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Lt. Col. Ralph Peters On Petraeus: "Timing Is Just Too Perfect" (Video)
Real Clear Politics ^ | 11/9/12 | Lt. Col. Ralph Peters

Posted on 11/09/2012 7:34:43 PM PST by Brandonmark

LT. COL. RALPH PETERS: The timing is just too perfect for the Obama administration. Just as the administration claimed it was purely coincidence that our Benghazi consulate was attacked on the anniversary of September 11th. Now it’s purely coincidence that this affair -- extra-marital affair -- surfaces right after the election, not before, but right after, but before the intelligence chiefs go to Capitol Hill to get grilled. As an old intelligence analyst, Neil, the way I read this -- I could be totally wrong, this is my interpretation -- is that the administration was unhappy with Petraeus not playing ball 100% on their party-line story. I think it's getting cold feet about testifying under oath on their party-line story. And I suspect that these tough Chicago guys knew about this affair for a while, held it in their back pocket until they needed to play the card.

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KEYWORDS: benghazi; cia; navyseals; petraeus; threatmatrix; threatmatrixbenghazi
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1 posted on 11/09/2012 7:34:51 PM PST by Brandonmark
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To: Brandonmark

I think that is exactly right! TOO perfect timing. Something smells!


2 posted on 11/09/2012 7:39:00 PM PST by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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To: Brandonmark

The fix has been in for a loooong time. We’re all a bunch of schmucks standing on the sidelines while the players play their games.. The question really is... who coaches these players?


3 posted on 11/09/2012 7:42:01 PM PST by Third Person (I'm in my prime.)
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To: pollywog

He could lose his pension if he tells.


4 posted on 11/09/2012 7:44:10 PM PST by Bronzy
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To: Brandonmark
Ralph Peters is most always right and I believe he's dead on the mark with this.
5 posted on 11/09/2012 7:45:33 PM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: Brandonmark

Try Occam’s Razor. The most obvious answer is the correct one.


6 posted on 11/09/2012 7:46:33 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: Brandonmark

Of course it’s all BS. What do you expect? They’re all POLITICIANS!!! Even Petraeus...you don’t get four stars without being a POLITICIAN!!


7 posted on 11/09/2012 7:47:28 PM PST by Roccus (.POLITICIAN...........a four letter word spelled with ten letters.)
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To: Bronzy

So much for honor.


8 posted on 11/09/2012 7:50:30 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Brandonmark
For the record a citizen can be subpoenaed to present himself before a congressional investigating panel
... BUT ... if they pretend that's irregular and beyond the pale of their powers ... you will know the fix [like the election] was in; Contact your congress critter ... ASAP
9 posted on 11/09/2012 7:51:19 PM PST by alphadog (2nd Bn. 3rd Marines, Vietnam, class of 68)
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To: Brandonmark

I’ve come to the conclusion that we just get lied to by people who are trying to cover their butts.


10 posted on 11/09/2012 7:51:27 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: Brandonmark

They had to know about it before he became director. And if you watch the video of this Broadwell “slut” when she was on with John Stewart’s show, it is clear as a bell that she had an affair with him.

He is despicable for putting himself into such a position.

When did she attend West Point? When did she leave the military?


11 posted on 11/09/2012 7:51:50 PM PST by petitfour
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To: Brandonmark

The more I think about this, the less confident I am what’s going to happen.

Petraeus seemed to do a pretty good job under Bush. Then, later, he agreed to serve under Obama, and started to do a really lousy job in Afghanistan. He consented to killing Rules of Engagement, which pretty much tied both hands behind our troops’ backs, and resulted in a failure to accomplish anything more, a rise in the death rate beyond anything seen earlier, and a growing sense among the terrorists that we didn’t really want to win.

Then Obama chose him to head the CIA, and it really looked as if he had turned into an Obama tool. And, if there was some kind of CIA operation to run guns from Libya to the terrorists in Syria and elsewhere, then presumably Petraeus went along with it, as an insider.

Was he being blackmailed? Well, here we see a possible instrument of blackmail. But you don’t use such an instrument unless you have to. Better to have the blackmail victim under your thumb and doing what you demand.

Is this resignation part of a plan to stop Petraeus from testifying about Benghazigate? Or is it his refusal to go along any further with this corrupt business, which forced Obama to fire him? Or did he decide to confess his sins openly and resign, so he could fight back?

I really have no idea. I guess we just need to see what happens next.


12 posted on 11/09/2012 7:52:31 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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The commie dirtbags game the system mockingly in front of our eyes.


13 posted on 11/09/2012 7:55:21 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Cicero
I think it's the other way around. My suspicion was that the Obama administration was using the affair to keep Petraeus quiet -- and Petraeus outed himself and resigned just to take all that leverage away from them.

The Obama administration cannot prevent Petraeus from testifying to Congress. He won't be testifying now because he's no longer the CIA director and he was originally called to testify in that role, but nothing prevents Congress from calling him to testify as a civilian about what he knows.

14 posted on 11/09/2012 7:56:01 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: tennmountainman
Just the talk out here.
15 posted on 11/09/2012 7:57:42 PM PST by Bronzy
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To: Bronzy

His pension is peanuts to him at this point. If he has the good on Obama, his book will be a gold mine.


