November 9, 2012

All Teed Up

When Obama tapped Petraeus for head of CIA everyone knew why, including Petraeus. His popularity made him an eventual political threat that had to be neutralized. Better to have him in house, and under the thumb. And Petraeus took it, of course. Why? Ego, in a sense. Resume-padding in a larger sense. He was looking at the speech circuit, and adding Director of Central Intelligence probably ramps him from $25,000 a speech to $40,000.

I knew this would not end well for him. But fuck him. I ain't his nanny. His hubris is his nanny. You win enough gaming scenarios in war college you start to think you're something special. Here's a little secret: nobody's special. Even Stephen Hawking can occasionally digitally blather some insanely stupid shit.

There's an inherent problem with generals. Colonels are made by merit. Generals are made by Congress. Which means at least one corrupt fucker already has your pecker in his pocket. Generals, by and large, quit being soldiers when they reach flag rank, and become politicians. Or at least a now overly cautious gamer. That's why it is colonels, not generals, who are always the political game changers. They can gain. Generals always lose when the balance of power shifts.

Armas, Guatemala, 1954: Colonel. Coup d'etat.

Papadopoulos and buddies, Greece, 1967: Colonels. Coup d'etat.

Qaddafi, Libya, 1969: Colonel. Coup d'etat.

Nimeiry, Sudan, 1969: Colonel. Coup d'etat.

Acheampong, Ghana, 1972: Colonel. Coup d'etat.

Tejero, Spain, 1981: Colonel. Failed coup d'etat.

Noriega, Panama, 1982: Colonel. Coup d'etat.

This list could go on. One could make the case that colonels are highly skilled, and motivated, and denied the food trough. The goodies. They are therefore hungry jackals. But what does that make the generals? Arrivistes, I reckon. Skilled at battlefield war, unskilled on the battlefields of the Senate cloak room, the West Wing.

It's a tough thing for a person to become a general, a god among his men, only to realize he's actually some senator's aide's bitch. Some shrug it off and don't play the game. They retire with 1 or 2 stars. Guys like Petraeus think they're smarter than the average bear. They won gaming theory in war college! They run 10 miles a day, and write essential policy papers for Foreign Affairs. What they truly are is dupes. Rubes. Out of their depth because they don't even understand the game they're playing. Don't know who the mark is? You're probably the mark.

And so Petraeus was seduced by a Democratic political operative. Hubris. Now his mighty reputation is soiled beyond repair, his marriage is likely sundered, his prospects on the lecture circuit zilch. This is what Democrats do to the gullible, and the prideful. Don't ever get in bed with these scorpions. They are vile creatures, with no conscience and no soul.

Oh: did I mention Petraeus will take the fall for Benghazi? Of course he will. Obama is even now teeing up a Big Bertha driver, and Petraeus' head is the little dimpled ball on the tee. He'll slice it like he always does, but that don't matter.


Posted by Velociman at November 9, 2012 8:04 PM | TrackBack

Sweet perfection!

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at November 9, 2012 8:56 PM

What is the time line? The White House was looking for a fall guy for the abandonment of Americans in Bengazi, anything but the truth. That is when Petreaus authorized a statement through a CIA spokesman unequivically refusing all CIA culpability. That is unprecedented. Hillary volunteered for that dart knowing no one would believe her. Then the knife went in.

Petraes is at least a different cut than the Clinton cabinet members who swore on their honor that their man wasn't getting blow jobs from the office help.

But no, there is just no excuse for a man of honor to join that administration under any circumstances. He whored out to ambition.

Posted by: james wilson at November 9, 2012 9:51 PM

Well, James, the time line is Petraeus was betrayed day one. As an insurance policy just in case a Benghazi came up. Just business as usual for this crowd.

Posted by: Velociman at November 9, 2012 10:01 PM

Good analysis and brilliant presentation.

Posted by: Pascal at November 9, 2012 10:08 PM

Wild applause..."you knew I was a snake..." seems to be applicable in this case.

Posted by: LauraB at November 9, 2012 10:39 PM

Pleas delete that last long puppy v-man. It's in the wrong thread.

Posted by: Pascal at November 9, 2012 10:39 PM

I hate to kick someone when they're down. So just one thing I really think you should keep in mind going forward. That perhaps the echo chamber which was lying to you about who might win the election - is also rampant with exagerated and false information about Benghazi. Really dude - there is no there, there - as far as I can see.



Posted by: MIntosh at November 9, 2012 11:21 PM

V. Good.

It's always the Colonels you need to watch, not the "perfumed Princes of the Pentagon"

Posted by: Bill Jones at November 9, 2012 11:50 PM

I think they all suck

Posted by: catfish at November 9, 2012 11:52 PM

Oh, Daniel, there are 3 things there: 1) why did they ignore repeated pleas for more security, 2) why did they do nothing when these men were being murdered over 7 hours when we had assets an hour away, and 3) why did they lie about the cause for 6 weeks? Fuck 1) and 2). Obama should be impeached for 2) watching these guys die in real time and not lifting a finger. Fuck Him. Fuck you.

