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#1 Petraeus brought down by vengeful CIA agents and his own bodyguards
But the causative factor is -
It does illustrate an important lesson for powerful men: keep your pants zipped.
unless you're Billy Boy. Then it's OK, because you are the Man in the seat and not a potential threat to the throne.
Posted by Procopius2k 2013-02-10 12:04||
#2 The onion is beginning to be peeled.
Petraeus was a conventional officer, not particularly enamored with SOF, or separate side-bar operations. I can see how the SECAR [and former CIA director], could easily summon the ASDSOLIC and JSOC to quietly assist the WH with selected compartmented operations.
Petraeus' being cut out of the JSOC loop by Brennan, then destroyed via scandal certainly fits the matrix. Generals are easy to fire. Senior Executive Service Klingons in McLean, not so much. An added benefit would the total destruction of future political ambition. How tidy and convenient.
Posted by Besoeker 2013-02-10 12:22||
#3 Above: SECAR should read SECDEF...apologies.
Posted by Besoeker 2013-02-10 12:23||
#4 FTA: "The book claims that neither Stevens nor even Petraeus knew about the raids by American special operations troops, which had 'kicked a hornet's nest' among the heavily-armed fighters after the overthrow of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
John Brennan, President Barack Obama's Deputy National Security Adviser, had been authorizing 'unilateral operations in North Africa outside of the traditional command structure,' according to the e-book. Brennan is Obama's pick to replace Petraeus as head of the CIA."
I think the above is the most important part of the article. Makes one wonder whether Brennan was in charge at the White House during the Benghazi incident while the President went to bed to rest up for his trip to Vegas the next day.
Posted by tipover 2013-02-10 12:44||
#5 I also think it's kinda hypocritical that suddenly they pretend to care about voluntary sexual relations between adults.
They can lead the push to integrate the services and loudly declare that There Will Be No Fraternization Problems, There Will Be No Sexual Harrasment Problems, There Will Be No Sexual Favor-Trading Problems... but they need their fainting couch because they're shocked, SHOCKED that Petraeus was sleeping with someone.
And from the party/faction that brought new meaning to the term 'Intern,' and brought that meaning to the Oral Office.
This five minutes' worth of Victorianism would be more endurable if they didn't spend the other 23 hours and 55 minutes a day recreating scenes from The Rake's Progress.
Posted by Thing From Snowy Mountain 2013-02-10 13:03||
#6 Makes one wonder whether Brennan was in charge at the White House during the Benghazi incident while the President went to bed to rest up for his trip to Vegas the next day.
Posted by: tipover
Looks like a duck, quacks like a duck....
Global Integrated Security was Brennan's old firm. Still in business by the way. Here's an interesting Atlas Shrugs piece entitled "Quid pro quo" from 3 years ago.
Posted by Besoeker 2013-02-10 13:27||
#7 Very plausible scenario. More so than any other I have seen, and leaves few threads dangling. But does not explain why anyone would have left Stevens that exposed on 9-11 nor why they would so flagrantly lie about it later. Either WH was both stupid and caught entirely off guard (possible) or was involved. Given the Brennan connection, I suspect the latter (with a healthy dollop of the former on top of it.)
Posted by Glenmore 2013-02-10 14:00||
#8 It is likely Stevens was the plumber sent to Benghazi to fix things, possibly with the Turks or some of his host nation pals. When it all started going kinetic, priority quickly went to the 26 or however many people were at the annex [same folks never to be seen or heard from again following their check-up at Landstuhl].
The more we learn, the more plausible the total insulation of Champ appears. Completely absent from the planning cycle could have been the clueless Hildebeast and Admiral Clapper.
Posted by Besoeker 2013-02-10 15:16||
This Tuesday, White House Counter-Terrorism adviser John Brennan will sit down for the closed door classified portion of his confirmation hearing. Brennan brings a lot of baggage to the table and has taken some fire from both the Left and the Right for his support of para-military activities and so-called Enhanced Interrogation Techniques. This last week we¬'ve seen puff piece after puff piece as our 4th Estate absolutely gushes over John Brennan to pump him up for the confirmation hearings that will determine whether or not he will be the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, filling the void left by General Petraeus¬' resignation
Perhaps it is then a happy coincidence that the ebook I wrote with Brandon Webb about Benghazi is coming out on the same day as Brennan¬'s classified hearing. The ebook will begin to peel back a few of the layers of secrecy that have thus far protected John Brennan and some very shady activities undertaken by the National Security Council.
The book includes many never before revealed details about the Libyan Civil War and the post-war reconsolidation efforts undertaken by Private Military Companies, the CIA, and Ambassador Chris Stevens. This sets the stage for the situation that led to the attack on the US Consulate (technically a Temporary Mission Facility) in Benghazi. We then tell it like it actually happened that night and detail the heroic actions of Ty Woods and his fellow OGA operators. We will also shatter some myths and misconceptions about denied air support and the resignation of General Petraeus.
Perhaps most damning is the question of why. Why did the attack happen? What got AQIM elements operating under the Ansar Al-Sharia banner so angry that they decided to over run the Consulate? Perhaps events in Egypt and a silly Youtube video helped some of the Sheiks mobilize a large group of extremists but there is more to this situation. Much more. Ambassador Stevens and David Petraeus never could have seen what was coming. They were left in the lurch due to covert operations initiated by the White House, a secret war in North Africa being orchestrated by John Brennan.
Posted by Besoeker 2013-02-10 15:36||
#10 Admiral Clapper
Retired Lieutenant General, USAF.
Posted by Pappy 2013-02-10 16:07||
#11 Thanks Pappy, my bad.
Posted by Besoeker 2013-02-10 16:15||
#12 This five minutes' worth of Victorianism would be more endurable if they didn't spend the other 23 hours and 55 minutes a day recreating scenes from The Rake's Progress.
Posted by Shipman 2013-02-10 19:01||
#13 Whut - TWASN'T A ZIPPER DEFECT???
You call that a Made-for-Cable TV = Oprah Network Movie - I DON'T THINK SO!
Posted by JosephMendiola 2013-02-10 23:11||