Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:35 AM
unhappycamper (57,888 posts)
What Can't These Guys Keep Their Dicks in Their Pants?
Petraeus Resigns As DCI: USDI Vickers Rumored As Replacement
By Colin Clark
Published: November 9, 2012
WASHINGTON: It is a classic -- and sad -- Washington story. The most storied general since the Vietnam War, David Petraeus, resigns as director of the CIA late on a Friday afternoon because of an extramarital affair.
When he first took up his post at CIA there was considerable grumping about a military officer taking over the relentlessly civilian agency. A CIA official I spoke with a few days after he started work at Langley told me she was very uneasy about having a "uniform" working at the spy agency. She worried about his style and whether he would suppress bad news or try to trim analysts' conclusions to fit what the White House or the Pentagon might want to hear.
Petraeus went to the White House on Thursday to tender his resignation "for personal reasons," he said in a note sent to CIA staff. "After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours."
Petraeus' current deputy, Mike Morrell, will step into his shoes as acting director. Morrell may become the next CIA director -- if there's nothing that could derail him during a Senate confirmation. But two former senior intelligence officials mentioned other candidates.
General's defense team works to discredit accuser
Posted Thursday, Nov. 08, 2012
By MICHAEL BIESECKER
FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Defense lawyers representing an Army general facing sexual misconduct charges aimed Thursday to paint his primary accuser as a liar prone to jealousy and emotional overreactions.
The female captain at the heart of the government's case against Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair admits she carried on a 3-year sexual relationship with her married commander. Adultery is a crime under military law and the admission could end her career.
"Gen. Sinclair has engaged in deliberate, degrading course of conduct where he targets his subordinates to satisfy his abhorrent desires," said Lt. Col. William Helixon, the lead prosecutor.
A 27-year Army veteran who served five combat tours, Sinclair faces a long list of charges including forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct, violating orders, engaging in inappropriate relationships and adultery. The allegations involve Sinclair's conduct with five women who are not his wife, though the female captain is the only one who says he used physical force. Two female officers who had served with Sinclair testified Wednesday that had given the general nude photos at his request.
Previously posted on DU: http://www.democraticunderground.com/11791207
unhappycamper comment: 40 years ago sexual assault would put you in the brig for a looooong time. All of these 'gentlemen' would be out on the streets after serving some time in the slammer.
Here's a bet: None of these people will be demoted; none of these people will go to jail; 99% of them will be lobbying for defense contractors after their 'honorable' discharge..
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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)
Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:38 AM
Anthony McCarthy (507 posts)
1. These are not the same
One is a rape, the other is a consensual sexual relationship. That's an enormous difference. Petreus is an adulter and a cad but other than some public interest being violated or endangered, it's a situation that's the business of the three adults involved. Rape is a crime and is the business of everyone. That's something that should have been learned during the Bill Clinton sex scandal.
Response to unhappycamper (Original post)
Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:41 AM
Uben (7,235 posts)
2. Give the guy a break!
If I looked like him, I'd take anything I could get, too! Let's face it, guys like Petraeus, who have been used to giving all the orders and getting what they want think they are entitled to "extras". His pension should be revoked, and he should be fined enough to leave him penniless. Maybe Papa John's could give him a managerial job directing delivery orders or something.