Posted by: Velociman at November 9, 2012 11:54 PM

1) - This is just stupid. You know that this is how government financing works. Everyone always asks for as much as they can get their hands on. What would be surprising is if they hadn't asked for more security. And with repubs slashing budgets, there is enough blame on this to go around.

Meanwhile, you and your blowhard echo chamber sit around and monday morning quarterback this - with all your moral indignation? And you really expect us to believe that you and the GOP wouldn't have been the first to refuse to cough the money up - up front. For what you clearly thing of as Obama's radical experiment bringing democracy to the muslim hordes? And within the context of so much bloviating about keeping taxes and government as small as possible. You must be fucking joking.

2.) How do you know they did nothing for 7 hours? MAYBE more will come out in the wash - which is why there should be (and is) an investigation. But your certainty on this reeks of the same sort of blind certainty that was behind your certainty that Romney was going to win in a landslide a couple weeks back. The echo chamber. You know - if you all weren't so frikkin' desperate to find something to tar him with I might wonder if I really was missing something. As it stands, HA!

3.) Let's hear one single lie. Just one. You can't provide one - because there isn't one. Just the difficulty on the part of the administration of sorting things out in real time within the context of national security.

"Fuck you" really? It has come to that? Enjoy your fucking echo chamber as you and the rest of your hoard become increasingly irrelevant!

Posted by: mintosh at November 10, 2012 12:20 AM

Whether it is better to be relevant or irrelevant to a diseased state of government and arrested thinking is the subject under discussion by the right-wing right now.

Posted by: james wilson at November 10, 2012 1:49 AM

Hubris, you think? FBI investigation? Cryptic emails, according to Scott Pelley? I think there's no way a man like Petraeus progresses through the levels of military and intelligence power during the time he did without knowing better than to whisper sweet nothings to his mistress through email. Knowing better means he was willing to throw it all away for those fingernails on his back. I don't see it.

This ain't over until Petraeus sucks the muzzle of a pistol or falls out on the cool down after one of his 10 mile runs. The only way he's the fall guy is if there really is nothing to Benghazi.

Posted by: arcs at November 10, 2012 6:51 AM

If you're vulnerable, someone is sure to get you. Now he can either sing or slink off into the real world where the rest of us live. It's a better deal than Vince Foster got.

Posted by: Guaman at November 10, 2012 8:32 AM

"Let's hear one single lie. Just one. You can't provide one - because there isn't one. Just the difficulty on the part of the administration of sorting things out in real time within the context of national security. "

See, they aren't dishonest or evil, they are just profoundly stupid. Like with Fast and Furious.

The proggtards are no longer just drinking the Kool Aid they are fucking bathing in it.

Posted by: B Moe at November 10, 2012 10:10 AM

Breathtakingly obtuse mintosh. I hope someday you are rewarded justly.

Posted by: dr kill at November 10, 2012 11:03 AM

Since I am retired military I can say this with some experience. I would rather have retired than served under that piece of shit. Like Colon Powell he was promoted for political reasons not earned, nice enough guy but a blamer not a leader, he fit right in with Obama. The real question is how long did the White House know they were going to throw him under the bus.

Posted by: James Old Guy at November 10, 2012 11:54 AM

Hell, B Moe, they are using the Koolaid for their high colonics.

That Petraeus fell for the homey-pot is just stupid. Just goes to show ambitious f-ckers are not necessarily smart also.

As I said somewhere else, the current Progtards have broken out the D6 cats, dug the slit trench and started throwing the bodies in just like Jarrett said they would. Petraeus & Benghazi are the first covered with lime to be followed by F & F, the Arab "Spring", arming the cartels and the Syrian jihadists. I expect the pile of bodies and scandals shoved into the slit trench to start growing until they fill it with actual bodies from their enemies list.

Posted by: R Daneel at November 10, 2012 5:32 PM

Eight marines were sent in from Tripoli. Not to help, but to clean up. The survivors were whisked back to the U.S., incarcerated in hospital at Bethesda, and threatened if they said a word.

Benghazi was a gift from Obama to Al Quaida, just like the 22 Navy Seals killed 90 days after the Bin Laden operation.

Posted by: Jack Straw at November 10, 2012 6:54 PM

What Jack Straw said. Keep prayin' and keep stackin'...

Posted by: Ed at November 11, 2012 10:33 PM

Or, you know, you could just keep your pants zipped.

Posted by: Slart at November 12, 2012 2:23 AM

Aw, C'mon, who is wired to turn down a piece of ass like Paula? At least we know why he always had that Alfred E. Newman grin on his face.

Posted by: Casca at November 12, 2012 6:41 PM

How many honey trap lectures do officers at that security level endure? Plenty. But it's always the other poor guy who is seduced. She wanted me because I am fucking awesome!!

Posted by: Velociman at November 13, 2012 5:56 PM

Absolutely agree one hundred percent.

Posted by: at November 15, 2012 5:56 AM

I want to believe Velociworld, but always leave room in my memory bank for the likes of "McIntosh."

I don't know what "is" really is, do I? And neither do most of us.

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