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By Dave Rosenthal | November 10, 2012
"All In" is the title of the David Petraeus biography, and no book is more aptly titled. His caree is now in a shambles because he made a big, disasterous bet -- having an affair with co-author Paula Broadwell -- and it led to his resignation as CIA director. The affair also sullies the book by Broadwell and Washington Post editor Vernon Loeb, which was highly praised. The prurient may read it, for clues to the Petraeus/Broadwell relationship. But how can anyone else now believe it is an objective account of his personality and leadership?
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December 5, 2012
There are a lot worse things going on in our country right now than Gen. David Petraeus cheating on his wife, and one of them is our country's invidious use of drone warfare. The worst part about it is that we have been brainwashed to believe that it is an acceptable plan of action. The only television commentators that I have seen express moral outrage are Tavis Smiley and Amy Goodman - both on Public Broadcasting. It appears that we ordinary citizens, along with President Barack Obama, Congress, the military, and the money-making drone manufacturers, have given our consent to invade, at will, independent countries and kill and maim indiscriminately with impunity.
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NEWS
December 5, 2012
There are a lot worse things going on in our country right now than Gen. David Petraeus cheating on his wife, and one of them is our country's invidious use of drone warfare. The worst part about it is that we have been brainwashed to believe that it is an acceptable plan of action. The only television commentators that I have seen express moral outrage are Tavis Smiley and Amy Goodman - both on Public Broadcasting. It appears that we ordinary citizens, along with President Barack Obama, Congress, the military, and the money-making drone manufacturers, have given our consent to invade, at will, independent countries and kill and maim indiscriminately with impunity.
NEWS
November 18, 2012
David Petraeus betrayed his wife; that is between them. It does however show a lack of responsibility and judgment. The personal betrayal is compounded in the betrayal of his country by jollying in the CIA director's office with a woman, Angela Jolie, who not only is a publicity hound but who also has no business in that inner sanctum of national secrets. This makes private citizens wonder about the classified information that Patricia Broadwell has in hand; did it come from a man lacking judgment when faced with aggressive women?
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By Dave Rosenthal | November 13, 2012
Vernon Loeb, the Washington Post editor who worked with Paula Broadwell on the bio of David Petraeus, says he was blind-sided by the affair that ended Petraeus' stint as CIA director. "My wife says I'm the most clueless person in America," he begins in a first-person piece in the Post, describing his involvement in the book "All In. " Loeb says he got involved after a call from his agent about collaborating on a book about Petraeus' leadership. Loeb was a logical choice -- he had embedded with a division under the general's command in 2003, while covering the Pentagon.
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Susan Reimer | November 11, 2012
We need to learn to get past these bimbo eruptions. Because if we don't find a way to forgive and move forward, a lot of good people are going to end up on the scrapheap. Gen. David Petraeus is the latest. Perhaps the most brilliant and successful soldier-scholar of his generation, who was remaking the Central Intelligence Agency to face insurgencies and China, resigned last week, admitting he had had an extra-marital affair. An FBI investigation into complaints from a woman that Gen. Petraeus' comely biographer, Paula Broadwell, was threatening her brought to light steamy e mails between the general and his acolyte, herself a West Point graduate who never disguised her adoration for him as a leader and a man. (News reports have has since identified the woman who received the harassing emails as 37-year-old Jill Kelley, a State Department's liaison to the military's Joint Special Operations Command in Tampa.)
NEWS
November 18, 2012
David Petraeus betrayed his wife; that is between them. It does however show a lack of responsibility and judgment. The personal betrayal is compounded in the betrayal of his country by jollying in the CIA director's office with a woman, Angela Jolie, who not only is a publicity hound but who also has no business in that inner sanctum of national secrets. This makes private citizens wonder about the classified information that Patricia Broadwell has in hand; did it come from a man lacking judgment when faced with aggressive women?
NEWS
By Arianna Huffington | August 5, 2007
The White House is giving Gen. David Petraeus the most over-the-top PR push since the Segway's inventor predicted, "It's going to change the world." The constant sprinkling of pixie dust is meant to render General Petraeus' coming September report unassailable - the political equivalent of basketball advice from John Wooden or a sex assessment by Jenna Jameson. For months now, I've been trying to blow some of that pixie dust off General Petraeus so that, come September, his vaunted report will be seen for what it inevitably will be: one more stall tactic designed to deny reality and delay the inevitable.
NEWS
By TRUDY RUBIN | September 18, 2007
PHILADELPHIA -- In his address last week on "the way forward in Iraq," President Bush omitted the most important things you need to know. Most Americans want a strategy that will stabilize Iraq and let us draw down troops without greater chaos. The Petraeus-Crocker testimony to Congress offered tactics that may keep Iraq from crumbling further. But it was up to the president to present a strategy to hold Iraq together and prevent greater radicalization of the entire region. Instead, Mr. Bush punted.
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By Peter Spiegel and Julian E. Barnes and Peter Spiegel and Julian E. Barnes,LOS ANGELES TIMES | April 9, 2008
WASHINGTON -- Spurning appeals for continued U.S. troop withdrawals, the senior U.S. commander in Iraq ran headlong into a central dispute of the war during a daylong session before Congress yesterday: whether deeper troop cuts would force the Iraqi government to finally take charge or to collapse completely. As expected, back-to-back Senate hearings spotlighting Army Gen. David Petraeus became a confrontation between two immovable forces. But there was no real decision at stake: President Bush is expected tomorrow to endorse Petraeus' recommendation for a suspension of withdrawals in July, insisting that security gains over the past 15 months can lead toward a sustainable future with continued U.S. help.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2012
OK, I'm done. I've had my fun clicking through every last story, tweet and meme about Betraeusgate. I already know how this movie ends, eventually. Somehow, the men will be fine — time will pass, and they'll get invitations to join corporate boards and speak at management seminars about leadership and motivation. The women? They'll be invited to pose in Playboy. Some things never change, especially sex scandals such as the current one, over the resigned CIA director David Petraeus' affair with his totally "All In" biographer Paula Broadwell.
