that no classified information had been divulged that would threaten the security of the United States. Read more about More Than Meets the Eye in L'Affaire Petraeus
It is tempting to focus on the bizarre and titillating details of what Pepe Escobar calls a “bedroom farce” or Arthur Silber calls a “cheap slut scenario” given as the explanation for CIA Director General Petraeus’ resignation last week.
I am sure I am not the only citizen who feels “played” once again by a craven administration and corporate media. The sirens of cognitive dissonance are blaring, not only with the timing of the resignation, so close after the election and a week before Petraeus was to give testimony in Congress over the details of the Benghazi attack in Libya. Read more about Petraeus Affair as al-Qaeda-Linked CIA Cover-Up
(554 Obama-dumping days until 2012 election-Hugh's Obama's Scandals List)
1. What country does the vast majority of terrorists in Afghanistan come from?
On April 26, 2011, it was reported that there would be a major reshuffling of the neocon deck chairs in the Obama Administration's military and intelligence apparatus. Leon Panetta will be nominated to replace Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense. Panetta is currently CIA director. As DCI, Panetta did nothing to reform the CIA. Indeed he was a strong proponent of covering up Bush era illegalities there. Read more about Reshuffling the Neocon Chairs in the Obama Military and Intelligence Apparatus
McClatchy: As Bush claims "ordinary life is beginning to return" in Baghdad, Blackwater mercenaries shoot 43 civilians, kill 16
Worse than we thought. As usual. McClatchy. It's always nice to read real reporting. Fair use:
On Sept. 9, the day before Army Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. military commander in Iraq , and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker told Congress that things were getting better, Batoul Mohammed Ali Hussein came to Baghdad for the day.
A clerk in the Iraqi customs office in Diyala province, she was in the capital to drop off and pick up paperwork at the central office near busy al Khilani Square, not far from the fortified Green Zone, where top U.S. and Iraqi officials live and work. U.S. officials often pass through the square in heavily guarded convoys on their way to other parts of Baghdad.
As Hussein walked out of the customs building, an embassy convoy of sport-utility vehicles drove through the intersection. Blackwater security guards, charged with protecting the diplomats, yelled at construction workers at an unfinished building to move back. Instead, the workers threw rocks. The guards, witnesses said, responded with gunfire, spraying the intersection with bullets.
Hussein, who was on the opposite side of the street from the construction site, fell to the ground, shot in the leg. As she struggled to her feet and took a step, eyewitnesses said, a Blackwater security guard trained his weapon on her and shot her multiple times. She died on the spot, and the customs documents she'd held in her arms fluttered down the street.
Before the shooting stopped, four other people were killed in what would be the beginning of eight days of violence that Iraqi officials say bolster their argument that Blackwater should be banned from working in Iraq.
Okay, it was a non-binding* resolution to condemn our revolution, but still...
When the past catches up with you, bitch-smack that dirty little commie hippy all the way back to the 18th Century where it belongs. Impertinent rebels! The gall! The absolute gall!
*Sorry, no link. I made it up. Just like Mr. Bush did about the reasons for invading Iraq. He is cousin to my madness.
Missed this one, alas. The Independent:
The US commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, expressed long-term interest in running for the US presidency when he was stationed in Baghdad, according to a senior Iraqi official who knew him at that time.
Sabah Khadim, then a senior adviser at Iraq's Interior Ministry, says General Petraeus discussed with him his ambition when the general was head of training and recruitment of the Iraqi army in 2004-05.
Despite the fact that the biggest news This Week was the testimony of General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker before Congress regarding the Iraq War, both men seemingly refused to Face the Nation and Meet the Press. Read more about Fox (Shills) News Channel Scores Again!!
In his Congressional testimonies, General Petraeus kept using the word "troopers" to describe individual soldiers.
Is this a new back-formation, whereby a "trooper" is the singular of "the troops"?
Did Petraeus coin the word?
Or is it the customary term in the military?
If it's new, and if it's a coinage by Petraeus, what do you think his purpose was?**
Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you The Anti-Powell. Rolls right off the tongue, donit? Our side sure isn't thrilled by the idea, of course. paging Watertiger, pick up the white caption phone, Watertiger But it's not a bad joke, it's a possibility. This is one result of Beltway Bubbledom- the sincere and not-ridiculous belief that Petraeus could be a successful candidate in 2012. Read more about Creating Their Own Reality: President Petraeus, 2012
Why does Admiral Fallon hate the troops? National security analyst Gareth Porter writes:
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.
You're seeing it everywhere, aren't you? Today, Conservative operative and Designated Bush Fluffer of the Day at House of Hiatt seriously opines:
Despite real military progress, the situation in Iraq remains difficult. Gen. Petraeus is a skilled leader, but we do not know if even he can win.
I assume you saw the following video, but I'll put it up again. Did you know he wasn't the only one tossed on his ass? The very kind and extremely gentlemanly (and white, and former CIA) Mr. McGovern also got kicked to the curb. His crime? Saying outloud, as Petraeus' mic was being clipped on, "Swear him in." Pathetic cowards, our Rulers in DC. Afraid of an old man and a preacher. Just sad. Go to a protest and find out for yourself. I'd say "break a leg," but that would be in really bad taste*:
Well, there you have it. Calgary Herald:
in surprising, unscripted remarks before a Senate committee on Tuesday, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq said he couldn't the answer the one question many people were asking as they marked the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks: has the current Iraq war strategy made the country safer?