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..

Obama Tried to Delay Iraq Troop Withdrawal!

Move America Forward’s political action committee today condemned Barack Obama for “putting his own political objectives ahead of the safety of U.S. military personnel in Iraq.”  In addition, the group released the advertisement, “Obama’s Iraq Deception” (below).

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Click image to view video.

Iraqi government sources have revealed to the New York Post that Democratic Party presidential nominee Obama demanded Iraqi officials stop negotiations with the Bush Administration to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq. Fearful that the success in Iraq would harm his political aspirations, Obama sought to keep U.S. troops in Iraq so he can continue attacking the Bush Administration for not imposing a timetable for withdrawal.

“If these allegations prove to be true, it should be the end of the Obama campaign,” asserted Melanie Morgan, chairman of MAF Freedom PAC chairman, the political action arm of the nation’s largest pro-troop organization, Move America Forward.

“Obama should have the decency to recognize that he lacks the moral character to serve as Commander-in-Chief, and he should withdraw from the ticket. I have never heard of any candidate deliberately trying to get Americans killed to prove their point.”

Click to read NY Post article.

Click to read NY Post article.

According to the New York Post story, not only did Obama seek to get the Iraqi’s to stop negotiating with Americans on the troop drawdown, he also tried to bully Gen. David Petraeus to agree to a hard withdrawal date.

“The hypocrisy of Barack Obama to say in the United States that he wants a speedier troop withdrawal date, while telling the Iraqis to stop negotiating is appalling. Even supporters of a quicker U.S. withdrawal must be sickened by his conduct in Iraq. If there was ever a candidate who has demonstrated the lack of character and leadership to represent the United States in foreign affairs, it is Barack Obama,” Morgan concluded.

Hat tip:  Hot Air

‘Cafe Obama’ Serving Up Waffles — Part 1

‘Cafe Obama’ served up Iraq-flavored waffles today during an appearance on the Fox News Channel’s Fox News Sunday this afternoon.

Speaking to host Chris Wallace, Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama said that it would be “stupid” of him to ignore Gen. David Petraeus’ recommendations on Iraq:

“I will listen to General Petraeus given the experience that he’s accumulated over the last several years. It would be stupid of me to ignore what he has to say.”

But Obama previously said the U.S. should begin to withdraw from Iraq immediately, just one day after General Petraeus warned against a premature withdrawal:

“In describing the recommendations I have made … I believe Iraq’s problems will require a long-term effort. … Our assessments underscore, in fact, the importance of recognizing that a premature drawdown of our forces would likely have devastating consequences. (Gen. David Petraeus, Committee On Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate, Testimony, 9/11/07)

The day after General Petraeus’ testimony, Obama called for the U.S. to “immediately begin to remove our combat troops” from Iraq:

“So let me be clear. There is no military solution in Iraq. There never was. The best way to protect our security and to pressure Iraq’s leaders to resolve their civil war is to immediately begin to remove our combat troops. Not in six months or one year, but now.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks On Iraq, Clinton, IA, 9/12/07)

Waffles like this one leave a bad taste in my mouth.

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See also:

‘Cafe Obama’ Serving Up Waffles — Part 2

‘Cafe Obama’ Serving Up Waffles — Part 3

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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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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Petraeus And Crocker Testify Before Senate On State Of Iraq War
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Rudy Blasts Hillary in Online Video Ad

Like he was with his newspaper ad blasting MoveOn.org, Rudy Giuliani is right on target with the online video ad (below) that was posted on YouTube Sunday.

In the ad, the former New York City mayor calls for Sen. Hillary Clinton to apologize for her statements about Gen. David Petraeus and to denounce MoveOn.org for its anti-war, anti-military actions. Take a look.

If only Rudy was a genuine conservative, he might find support coming from people like me.