16 posted on 11/09/2012 7:58:32 PM PST by Toespi
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To: Brandonmark
Aside from Benghazi I strongly suspect he didn't begin his affair on Tuesday and end it on Thursday.

Pure corruption at the highest levels.

17 posted on 11/09/2012 7:58:40 PM PST by Manic_Episode (Some days...it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps....)
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To: Cicero

>> I really have no idea.

There’s really no way to know without having access to the inevitably unavailable information.

The Left seems to enjoy flaunting its influence, however.


18 posted on 11/09/2012 7:58:51 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Cicero
P.S. I wouldn't trust the guy anyway, and I never liked him. Any career military officer who goes on to a civilian role in appointed positions in an administration strikes me as a complete hack and a life-long government employee whose #1 priority is living at the expense of the U.S. taxpayers.

The last guy who followed this career path from high-profile general to Beltway hack was Colin Powell. I rest my case.

19 posted on 11/09/2012 7:59:10 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Toespi

I’m sure he has a good lobbying gig lined up.


20 posted on 11/09/2012 8:00:34 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Brandonmark

Is it just me? Fox seems to be avoiding the big elephant in the room.
Betrayus testified before congress that the video caused Bengazi,
just like the other hacks in the Obama administration.

My first thought after hearing about Betrayus affair is that Obama was
Blackmailing Betrayus to toe the party line before the election.
And once Obama used him through the election, he exposed Betrayus
So he would resign and not testify next week. That was my first thought.


21 posted on 11/09/2012 8:01:55 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Third Person

Their coach is Satan.


22 posted on 11/09/2012 8:02:22 PM PST by IslamE (epiphany)
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To: Alberta's Child
This is exactly what I thought of at first when I heard it. How I so hope that Petraeus outted himself and decided not to play along with these guys and come clean. Even if it means losing his pension and what ever else! If he revealed the truth about what happened in that situation room and who gave the orders Not to save the lives of those 4 men that would be pretty powerful testimony.
23 posted on 11/09/2012 8:02:34 PM PST by classified
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To: Manic_Episode
Aside from Benghazi I strongly suspect he didn't begin his affair on Tuesday and end it on Thursday.

I read another report that said the affair was ended in September of 2011, BEFORE he became CIA Director.

24 posted on 11/09/2012 8:02:48 PM PST by Brandonmark (OWCM is The new American Minority!)
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To: Alberta's Child
"Petraeus outed himself and resigned just to take all that leverage away from them."

That's the way it sounded initially, but the MSM is in overdrive mode with stories about FBI investigations, him using agency email to constantly try to contact her after she broke it off, etc., etc.
25 posted on 11/09/2012 8:03:08 PM PST by indthkr
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To: Toespi
Do you remember this: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37866754/ns/us_news-military/t/obama-relieves-mcchrystal-command/#.UJ37R_Ugkdg
26 posted on 11/09/2012 8:05:27 PM PST by Bronzy
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To: indthkr
You're actually making my point.

The MSM stories have been flooding the airwaves after Petraeus resigned and it no longer makes any difference who was investigating whom, when these investigations were ongoing, etc.

He's gone from Washington, and nothing they put out there is going to have any effect on him other than to damage his reputation -- which he obviously wasn't terribly concerned about in the first place (if the MSM reports are accurate).

27 posted on 11/09/2012 8:06:32 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Alberta's Child

Agree!!!
Colin Powell!!


28 posted on 11/09/2012 8:07:06 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: Brandonmark

Petraeus would have known for a while that he was in trouble. He would also have known that Obama had this hanging over his head. Yes adultery can be punished in the military. I believe they can call Petraeus back to Active Duty to question and punish him. That is the key. Look to see if they call him back to Active Duty or if the spokesman mentions calling him back to Active Duty at a press briefing.


29 posted on 11/09/2012 8:08:01 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Brandonmark
Well the silver lining is the MSM has woken up.

They smell a chance to pin this on a Republican. They will find Benghazi VERY important NOW. The Washington Post and New York Times - after being quiet for months will be ready to jump. It's got LEGS. We're gonna run with this baby - flood that zone boys. It's real - there's Republican blood in the water... They're ready to ride - the friggin' phony high horses are ready and waiting.

30 posted on 11/09/2012 8:08:29 PM PST by GOPJ (New York Times Slogan : "We rewrite Democrat Press Releases Better!")
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To: Alberta's Child
Petraeus outed himself and resigned just to take all that leverage away from them.

I doubt it

If he had any integrity Obama wouldn't have appointed him in the first place --he is like Colin Powell--NO HONOR WHATSOEVER
31 posted on 11/09/2012 8:09:06 PM PST by uncbob
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To: tennmountainman

I agree. This is the way Adolph Axelrod operates. He’s big on digging up the sex stuff on people.


32 posted on 11/09/2012 8:09:57 PM PST by Fu-fu2
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To: blueunicorn6

This was a preemptive strike by the administration to stifle Benghazigate.


