Letting the Cat Fight! out of the bag covers for policy failure
It’s easy to get caught up in the Cat Fight! aspect of L’Affaire Petraeus.
The emails that Jill Kelley showed an FBI friend near the start of last summer were not jealous lover warnings like “stay away from my man,” a knowledgeable source tells The Daily Beast.
The messages were instead what the source terms “kind of cat-fight stuff.”
“More like, ‘Who do you think you are? … You parade around the base … You need to take it down a notch,’” according to the source, who was until recently at the highest levels of the intelligence community and prefers not to be identified by name.
And with the hint that this could turn out to go beyond Petraeus, who can resist a
#PaulaDoesThePentagon hashtag and a cover like this:
It’s such a great distraction to what lies beneath, a failure to protect our Ambassador despite clear warnings, a cover up, misleading campaign spin, and delay in letting the Cat Fight! out of the bag prior to the election.
Fox News, with some early help by CNN, almost alone has helped uncover the real scandal. But the real scandal is not making headlines. How convenient.
A reader writes:
The Chicago machine sure knows how to use distraction to their advantage– they also used it for 4 months in the election when nobody laid a glove on their 4 year dismal record.
Did someone say Cat Fight! Twins! Paula Does The Pentagon!
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One obvious fact has me wondering: 20,000-30,000 emails. Sorry but that defies logic.
Sounds more like a hacked email (how convenient)than a love crazed woman.
I am glad someone other than me thinks that factoid is on the wrong side of looney. If we are supposed to take this story seriously, they should have said a couple of hundred not 30,000. Don’t these people have jobs?
I think that number of pages is over blown by email threads and repeats, but there were still a lot of emails. Insanity. A complete lack of judgment and personal honor.
Who knew the L♥ve Shack was the Pentagon?
So far as Obama’s Narrative Magicians? They are doing exactly what they have done before.
As I suggested yesterday here. Ask voters in two years what Libya was all about: The answer will be…Oh yeah…that was some sex scandal in the military and CIA.
Sure, why not. The people who voted for Obama are motivated by the Seven Deadly Sins, especially greed. They place their personal welfare above the dignity of others, consideration for arming cartels in Mexico, disenfranchising bond holders, shifting costs through “health care reform”, undermining Americans’ livelihoods (through regulation and low quality energy alternatives), sabotaging American soldiers’ ability to defend their own lives, and elective termination of developing human lives, especially of babies — the only people who are literally without a voice.
Somehow the major media can do persistent digging and “investigative reporting” on the most irrelevant titillating crap and gossip about tangential and unimportant people, but cannot manage to cover serious issues.
Scott Brown pledges to get at truth of Benghazi:
You better hurry up Scott, Lizzy is already measuring for new curtains.
It’s such a great distraction to what lies beneath, a failure to protect our Ambassador despite clear warnings, a cover up, misleading campaign spin …
For the Obamatrons, it’s just another #LookSquirrel moment.
A True WARRIOR Hero’s life in shambles due to..You COULDN’T Keep It In Your Pants, General???!!! Not just that…You couldn’t keep it in your G***** Pants at CIA??!!
Just possibly my Last Hero.
Leaves this “Wired for Optimism with Dash of Healthy Skepticism” 30+year Neoconservative reeling and gasping.
My God, how far the Mighty Do Fall.
By the way, it’s not Paula does the Pentagon. It’s Kelly does the Pentagon.
You just watch.
Unfortunately, it appears from a quick internet search that Petraeus probably was a political general rather than earning his spurs as a hardened combat veteran. His bio online indicates that his first combat was as a Major General heading the 101st and not as a grunt soldier. He married a general’s daughter whose father was Superintendent of West Point, served as aide to a number of powerful guys, and spearheaded the counterintelligence manual revision. He knew how to play the game.
My father was an army officer and I saw first hand that you had fighting generals and political generals. Lincoln learned the same thing to his dismay.
BTW Too ironic to fact check: Wikipedia has Petraeus telling someone that he was a Rockefeller Republican.
UUHHhhhhuuuuuhhhh…Aaaand, Heeerrrrreeee we go.
