The Fall Of P4
PG always suspected David Petraeus of being a media creation. He did have a talent for dealing with the press. With at least one “embedded” reporter, this caused him problems.
The news of his resignation is a gold mine for conspiracy fans. Usually, the press announcement of an affair comes before the resignation. The feeling here is that few would have cared about the Golden General going “All In”. Lets take a look at a few things.
Kessler: FBI Investigation Led to Petraeus Resignation. It seems as though Paula Broadwell, the gf, was improperly accessing some emails intended for Gen. Petraeus. Why was the FBI investigating the CIA? Is there some intergovernmental conflict here? Was the FBI trying to make BHO look bad? Is there so little crime in America that the FBI has time to investigate the CIA?
As for the President, he is starting his second term. Presidents who win reelection to an eight year tenure ALWAYS have problems in the second term. This goes back to Abraham Lincoln, whose second term problems were fatal.
Lets get back to the CIA. It is well known that the agency was heavily involved in the Benghazi unpleasantness. “The Wall Street Journal cites several anonymous officials who go after Petraeus hard. The CIA, operating out of an “annex” near the 13-acre consular compound, dwarfed the regular diplomatic presence in Benghazi, with the mission of hunting down ex-dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s unsecured rockets and missiles. That apparently led to an expectation at the State Department that the CIA would secure the compound in the event of a disaster, which never congealed into a formal arrangement. … And while the Journal piece doesn’t mention it, there’s a possible policy element to the discrepancy between the State Department and CIA. The CIA had 10 people to protect its annex in Benghazi, but the State Department relied on a previously obscure British firm, Blue Mountain, to guard the entire compound. Blue Mountain paid its Libyan guards $4 an hour. It’s speculative, but the State Department’s expectation that the CIA would be “the cavalry” in an assault … might have contributed to State’s relatively lax security posture at the consulate. “
The wired feature has more on the inflated reputation of David Petraeus. “Petraeus is not used to being under the bus. His record commanding the surge in Iraq has given him a tremendous reputation, within official Washington and beyond. Politicians and the press tend to downplay his missteps, such as his less-than-impressive record training Iraqi security forces and the stalemate that persists in Afghanistan despite Petraeus’ year in command.”
The Iraq “surge” was a key element in the legend of David Petraeus. Part of the surge strategy was happy talk in the US media about how we were now winning the war. It was like the old Vietnam joke … lets declare victory and go home. Only in Iraq, it was semi-official strategy. While talking about this miraculous victory, the credit went to the media saavy David Petraeus. Eventually, it fed on itself.
One of the reporters “embedded” with Gen. Petraeus overseas was Paula Broadwell. She went on to write a Glowing Book, All In: The Education of General David Petraeus. “Afforded extensive access by General Petraeus, his mentors, his subordinates, and his longtime friends, Broadwell embedded with the general, his headquarters staff, and his soldiers on the front lines of fighting and at the strategic command in Afghanistan to chronicle the experiences of this American general as they were brought to bear in the terrible crucible of war.” At some point, she became his gf. You can’t make this stuff up.
One question is why the attack on Benghazi took place? It is well known that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hates BHO, and wanted WMR to win. Could Bibi have connections in the terror underground? Was the attack on Benghazi intended to make BHO look bad? For that matter, what about the attack on an American drone by Iran? Could Bibi have influenced a rogue officer in Iran to fire on that aircraft, trying to create an October surprise? It is not Israel’s fault that the repubs were too inept to make use of such election time dynamite. Or that the people had heard so much nonsense from Fox news that they assumed the Benghazi talk was more of the same.
Pictures are from The Library of Congress. Spell check suggestion for Petraeus:Perpetrates.