Petraeus scandal widens, snares U.S. commander in Afghanistan

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GRRR wrote:

Don’t act surprised; we’re all humans. The truth is, impropriety is common, but knowledge of it, is much less common.

Nov 13, 2012 2:42am EST  --  Report as abuse
Fantasywriter wrote:

I didn’t bother to read this story because it all seems so ridiculous when compared to the medias efforts during the Benghazi story or should I say non-story. For this Petraeus story the media is everywhere gathering interviews and witnesses to further bury Petraeus in the sexual mud of this scandal. But the real scandal here is why the media didn’t use that same investigative power to hunt out the truth in the Benghazi fiasco that cost American lives. In fact, at least two media outlets purposely withheld stories apparently to provide cover for the President of the United States in the days leading up to the November elections.

Just this evening ABC was leading with the Petraeus story. There were loads of visuals, interviews with old friends and acquaintances. They garnered information from sources that could have been called upon to provide information regarding Benghazi but of course saw nothing. If there is to be an investigation here it should be of the news media and their complicity in the effort, run by the White House, to bury any information that would have exposed the President as criminally incompetent in his handling of the Benghazi fiasco. The media should be compelled to answer questions as to why they would make such a concerted effort to deceive the American people in order to aid in the election of an American President.

Nov 13, 2012 3:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
Grokenstein wrote:

The appropriately-named Fantasywriter was, of course, equally enraged at the incompetence by the Cheney Administration (do not kid yourself) that let the 9-11-01 attacks occur; in fact, he is of course even more enraged because that led to three thousand deaths on American soil.


Nov 13, 2012 3:22am EST  --  Report as abuse
jaroca wrote:

I don’t think we can begin to imagine all the money and wasted time and energy that will now be diverted from really important issues. As if Congress doesn’t have enough on it’s plate.

It’s amazing how brilliant minds can be rendered almost useless and history so easily altered for the few minutes it takes for blood to flow in a different direction.

These were supposed to be bright people……….a trail of hundreds or even thousands of E-MAILS ????????????? D’oh !!!

Gimme’ a break!

It must have been the alluring camos she was wearing……

Nov 13, 2012 3:30am EST  --  Report as abuse
Reuters1945 wrote:

How many people remember that what feels like a lifetime ago, the entire “Watergate” debacle all began when a night watchman was making his usual rounds at the Watergate Complex. Just by chance the guard noticed a single piece of tape placed over a door-latch at the Democratic party offices.

He might have thought it was nothing important and continued on his rounds. But instead he opened the door and went into the office and the rest is history.

How fascinating it is to observe how the long hand of Fate often reaches out in the most seemingly insignificant ways to alter the entire Destinies of great men and even great nations.

A woman gets sufficiently angry at an imagined adversary, in a run of the mill lover’s triangle, to write and send what might be construed as a threatening message.

That is how we got here, -where we are today. Who can know just how many possible permutations, how many twists and turns, this ever widening scandal will take, as it continues to expand, in ever widening circles, like a pebble thrown into a still pond, unraveling the lives and best laid plans of “mice and men”.

Just as when one proceeds to peel away the infinite layers of an onion, the various disturbing scents of this situation seem to give off a more and more pungent odor.

Who can say just how high up the chain of American leadership this unfolding story will go as far as who knew what, and when.

Every experienced reporter in this land, and beyond, is surely thinking and asking the age old pro forma questions:

Who, what, when, why, how ?

Watergate began with something as seemingly inconsequential as a piece of tape on a door latch. And in the end, what a night watchman discovered behind that door altered the history of a nation and brought down an American President.

And here we are so many decades later- like “déjà vu”, all over again.

The stirred passions of a human heart, a few emails sent in anger to another human being- and who can imagine now where, and to what dark places, all the present investigations and upcoming Congressional Hearings will take this nation ?

As one of William Shakespeare’s immortal characters once chimed:

“If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction”.

Twelfth Night Act 3, scene 4,

But, as we well know, it is all too real.

Nov 13, 2012 4:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
Yamayoko wrote:

If all military commanders uphold the belief it’s just a moral issue and they didn’t break any prevalent laws, this country will crumble.

