Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Benghazi affair

"The Convenient Resignation of General Petraeus"  Careful neocon sniping contains a little truth:  ". . . . . barring a subpoena, the primary witness to who ordered the CIA to stand down in Benghazi has been removed."

"CIA director Petraeus resigns citing extramarital affair, will not testify on Benghazi attack in Libya"

Agony aunt conspiracy:  "Did Paula Broadwell’s Cuckolded Husband Write a Letter to Chuck Klosterman in the The New York Times?"  Unlikely as part of the wider conspiracy as the letter was written before the attack on Benghazi.

The 'fan fiction':  "The Legend of David Petraeus"  Petraeus is w-a-y too careful in building his carefully constructed legend to make this kind of mistake.  By the way, the biography written by the alleged adulteress is called - wait for it - "All In".

Slate (my emphasis in red):
"It had long been rumored that something was going on between Petraeus and Broadwell. Her book, co-written with Vernon Loeb, is widely regarded as a valentine to the general. When she was embedded with him in Afghanistan, they went on frequent 5-mile runs together. But Petraeus went on 5-mile runs with many reporters, and few people who knew him took the rumors seriously. In his personal life, he’s always been seen as a straight shooter, a square. Few could have imagined that his end would come as the result of a morals scandal."
The two political issues around Benghazi - issues which never come up in the discussion as they embarrass both parties - are:
  1. the American use/misuse of radical Sunni Islamists to conduct proxy wars, and
  2. the foolish use of a 'private CIA' whose motives are exactly the opposite of the motives of the American government and who may have been involved in a conspiracy to allow the attack on Benghazi to succeed.
Now everything can be swept under the carpet.
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