WAS PETRAEUS BROUGHT DOWN BY HIS SECRET LOVE-LIFE OR BY AIPAC?

Some have lamented, via social media, that wars, occupations, assassinations are not reasons to lose one’s job in the United States government. Indeed, such service gets you praised and promoted, while an extramarital affair will kill your career.

But what also struck me was the total absence in the extensive media coverage of another way Petraeus made a little history: by publicly criticizing Israel and enraging the Israel lobby.

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When former CIA chief David Petraeus enraged the Israel lobby

Submitted by Ali Abunimah 
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Gen. David H. Petraeus, Commander, US Central Command, carves a turkey prior to serving Thanksgiving dinner to sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in 2009 (source).

 (Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Moon)

There has beeen fulsome praise for General David Petraeus since he resigned yesterday as head of the CIA after the FBI discovered he was having an extramarital affair.

President Barack Obama lauded Petraeus’s decades of “extraordinary service,” which includes his time as general in charge of US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and as head of the CIA, where Petraeus would have been in charge of Obama’s “secret” drone program which kills children and other civilians in several countries with no oversight or control from anyone.

Some have lamented, via social media, that wars, occupations, assassinations are not reasons to lose one’s job in the United States government. Indeed, such service gets you praised and promoted, while an extramarital affair will kill your career.

But what also struck me was the total absence in the extensive media coverage of another way Petraeus made a little history: by publicly criticizing Israel and enraging the Israel lobby.

Israel, a liability to the US?

In March 2010, when Petraeus was still head of the US Central Command, he gavetestimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee which included this observation about one of the “challenges to security and stability” faced by the United States:

The enduring hostilities between Israel and some of its neighbors present distinct challenges to our ability to advance our interests in the AOR [Area of Operations]. Israeli-Palestinian tensions often flare into violence and large-scale armed confrontations. The conflict foments anti-American sentiment, due to a perception of U.S. favoritism for Israel. Arab anger over the Palestinian question limits the strength and depth of U.S. partnerships with governments and peoples in the AOR and weakens the legitimacy of moderate regimes in the Arab world. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda and other militant groups exploit that anger to mobilize support. The conflict also gives Iran influence in the Arab world through its clients, Lebanese Hizballah and Hamas.

Abe Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, one of the leading American Zionist lobby groups, was so alarmed he issued a statement condemning Petraeus’ testimony, asserting in part of it:

Gen. Petraeus has simply erred in linking the challenges faced by the U.S. and coalition forces in the region to a solution of the Israeli-Arab conflict, and blaming extremist activities on the absence of peace and the perceived U.S. favoritism for Israel. This linkage is dangerous and counterproductive.

What Foxman and other Israel lobbyists understood correctly was that Petraeus was articulating a view that is increasingly common within the US establishment, but is an absolute taboo when it comes to stating it publicly: that US “interests” and Israeli “interests” are not identical, and that Israel might be a strategic burden, rather than an asset to the United States.

Of course Obama appointed Petraeus as CIA director after he made his Senate statement about Israel. And that too might have been a count against Obama in the false Republican and ultra-Zionist narrative that Obama threw Israel under the bus.

Petraeus was not speaking from any love of the Palestinians, nor any position of principle or concern for justice – no one should make that mistake. He was speaking from the same cold calculation of how to maintain and advance US imperial domination that allowed him to oversee – on behalf of the president – wars, occupations and murders of children and teenagers and other civilians all over the world using drones. That is precisely what scared the Israel lobby.

 

 

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15 Comments

  1. Blake said,

    November 10, 2012 at 16:05

    We will know all when he writes his memoirs.

  2. Big M said,

    November 10, 2012 at 17:21

    Extra-Marital affair, my ass. He’s going to fall on the Benghazi PsyOp sword for Hitlary and Panetta. He was also scheduled to testify about Benghazi in front of CONgress next week, which won’t happen now. How convenient.

  3. robertsgt40 said,

    November 10, 2012 at 18:19

    Funny how Clinton’s whoring around as prez and even getting a BJ in the oval office didn’t hurt his career.

