WHY are we so interested in David Petraeus’s resignation? Sex sells. But the talk of State security and the like is bunkum. This is all about a man who had extra-marital sex and got caught. He’s been married to the same woman for 37 years. As an active soldier, you wonder who many of those years he has spent with his wife.
This would be a better story were Petreaus a hypocrite. But we don’t know what his relationship with his wife is. Maybe their marriage is an open one, allowing him and her to shag insignificant others. She might even get off on it. The shock always seems to be that women, in this case the married Paula Broadwell, enjoy sex, that they misbehave with their genitals as much as men do. Look at it not as an affair. Look at it as foreplay. Petreaus fell on his sword to protect his wife’s kink. Who knows? Not us. It’s none of our business.
PAULA Broadwell (married) had an affair with CIA Director David Petraeus (married):
CIA Director David Petraeus resigned Friday after admitting to an extramarital affair—an affair with his biographer that was revealed over the course of an FBI investigation, Fox News has learned. The FBI had been investigating an unrelated and much broader case before stumbling on the affair. Fox News has learned that during the course of this investigation, the name of biographer Paula Broadwell came up …
The name of her book? It’s called All In.The Education of General David Petraeus.
Make the jokes, as you must.
MAGGIE Thatcher could not make it see David Cameron today. She has the “flu”. Arnold Swazenegger did make it. And so too did General David Petraeus, Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. A statement was issued:
“The Prime Minister confirmed that 320 British troops would be redeployed in training roles to help accelerate the training effort. General Petraeus thanked the PM for the ongoing British commitment to Afghanistan and for the valued contribution made by British troops, civilians and equipment. The PM also raised the case of Linda Norgrove. General Petraeus said that the investigation was a personal priority for him and emphasised that there would be full co-operation between the US and UK.”
Judgement awaits the outcome…
MEET FBI Special Agent Frederick W. Humphries. This is the photo 47-year-old Humphries sent to Jill Kelley, a woman at the centre of the investigation into David Petraeus investigation. The photo shows Humphries after a “hard workout” with the SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team at an Air Force base in Tampa, Kelley’s home town. He’s the one in the middle of the two GI sex dolls. He captioned the image “Which One’s Fred?”
LINDA Norgrove: the 36-year-old British aid worker captured by the Taliban died in failed rescue attempt. She was being held in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley when US special forces launched their raid. She had been held for 13 days. She was working for a US aid agency called Development Alternatives. Over 150 US Navy Seals went in. Linda Norgrove was an important figure.
And then..? The story goes that she was either killed by a grenade thrown into the compound by the US forces or a kidnapper detonating a suicide vest.
Says David Cameron
“It’s a judgment, it’s a balance. I will go over in my own mind 100 times whether it was the right decision, but I believe it was.”
The Tabloid Agenda
Says the Mirror:
“We do not for a second doubt the anguish of the Prime Minister, who supported a rescue attempt because he was told the British aid worker’s life was in serious danger.”
Well, only a nutter with an agenda would call Cameron a liar. But good of the anti-Cameron Mirror to suggest Cameron is a liar and then dismiss the claim. Nice.
Cameron’s statement points to a deliberate cover-up by the Pentagon, with the aid of the US puppet regime in Afghanistan. The only question unanswered is whether the British government was also in the know from the start, or was, in the words of the Telegraph, treated “like an ill-informed and gullible patsy by our chief allies in the world”. The first scenario is the more likely.
The Soldier: Colonel Richard Kemp
* Whether she was killed by a Taliban suicide vest or a US grenade, Linda Norgrove died because extremist killers seized her with the intention of exploiting her for propaganda then butchering her.
Is grandstanding by the great and good worthwhile?
Who cares if Jolie is benefiting herself? If she can raise an issue, then all to the good? Such is the deference afforded to celebrities that they are now better placed than our elected leaders to comment on politcal matters.
The celebs speak without fear of criticism. And if they get the facts wrong, they can just shrug it off as not their line of expertise. They speak from the heart.
