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House Republicans Eric Cantor and Dave Reichert knew about Petraeus affair in October and sat on the information!!!!


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Initial post: Nov 11, 2012 3:45:19 PM PST
DarthRad says:
Ah, it's all starting to come out now....

It turns out that all this suspicion about the Petraeus affair being covered up by the Obama administration turns out to be a coverup by House Republicans .... who actually were just doing the right thing, for once, by not going berserk and going public before they knew the full truth ....

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/11/us/fbi-said-to-have-stumbled-into-news-of-david-petraeus-affair.html?pagewanted=all

http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/11/us/petraeus-cia-resignation/

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 3:51:22 PM PST
Especially since Petraeus was making rumblings about running for president in 2016...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 3:53:29 PM PST
nameinuse says:
Cantor is the defacto, self-appointed head of the Tea Party in the House and an ambitious political opportunist who has truly been trying to take out Boehner as the the titular head of the establishment Republicans for the last two years.

Intrigue. Drama. Backstabbing. Thirst for power.

The usual.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 3:56:23 PM PST
Smart move by House Republicans not to start a discussion with the media until the facts were known.

After all, he WAS Barry's employee. Apparently not very well vetted by democrats.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 3:59:18 PM PST
It's a pretty safe bet Petraeus is a republican.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 4:03:05 PM PST
Mike says:
nameinuse says: Cantor is the defacto, self-appointed head of the Tea Party in the House and an ambitious political opportunist who has truly been trying to take out Boehner as the the titular head of the establishment Republicans for the last two years.

Intrigue. Drama. Backstabbing. Thirst for power.

Reply: I think he is being pushed by his wife, Lady McCantor.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 5:22:19 PM PST
That Cantor is a NASTY ONE...I'm from Va. At one point Boehner was getting TOO close to being on the same page as Obama..In Steps My Lord Cantor and nips it in the Bud by going to other Republicans saying he has to be stopped! We've been on a collision course ever since!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 9:48:58 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 11:23:08 PM PST
John M. Lane says:
According to the NY TIMES, the FBI knew about this last summer. Maybe Eric Holder didn't mention it to Obama?

By the way, the woman who reportedly informed the FBI is now identified as Jill Kelley, an employee of Hillary Clinton's State Department, and described as an "arabist" of Lebanese (Syrian?) ancestry.

Mrs. Clinton may have known about this before anybody else. It would be interesting to hear her explanation of it.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 12:06:15 AM PST
And why is the head of the CIA resigning over an affair? It's not like he's a priest or someone in a position requiring unquestionable moral character. He's the head of the CIA. They spy, lie, steal, torture and kill.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 12:14:51 AM PST
John M. Lane says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 12:30:02 AM PST
OldAmazonian says:
The only unpardonable sin for these guys is getting caught.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 3:32:36 AM PST
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Smallchief says:
John says: By the way, the woman who reportedly informed the FBI is now identified as Jill Kelley, an employee of Hillary Clinton's State Department, and described as an "arabist" of Lebanese (Syrian?) ancestry.

Smallchief replies: And speaking of sinister, did you know that Petraeus' wife works for the government in Washington. Suspicious. And where does she work? For the Socialist Consumer Protection Agency. Very suspicious. That's Elizabeth Warren territory. That's liberal valhalla. That's cooperating with Michelle Obama, the Black Pantheress, to give government help to military families. OMG! Could Mrs. Petraeus be a liberal infiltrator in the Armed forces, subtly manipulating the minds of upstanding, patriotic, conservatives and turning them into liberal weinees?

And could her husband, General Petraeus, be her enabler? I don't know about you but I've always been skeptical about his philosophy of "winning hearts and minds" in Afghanistan. That doesn't sound like a conservative idea to me. Shoot them all and sort out the bad ones later, that's what real Americans do. Perhaps Petraeus too is an operative from the dark side?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 3:50:07 AM PST
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John M. Lane says:
Did you read Petraeus' manual on irregular warfare, Smallchief? It was pretty good.

Holly Petraeus was the daughter of the USMA's Superintendent when Petraeus graduated. That doesn't place her beyond suspicion, but she's apparently not the one who complained to FBI and blew the General out of the tub. That was Jill Kelley, nee Khawam, Hillary's employee.

You'd make a good cop, Smallchief. You don't trust anybody.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 3:59:06 AM PST
John, what is the point of adding "nee Khawam" there? Another reminder that Kelley isn't quite as American as the rest of us?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 4:08:56 AM PST
John M. Lane says:
That was her surname, Meghann.

That's the point. Kelley is her married name.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 4:25:07 AM PST
I haven't see you do that with the names of other married women. Why this one?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 4:29:56 AM PST
John M. Lane says:
I always try to learn the personal histories of people who appear to be significant in these discussions, Meghann. That includes surnames if I can find them.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 4:33:35 AM PST
So it's just happenstance that your posts haven't given us those of Broadwell or Holly Petraeus and you've included only that of the woman you've been reminding us is of Syrian ancestry?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 4:47:01 AM PST
John M. Lane says:
Broadwell's maiden name was Kranz and she graduated with honors from Centennial High School in Bismarck, North Dakota. I don't know what Holly Petraeus' maiden name was.

Jill Kelley is identified as being of "Lebanese" ancestry, but it's been my experience that a lot of Syrians identify themselves that way and Lebanon was a province of Syria's. I also believe that may be significant insofar as Benghazi is concerned. Some bloggers have identified her as an "arabist" which suggests a particular orientation. Hillary Clinton's top aide has also been described that way.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 4:55:46 AM PST
Re Clinton's top aide: Are you talking about the one Michele Bachmann had that brief obsession with? The obsession that prompted John McCain to tell her to lay off the crazy? Dare I ask about these "some bloggers" who have identifed Kelley as such?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 5:31:17 AM PST
John M. Lane says:
Why do you describe Michele Bachmann's national security concerns as a "brief obsession?" Huma Abedin is the aide in question.

Among other activities, Ms. Abedin was on the Board of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs with Abdullah Omar Naseef, an al Qaeda financier. Ms. Abedin also served on the Board of the Muslim Students Association, a front for the Muslim Brotherhood.

That doesn't necessarily make her a security risk, but associations like that shouldn't be ignored either, especially if there are also associations with Jill Kelley. The terrorist group which attacked the American consulate in Benghazi appears to be linked to al Qaeda, which itself grew out of the Muslim Brotherhood. Not that I'm suggesting any wrongdoing, though.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 5:41:10 AM PST
In terms of security clearances, the issue isn't morality but susceptibility to blackmail. Coming clean (and sometimes to your family as well) will eliminate this as a problem. Gay people out have much less a problem that gay people in the closet.

The military doesn't like your getting caught for affairs. It can cost promotions. Enough passes over, and you have to resign.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 5:55:02 AM PST
Note: The term Arabist (in many translations) has been the name of an academic and professional specialty for a very, very long time (since the 11th century). It almost always indicates someone who is not of that culture by birth.

Muslims (primarily Persians) rescued and translated many texts from the Ancient Classical and Indian world into Arabic, many lost to European scholarship. The first Arabists were the ones who translated Muslim, Indian, and Classical works of scholarship into Latin.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 6:00:14 AM PST
John M. Lane says:
Thanks for the posts, magnolia.
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