Please, Be Patient My Friends

If you’re wondering when I’ll be releasing my second nonfiction book, the working title for which is THE CLAPPER MEMO, here’s an update: I’m 90 percent of the way toward completion, but feel as if the last 10 percent is going to take four times longer than expected. Get that?

NewBookCover LR 2-17-2013Despite the frustration of not being able to get it out well ahead of Christmas, I remain convinced that THE CLAPPER MEMO is a must-do-it-right-the-first-time true story. In addition, I think it’s audience will be much larger than the one for my first book, Three Days In August, because the subject matter affects more people.

In addition, several big names involved in this story — including Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., former CIA Director David Petraeus and International Security Assistance Force Commander (Gen.) John R. Allen — have found their way into a lot of headlines of late. In turn, some of those headlines — especially the ones about the so-called “Green-on-Blue” attacks in Afghanistan — figure prominently in THE CLAPPER MEMO.

Finally, people who’ve heard about this project — including several Green Berets, Navy SEALs, GITMO officials and others — keep sending information that’s putting more and more weight into the “meat” of the story.

So, be patient, my friends. I think it will be worth the wait!

FYI: Three Days In August is available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com.

Army Generals, Panetta Play Roles in Upcoming Book

Then-Lt. Gen. John R. Allen and Gen. David H. Petraeus are shown greeting Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta as he arrived at Camp Eggers, Kabul, Afghanistan, July 9, 2011. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

Though their inclusion in my upcoming book — the working title of which is THE CLAPPER MEMO — has nothing to do with the recent sex and email scandals that have generated so many headlines during the past two weeks, all three men in the photo above play important roles in my upcoming book. They are: Gen. John Allen, International Security Assistance Force commander; Gen. David Petraeus, recently-resigned CIA director; and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

Stay tuned as I’m working as quickly as I can to finish THE CLAPPER MEMO. I’ll keep you updated.

CIA Director’s Resignation Raises Several Troubling Questions

The timing of CIA Director (Gen.) David Petraeus’ resignation Friday raises several troubling questions the American people deserve to have answered.

Gen. David Petraeus

Did the timing of General Petraeus’ resignation have something to do with the Nov. 6 election?

Knowing President Barack Obama‘s propensity to do anything to save his own hide, one has to believe it played a part in the saga.  According to a report by Ronald Kessler, it came months after the FBI began investigating his relationship with Paula Broadwell, the author of his biography, “All In,” and it left some FBI agents fuming.

Did it have something to do with the House Intelligence Committee’s upcoming hearing about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya?

General Petraeus’ resignation came only days before he was — and, some say, still is — expected to testify Nov. 15 at a closed-door hearing during which members of the committee are expected to ask tough questions and demand truthful answers about the CIA‘s role in events before, during and after the attack which left Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others dead.  One has to believe it played a part as well.

Did it have anything to do with the fact that, by virtue of his position atop the CIA, he knew he would be subjected to periodic, in-depth polygraph examinations and face questions regarding, among other things, his personal conduct?

As a high-ranking government employee privy to classified information of the highest order, General Petraeus falls into the category of people who expected to be subjected to polygraph examinations on an annual basis.  As a retired Army four-star general with more than three decades in uniform, he also knows that a host of countermeasures are available to anyone wanting to defeat the polygraph; therefore, I doubt he had any concerns about undergoing such an examination.

Did it have anything to do with General Petraeus believing foreign intelligence agents might try to compromise him if they became aware of his clandestine activities with Mrs. Broadwell, the married mother of two is not his wife?

Well-schooled in all manner of intelligence-gathering operations, General Petraeus knows that foreign intelligence agents keep watchful eyes on people like him with the hope of finding information they might use in attempts to compromise him at some future date; therefore, I’m sure he limited his reckless behavior with his mistress to environments where none of the “bad guys” could catch him in the act.  Likewise, he probably trusted his extramarital lover.

Unfortunately, General Petraeus must have known he could not hide his affair from FBI agents able to install wiretaps and conduct surveillance activities not available to foreign agents.  In knowing those agents’ chain of command leads to Attorney General Eric Holder, the general also knew that the information would likely be seen by President Obama and held over his head as a bargaining chip of sorts for use at some point in the future when the president was in trouble and needed his CIA director to be his “fall guy.”

Understandably, General Petraeus decided he would rather face the wrath of his wife now than end up “under the bus” at some time in the future on trumped-up circumstances.

Though I don’t condone the general’s pre-resignation actions in any way and despise him for the role he’s played in shaping DoD’s severely-flawed “catch-and-release” policies which have turned many battlefields into untenable environments for warfighters, I can’t say I blame him from protecting himself from his boss.

Hopefully, the whole truth will come out during this week’s hearings and beyond.

Bob McCarty is the author of “Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice, a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, is set for release this fall was released in May..

Petraeus to Suffer Through Second Day on Hill

Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. Forces in Iraq, and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker will soon begin their second day of testimony before members of the U.S. Senate. Below are images from his testimony on Capitol Hill yesterday.
Petraeus And Crocker Testify Before Senate On State Of Iraq War
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Petraeus And Crocker Testify Before Senate On State Of Iraq War
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General Petraeus Offers Details on Progress in Iraq

In a post one week ago today, I highlighted the Vets For Freedom’s 10 Weeks to Testimony Project aimed at providing support for U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus and at stopping anti-war radicals and politicians on Capitol Hill from undermining the troops — and their mission — for the sake of short-term political gain.

In an effort to further highlight why the Vets For Freedom’s Project project warrants your attention, I direct you to an Investor’s Business Daily editorial published yesterday. Below are excerpts from the article which offers a taste of what General Petraeus, leader of U.S. Forces in Iraq, said about the progress in Iraq on the Hugh Hewitt Radio Show Wednesday:

On progress in the war: “(W)e have achieved what we believe is a reasonable degree of tactical momentum on the ground, gains against the principal near-term threat, al-Qaida Iraq, and also gains against what is another near-term threat, and also potentially the long-term threat: Shia militia extremists.”

On fighting al-Qaida: “(We have seen) the detention, or the capture or killing of (a) number of leaders that we have taken out in recent months . . . and the progress in terms of just clearing areas of them. . . . So there has been considerable progress against them.”

On Iran’s support for the enemy: “It has remained very substantial. . . . Iran has indeed provided substantial funding, training, equipping, arming, and even direction, in some cases, to what are called the special groups or secret cells affiliated with the militia of Muqtada al-Sadr.”

On our troops: “Our (military) leaders get it, our soldiers get it, they are these flexible, adaptable, thoughtful, culturally astute, and by and large, leaders and soldiers and Marines, and they are showing that on a daily basis here.”

Now is the time to show your support for General Petraeus and the Vets For Freedom’s 10 Weeks to Testimony Project. Why? Because radical anti-war groups are doing just the opposite.

For more information, click here.