Yep, Petraeus has played the PC/kiss-ass game to the hilt. Here’s his statement when Terry Jones burned a copy of the Koran (book for which Jones paid for and owned outright as his own property), “We condemn, in particular, the action of an individual in the United States who recently burned the Holy Koran,” Petraeus said in a statement (which was also signed by NATO’s senior civilian representative, ambassador Mark Sedwill).
Petraeus called it the “Holy Koran.” We should all be more grateful if he had the same opinion of the document to which he has sworn his own personal oath to defend and uphold. Integral to that same document is the right of Terry Jones to assert his inalienable right to free speech and expression, something that the PC Petraeus would be more than happy to take from Jones at the drop of a hat.
Petraeus is not worthy of our respect, and I have felt this about the man long before his bedmate problems surfaced.
Hey, if you read the newspaper accounts, you’d think that Petraeus sent the emails, and in fact one letter in today’s San Diego Union-Tribune accused him of stupid use of email.
Also, there’s another general being dragged into this.
I think we are going to see a kind of reverse coup as our military chain of command gets Axelrodded.
Many have said the affair was known about long ago, not a big deal. But Beck was pushing that Obama’s boyz liked having something to hold over the general’s head, and knew about this affair before he was CIA head.
Amb. Bolton this AM said he didn’t think Petraeus actually ever confirmed the video baloney as a cause, despite the many claims that he had verified the “spontaneous reaction” report, claiming this was the reason behind Obama’s two weeks of public denial. Bolton claims others in the room say Petraeus never said that, said it was a terrorist attack.
That would be par for the course for Obama … tell another lie, shift blame, get through the news cycle, deny deny deny, run out the clock, marginalize witnesses.
Beck thinks Petraeus is offered the Princeton gig if he keeps his mouth shut.
Also curious upon investigation … The Obama/Wright church, black liberation theology, supported the communist backed Sandinistas in the day. Panetta has ties to the same communist groups, and he was against Reagan’s covert opposition to the Sandinistas. Why does no one care about these communist cats in high places? (not to mention Holder)
Thanks, MwR…I ‘Go’ with John Bolton.
As Whiggy–and many more to come, I expect–illustrates, the snarks and yappin’ ankle biters are loose. Davis H. Petraeus is one helluva Warrior. The flesh was astonishingly ill-timed and devastatingly weak, but to lead President Bush’s Surge, he was the Man to Do It. That and more.
Now, the cheapshit brigade on ALL Sides will begging their inevitable Moral Cowardice on the hide of a True Brass Balled WARRIOR. God, how I dread it. And, THANK YOU, John Bolton.
Apologies…Graph-2: David H. Petraeus
Graph-3: “be showing their..”
I better get out and generate some revenue and unhitch my flattened head & spirit from my backside. Damn.
fwiw the video seems to be constantly pulled from youtube so I am self hostin git
forgot to say it will take a bit for the system to process and index it, its 400mb or so.
There are reports that Cantor know about this before the election. Why did he keep quiet? This might have helped
Paula is a stalker and Jill is a seductress. Each recognized the other for what they were, hence Paula felt her relationship threatened and Jill felt threatened in a different way.
Power, being the aphrodisiac that it is, attracted both of them.
It’s a nice diversion from serious matters…which is the point of why it is coming out now.
Meanwhile Bill Clinton is wondering if it is too late to enlist.
Republicans, please insist on making Petraeus your first witness. He knows what Obama knew and when.
The real distraction is not the media coverage, it’s about how these men spent their time instead of concentrating on their jobs.
More static to distract from Benghazi. And Obama will simply walk away from trouble again.
In the past, I kept hoping that something would happen that was too big for even the corrupt Democrat-cheerleader media to ignore, something that would overwhelm them. Nope.
I kept hoping that despite GOP ineptitude and treachery, something would happen that would overwhelm the Dem/media ability to spin. Nope.
Well, no more hope. We’re doomed. Sorry, professor. I don’t share even the slightest shred of optimism. God is a Marxist, and America is finished.