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Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:15 PM

"A spy tale with missing pieces" ---Eugene Robinson

A spy tale with missing pieces
12:13 p.m. EST, November 13, 2012|Eugene Robinson, Washington Post Writers Group

WASHINGTON -- The one familiar aspect of the David Petraeus scandal is that he had an affair. Everything else about this story is weird.

Petraeus, who resigned Friday as director of the CIA, is brilliant, brave, dedicated and accomplished. But he is also vain. Even his most loyal and ardent supporters have to acknowledge the care with which he has always burnished his own image. He is used to being surrounded by acolytes -- staff officers, journalists, hangers-on -- whose fawning attentions can only foster a sense of superiority and entitlement.
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We know that Kelley lives in Tampa, is married, and that she and her husband count David and Holly Petraeus among their friends. It is unclear whether she knows Broadwell, and it appears that the menacing emails she received had been sent anonymously.

In the end, this may be a simple story: A woman gets a series of disturbing messages and asks an FBI agent she knows for help. A few months later, the nation's chief spy -- and perhaps its greatest living military hero -- comes crashing down.

If you believe in coincidences.

If you don't, there has to be a foreign spymaster involved, an updated version of John le Carre's diabolical Karla, an unseen figure manipulating these characters like puppets toward subtle and devious ends. Maybe I see the game that's being played. Maybe I know what this is all about.

But if I told you, I'd have to kill you.

MORE at:

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-11-13/news/os-ed-eugene-robinson-111312-20121113_1_cia-director-paula-broadwell-fbi-agents

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KoKo Nov 2012 OP
BainsBane Nov 2012 #1
smaug Nov 2012 #2
KoKo Nov 2012 #5
2naSalit Nov 2012 #9
2naSalit Nov 2012 #3
KoKo Nov 2012 #4
2naSalit Nov 2012 #10
2naSalit Nov 2012 #12
EmeraldCityGrl Nov 2012 #6
AntiFascist Nov 2012 #7
2naSalit Nov 2012 #11
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #8

Response to KoKo (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:22 PM

1. I doubt it

When the FBI starts digging into emails, they lead all kinds of places. Since Kelley had parties for the military, it's not so surprising she knew two generals. The woman is attractive and some men have a tendency to behave stupidly toward women they find attractive. The problem with snooping into people's private lives is that all kinds of stuff is uncovered that is really no one's business.

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:49 PM

2. I agree

This has all the hallmarks of a junior high school sports teams/cheerleader intrigue. How anyone in the Beltway can think of the neocons or GOP as adults is way beyond me.

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:30 PM

5. Well...both Broadwell and Kelley had "Privileged Info" on two of the Top American Military...

I grew up after WWII and in those times there were memories of SPIES and INFILTRATORS who worked hard and finding two women who can be seen as "innocents...one a Biographer and one a Socialite Entertainer who had clearance to "CentCom in Tampa" would seem to be a little more than "innocent" in my mind as to what their asperations were.

Just Saying......

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Response to KoKo (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 10:26 PM

9. And yet another

truly valid point, of which there seem to be many

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:07 PM

3. Tell you what I do know...

I know that anyone who had to know everything about the general was well informed about the affair. You don't get to be head of that agency or any agency so close to the POTUS without an exhaustive background check into every facet of your existence. You don't get on the bar in any state with one so....

I still think that there's something we're not gonna hear about and it has to do with the original three players and connections that will not be made public.

And the FBI part was the shirtless wonder's Cantor's attempt to pull a JEdgarHoover blackmail ploy only Cantor isn't smart enough to know that everything was already known and a smokescreen at best.

Also, post hearing where the genrl testified yesterday, you might notice the demeanor of one Sen. McGoo who was absolutely livid upon leaving that closed door hearing he so adamantly demanded to expose the lies he was accusing certain figures of making. He was caught outside the door by a group of reporters and it was obvious he was so red-faced pissed that he was damned near panting, probably had a major temper-tantrum meltdown before leaving the chamber. After a few quick statements he gave the rest a menacing look and hurried off like Count Dracula at dawn. That should tell you right there where the cover up is attempted and that there was something else for which the whole email fiasco is meant to cloud up for the media to feast on. We might never know what it is, or we might find out soon but the article above is another keep-the-story-alive event while not saying anything waste of time.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:22 PM

4. McCain has become so "Unhinged" about all of this..makes me wonder

if his less than stellar Reputation...might be exposed...about that fire on the aircraft carrier he was blamed for that was covered up.

What else could explain his "Outrage" which makes him seem deranged?

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Response to KoKo (Reply #4)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 10:30 PM

10. I don't think that

anyone needs to look that far back in history to find a pile of dirt behind Sen. McGoo. He seems to have quite tidy little graveyard that isn't hard to exhume. And there's a reason he chose to get elected in the state he hails from which is also rather telling for those who care to take a peek...

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Response to KoKo (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:04 PM

12. How about the fact that he is losing his high level ranking in the foreign policy

commte due to term limits. He is campaigning hard for an exception" to the term limit rule that the Rs have for their Sen. commtes. There aren't many positions that he's interested in and the Native American Affairs commte is not a place anyone wants him to have a say as he hates the NAs in his state and has gone out of his way to fuck with them in the past... and that's one of the few assignments open this session.

He's losing relevance and it'll be the death of him... ...

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:50 PM

6. There is way more to this.

One little point that never gets mentioned is, the FBI agent, Frederick W. Humphries II,
took his information to Dave Reichert R (WA), who then brought the information to Cantor.
How long they held onto the info I'm not sure.

As a side note, Reichert's district was gerrymandered.
He'll be in office forever now.

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 09:24 PM

7. It still sounds like The Bay of Pigs....


Neocons wanted major disruption and war in the Middle East, but it doesn't happen under Obama causing the more hawkish Republicans to explode. The anti-Muslim film response kind of petered out. Now Israel and Gaza have to resort to bombing each other in order to stir things up before Netanyahu's election.

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Response to AntiFascist (Reply #7)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 10:31 PM

11. ...

As they say in Maine, ahyuh.

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 09:29 PM

8. "Coincidences are for idiots!"

One of my characters...and applies here.

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