Nov 13, 2012 4:46am EST  --  Report as abuse
sylvan wrote:

It seems when Gates was Secr. of Defense, there was not much discipline in the Armed Forces. The hubris behind all of the musical beds for 60 plus year old men, is quite frightening, showcasing our military as lacking discipline. My opinion of Gates has decreased significantly and Petraeus didn’t only betray us, but it seems everyone. What a horrible example he turned out to be. And these women sully us all with their pathetically juvenile behavior. Yuck.

Nov 13, 2012 5:28am EST  --  Report as abuse
sylvan wrote:

Sounds like the military took that “don’t ask; don’t tell” rule and applied it across the board.
No wonder Afghanistan is such a dismal failure with these bedhoppers in charge. Who has time for military strategy? If they can’t keep their affairs secret, I guess we shouldn’t hope that our military secrets would be any safer. Sixty year old adolescents are not very attractive, and these two fine examples prove that statement; so they must know on some level that the attraction is to the decorations on their uniforms, and not to the craven cretins inside them.

Nov 13, 2012 5:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
Smetak wrote:

The top bananas from the US Military Complex are all falling from the tree due to a lousy lay….ahhahahaha! What a screwed up country! Mediocrity a galore!

Nov 13, 2012 5:44am EST  --  Report as abuse
stambo2001 wrote:

I don’t see why the dems would be concerned at all, I mean come on, it’s not like they believe in oaths or good old fashioned morality. In a world where we have homosexual parades and women can have abortions like they change underwear what’s a little extra-marital affair? Pretty soon under an obama america people will be fornicating and marrying barnyard animals, cause hey, they’re just a minority group too. Who are you to say what’s moral and what is to be prohibited?

Well sit back folks, we’ve got four full years of this stuff coming. A completely rudderless nation with a toothless guppy as captain is a ship that’s going right for the bottom.

Nov 13, 2012 5:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
tmc wrote:

utter trash

Nov 13, 2012 6:08am EST  --  Report as abuse

Get ready to call FEMA. Will Hurricane Paula destroy the White House’s Benghazi cover-up and Obama’s legecay or will the media flood our minds with the notion that General Patraeus was distracted by an affair — which could distract the world from pursuing the President’s mischief and mistakes in Benghazi?

Nov 13, 2012 6:22am EST  --  Report as abuse
YouGoYo wrote:

Sounds like there might be a Zoomba studio in Tampa too!!!

Nov 13, 2012 6:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
flower1 wrote:

Some report, I say. And not a word on Benghazi. Sorry but all the roads are leading to the White House. Look who will be blamed and sacrificed in this story. Obama will come out unscratched. He had plenty of time to go to Jay Leno and comment on police and black professor but nothing on this matter.

Nov 13, 2012 7:10am EST  --  Report as abuse
Historian609 wrote:

Talk about a can of worms. The FBI, a tax-funded DOJ organization, is now in the business of prying into private citizens email accounts, defaming individuals, under the guise of ‘national security matters’ and then saying, ‘OK, no criminal matter, let’s just expose this to the nation.’ And permanently ruining people’s lives.

Look at the association between the shirtless FBI agent who took the complaint and the Tampa woman. That alone speaks volumes. And watch him get fried in the end, once the public outcry worsens about the agency’s actions.

But until then it is let’s move on to another high profile figure.

So is the FBI going to ‘open investigations’ on all CIA or military personnel who allegedly are having personal affairs and using email, in their private communications, because potentially, due to their positions, could be a national security risk?

Is that what this federal law enforcement is tasked to carry out? There must be a lot of FBI agents sitting around looking for work to do.

Or will they continue to pick and choose, the big fishies, to slander, for self-serving reasons.

What the CIA director did, to many Americans, is morally wrong. But despite his status, for the majority of Americans it’s a personal issue between him and his family, and the same with the involved woman, and not an issue for the country to debate.

The biggest issue though is this: Is this what the FBI should be using its tax-funded resources for?

Nov 13, 2012 7:17am EST  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

I wondered why so many of our men and women died in Afghanistan, and why so many stupid decisions were made.
Now I know. The generals were playing dating games instead of doing their job. 30 emails a day???????????????? That’s at least one per hour.
Then there is the issue of selling secrets to the enemy for money.
Remember those ambushes that were blamed on Afghans?
Was it really the Afghans who told the Taliban?

Nov 13, 2012 7:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
Dave1968 wrote:

Sorry- wanted to kill abunch of people for you, but darnit my human nature got in the way.

Nov 13, 2012 7:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
phlydog48 wrote:

Reuters1945: You left out Kipling’s other friend, Where. Interesting that you credit Shakespeare, yet don’t credit Kipling. In today’s society one might consider that racist.

Nov 13, 2012 7:26am EST  --  Report as abuse
LittleStream wrote:

Good heavens! Both of these men are well schooled in “top secret”! They have disgraced themselves, their families and their country! And for what? A badly handled affair and to be able to send shirtless pictures?? The best news coming out of this is that Broadwell has now a guaranteed best seller. I hope Broadwell and Kelley have to pay as heavily as the two military men. How very sad for their families!

Nov 13, 2012 7:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
WallyGeez wrote:

This is unbelievable – our top soldiers get laid and it’s national news. WHO CARES? This should have elicited no more than a grin, an “attaboy” and let’s all move on with the important stuff at hand.

Nov 13, 2012 7:34am EST  --  Report as abuse
longtail wrote:

I’m shocked these military guys are having extra marital sex….shocked!

Nov 13, 2012 7:43am EST  --  Report as abuse
moetheshmo wrote:

No secret is more heavily guarded than the names of the hundred mistresses that are employed by international intelligence agencies. Many of these informers have been able to steal the hard drives of their politically powerful lover while he was sleeping. The Petraeus scandal exposes only the tip of the iceberg; some mistresses are being flown out by helicopter to save their erotic butts.

Nov 13, 2012 8:08am EST  --  Report as abuse
ccharles wrote:

This is all too contrived and way to mainstream. What is this .. the 5th or 6th multi star general that has toppled since obama been in? More Chaos and confusion, trademarks of the Obama Admin. More of what they voted for? Bah humbug

Nov 13, 2012 8:27am EST  --  Report as abuse
sabrina12 wrote:

Why did we not have the same leverl of intense headline News about 4 dead Americans? Is it the thought of SEX or the Media’s vast coverup of Obama? Who are you kidding? When Clinton was fooling around in the Oval Office, Monica became trailer trash and all the ladies before her “Ho’s” This time, the general is the “Ho”. This publication as well as the rest are the reason that our elections, fraught with fraud and disgust have become a democratic controlled sham. Obama would never have won if not for voter fraud and you publication has no articles on the fraud in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania. You should be ashamed, but I am sure you are patting yourself on the back in celebration because Obama is still sitting in the White House and that is all you care about.

Nov 13, 2012 8:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
sabrina12 wrote:

Why did we not have the same leverl of intense headline News about 4 dead Americans? Is it the thought of SEX or the Media’s vast coverup of Obama? Who are you kidding? When Clinton was fooling around in the Oval Office, Monica became trailer trash and all the ladies before her “Ho’s” This time, the general is the “Ho”. This publication as well as the rest are the reason that our elections, fraught with fraud and disgust have become a democratic controlled sham. Obama would never have won if not for voter fraud and you publication has no articles on the fraud in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania. You should be ashamed, but I am sure you are patting yourself on the back in celebration because Obama is still sitting in the White House and that is all you care about.

Nov 13, 2012 8:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
ivyclimber50 wrote:

Really? And this is news, why? For heaven’s sake, he’s not the first man in a power position to have an affair! What’s the big deal? Security wasn’t breached–no secrets told–just a guy with a girl on the side! Why ruin his career over this? If that’s the case, most, if not all politicians should be fired! I think this is the media’s way of avoiding the topic of Bengazi and reporting how our president lied…..

Nov 13, 2012 8:34am EST  --  Report as abuse
justine1939 wrote:

Not sure why Americans pay so much attention to these sex scandals. I don’t much care who sleeps with who, although apparently the military does, and of course the media loves it. But they hurt the country without doing anything positive for anyone.

