All-Out War Feared As Israel Moves Troops Toward Gaza
Sheera Frenkel, McClatchy Newspapers
Frenkel reports: "Israeli tanks and troops moved toward the Gaza Strip on Thursday night in apparent preparation for a possible invasion."
Juan Cole: Counterinsurgency Was Real Petraeus Failure
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
Juan Cole: "I was opposed to General Petraeus becoming head of the CIA in the first place, because one of the CIA's charges is to evaluate policy, and one of the big policies that needs to be evaluated is the troop escalation, what is called the 'surge,' in Afghanistan."
So, the election being resolved and the upcoming dismantlement of the Social Security/Medicare/Medicaid safety nets being assured (but more slowly, friends, much more slowly they reassure us), this blog goes back to being nothing but trouble for those in charge (of the regular madness).
Whoever they may be.
12 November 12
he director of the C.I.A. has resigned over an extra-marital affair two days after a Presidential election in which the Agency's role in Libya was of burning concern-what is really going on here?
The F.B.I. employee then told what he knew about the investigation to Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader. Cantor released a statement to the Times confirming that he had spoken to the F.B.I. informant, whom his staff described as a "whistleblower." Cantor said, "I was contacted by an F.B.I. employee who was concerned that sensitive, classified information might have been compromised." But what, exactly, was this F.B.I. employee trying to expose? Was he blowing the whistle on his bosses? If so, why? Was he dissatisfied with their apparent exoneration of Petraeus? Given that this drama was playing out in the final days of a very heated Presidential campaign, and he was taking a potentially scandalous story to the Republican leadership in Congress, was there a political motive?
To me, the whole Victorian shame game seems seriously outdated. Something like half the marriages in the country now end in divorce, and you can bet a great many of those involved extra-marital affairs. Is it desirable to bar such a large number of public servants from top jobs? It certainly seems fair to question Petraeus's judgement, ethics, and moral fibre in this matter. But if infidelity wasn't treated as career-threatening, its value to black-mailers would be much reduced (the fear of a spouse is another matter). In this instance, evidently, there were no crimes. So why again did this blow up as it has? Fans of thrillers, like me, are waiting for more answers.