I was long in awe of General David Petraeus, and the only thing that begins to mitigate how blind I was to his true character is that there are journalists with far more credibility than myself — chief among them Tom Ricks — who also were taken in and played by him like a cheap violin.

As the now disgraced CIA director returns to Capitol Hill today for more testimony on the Benghazi massacre, Michael Hastings offers a must-read titled “The Sins of General David Petraeus.”

And here’s a further thought for discussion: Was the Obama administration well aware that Petraeus was a time bomb, both because his slavish devotion to the neocon brain trust that was responsible for the Iraq War and his manifold personal failings, and figured the best place for him was heading the CIA, long a deeply dysfunctional agency that couldn’t be run further into the ground?

Shaun Mullen
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dduck
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dduck
3 years 10 months ago

SM, Just curious, were you one of the people that called him Gen. Betrayus?

dduck
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dduck
3 years 10 months ago

Good for you.

dduck
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dduck
3 years 10 months ago

BTW: A book I think you will like a lot: Lost In Shangri-La, Mitchell Zuckoff.
WWII survival saga in New Guinea.

ShannonLeee
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ShannonLeee
3 years 10 months ago

time bomb? he had an affair… something lots of Americans have experience with. Was it a serious violation of his marriage? Yes. Did that make him a time bomb? No.

tom ricks
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tom ricks
3 years 10 months ago

Mr. Mullen,
I think if you are going to attack my reputation, you should provide some evidence. Is there anyone besides Michael Hastings you can cite? I ask because he and I have some differences about his own credibility.
Best,
Tom Ricks

ShannonLeee
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ShannonLeee
3 years 10 months ago

Maybe he was placed in that position because he literally wrote the book on counter tourism and the surge. Tom Ricks writes in his book that petraeus did not come up with the idea on his own. It was taken from officers that had local success with the tactics. He also wrote that the general required help from many people to get the surge ideas up the ranks. Petraeus was a not so successful favorite of the neocon movement…which I believe is exactly why you are going a bit off the map on this one.
If Obama/dems were afraid of him, he would have never been given that job.

ShannonLeee
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ShannonLeee
3 years 10 months ago

Shaun, apologies for my miswording. He was a neocon favoriite. He was unexceptional until he and others sat down and reworked the book on counter insurgencies. I believe he was responsible for a large number of misplaced weapons. He was in charge of the failed afghan training. He also wrote that terrible piece for Bush et al. Yet, he helped pull us out of Iraq and saved countless lives with his new strategy.

Outside of some previous failures…what liabilities? IMHO, at the time, he was perfect for the job.

dduck
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dduck
3 years 10 months ago

SM,said: “That is why there may be merit to him being shunted off to Langley where the personal indiscretion time bomb that had been slowly ticking would go off.”
Are you implying, as I believe, that the affair started earlier than DP has stated? Or am I reaching.

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