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  •  Thank you for the insight, great diary (3+ / 0-)
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    Shaun Appleby, semiot, Sunspots

    I sense a subtle strategic hand (or hands) moving in the background.

    The timing of the leak couldn't have been better for Ms B's book sales, as you cited with the Amazon figures.  It isn't going to hurt the advances for her next book either. Can't imagine what that one will be about, eh?

    So is there any way this whole thing is win-win-win for Ms Broadwell, Petraeus and the Administration?

    Reading between the lines, could this be possible?

    1)As a reward for some strategic leakage (which may actually have been authorized?) Ms B gets the aforementioned boost to her literary career.

    2)Petraeus gets to distance himself from the administration, confident he can shake the clay off his feet and march in the direction he wants to go.

    3) Some administration source or sources leak information to their political benefit

    The problem with part 3 is, which administration benefits?

     The Cantor [House majority administration] connection is bizarre.  Is it really unrelated, was it  contrived as a smoke screen or was someone Mata Hari-ing it and playing off both sides of the domestic partisan split? The timing of the General's resignation wouldn't seem to fit with there being a solely a right wing hand in motion.  And if it was the POTUS behind the leakage, well, he did get re-elected.  But it seems more intriguing that there might be some deft ambliodexterity  at work here.  

    Guess we are going to have to wait for the sequel, right?

    "I'll press your flesh, you dimwitted sumbitch! " -Pappy O'Daniel

    by jakewaters on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 05:43:32 AM PST

    •  Yeah... (4+ / 0-)
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      semiot, wasatch, Yasuragi, Sunspots

      To keep the diary a reasonable length I omitted some references to apparent discomfort within the Agency about Ms Broadwell's access to Petraeus at the time which is now being suggested.  Suffice it to say there is ambivalence on that point; that the FBI is the source of the investigation probably is indicative.  One can only wonder about the internal politics within the Agency and how that might align with domestic partisan interests.

      All I am suggesting at this point is that the published record of administration foreign policy leaks would suggest that attention to Petraeus' email account had any number of motivated actors.  If he was acting on behalf of the administration then a number of plausible scenarios come to mind.

      Given the public nature of the association between Ms Broadwell and General Petraeus at the time and from some of the scuttlebutt that has begun to emerge over the weekend it is hard to imagine that the possibility of an affair wasn't already considered by colleagues within the Agency and elsewhere months ago.

    •  Literary careed? As a biographer of famous men? (1+ / 0-)
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      Cueing up to get the Broadwell treatment:

      Newt Gingrich
      Herman Cain
      John Ensign
      Mark Sanford
      Rudy Guiliani
      Donald Trump
      Larry Craig

      Ok, maybe not so much that last one.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 07:22:19 AM PST

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