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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:04 AM

Petraeusís Icarus flight began when he set himself above President Obama

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/opinion/dowd-reputation-reputation-reputation.html

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By MAUREEN DOWD

...Petraeusís Icarus flight began when he set himself above President Obama.

Accustomed to being a demigod, expert at polishing his own celebrity and swaying public opinion, Petraeus did not accept the new presidentís desire to head for the nearest exit ramp on Afghanistan in 2009. The general began lobbying for a surge in private sessions with reporters and undercutting the president, who was trying to make a searingly hard call...

Once in Afghanistan, Petraeus welcomed prominent conservative hawks from Washington think tanks. As Greg Jaffe wrote in The Washington Post, they were ďgiven permanent office space at his headquarters and access to military aircraft to tour the battlefield. They provided advice to field commanders that sometimes conflicted with orders the commanders were getting from their immediate bosses.Ē

So many more American kids and Afghanistan civilians were killed and maimed in a war that went on too long. Thatís the real scandal.

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Reply Petraeusís Icarus flight began when he set himself above President Obama (Original post)
jsr Nov 2012 OP
Lugnut Nov 2012 #1
TreasonousBastard Nov 2012 #2
coalition_unwilling Nov 2012 #9
BouzoukiKing Nov 2012 #3
Le Taz Hot Nov 2012 #6
BouzoukiKing Nov 2012 #8
coalition_unwilling Nov 2012 #10
DallasNE Nov 2012 #4
marions ghost Nov 2012 #5
ancianita Nov 2012 #7
Scurrilous Nov 2012 #11
Hydra Nov 2012 #12
Baitball Blogger Nov 2012 #13

Response to jsr (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:28 AM

1. K&R n/t

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 02:34 AM

2. Remember this general named MacArthur? Big fargin' war hero who...

thought the President was a useless little shit...

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 11:13 AM

9. Big fargin' war hero who totally and completely fucked up with

 

regard to China's intentions, should we cross the 38th parallel.

And who disobeyed a direct order not to speak to the media.

I'll overlook a lot of HST's flaws b/c he had the balls to fire MacArthur. At the time, this was a very risky political move although subsequent events and public opinion largely vindicated HST.

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 02:42 AM

3. I dunno why the hell Dowd...

...gets all that dough, when she isn't a tenth the wordsmith this person is:

http://www.groupnewsblog.net/2007/09/general-petraeus-remf-ass-kisser-jinxed.html

Or one twentieth as well informed.

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Response to BouzoukiKing (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 06:23 AM

6. I stopped reading after the fourth word.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 11:07 AM

8. Never read Jesse Wendel, huh?

You've missed one of the greatest left-wing bloggers that's ever been...

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Response to BouzoukiKing (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 11:21 AM

10. This blog post nails Betray-us and has the harsh feel of truth. Thanks

 

for posting.

The general has a problem with his privates!

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 02:45 AM

4. If Reports That The CIA Had A Secret Prison In Benghazi Are True

Then that is clear insubordination. Since that data is classified we will likely never know but it would be another case of Petraeus putting himself above the President.

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 06:05 AM

5. Icarus flight

yeah. What a nosedive.

Wars for profit.

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 06:26 AM

7. Military disdain for civilian leadership is an ongoing problem.

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:08 PM

11. K & R

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:24 PM

12. Last line nails it

Obama got pushed into/rolled into doing Republican dirty work. I remember it from the 2008 debates when McCain continued to hammer the lie that "The Surge Worked!!!!"

This is what happens when we try to make nice-nice with Republicans and allow them near the levers of power. Good people die while others get rich and have sex parties.

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:24 PM

13. She went right for his balls.

Love it!

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