  4. Miguel Grande said,

    November 10, 2012 at 18:21

    His memoirs will be edited by the CIA for security purposes.

  5. November 10, 2012 at 18:29

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  6. BOB said,

    November 10, 2012 at 19:51

    Why wouldn’t he lie in his memoirs?
    He’s been lying all his life
    as a mind-controlled killer

  7. November 10, 2012 at 20:33

    [...] In March 2010, when Petraeus was still head of the US Central Command, he gavetestimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee which included this observation about one of the “challenges to security and stability” faced by the United States: “The enduring hostilities between Israel and some of its neighbors present distinct challenges to our ability to advance our interests in the AOR [Area of Operations]. Israeli-Palestinian tensions often flare into violence and large-scale armed confrontations. The conflict foments anti-American sentiment, due to a perception of U.S. favoritism for Israel. Arab anger over the Palestinian question limits the strength and depth of U.S. partnerships with governments and peoples in the AOR and weakens the legitimacy of moderate regimes in the Arab world. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda and other militant groups exploit that anger to mobilize support. The conflict also gives Iran influence in the Arab world through its clients, Lebanese Hizballah and Hamas.” Abe Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, one of the leading American Zionist lobby groups, was so alarmed he issued a statement condemning Petraeus’ testimony. http://desertpeace.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/was-petraeus-brought-down-by-his-secret-love-life-or-by-… [...]

  8. JMS said,

    November 10, 2012 at 20:39

    Maybe f we knew the woman’s identity we could see if it was a Mossad setup?

  9. November 10, 2012 at 21:21

    If Petraeus’s memoirs should materialize, I hope they are as good
    as General Patton’s.

  10. Paul said,

    November 10, 2012 at 21:43

    Why does anyone take Foxman seriously? The man is a complete joke, as is the the disgusting nation he fronts for.

  11. Richard Braverman said,

    November 11, 2012 at 00:54

    The scandal that brought down CIA Director David Petraeus started with harassing emails sent by his biographer and paramour, Paula Broadwell, to another woman, and eventually led the FBI to discover the affair, U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Saturday

  12. Richard Braverman said,

    November 11, 2012 at 00:57

    Paula Broadwell, whose affair with the nation’s C.I.A. director led to his resignation on Friday, was the valedictorian of her high school class and homecoming queen, a fitness champion at West Point with a graduate degree from Harvard, and a model for a machine gun manufacturer.

  13. Richard Braverman said,

    November 11, 2012 at 00:59

    Paula Broadwell is a research associate at Harvard University’s Center for Public Leadership and a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. She spent much of a year in Afghanistan as an embedded author, extending her doctoral dissertation on transformational leadership and organizational innovation based on the career of U.S. Army General David Petraeus. The result is Paula’s highly anticipated portrait of Petraeus as commander and her chronicle of the Afghan war—All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.

    Paula’s passion for leadership and security policy stems from her background in the U.S. military and her academic pursuits. She graduated with academic, fitness, and leadership honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point. She has lived, worked, or traveled in more than 60 countries during more than fifteen years of military service and work in geopolitical analysis and counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations. She has served with the U.S. intelligence community, U.S. Special Operations Command, and FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces. Paula earned an M.A. with honors from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies and an MPA degree from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She previously wrote for the Kings of War and Foreign Policy’s Best Defense blogs, and she has published op-eds in The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, and The Boston Globe. She has also written chapters in books on counterinsurgency, transformational leadership, and women in defense, and has contributed to national TV networks, BBC radio, and NPR on similar topics.

    Drawing upon her experience within the military and study of transformational leadership, Paula explains Petraeus’s thoughts on strategic leadership and provides inspirational anecdotes and insights for anyone—from CEOs to young lieutenants to women in conflict zones—facing leadership challenges in their respective fields.

  14. November 11, 2012 at 04:00

    Our government feeds on and radiates trivial pursuits. They lie like spoiled children holding a sharp knife to the babysitter’s throat. If the military rebels and they do not nail Bush41 and Bush43, we will know they are behind lobopresident Obama’s frequent faux pas and betrayals. They are plain as the nose on everyones’ face.

  15. November 17, 2012 at 11:24

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