I Only Cry On Thursdays

NOVEMBER 13, 2012 1:49PM

Instant Karma

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The good and noble General David Petraeus has apparently gone all in with a woman or two (or maybe more) who isn’t his wife. I wonder if this might not turn into a Tiger Woods moment with women eventually crawling out of the woodwork like termites eating their way through a supporting beam.

But whatever the final outcome, my feeling is that all of this controversy and public shame couldn’t have happened to a more justly deserving fellow. Not that I care one whit about the sexual impropriety – Americans are all too hilariously prudish when it comes to matters of the flesh – but if this is what it takes nowadays to bring down a self-righteous individual in government, then I’m all for it.

Naturally, Petraeus being such an object of deification, the media, politicians and probably quite a few regular civilians are aghast and disbelieving at the shock of it all. How could such a disciplined, morally superior specimen such as he, fall so low? Especially after he’s risen higher than one of those killer drones he loves to deploy.

Yes, the pride of Cornwall, New York and West Point – right near where I live in the Hudson Valley – has come down to earth with a resounding splat. Who says there’s no justice in the world?

Personally, I’ve never understood this religious worship of all things military. Especially toward these careerist types. What’s the big deal? He made a career decision. So what? I have a lot more reverence for firefighters and nurses and teachers than I do for people who voluntarily engage in death and destruction for a living. But maybe that’s just one of my peculiarities. Perhaps I just don’t appreciate how much he’s done to protect my freedom – I might need to ruminate on that a bit.

I remember when this guy first came to national prominence. It was during the Bush years when Petraeus burst upon the scene slathered with ribbons and stars across his chest like so much colored confetti shot out of a canon. In Congressional hearings regarding the debacle in Iraq, the Senators were practically stampeding each other in order to throw the largest bouquet of accolades at his feet. All the while, the good general dodged questions with impunity, basking in his carefully constructed half-truths and evasions – and the Senators ate it up like chocolate candy. What exactly had he really accomplished up to that point – or this point for that matter? What good has he brought the world? What has he actually sacrificed for others? What precisely is his contribution that so merits that kind of obsequious indulgence, then and now?

And then on top of his failed and disastrous wars of no good purpose in Iraq and Afghanistan, he gets the top job at the C.I.A., brought to all of us by another in a long line of idiocies from Obama and his administration. The guy who turned the C.I.A. into a paramilitary organization and supports Obama’s endless wars and the drone murders of innocents. Certainly a legacy that merits national acclaim. What an upstanding chap. This fellow clearly exhibits the highest of moral compasses.

So, after years and years of treating this dude as if he was the second-coming, way beyond reproach or criticism – he turns out to be not so wonderful and ethical after all. Not so bright and shiny as originally thought by so many. Oh, gosh ~ what a surprise. Someone get me my smelling salts.

I don’t usually get much satisfaction from politics. That’s to be expected given how thoroughly corrupt it’s become. My bigger complaint is that I don’t often feel satisfied with karma either. I mean, where is karma when you need it, I ask? Cheney, Bush, Rice etc, are still running around free as birds, wealthy and insulated. If there was any true karmic justice, they’d be sitting in federal prison or at least they’d be too ashamed and stigmatized to show their faces. But, alas, that’s not the way it is. As too frequently it’s made clear, karma doesn’t get them after all.

But in the past week or so – karma did indeed smile upon the world a couple of times. There was Karl Rive and Romney being thwacked upside the head. And then there was the ignoble David Petraeus falling right off his rusting throne. Made me proud to be an American for a change.

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Not enough to make me proud to be an American, but it is still pretty sweet.
Ha! Perfectly captures my feelings.
You don't mind if I borrow a few of your exquisite lines
when I mutter to myself or a few well-chosen friends
not under the military mystique
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"slathered with ribbons and stars across his chest like so much colored confetti shot out of a canon"!
[r] KATE!!! So well said. Awesome writing and savvy sensibility I was working on a Petraeus blog myself! Petraeus, another one of those magic, telfony personalities like Obama and Reagan.

Someone wrote that the embedding/bedding of journalist and Petraeus is a metaphor for the incest between military and media! that gives birth to jingoistic propaganda!

To me it seems as if the sex and morals stuff is the cover-up for the CIA scenario, the coverup of Benghazi and for that matter the reality of what horrors were done to Libya! In a whole trail of Petraeus horrors!!!