Nov 13, 2012 9:48am EST  --  Report as abuse
krimsonpage wrote:

This not news. People have sex. There’s a revelation that I know offends many.

Nov 13, 2012 9:51am EST  --  Report as abuse
deerecub1977 wrote:

Benghazi distraction.

Nov 13, 2012 10:09am EST  --  Report as abuse
deerecub1977 wrote:

Benghazi distraction.

Nov 13, 2012 10:10am EST  --  Report as abuse
DeannaTx wrote:

Not have the same level if intense headline news over the Benghazi incident?? Are you joking? Headlines and television screens were filled with it for weeks.
These men, both of them, have invested over 20 years working their way up the ladder, proving themselves to be leaders among leaders from pools of individuals which number millions during their time in service. America suffers the greater loss because of its puritanical drama than these men do. Until the Clinton witch hunt debacle Americans didn’t even stoop to being so idiotic.
I’d be very careful about opening that attempted voter fraud in Ohio, Penn and Florida can of worms. Add in Calif to your mix.
Attempts to suppress votes which were declared unconstitutional is also voter fraud. Hiring companies to register voters which altered their party registration in some cases and dumped others into the trash when they had registered Democrat leaving those individuals believing they had registered is also voter fraud.
Yes, I’d be very careful about opening that can of worms.
And now we have military leaders which have proven themselves to be skilled in the tasks assigned them being removed and replaced by less skilled because of an affair.
What this country needs is a national .. official.. drama llama.. and more focus and help for mental insufficiencies.

Nov 13, 2012 10:18am EST  --  Report as abuse
Crash866 wrote:

How about more media coverage on Benghazi

Nov 13, 2012 10:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
bobber1956 wrote:

It is about leadership…from the Oval Office down. The Secret Service, HSD, Attorney General, The Military, The Senate, just about every branch of the current administration is steeped in scandal and investigation. Get pissed about this if you want but it is the truth. What needed to be done about it all was a missed opportunity on Nov 6. Now we will have 4 more years of the same corruption, immorality, criminal activity at the highest levels, lies, deception, division, bigger deficits, steeper debt, and higher unemployment. To expect anything different would be insane. But hey, it sells newspapers-good job main stream you sold out America.

Nov 13, 2012 10:34am EST  --  Report as abuse
bobber1956 wrote:

I meant to insert this in my comment for validity…

Nov 13, 2012 10:47am EST  --  Report as abuse
Overcast451 wrote:

Yes, people are curious about Benghazi, we don’t care about where this guy was sticking his…..

Nov 13, 2012 10:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
bobber1956 wrote:

When the good general comes clean and throws obama under the bus in front of the House and the Senate then he will have restored his honor. Until then he is just another one of the crooks.

Nov 13, 2012 10:56am EST  --  Report as abuse
Chazz wrote:

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
- Abraham Lincoln

Isn’t it interesting how we are consuming ourselves in finger pointing, accusations, recriminations and hatred? And everyday it seems to grow stronger…

Our “enemies” don’t have to attack us to destroy us. No, all they have to do is sit back and watch us destroy ourselves.

Nov 13, 2012 10:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
jaham wrote:

At least it’ll take some heat off Obama over the Benghazi scandal…temporarily.

Nov 13, 2012 11:07am EST  --  Report as abuse
ChangeWhat wrote:

I didn’t know the FBI worked for the national enquirer.

Who cares who has sex with who? How many families not only in America but in the world have a husband cheating on a wife or a wife cheating on a husband? I think its ridiculous honestly, a persons PERSONAL life should have nothing to do with the persons lively hood. The FBI is creating another Bill Clinton picture, who cares!?

The real deal is Petreaus and Allen both probably denied an order of some sort regarding Afghanistan and now they will both be fried for it.

FBI, you need to worry about focusing on our politicians illegal behavior with OUR taxes, and stop with BS. Also if “sensitive information” was given to these ladies shouldn’t Homeland Security be handling this? What happened to the FBI, CIA, ATF, all local agencies, police departments, fire departments all “WORKING TOGETHER” after 9/11? I guess that was another unlearned lesson eh.

