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The Petraeus-Broadwell Affair Continues To Spin Out of Control

November 10, 2012

The Happy Couple…

David Petraeus’ affair with Paula Broadwell `has legs’ and continues to grow with new revelations and embarrassments for the former head of the U.S. military and the C.I.A. almost by the hour. Of course, this being the United States, the media has focused on the details of the affair and on what could be serious breeches in state security. Much less attention has been given to date anyway, to the bigger picture: General Petraeus war record in Iraq and Afghanistan, to his role in creating the lie of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction before the March 2003 U.S. led invasion of Iraq. Perhaps that will come later. There is some attention to the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens in Bengazi and what is coming out is both revealing and embarrassing for the Obama Administration, and for Petraeus personally.

What follows here are some of the more insightful articles on the larger ramifications of the affair.

The Forgotten History of David Petraeus (Jeff Kaye. The Dissenter: July 31, 2011)

General Petraeus Is Dumb; She’s Dumber (Roger Simon. Politico: November 13, 2012) – while this is tongue and cheek it actually has some genuine politics in it towards the latter half of the article. Gets,  in my opinion, to the heart of the matters personal and political

White House Urged To Boost CIA Drone Fleet (UPI. October 26, 2012)

Petraeus has a plan to finish the war: Double Down on a failed strategy. (Michael Hastings. Rolling Stone: February 2, 2011)

Petraeus Resigns Over Affair With Biographer (Fred Kaplan. Slate: November 9, 2012)

Petraeus G-Mail: Paula Broadwell, Bengazi and Other Reasons for the CIA Director’s Perfectly Timed Resignation (Ethan Case. Policymic: November 12, 2012)

David Petraeus, A U.S. War Hero? ( Al Jazeera: November 13, 2012)

Admitting To An Affair, Petraeus Resigns as C.I.A. Chief (Anne Flaherty, Kimberly Dozier, Adam Goldman. AP: November 12, 2012)

Petraeus Biographer Strokes More Than His Ego (Russ Wellen. Foreign Policy In Focus. November 12, 2012)

Paula Broadwell on the Daily Show (from the University of Denver, Korbel School Website)

Behind Petraeus’ Resignation (Robert Perry. Common Dreams. November 10, 2012)

With Paula Broadwell, Petraeus Let His Guard Down (Joby Warrick. Washington Post. November 12, 2012)

The Sins of General David Petraeus (Michael Hastings. Buzzfeed  Politics: November 10, 2012)

Paula Broadwell Speaks at D.U. on Petraeus and the Attack on the U.S. Consulate in Bengazi (University of Denver. October 26, 2012)

Juan Cole on Democray Now: Petraeus’ Real Failure Was Counter-Insurgency (Juan Cole. Democracy Now! November 12, 2012)

Pundit Tears Pouring Out Over the Fall of CIA Chief Petraeus (Ray McGovern. Alternet. November 11, 2012)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jim permalink
    November 21, 2012 5:03 pm

    L A famed attorney, Gloria Allred,
    failed to explain why her new client,
    Natalie , had hired an attorney in
    the divorce proceedings, who represented
    a known terrorist.
    That was her first D C/ beltway attorney.
    Also, what her client’s dark needs
    are in a private divorce proceeding,
    and what the compelling interests of
    the United States are that led to the filing
    of material from two 4 Star generals
    was never set forth, a telling omission,
    raising more serious issues.
    Of course, it goes with out saying
    Gloria Allerd in her Ritz Carleton
    D C press conference does not speak for the
    United States Government.
    We, the American Public, never saw
    two 4 Star Generals file( or have filed)
    material in divorce proceedings involving
    the Childern of many U S Miltary
    Enlisted men .
    Of course, they never hired an attorney in
    a divorce proceeding who has represented0
    a known terrorist who had killed one
    of their brothers in ( arms) in the front lines.

    Jim

  2. Jim permalink
    November 22, 2012 11:33 am

    Well, one of D U’s very own, grad Paula spooked the Tampa socialite, Jill kelly( Khawam) by bragging about her military connections, viewed as a ” threat” to do harm to the Kelly( Khawam family), in a series of Emails, as tapped out by the FBI( a story that went viral in the World Media)
    Ironic, this set in motion a cascade of other
    events to pull back the curtain
    on a whole series of players, not yet on radar.
    Jill Kelly’s sisters first team of attorneys.
    Those connections are being kept deliberately
    murky by the East coast, U S Press, WSJ, NYT , etc .

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