Moveon.org Was Right: Gen. Petraeus Really Did Betray Us

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In 2007, the anti-war group MoveOn.org published a full-page ad in The New York Times accusing General David H. Petraeus of “cooking the books for the White House” as to the success of the so-called “surge” at the height of the Iraq War. As an irresistible play upon his unusual name, the ad also labeled him “General Betray Us”. Moveon’s ad was a rare and direct response to Petraeus’ Report to Congress on the Situation in Iraq.

President Bush and the Republicans were practically falling over themselves extolling the virtues of the surge. The four-starred general Petraeus (who was in charge of “boots on the ground” and all things Iraq) was ceremoniously assigned the role of point man to explain to Congress and the world that all was right and good despite what appeared to most of us to be a never-ending debacle, defeat and disaster in the deserts and cities of that beleaguered nation-state.

Thus, to no one’s surprise, Republicans, the Tea Party, conservatives and the right wing generally underwent a public conniption fit over Moveon ‘s move against the good, faithful, loyal, charitable, honest and true General Petraeus.

And so it seems now that Moveon has been totally vindicated with yesterday’s news that the good general and ex-CIA Director will plead guilty to providing his mistress-cum-biographer with classified information.

That’s right. This four-star general; this former CIA Director; this once sure-fire shoo-in for the Republican Party’s nomination to actually replace President Obama — This man turned out to be just another in a long and crowded line of self-righteous “conservative” hypocrites whose party line is always “Do as I say, not as I do.”

And, as might be expected Petraeus’ plea deal conveniently involves no jail time. His wrists will, however, receive a a not-so-stern slapping of two years probation; and he will have to dredge up $40,000 in payment of a fine imposed by the court.

And, as might be expected Petraeus’ plea deal conveniently involves no jail time. His wrists will, however, receive a a not-so-stern slapping of two years probation; and he will have to dredge up $40,000 in payment of a fine imposed by the court.

The dirty details and broad outlines of Petraeus’ betrayal are well-publicized and will not be repeated here. Suffice it to say, though, that his guilty plea marks the biggest political scandal since the revelations of Edward Snowden
and Chelsea Manning before him.

And then there is the recent matter of CIA case officer Jeffrey Sterling. Sterling is facing an April 24 sentencing of up to 100 years in prison for blowing the whistle on a failed plan to provide Iran with fake nuclear bomb blueprints to an New York Times reporter. The reporter wrote a book about the matter, and, despite intense pressure by the Justice Department, never revealed his sources. Yet, Justice, convinced that Sterling spilled the beans to the reporter, prosecuted him even though no one was killed and the info conveyed was fake anyway. Go figure.

Interestingly, Snowden and Manning have been accused by the government, “mainstream” press, conservatives and and some so-called liberals, Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, and many shades of each of these, with essentially doing the same thing that Petraeus is now about to be “punished” for doing. Snowden is in forced exile in Russia for his revelations, while Manning (after undergoing Guantanamo Bay-style torture for years) is doing time — basically from now on — in a military prison.

Petraeus’ plea deal Tuesday did not receive the kind of front page, wall-to-wall media coverage it deserved and warranted. Why not? Because Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was giving a controversial speech before a joint session of Congress at the same time as the Petraeus deal was announced.

Now, I am far from a conspiracy buff, nut, addict, believer. But it is more than interesting, don’t you think, that Petraeus’ was sharing his Top Secret secrets with his Jewish lover-writer, who has yet to say what she did with the information “gleaned” from the good general.

Thus, is it entirely coincidental and happenstance that the Israeli Prime Minister shows up in Dee Cee on the same day that the general’s cozy plea arrangement is announced?

So, right there is more work for Moveon.org to do. Dig into the timing of these latest revelations and political machinations.

From now on, then, perhaps we should take Moveon at its word because Petraeus really did betray us all.

Originally published March 4, 2015 LAprogressive.org

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