Nov 13, 2012 11:19am EST  --  Report as abuse

Let me add a twist to the behind closed doors intrigue. Is Mossad lying particularly low on this for a reason? After all, this story is gradually spreading to involve more individuals who are all somehow militarily important across the Middle East theater.

Nov 13, 2012 11:24am EST  --  Report as abuse

The pieces are falling like dominoes. Cover-ups took place and now all that were involved are being tagged. Unless someone could take the blame and be an escape goat, the leak could be stopped. How long could we learn from the mistakes of others, say watergate scandal.

Nov 13, 2012 11:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
deerecub1977 wrote:

recession.fiscal ,constitution,sandy.I dont care about horny military guys.

Nov 13, 2012 11:26am EST  --  Report as abuse
deerecub1977 wrote:

recession.fiscal ,constitution,sandy.I dont care about horny military guys.

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TeaPublican wrote:

Don’t you see now how the military has gone all to heck since that guy obama took over as president! What a mess obama has created! I think there should be a recall electioin! If that doesn’t happen then I know several states are going to secede from the Union!

Nov 13, 2012 11:27am EST  --  Report as abuse
sjfella wrote:

I wonder what our corrupt government is doing these days while the media leads you blind sheep around by your tails.

Nov 13, 2012 11:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
TeaPublican wrote:

Don’t you see now how the military has gone all to heck since that guy obama took over as president! What a mess obama has created! I think there should be a recall electioin! If that doesn’t happen then I know several states are going to secede from the Union!

Nov 13, 2012 11:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
ChangeWhat wrote:


That’s the truth, i’m not alone!

Nov 13, 2012 11:41am EST  --  Report as abuse
bixbysbigsur wrote:

For Heaven’s Sake; absolutely nothing has changed since I was a young army wife in 1975. The US military has been unable to keep it’s collective pants zipped and mouth shut for as long as I’ve known them. Until these old geezers are shoved out the door face first and personal integridty is included as basic training; nothing will change.

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nolalou2 wrote:

Fantasywriter is a good nickname, since that’s what you seem to be engaging in , a fantasy. The media has been all over the Benghazi incident, and will continue to cover it as details unfold, and congressional hearings begin. The Petraeus story is news, and the media leads with what’s happening at the moment, and lets face it , the media is mainly run by for profit corporations, so they lead with what will boost ratings. You’re seeing a conspiracy where there is none.

Nov 13, 2012 2:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Vuenbelvue wrote:

The Republican Party was always proud to have so much support from the higher ranking enlisted and officers. One should be able to conclude these men and the trail of disposed officers over the last two years for the good of the service are all Republican. Romney even tried to bribe them with no budget cuts and a extra $2 trillion if they would all vote for him. Shameless people.

Nov 13, 2012 2:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Snowpine wrote:

Many rational people got it right on here. Then there are people like TeaPublican who can blame Obama for even this.. get real.

We’re all human. The fact that we’re wasting so much money and energy dramatizing a distinguished leader’s personal life is quite ridiculous.

There are lives to save, and lives to end. Let the general and whoever else involved do their job. His personal life and professional life are separate.

Nov 13, 2012 2:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Khantona wrote:

Jill Kelley origin is from Lebanon.
Did any body report if she has direct or indirect ties to Hezbollah?

Nov 13, 2012 3:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Khantona wrote:

Or no ties, just asking.

Nov 13, 2012 3:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
fromthecenter wrote:

You can really see who spends a majority of their time watching FOX news can’t you?

Nov 13, 2012 3:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
boltshaker wrote:

Scandal all the way at the top…I shudder to think of all the wrong doings from the top all the way to the bottom. The integrity of the US Army leaves alot to be desired and as a so called military muscle they definitely have their fare share of issues! Just think of all the time and tax payers dollars that will be thrown at this ‘lil hoopla. The US is in shambles and is slowly emploding and i’m not just talking about the military,i’m talking about Congress and the whole Administration. It’s quite sickening,ie… fiscall cliff,sequestration,Benghazi, how Afghanistan is being handled, how Al Qaeda is viewed and said that they are no longer a threat when in reality they are growing rapidly and gaining strenght,Drones killing innocent women and children…The whole country is messed up!

