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14 Nov 2012 00:27 #732080 by Cal Alamein
A buddy of mine sees this as a perfect opportunity for Obama to clean house of some corrupt generals and get out of Afghanistan early. We can certainly wish.
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14 Nov 2012 01:04 #732084 by Martin C
The latest twists in this story remind me of something out of the movie "Burn After Reading!"

I am still amazed at the news that Petraeus' biographer Broadwell had a ghost writer(Loeb). So what exactly were her qualifications for becoming Petraeus' biographer? ;)
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14 Nov 2012 01:23 - 14 Nov 2012 01:34 #732085 by Borracho
Vanity Fair ran a big profile of Petraeus a couple of years ago, by Mark Bowden, a couple of whose books I had enjoyed in the past (especially the Pablo Escobar one).

Man, it was astonishingly diligent in its arse-lickiness and ball-sucking. Not that I read it and immediately thought "David Petraeus is obviously a fraud", but the sheer uncritical sliminess of it was something else. To this day I can't read anything by Bowden.
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14 Nov 2012 02:19 #732087 by Reed John

Martin C wrote: The latest twists in this story remind me of something out of the movie "Burn After Reading!"

I am still amazed at the news that Petraeus' biographer Broadwell had a ghost writer(Loeb). So what exactly were her qualifications for becoming Petraeus' biographer? ;)


Her Harvard thesis was on Petraeus. I guess she needed an editor to turn it into something that people buy in airports.
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14 Nov 2012 02:33 #732088 by Reed John
Petraeus was pretty effective as a general, was he not? The mission(s) were probably futile and, in most cases, immoral, but he seemed to be less bad at it than his predecessors.

So given that, how could he be so fucking stupid?
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14 Nov 2012 02:50 #732090 by Incandenza
A local ABC affiliate in Colorado used a cover for Paula Broadwell's book that they got from the internet on a story. Perhaps they should have looked more closely at it:

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14 Nov 2012 04:00 #732094 by Reed John
Saw that. Awesome. Check out her guns.

This is rather depressing.

www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/no...aw-surge-afghanistan
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14 Nov 2012 06:44 #732108 by ad hoc
Glenn Greenwald ruins the fun element of this story by being serious. But rightly so. www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/no...rveillance-state-fbi
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14 Nov 2012 08:35 #732116 by Reed John
Unfortunately, Greenwald is correct.
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14 Nov 2012 12:40 #732184 by HORN
What does "All Up in My Snatch" actually mean?
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14 Nov 2012 12:42 #732186 by Toby Gymshorts
"Up to the hilt", HORN.
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14 Nov 2012 12:56 #732188 by NickSTFU

Reed John wrote: Petraeus was pretty effective as a general, was he not? The mission(s) were probably futile and, in most cases, immoral, but he seemed to be less bad at it than his predecessors.

So given that, how could he be so fucking stupid?


Up to a point and much to the chagrin of British generals, who viewed themselves as the masters COIN ops. Some observers suggest Petraeus got a bit lucky with local conditions in Iraq which facilitated his success, but all generals need luck in war.

Anyway, wasn’t Eisenhower supposed to be shagging his driver whilst the biggest ever invasion fleet was heading to Normandy? How do they find the time indeed.
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14 Nov 2012 13:43 #732199 by Flynnie
Greenwald is like the boxer who gets in the ring with the champ, knocks him out with one punch, then leaves the ring before they can present the belt.

It's devastating takedowns of government conduct.
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14 Nov 2012 14:53 #732222 by Incandenza
So Jill Kelley, the woman who complained about emails from Broadwell to her FBI agent friend (and who the other four-star general is apparently boning or wanted to bone), and her sister sound like real pieces of work . There's the debt and the fake charity ursus mentioned earlier, but also details about her twin sister. Twins! This just keeps getting better.
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14 Nov 2012 15:12 - 14 Nov 2012 15:13 #732230 by The Purple Cow
If it's all getting a bit too complicated for you...

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14 Nov 2012 15:18 #732231 by Renart
I can't keep up with all the twists and turns!

What I do love about scandals like this, however, is that they show that the people "at the top" are mostly a bunch of buffoons and we give them far too much reverence.
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14 Nov 2012 15:32 #732235 by Heliotrope

ursus arctos wrote: Jill Kelley claims to have "diplomatic invioliability" , appears to be millions of dollars in debt and ran a bogus cancer charity.

What a gal.

Move over, Salahis, for the new grifters in town.
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14 Nov 2012 16:39 #732255 by Anton Gramscescu
Apparently she actually is the honorary consul for Miami for the Republic of Korea. How the ROK couldn't manage better than her is a bit of a mystery, though.
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