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Sensitivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:37 AM
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Is General Petraeus a DEMOCRAT? Heard that before. NOW DOWD DROPS HINT

Had heard from beltway friends who should know that Petraeus was suspected of being a closet democrat -- and that fact could have stalled his career under Bush.

Now Dowd drops a similar hint:



The image of John McCain in a golf cart with Bush 41 in Kennebunkport with Poppy charmingly admitting that they were a little jealous of all the Obama odyssey coverage was not a good advertisement for the future, especially contrasted with the shots of Gen. David Petraeus and Obama smiling at each other companionably in a helicopter surveying Iraq. (Asked by a Democratic lawmaker a while back why there werent more Democrats in the military, General Petraeus smiled slyly and said there are more than you think.)
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 03:04 AM
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1. Meh, he's still an ass kisser.
So, said his boss, Admiral William J. Fallon
" an ass-kissing little chickenshit"

--Think Progress
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Ichingcarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 03:17 AM
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2. Dowd wished she had a real Man to really kiss her ass

In a nice way, in a real way, that worshiped her
lack of humanity and sexuality.
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 04:32 AM
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3. similar things were said of Wes Clark... (I'm just sayin')
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 05:31 PM
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12. Do you have any links? n/t
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:46 PM
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13. do you think what I said isn't true?
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:59 PM
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15. The only link I've found is from Michele Malkin...
...do you have any others?

(Malkin link: http://michellemalkin.com/2008/07/01/more-on-the-odious... /)


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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:08 PM
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18. does the charge of "perfumed prince" ring a bell?
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:37 PM
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19. Hmm...
...a. that is an example of why some people have a very low opinion of blogs; that guy's writing defines crap.

b. if the nickname is true (see a. above) that's not exactly the same thing as "ass-kisser". It is, however,

c. pretty fucking funny. I wonder how many generals primp and preen with all their medals and accouterment? Although, I saw him on TV once and his suit was disheveled, so I wonder how valid that charge is against Clark.


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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 04:47 AM
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20. I said "similar things," didn't I? That was just an example
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 06:31 AM
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21. Excuse me, yes you did. My apologies. n/t
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 04:53 AM
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4. Oh... well. If the *belftway* said it, then it *must* be true.
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 04:55 AM
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5. I thought there was talk of Petraeus running as a Republican in 2012
for the presidency?
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Sensitivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:00 AM
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10. Repugs have been rumored to be recruiting him -- unsuccessfully. He has side-stepped suggestions
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bklyncowgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:30 AM
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6. Working for George W. Bush for a couple of years could turn anyone into a Democrat
I wonder if the General is going to end up on the Administration shit list for that remark.
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:53 AM
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9. Isn't that the truth.
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TexasProgresive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:33 AM
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7. That's the original "Don't ask, Don't Tell" policy
People in the military are not allowed to be overtly political. So every member of the Armed forces is a closet something.
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Mass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:46 AM
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8. No. In fact, during the 2004 elections, he wrote editorials against Kerry.
Edited on Wed Jul-23-08 06:47 AM by Mass
Dowd as a source? Seriously? Who can still trust her on anything.
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Azathoth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:29 AM
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Dupe n/t
Edited on Wed Jul-23-08 08:29 AM by Azathoth
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Azathoth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:29 AM
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11. Petraeus is a politician wearing a military uniform
Edited on Wed Jul-23-08 08:30 AM by Azathoth
He's whatever is best for his career at any given moment.
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Thothmes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 07:23 AM
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22. Every officer that circulates at the 4 star level
is a master politician. Otherwise they would not be where they are.
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Colobo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:57 PM
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14. If he is, good for him.
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:29 PM
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16. I heard him in an interview say that once he became a general he quit
all his political connections and has not voted since - believing in a strict seperation and control of the military by civilians.

Why don't we give the man a break and sees what he does when he gets an order from President Obama.


If he wanted to make Obama look bad during this trip he had lots of opportunities but it looks like they enjoyed each other's company.

The best possible outcome for the country and for the soldiers that are fighting in Iraq is that Obama becomes President and Petraeus carries out the orders effectively and enthusiastically.


If Obama can brin Patraeus 'inside the tent' at that point he will have just bought himself another 6 months of honeymoon.
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ShaneGR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:42 PM
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17. Exactly the reason I didn't like Moveon's attack on him....
High level US Generals have to put politics aside, regardless of beliefs, and serve their civilian "masters." That's written into US history and the constitution. The General "Betray US" thing hurt Moveon more than it helped them. I reject attacks on high ranking military officials at this point. If they're left standing at this point, it's because they know what they're doing on the ground every day.
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Lisa0825 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 08:21 AM
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23. deleted
Edited on Thu Jul-24-08 08:22 AM by Lisa0825
misread
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