Nov 13, 2012 3:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Reuters1945 wrote:

@phlydog48 who wrote:

“Reuters1945: You left out Kipling’s other friend, “Where”. Interesting that you credit Shakespeare, yet don’t credit Kipling. In today’s society one might consider that racist”.

Mea Culpa, @phlydog48. I did not mean to slight Kipling’s other friend, “Mr. Where”.

I am most thoroughly impressed by your “Eagle eye” and obvious Literary background in noting my uncredited, passing connection to Rudyard Kipling.

To make amends for my not giving complete credit where credit is due, I might add to my previous remarks, that it was General Petraeus himself, in fact, who did that for me long before he was swallowed up in the present nasty scenario in which the good General finds himself at present.

In 2007 in response to the question about the two grueling days of Hearings on Iraq, Gen. David H. Petraeus told reporters at the National Press Club that he took some strength from Kipling’s poem “If”.

(SEE: “Crocker, Petraeus Address Report on Iraq ‘Progress’”).
The Washington Post. 12 September 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2012

It is relevant to the history of the Iraq experience that after Rudyard Kipling’s Son, John, (who Kipling had encouraged to enlist in WW I) died a horrible death in battle on the Front lines, Kipling wrote:
“If any question why we died/ Tell them, because our fathers lied.”

Out of respect, @phlydog48, for your amazingly vast resevoir of literary knowledge and with a wave to the embattled General who apparently is as fond of Rudyard Kipling’s most famous poem as I am, I reprint that poem here.

May this memorable evocation of Victorian stoicism, self-control and the “stiff upper lip” that popular culture has made into a traditional British virtue, come to the General’s aid now, in the coming weeks, in his hour of difficulty.


by Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936)

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

“If—” is a poem written in 1895 by British Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling. It was first published in the “Brother Square Toes” chapter of Rewards and Fairies, Kipling’s 1910 collection of short stories and poems.

Nov 13, 2012 4:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AmericanLady wrote:

Calling the president criminal, immoral, corrupt, etc. will not convince anyone to come to your side. Reading the word Benghazi written over and over tells me that it has become a tiresome obsession for some people. I’m going to go see what’s happening with the fiscal cliff news.

Nov 13, 2012 4:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
dna53 wrote:

These people have far too much time on their hands. Proof positive to cut some $$$ from the military budget. At work I don’t have time to use the restroom some days, I earn pennies compared to what these jokers earn.

Nov 13, 2012 4:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
js2012 wrote:

You are indeed astute about the media going cuckoo over this affair. The entire media should be ashamed of itself for completely ignoring and keeping mum about Benghazi terrorist attack. That itself speaks volumes about it. What is the Petraeus affair compared to the Benghazi attack where 4 people died. Reuters is the kingpin of this media conspiracy.

Nov 13, 2012 4:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AndrewBinga wrote:

This is the type of attention Benghazi deserved but the media buried the story.

Nov 13, 2012 4:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
tl29szzz920 wrote:

This is too pathetic to be a joke. If two middle aged Bimbos can get 2 Commanding Officers do stupid things, doesn’t say much if a foreign power wants to use some really attractive female infiltrators to gain access to classified information and influence.

Nov 13, 2012 5:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
hoxfan wrote:

“If every current House Rep and Senator who has had an affair were suddenly forced to admit infidelity and resign because of it, our Congress would be empty”

–Bill Press on CSPAN

Nov 13, 2012 5:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Butch_from_PA wrote:

Petraus was failed leader, propped up by the media.

Looks like Obama is doing some house cleaning.

Nov 13, 2012 5:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
PenRumi wrote:

Response to Historian609: If Jill Kelley had not reported to the FBI about threatening emails from Paula Broadwell, this whole matter would not have come to light. The FBI was forced to act because General Petraeus was head of the CIA and there were concerns that national security was compromised. Apparently, these two hot chicks, Paula and Jill, both of whom have strong ties to the military, were competing for attention from General Petraeus; the emails between the two women were reported to be childish. Paula did not know that Jill was flirting online with General Allen, another powerful figure in the US military. In the end, Jill trumped over the snooty Paula.

