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Old 11-18-2012, 04:40 AM   #99
KevinNYC
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Default Re: CIA Director Patreus steps down.

Man the Petraeus legacy is falling fast, a year ago, I never thought we'd see articles like this. This was written by the grandson of a three star general.

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A Phony Hero for a Phony War

The genius of General Petraeus was to recognize early on that the war he had been sent to fight in Iraq wasn’t a real war at all. This is what the public and the news media — lamenting the fall of the brilliant hero undone by a tawdry affair — have failed to see. He wasn’t the military magician portrayed in the press; he was a self-constructed hologram, emitting an aura of preening heroism for the ever eager cameras.......

he conned the news media into thinking he was the most remarkable general officer in the last 40 years, and, by playing hard to get, he conned the political establishment into thinking that he could morph into Ike Part Deux and might one day be persuaded to lead a moribund political party back to the White House.

THE problem was that he hadn’t led his own Army to win anything even approximating a victory in either Iraq or Afghanistan.
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