Comments: Spy vs FBI: "Petraeus was outed by the FBI
The first thing all of the (what are we up to now? 16?) spook agencies do is get the dirt on those who might be a danger to themselves, their political masters and competitors.
Only when that's been done can they start their real job of manufacturing threats.
Arthur Silber looked at this, too
" I find it simultaneously ludicrous, contemptible, and all too believable that the administration would trot out the absolute terror of "marital infidelity" as the purported explanation for this resignation. They do so for one reason, and one reason only: Americans have a puerile, ridiculously immature, prudish and puritanical attitude toward anything having to do with sex; they believe sex, sex of any kind and in any form, to be inherently disgusting, and even evil, and they cannot get enough of it. The paradigmatic example remains the nation's collective breakdown over Janet Jackson's exposure of a nipple -- a nipple! the ungraspable horror! -- for a mere two or three seconds on national television. Millions of Americans repeatedly professed their shock and dismay in screams of denunciation, and they watched it over and over and over. And over again."
Posted by Bill Jones at November 10, 2012 2:05 PM
Does anyone really believe this stupid story? This was the perfect way out for Petraus. My money is on that he set the operation up for staging an apolitical withdrawal.
Petraus is a pro at walking between factions and he's not too proud to look foolish if it serves his interest.
Posted by edaddy at November 10, 2012 2:08 PM
No, this one bit does match up considering that the affair was reportedly over by the time he started at the CIA.
It was only once he began to chase her again that he made his fatal mistake.
Petraeus probably tried to hide the gmail account during a routine security screen/polygraph. Such an account would be problematic for any significant authority - archiving requirements if nothing else - to sya nothing of him being America's head spook.
That would instantly raise flags and spur a formal investigation.
The first job of counterintelligence is keeping an eye on your own people. I'm sure this played a hand in his earlier Benghazi testimony, and I'm sure the Obama administration orchestrated his exit to destroy any further credibility on the matter.
The only possible silver lining in all of this is that the CIA wasn't so inept as to have him actually having an active affair while heading the agency.
Posted by ThomasD at November 10, 2012 2:59 PM
Don't think so edaddy but that is a good one. He's certainly smart enough and he is a political animal but it's starting to look like either somebody ratted him out or it's a simple case of thinking with the wrong head. Doesn't matter, he will testify. Personally I like the one where the FBI goes after the CIA because numbnuts ordered it thinking that will save his ass.
Posted by I-RIGHT-I at November 10, 2012 3:05 PM
The administration is administering the "payback" that Valerie Jarrett said would be administered.
Posted by Potsie at November 10, 2012 4:36 PM
"The only possible silver lining in all of this is that the CIA wasn't so inept as to have him actually having an active affair while heading the agency. "
And you know this how, exactly?
Posted by Bill Jones at November 10, 2012 6:31 PM
However you slice the cheese, he's gone. Under the bus. Sent to Coventry. One more stone in Leviathan's Wall.
They say "Dead men tell no tales". A more refined version of dead is invalid.
File-checkers can do it: imagine where any of us would be if they just, er, lost our tax files. Or a couple keystrokes and all our Social Security records go off into the Siberia of cyberspace.
Bank sez: "sorry sir, you got zero balance". "Er, well, there must be some mistake" you say. "We'll look into it, get back to ya" they sez, and give you a thin-lipped beady-eyed glare as you leave the office.
Posted by chasmatic at November 10, 2012 8:27 PM
Meanwhile they leave all the sensitive documents laying around the consulate unsecured.
Posted by mjazz at November 11, 2012 1:17 AM
Seems like just a few short years ago a President could have an affair and no one would care. Now a general has an affair and he is forced to retire. That is progress.
Posted by Potsie at November 11, 2012 10:10 AM
Well we've finally reached the point that the only extra-marital affair allowable for politicians is when they're fucking the American taxpayer.
Posted by Bill Jones at November 11, 2012 6:18 PM
The fbi uses improper relationships to ruin people or to blackmail them, including presidents, congress and military chiefs. In this respect the fbi is a direct and continuing threat to the country that they (fbi/cia)corrupt.
The United States Of America Is Unworthy To Defend and is a global criminal & murderous enterprise bent on world inhumane domination.
Posted by geral at November 13, 2012 3:13 PM