Posted by: coastcontact | November 13, 2012

Soap Opera Government

What a wonderful way to distract the public from the issues that really matter.  Most likely a series of worthless congressional hearings followed by more new regulations.

 If ever there was a real soap opera it’s the events now surrounding David Petraeus.  Now involved is General John Allen, Congressman Eric Cantor, Paula Broadwell, Jill Kelly, unnamed FBI agent, Holly Petraeus, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and President Barack Obama.

The sequence of events as reported by  This really could be made into a soap opera.

Spring 2012:

  • FBI starts investigation, intercepting Petraeus’ emails and      reviewing older emails going back to his time in Afghanistan, where he was commander of U.S. Forces from      July 2010 to July 2011 (Newsmax, Nov. 9).

Week of October 21:

Oct. 26:

  •  Broadwell delivers speech at University of Denver, discussing      details about how Petraeus handled the attack on the U.S. consulate in      Benghazi and revealing possibly classified information about alleged      Libyan militia members being held prisoner at that consulate and that      situation may have been a potential catalyst for the attack (Fox News, Nov. 12).
  • Glenn Beck predicts that David      Petraeus would take the blame on Libya: “Who have they tried to sell down the river      every step of the way? The intelligence,” Glenn said. “You watch. Petraeus      is going to be the fall guy. They’re going to have him step down. They’re      going to point all fingers to him.” (TheBlaze TV, Oct. 26)

Week of October 28:

  • Federal investigators interview Petraeus. Prosecutors conclude      afterward they likely will not bring criminal charges. (Reuters, Nov. 11)

Oct. 31:

  •  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s office contacts FBI to inform them about information from an FBI whistle blower who told Cantor (R-Va.)      in late October that Petraeus had been involved in an extramarital affair      and was potentially putting national security at risk (New York Times, Nov. 10, 2012).

Nov. 6 (Election Day):

  • At about 5 p.m.: the FBI notifies Director of National Intelligence James Clapper,      who oversees the CIA and other intelligence agencies, about      Petraeus. Clapper speaks to Petraeus that evening and again Wednesday and      advises him to step down (Reuters, Nov. 11).

Nov. 7:

  • Clapper informs White House National Security Council official that      Petraeus may resign and President Barack Obama should be informed. The president      is told about it later that day (Reuters, Nov. 11).

Nov. 8:

  • At 11 a.m. A Petraeus meeting with foreign dignitaries scheduled for 2:30 p.m. is canceled and his visitors are informed he      has to go to the White House to meet with Obama. Petraeus meets with Obama  at the White House and offers his resignation, explaining the circumstances behind it. Obama did not immediately accept the resignation      (Reuters, Nov. 11).

Nov. 9:

  • In a statement to CIA    employees Friday, Petraeus said he submitted his resignation to President    Barack Obama on Thursday and Obama accepted it Friday afternoon (CIA).
  • Fox News reported the affair was with his biographer and      was discovered during the course of an FBI investigation on an “unrelated      and much broader case.” According to Fox, journalist and biographer Paula      Broadwell’s name came up during the investigation, which led to uncovering      the affair (Fox News, Nov. 9).
  • Fox News analyst Ralph Peters, a retired Army lieutenant colonel,      speculates that Obama administration knew of the affair and waited for the      right moment to “play the card” (Fox News, Nov. 9)

Nov. 11:

  •  A senior U.S. military official says Broadwell sent harassing      emails to a woman who was the State Department’s liaison to the military’s      Joint Special Operations Command. The official, who asked to remain      anonymous, says 37-year-old Jill Kelley in Tampa, Fla., received the emails from Petraeus biographer      Paula Broadwell that triggered an FBI investigation. (TheBlaze/AP).

Nov. 13:

  • To be continued.  Tune into to your local newspaper, favorite web site, or television station for the latest episode.

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