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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:56 AM

Petraeus Fell For The Wrong Reason


Petraeus Fell For The Wrong Reason
By Sheldon Richman (about the author)
OpEdNews Op Eds 11/21/2012 at 14:52:32

David Petraeus has fallen -- but not as he should have. Before being disgraced by an extramarital affair, the retired four-star general and ex-CIA director should have been shamed out of public life for his horrendous military record in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Are we talking about the same David Petraeus who is said to have heroically saved Iraq with the famous surge and then salvaged a floundering military effort in Afghanistan?

That's the one. But those "accomplishments" are merely the products of sharp public relations.

The fact is that Petraeus presided over the brutal occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, complete with torture, terrifying night raids, and violent sectarian cleansing. If Americans knew the truth -- which the news media are uninterested in disclosing because it detracts from their narrative -- they would not see heroism in David Petraeus. They would see the villainy of a man who carries out the orders of his imperial superiors and the ruthlessness with which the American empire treats whoever gets in its way. Alas, unfaithfulness in his marriage is the least of Petraeus's offenses.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 08:28 AM

2. His counterinsurgency and regime change strategies were all about ethnic cleansing. War crimes

and the exploitation of religious civil war to carry out strategic objectives are at the core of the policies he carried out with ruthless efficiency and even the outward appearance of personal integrity. That's what made him so valuable as a political General to both Administrations, and why he was continually promoted in position and in the public eye until he stepped over a line.

As Director of CIA, he was a principal architect of the regime change operations against Libya, Syria and Iran, and had even figured out how to leverage one to carry out the next, as the CIA used Sunni terrorists and looted heavy weapons exported from one country to attack the next regime. Even if not a single CIA officer ever touched a MANPAD or a car bomb, the regional civil wars they set up assured that process of terrorism, overthrow, and the regional weakening of Shi'ia Muslims would proceed. That model was first proven in Iraq with the arming of Sunni terrorist groups and implementation of the Salvador Plan. Petraeus understood all too well that the road to Tehran proceeds through Baghdad, Benghazi and Damascus.

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:47 AM

3. Peter Pan Effect?

Every Republican rises to their level of incompetence? And during Republican eras, multiply times a million?

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Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:12 AM

4. They are finally hinting around about war crimes.


Ever since the UN announced an investgation into war crimes a month ago, it seemed that things might start to shake up on the drone issue.

I give Obama the benefit of the doubt when he talks about moving forward, and how he is not seeking to punish war criminals from the previous administration.

It has become clear that war crimes have now been committed on his watch, by folks pretty high up (the policy-making level) in his chain of command. The specific incidents are the "double tap" drone strikes which targeted wounded and first responder non-combatants in direct violation of US and international law. These are some of the crimes that will be investigated by the UN.

I agree with the notion that the president has always been at odds with this general, and this understanding makes it more plausible that the president was not involved in the decision to launch the "double tap" strikes. Their purpose could only be to foment hate and anger and is antithetical to winning hearts and minds, which truly appears to be the president's strategy.

I think he asked for his resignation because he believes him to be a war criminal.

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