The timeline of Obama learning about the affair was such hogwash. Director Clapper heard 5pm on election day (though Holder knew for months from FBI?) and Obama was told on Thursday even though the WH was told on Wednesday and then Obama accepted the resignation on Friday. Hmmmm. Just missed that election, what a coinky dinky.

All one week before the exploration of the attack on Benghazi in Congress. So Petraeus will be replaced and not be answerable. Methinks the October Surprise got shelved. Even though apparently Eric Cantor knew all about it from the FBI agent the "harassed woman" complained to. So the Repubs shut up, too. Hmmmm?

I am feeling played as a citizen. What else is new. I mean sirens of cognitive dissonance blare with every mention of it on the teebee.

You are so right about the sex hysteria via the media and public. PETRAEUS AND OBAMA RUN A MURDER PROGRAM! Adultery is not illegal! The communications did not break classified secrets. WTF?

But that journalist knew about the embassy in Libya, and she claimed it was used for detaining Libyan militant prisoners that the CIA is not supposed to be doing any more. She mucked around by revealing reality, leaked it with believable accessibility to the horse's mouth, and interfering with Obama's lying is the ONLY thing Obama holds people accountable and punishable for. Look at Manning and Assange!

The heat will go on the woman and the other woman in terms of vilification, a cat fight and them as sluts, and Petraeus will experience a double standard kid gloves respect and apologism that seems to be quite the contagious rage these days from all those hypocrits and bullshit artists in Washington and the media AND THE FRIGGIN' CITIZENRY! Most of it.

best, libby
Alaska - I'm with you as you might have guessed, I was only being a wee bit sarcastic

James - "exquisite lines" - I'm a-dancin' with delight. Sure, have at it...I'm going to borrow your "military mystique" - I like that - says it well

Libby - Yeah, I think this whole sex "scandal" is utterly ridiculous too - and your point of it being a cover-up, so to speak, I concur with... It's all a reprehensible, corrupt, cesspool...the lies, the drones, the wars, the secrets, the torture...and whatever they say now in statements, or whatever...I'm like, "yeah, sure" - bullshit artists indeed. It's all a freak show.
I'm not a fan of the "heroic general" any more than you are but I'm sick and tired of them using one scandal after another to distract people from the real issues that they could be discussing. I'm happy to see Mitt and Rove fall on their faces but unfortunately Obama hasn't done so yet.

R
Zach - I agree with you. Sometimes I can't help myself - given the sickening reality of this country's political system and the corrupt people that run and maintain it, I do find some humor and entertainment in their lunacy. Of course, naturally, the media, the politicians should be talking about vital issues, important things - but frankly, I can't recall the last time they did - maybe when Occupy first started.
well said. but that bit about 'proud,' maybe a little rethink.

the dirtier the tasks set before the military, the more smarmy reverence the american people must evince for the killers. much like slathering on perfume instead of being clean.
Let's talk about a couple of things.

"Adultery is not illegal!" Maybe for you, but, if you are in the military, yes, it is. Under the UCMJ you can have a loss of rank, pay, benefits and even sent to jail. If you are lucky you can just get denied reenlistment.

Now Kate. While you may not like the military it's something we need. Like Jack Nickelson said in "A Few Good Men", who is going to do it? When the Japanese landed on, and set up a base on, American soil during WWII who do you think was going to go and remove them? There are other occupations that need our support. The military is still one of them and you have to have leaders.
Al - I was trying to imply a bit of sarcasm regarding the "proud" thing

Cat - I'm 56 years old...kinda do know about the military...and things of that nature...maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think I wrote anything about abolishing it entirely. Don't really need the little condescending lecture...if ya know what I mean... It is funny to me though, say the slightest thing about the all-beneficient military, and there's bound to be a couple of people who immediately jump to its defense, although I think it's quite capable of defending itself.
Al - I was trying to imply a bit of sarcasm regarding the "proud" thing

Cat - I'm 56 years old...kinda do know about the military...and things of that nature...maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think I wrote anything about abolishing it entirely. Don't really need the little condescending lecture...if ya know what I mean... It is funny to me though, say the slightest thing about the all-beneficient military, and there's bound to be a couple of people who immediately jump to its defense, although I think it's quite capable of defending itself.
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