NEWS
November 13, 2012
Like a set of Russian dolls, in which each doll contains a slightly smaller version of itself hidden inside, the sex scandal that forced CIA Director David Petraeus from office last week seems full of secret compartments that have yet to be revealed. Since Friday, we've been deluged with tantalizing details about the affair between Mr. Petraeus, 60, and Paula Broadwell, 40, a former Army officer and married mother of two who published a fawning biography of him this year. But there are still too many pieces of this puzzle that just don't seem to fit. Initial reports indicated that Mr. Petraeus had stepped down after FBI investigators uncovered the relationship between him and Ms. Broadwell while pursuing a complaint about harassing emails sent anonymously to a another woman, Jill Kelley, who was described as a friend of Mr. Petraeus and his wife.
FEATURES
By Dave Rosenthal | November 13, 2012
Vernon Loeb, the Washington Post editor who worked with Paula Broadwell on the bio of David Petraeus, says he was blind-sided by the affair that ended Petraeus' stint as CIA director. "My wife says I'm the most clueless person in America," he begins in a first-person piece in the Post, describing his involvement in the book "All In. " Loeb says he got involved after a call from his agent about collaborating on a book about Petraeus' leadership. Loeb was a logical choice -- he had embedded with a division under the general's command in 2003, while covering the Pentagon.
NEWS
Susan Reimer | November 11, 2012
We need to learn to get past these bimbo eruptions. Because if we don't find a way to forgive and move forward, a lot of good people are going to end up on the scrapheap. Gen. David Petraeus is the latest. Perhaps the most brilliant and successful soldier-scholar of his generation, who was remaking the Central Intelligence Agency to face insurgencies and China, resigned last week, admitting he had had an extra-marital affair. An FBI investigation into complaints from a woman that Gen. Petraeus' comely biographer, Paula Broadwell, was threatening her brought to light steamy e mails between the general and his acolyte, herself a West Point graduate who never disguised her adoration for him as a leader and a man. (News reports have has since identified the woman who received the harassing emails as 37-year-old Jill Kelley, a State Department's liaison to the military's Joint Special Operations Command in Tampa.)
FEATURES
By Dave Rosenthal | November 10, 2012
"All In" is the title of the David Petraeus biography, and no book is more aptly titled. His caree is now in a shambles because he made a big, disasterous bet -- having an affair with co-author Paula Broadwell -- and it led to his resignation as CIA director. The affair also sullies the book by Broadwell and Washington Post editor Vernon Loeb, which was highly praised. The prurient may read it, for clues to the Petraeus/Broadwell relationship. But how can anyone else now believe it is an objective account of his personality and leadership?
NEWS
By Peter Spiegel and Julian E. Barnes and Peter Spiegel and Julian E. Barnes,LOS ANGELES TIMES | April 9, 2008
WASHINGTON -- Spurning appeals for continued U.S. troop withdrawals, the senior U.S. commander in Iraq ran headlong into a central dispute of the war during a daylong session before Congress yesterday: whether deeper troop cuts would force the Iraqi government to finally take charge or to collapse completely. As expected, back-to-back Senate hearings spotlighting Army Gen. David Petraeus became a confrontation between two immovable forces. But there was no real decision at stake: President Bush is expected tomorrow to endorse Petraeus' recommendation for a suspension of withdrawals in July, insisting that security gains over the past 15 months can lead toward a sustainable future with continued U.S. help.
NEWS
By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2012
OK, I'm done. I've had my fun clicking through every last story, tweet and meme about Betraeusgate. I already know how this movie ends, eventually. Somehow, the men will be fine — time will pass, and they'll get invitations to join corporate boards and speak at management seminars about leadership and motivation. The women? They'll be invited to pose in Playboy. Some things never change, especially sex scandals such as the current one, over the resigned CIA director David Petraeus' affair with his totally "All In" biographer Paula Broadwell.
NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown and David Nitkin and Matthew Hay Brown and David Nitkin,Sun reporters | May 2, 2007
WASHINGTON -- As promised, President Bush vetoed a spending bill yesterday that contained a timeline for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, propelling the confrontation between Congress and the White House into an uncertain new phase. Bush rejected the $124.2 billion emergency supplemental appropriation just hours after lawmakers sent it to him.
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By David Wood and David Wood,SUN REPORTER | October 31, 2007
WASHINGTON -- American combat deaths in Iraq have dropped sharply this month, reflecting what U.S. field commanders say is a steady increase in the number of Iraqis willing to take over their own security. As of last night, 36 U.S. military fatalities had been reported in October, compared with 65 in September and an average of 83.6 per month since January. That is the lowest monthly total since March 2006, when 31 American troops died, according to icasualties.org, an independent Web site whose monthly counts include troops killed in action as well as nonhostile deaths.
NEWS
By TRUDY RUBIN | September 18, 2007
PHILADELPHIA -- In his address last week on "the way forward in Iraq," President Bush omitted the most important things you need to know. Most Americans want a strategy that will stabilize Iraq and let us draw down troops without greater chaos. The Petraeus-Crocker testimony to Congress offered tactics that may keep Iraq from crumbling further. But it was up to the president to present a strategy to hold Iraq together and prevent greater radicalization of the entire region. Instead, Mr. Bush punted.
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