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posted 14-11-2012 00:27
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.
posted 14-11-2012 01:04
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? ;)
posted 14-11-2012 01:23
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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posted 14-11-2012 02:19
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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posted 14-11-2012 02:33
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?
posted 14-11-2012 02:50
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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posted 14-11-2012 04:00
Saw that. Awesome. Check out her guns.

This is rather depressing.

www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/no...aw-surge-afghanistan
posted 14-11-2012 06:01
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posted 14-11-2012 06:44
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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posted 14-11-2012 08:35
Unfortunately, Greenwald is correct.
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posted 14-11-2012 11:12
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posted 14-11-2012 12:40
What does "All Up in My Snatch" actually mean?
posted 14-11-2012 12:42
"Up to the hilt", HORN.
posted 14-11-2012 12:56
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.
posted 14-11-2012 13:43
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.
posted 14-11-2012 14:53
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.
posted 14-11-2012 15:12
If it's all getting a bit too complicated for you...

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Last Edit: 14-11-2012 15:13:33 by The Purple Cow.
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posted 14-11-2012 15:18
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.
posted 14-11-2012 15:32
ursus arctos wrote:

Move over, Salahis, for the new grifters in town.
posted 14-11-2012 16:39
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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