Sun Nov 11, 2012, 08:16 PM
DonViejo (7,908 posts)
The Sins Of General David Petraeus
Petraeus seduced America. We should never have trusted him.
The fraud that General David Petraeus perpetrated on America started many years before the general seduced Paula Broadwell, a lower ranking officer 20 years his junior, after meeting her on a campus visit to Harvard.
More so than any other leading military figure, Petraeus’s entire philosophy has been based on hiding the truth; on deception; on building a false image. “Perception,” is key, he wrote in his 1987 Princeton dissertation. "What policymakers believe to have taken place in any particular case is what matters—more than what actually occurred."
Yes, it’s not what actually happens that matters—it’s what you can convince the public they think happened.
Before I lay out the Petraeus counter-narrative—a narrative intentionally ignored by most of the Pentagon press and national security reporters, for reasons I’ll soon explain—let me say this about the man once known as King David; General Betray-Us; or P4, by his admirers, his enemies, and his fellow service members, respectively. He’s an impressive guy, a highly motivated individual, a world class bullshit artist, a fitness addict, and a man who spent more time in shitty places over the past ten years than almost any other American serving their country. I've covered him for seven years now, and he’ll always have my respect and twisted admiration.
So it’s fair to say P4 probably deserves something a little better than the public humiliation he’s about to endure. Sources who long feared him have already begun to leak salacious details; one told me this weekend that he took Broadwell along with him on a government funded trip to Paris in July 2011. And questions about his role in the Benghazi debacle are also likely to deepen.
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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 08:37 PM
99th_Monkey (9,307 posts)
1. Great Read! But not one mention of the sad case of Col. Ted Westhusing?
Which is a major omission in my book.
General Petraeus's Link to a Troubling Suicide in Iraq: The Ted Westhusing Story