If a politician talks like Jolie they would be snapped and sniped at. They would need facts. Jolie just needs proclamations. If Bono is Mr G9, Angelina Jolie is his significant other.
Says Jolie: “The request is familiar to American ears: “Bring them home.”
But in Iraq, where I’ve just met with American and Iraqi leaders, the phrase carries a different meaning. It does not refer to the departure of U.S. troops, but to the return of the millions of innocent Iraqis who have been driven out of their homes and, in many cases, out of the country.”
She talks of refugees in Iraq:
“More than 2 million people are refugees inside their own country…
An additional 2.5 million Iraqis have sought refuge outside Iraq, mainly in Syria and Jordan….
I’m not a security expert, but it doesn’t take one to see that Syria and Jordan are carrying an unsustainable burden. They have been excellent hosts, but we can’t expect them to care for millions of poor Iraqis indefinitely and without assistance from the U.S. or others.”
Syria. That bastion of human rights. Jolie truly is no security expert.
But the bigwigs all want to meet with here. Jolie speaks with Army Gen. David Petraeus and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Do they learn anything from Jolie? Or is the lure of celebrity too big a deal to turn down?
“It seems to me that now is the moment to address the humanitarian side of this situation. Without the right support, we could miss an opportunity to do some of the good we always stated we intended to do.”
She has your attention. The details she leaves to others…
NOT so anti-American after all:
The BBC has not been a supporter of the Iraq war so it is quite something when its World Affairs Editor John Simpson concludes that America
might finally be pursuing the right tactics in Iraq. Mr Simpson made his conclusion at the end of a report on BBC1′s main evening news bulletin. After interviewing General David Petraeus, the Commander of US troops in Iraq, the BBC journalist said that the real battle was no longer in cities like Baquba which American troops had just liberated from Al-Qeada but in Washington where patience was running out.
The Simpson report was not all positive. He noted the tendency, for example, of insurgents to direct their terrorism towards areas which stretched US forces were not targeting. He did say, however, that the extra 29,000 US troops were, perhaps, using the right tactics but two years too late.
CHRISTOPHER Droner’s online manifesto in full.
POLICE hunting triple-killer Christopher Dornerhave issued a $1m (£633,000) reward for information on his whereabouts. As with all modern killers, Dorner has posted an online manifesto. He included the pathetic phrase: “Don’t ever call me a bully.”
>Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, wants him caught:
“We will not tolerate this reign of terror that has robbed us of the peace of mind that the residents of southern California deserve.”
Sacked from the police, Dorner, a former U.S. Navy reserve lieutenant, wants revenge.
Charlie Beck, the LAPD chief also wants him caught:
“This is not about capturing a fleeing fugitive, this is about preventing a future crime. Every day that Dorner is loose … [an] attack on a police officer, or family is likely. We ask the public to help us find Dorner before he kills again.”
ANDREW Breitbart, Mullah Omar and the Big Government problem. Barths Notes:
…check out today’s New York Daily News, which reports that NATO blames Mullah Omar for the mortaring of civilians this week. Last month, Omar “instructed his commanders to capture and kill any Afghan supporting or working for coalition forces.”
The fact that Omar was roaming freely in June and coordinating attacks must be an awful shock to readers of Breitbart’s Big Government.
Back in May, Instaputz reminds us, Andrew Breitbart’s site was the focus of considerable attention when it announced that Mullah Omar had been arrested in Pakistan. The source was thriller writer Brad Thor, who supposedly has contacts from Afghanistan, and there was much crowing over how the site had scooped the mainstream media. The story provoked lots of debate, and not just along liberal versus conservative lines: Jeremy Scahill at the Nation tentatively suggested that there might be something in it, while David Horowitz’s Newsrealblog was not impressed. Doubters, however, were mocked when Oliver North supposedly confirmed the story. Two and a half months on, though, no evidence has leaked out, and statements from NATO and Pakistan all suggest that the Mullah is still at large.
Paul is ahead of the herunder:
But before them, Anorak’s list of the Least Influential People in the Compilation of Lists: