Friday, September 24, 2010

Petraeus Cons Obama on Afghan War

By Ray McGovern
September 24, 2010

One thing that comes through clearly in Bob Woodward’s new book, Obama’s Wars, is the contempt felt by Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, toward President Barack Obama.

Read on.


Michael E. Badgett said...

Too late is an under statement!

I thought President Obama was a student of history.

Did we not learn anything from Russia?

Tom Maertens said...

Another excellent piece,Ray.

Ethan Allen said...

With all due respect to the earnest cause that Robert Parry espouses via Consortium, it appears that a more careful reading of agent McGovern's erudite propaganda is warranted.
It is telling that, while warning of the pitfalls of "cognitive dissonance", he employs an astute selective memory to convey a level of revisionism that would gag a maggot.
Typical of many Cons who dress themselves in the trappings of hot-button Progressive buzz-words, agent McGovern, much like his compatriot Bob Woodward, pretends to be a born-again voice of reason, and a torch-bearing champion of truth, justice, and journalistic integrity.
Indeed, agent McGovern and his fellow travelers are highly trained and experienced managers of "information", but does their collective body of work inform or intentionally distract public awareness from any thoughtful understanding of that which actually lies behind and beneath the carnage and destruction disguised by such dissembling and perverted literature? This is not merely a rhetorical question; it Ray?

Dean taylor said...

25 September

"Eight hundred years ago, Thomas Aquinas observed that courage is the precondition of all virtue."


Similarly, scholar, academic, and psychiatrist Thomas Szasz writes:

"Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence,"

meaning that when we are fearful, guilt burdened, etc., we will not let our minds move in the directions--and to the places--it needs to go...

That one could enter that maelstrom of lies, coercion, and corruption called "Washington, D.C.," without arming oneself against the eventuality of intrigue and malign "decision making" may very well fall under the heading of "culpable ignorance," at best, and willful, banal evil--quoting Arendt--at worst.

Anonymous said...

What a bunch of baloney. Amazing how Petraeus went from being a toady of the Bush administration, doing anything to get, ahead to a treasonous bastard determined to bring the President down. If you hate the military, anything they do is wrong.

I think the Afghan "experts" are right -- if we leave Afgh, the Taliban will too -- just like they did the last time we left them to their own devices.