Nov 13, 2012 5:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
gregbrew56 wrote:

Sabrina12 wrote: “Obama would never have won if not for voter fraud and you publication has no articles on the fraud in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania.”

Please provide substantiated proof from unbiased, reliable sources that Obama’s wins in these states were due to fraud.

Can’t? Oh, so you just made it up?

Nov 13, 2012 6:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
auger wrote:

I can’t believe the intelligence community could have concocted this story. Could it possibly be mired in more hearsay and ambiguity? Could there really be more media value in the still photos of the paramour and his reported companions, or question about his intimate knowledge of the spy community possibly passed on? This smells badly of manufacture

Nov 13, 2012 7:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
weintrouble wrote:

‘I don’t understand the media. They go out of their way on a story like this which is an unfortunate situation but give little or no attention on the Benghazi cover up. Heads should roll especially from the top who knew full well of the situation but lied. Filthy politicians.

Nov 13, 2012 7:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
VSNFR60 wrote:

We will only know about ten percent of what is really going on.

Nov 13, 2012 8:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

Now it is starting to sound like a spy novel. The “family friend” that is connected to both generals lives in a million dollar house and is about to go bankrupt. Lots of money in blackmail or selling secrets to the enemy.
I don’t care if anyone agrees with me or not, any so called “man” that does not have the courage to tell his wife it is over, and cheats behind her back, is a COWARD. I will call Patraeus a coward to his face if I ever see him.

Nov 13, 2012 8:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jaroca wrote:

Teapublican, Stambo and the rest of you O’b haters…….did any of you clowns stop to think about these ‘high ranking’ officials?

Who they are, where they came from, how long they’ve been in the system?

Most of these staunch, career military types are usually conservative and in civilian life turn to support the GOP. Typically hypocritical, two faced types of the ‘do as we say, not as we do’ genre. They were well entrenched long before O’b came on the scene. The Secret Service boys with the hookers and FBI showing pecs……again, career types that were there ahead of this POTUS

Nice try, though.

As far as your comment about states seceding…..please oh, please, when? I can’t wait to see you form your own little kingdoms.

You are obviously as immature as these generals and the wanna’be society women pushing their booty about. All junior high crap. Risking all because they make poor choices. They cannot run their own lives but lord it over others.

Keep smoking the garbage you’ve got, the rest of us need the laughs.

Nov 13, 2012 10:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Abulafiah wrote:

stambo2001 wrote:
“A completely rudderless nation with a toothless guppy as captain is a ship that’s going right for the bottom.”

… yet Republicans still couldn’t beat him in an election. How does that feel?

jaham wrote:
“At least it’ll take some heat off Obama over the Benghazi scandal…temporarily.”

What scandal? The ‘scandal’ only exists on those right-wing blogs you go around copying from.

jaroca wrote:
“As far as your comment about states seceding…..please oh, please, when? I can’t wait to see you form your own little kingdoms”

Texas talks about it a lot, ( but never does it. It is the Republican way. Instead, they hold out their hand begging for federal funds.

I agree with you though. It would be really funny to watch all the Republicans taking a reality hit as they turn into another failed country.

Nov 14, 2012 4:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
jaroca wrote:


You may enjoy this:

I seem to remember a lot of ‘noise’ from the extremicons that if the POTUS was given a 2nd term that they would leave the country.

Well………we’re waiting, but, have seen no great demand in new passports. Do the ‘other’ places not want them?

In the spring during the Repub Primary I seem to remember that the GOP tried every possible way to place someone OTHER THAN Mitt on the ticket. Part of the process, I realize, but tone setting and telling nonetheless. They failed there, TOO !!!

Losing seems to be a pattern with them despite all the $$$ they throw at their enemies. Wonder where all ‘that’ money came from. End arounds on the tax codes ??? hmmmm…………….

Nov 14, 2012 1:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
onemind wrote:

What a waste of resources and time.

Nov 15, 2012 10:44am EST  --  Report as abuse
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