Skip to main content

View Diary: The Petraeus Puzzle (25 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Well... (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    a2nite, Glinda, semiot, Yasuragi

    The 2010 Perry article seems to have Petraeus' fingerprints on it; there are ample links to follow the ensuing controversy as the diary mentions.  That in itself makes an interesting departure point, given that Petraeus was beloved of the Right earlier in his career.  Whether Petraeus was the leaker the story is clearly about him and the temptation to suppose he was involved in leaking it is strong.

    As for the more scurrilous "false flag" leak I thought it was very interesting that the Commentary author hinted that Petraeus, now as CIA director, had a duty to investigate the leak and offered only three alternatives in not pursuing it; one of which was that he had leaked it himself.

    Given Petraeus' history as a person who knows how to manage the media it seemed instructive that he played a central role in this relationship, the one with Israel I mean, at such a critical time.

    But the real point is to cast a little scepticism on the circumstances surrounding the FBI investigation; given all the leaks and the public calling out of Petraeus by name in that instance it seemed a little rich that his email account wouldn't have received a bit of attention by any genuine investigation.  Remember that these administration leaks were an issue with Republicans at the time.

    I have no idea what the Israelis would have thought of it but it was pretty clear that neo-conservatives were bent out of shape as recently as January this year which puts the incident on a parallel time-line with the affair and the beginning of FBI involvement with the General's correspondence.

    In that context the FBI alerting Cantor seems relevant and perhaps revealing that there is more to this than a mere dalliance.

    •  First, Cantor alerted FBI, not other way around (0+ / 0-)

      That throwaway line is raising even more red flags for me about your motivation and the subtext you're laying out. Cantor is Jewish, of course. Are you suggesting that this is relevant? He was notified by the other woman, but there could  be any number of reasons for that. His position of leadership in the House comes to mind, but it might be as simple as he was the woman's congressman.

      The more you right, the more convinced I am that you are subtly implying some linkage here -- either with pro-Israel conservatives or the Mossad itself.

      There is literally no known factual basis for that supposition. Which makes your raising it very disturbing.

      Coming Soon -- to an Internet connection near you: Armisticeproject.org

      by FischFry on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 06:59:18 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Write, not right (0+ / 0-)

        I meant to write this:

        The more you write, the more convinced I am that you are subtly implying some linkage here  -- either with pro-Israel conservatives or the Mossad itself
        It's funny the way the brain makes associations -- I type a word that sounds like the word I intended. You take a scandal that has to with an the extramarital affair of a general cum CIA director, and try to spin it into some nefarious zionist plot to discredit him.

        Coming Soon -- to an Internet connection near you: Armisticeproject.org

        by FischFry on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 07:03:06 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Really? (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        wasatch, Yasuragi
        Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, said Saturday an F.B.I. employee whom his staff described as a whistle-blower told him about Mr. Petraeus’s affair and a possible security breach in late October, which was after the investigation had begun.
        Sounds like an FBI employee notified Cantor in late October, well after we are given to believe the investigation was conducted, probably after Petraeus was interviewed by the FBI if the rough time-line being reported is accurate.  Not sure I understand your point otherwise.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

  • Recommended (180)
  • Community (80)
  • Baltimore (76)
  • Bernie Sanders (57)
  • Civil Rights (44)
  • Freddie Gray (43)
  • Elections (35)
  • Hillary Clinton (32)
  • Culture (30)
  • Law (27)
  • Labor (26)
  • Racism (26)
  • 2016 (24)
  • Economy (23)
  • Media (23)
  • Education (23)
  • Politics (21)
  • Rescued (21)
  • Texas (20)
  • Barack Obama (19)
  • Click here for the mobile view of the site