33 posted on 11/09/2012 8:09:57 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: Brandonmark
I read another report that said the affair was ended in September of 2011, BEFORE he became CIA Director.

Which would have meant that the FBI investigation would have been included in any background check that was done when he was appointed to the CIA directorship, right?

It's a good thing that post is not terribly sensitive these days. I mean, when you've got that fat butch from Arizona serving as the Homeland Security Director, who would take any of them seriously?

34 posted on 11/09/2012 8:10:04 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Brandonmark

Is there anything in this administration that isn’t suspicious? These people can’t even get out of bed in the morning without arousing some controversy. The air of corruption surrounding Washington is very thick.


35 posted on 11/09/2012 8:10:13 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Cicero

“part of a plan to stop Petraeus from testifying about Benghazigate? “

Question: can’t Congress subpoena him anyway? Just because he resigned doesn’t mean his can’t be ordered to testify — right?


36 posted on 11/09/2012 8:13:56 PM PST by garjog (Heroes Died. Obama Lied.)
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To: tennmountainman; Roccus

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/10/26/Petraeus-on-Benghazi-It-Wasnt-Me


37 posted on 11/09/2012 8:15:36 PM PST by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: blueunicorn6

Also, watch to see if DAIG, Department of the Army Inspector General, gets involved. Could also be investigated by Military Police, but since it’s about an affair, more likely DAIG. That would mean they’re looking at possibly getting him or they are threatening him. If they do nothing, that is also a message. That would be a reward from Obama. I really don’t know much about or even if there is a Department of Defense Inspector General. I would think so. Panetta and Dempsey will be players.


38 posted on 11/09/2012 8:15:50 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: uncbob
I didn't mean to suggest that it was an honorable move. I meant that he did it to extricate himself from an untenable situation.

David Petraeus is a free man today. He wasn't a free man yesterday, was he?

39 posted on 11/09/2012 8:16:26 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Brandonmark
http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/12162

2/2012
Mrs. Paula Broadwell interview with Charlie Rose about the General.

40 posted on 11/09/2012 8:17:41 PM PST by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: classified

Maybe she set him up. What is her political persuasion?


41 posted on 11/09/2012 8:18:46 PM PST by Blacksheep (There are no coincidences......)
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To: Alberta's Child

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/10/26/Petraeus-on-Benghazi-It-Wasnt-Me

When Petraeus was in Afghanistan he decided that the troops should get out of their armored vehicles and interact with the populace more. You know, the old hearts and minds crap? The result was a dramatic increase in injuries, legs and testicles blown off, due to IEDs. When he saw that Afghanistan was not going well, he turned the mess over to somebody else and came home as the conquering hero. He has always been a self-promoting tool.


42 posted on 11/09/2012 8:20:13 PM PST by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: Brandonmark

I hope there is no “sword” over the head of Patraeus and that he is the honorable man we all believe him to be.


43 posted on 11/09/2012 8:22:03 PM PST by Dapper 26
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To: Brandonmark

So far we have General Ham and Admiral Gaouette being, “relieved of duty pending an internal investigation into undisclosed allegations of inappropriate judgment” (CNN). Now this. It’s getting more and more interesting.

Cheating and infidelity is seen as a no-no for those with TS Clearance. My last State Dept interview for a friend featured quite a few questions about his lifestyle and whether he had infidelity issues. If Petraeus’ cheating was discovered internally, it could represent a significant security risk thanks to blackmail. That still leaves the question of why he would announce the reason for his resignation and make it public.

Does anyone think Petraeus will show up for the Hearings and if he does, will he pull an Oliver North or will he throw the Administration under the bus.


44 posted on 11/09/2012 8:23:29 PM PST by drunknsage
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To: Dapper 26

How can he be honorable and work for the commie? Isn’t bad moral character a prerequisite for administration jobs?


45 posted on 11/09/2012 8:27:02 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: Brandonmark

I’m holding out for the possibility that Petraeus was tired of the WH holding his affair over his head, and using the affair to get Petraeus to support the BS of the video tape. Perhaps Petraeus resigned to regain dignity and to get the truth out.

Let’s give him the chance to be honorable.


46 posted on 11/09/2012 8:27:11 PM PST by BAW (We are the Resistance.)
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To: Alberta's Child

” My suspicion was that the Obama administration was using the affair to keep Petraeus quiet — and Petraeus outed himself and resigned just to take all that leverage away from them “
That is what I think too. He was being blackmailed by the administration and the only way he can tell the truth to COngress is to out himself.


47 posted on 11/09/2012 8:28:15 PM PST by tinamina
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To: Alberta's Child
"it no longer makes any difference who was investigating whom, when these investigations were ongoing, etc"

Exactly, unfortunately the sheeple will never catch this, and in any potential testimony regarding Libya, it will be his word against the party line.
48 posted on 11/09/2012 8:29:55 PM PST by indthkr
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To: Brandonmark
But now he is FREE to TELL ALL, he has nothing more to lose.

He can regain some semblance of respectability and not let the 4 Americans to have died in VAIN, he can do that by testifying of what he knows.

I hope he will do so.

49 posted on 11/09/2012 8:31:27 PM PST by annieokie
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