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Saturday, November 17, 2012

General Petraeus finds himself in the Bizarro World

For those unfamiliar with planet Bizarro, it is a planet that seems to be a mirror image of Earth from certain issues of the Superman comic books. People say hello when they mean good-by.  Trash is considered treasure. Everyone dresses up like Superman. Every thing on that planet is the opposite of Earth.
So the recent stories of Gen. David Petraeus (AKA Be-tray-us) and his sex affair with Paula Broadwell seem as if the whole thing has been taking part in the Bizarro World. Here is a man who made a career of helping the US Army conquer a nation and then kill off all of those who refuse to accept the US installed phony democracy. He played a major role in the CIA, a spy organization designed to manipulate, disrupt and sometimes assassinate any people or groups of people who refuse to support the US foreign policy objectives. Many of us on the left consider his career to be nothing more than that of a war criminal.
And yet there is almost overwhelming support among US politicians and mainstream media pundits for his job of oppressing people in their own countries and killing lots of people in Iraq and other countries in the Middle-east. However it took a sexual affair to finally bring down this war criminal. In this country it is an honor to kill and oppress people to steal their resources. But cheat on his wife and the man has committed a serious crime that will probably end his career. 
An article in the Kasama Project  points out that politicians from the right-wing to the liberal left have nothing but “Awe and respect for a vicious war criminal.” The article, by Mike Ely goes on to say;
It is amazing to see how  David Petraeus is portrayed as a man of honor and accomplishment throughout the mainstream commentary, including by people who are considered liberal and even “progressive.” A sexual affair is portrays as a tragic stain on a brilliant  and honorable career. And his resignation is portrayed as an unfortunate and even shocking development in the life of a man devoted to service.
What could be more perverse than such a description?”
As the article points out, it is hard to find any mainstream politician or news pundit who has anything bad to say about Petraeus, out side of his personal life. Other than his wife, who cares if he had an affair? That is the least of his crimes.

According to The New York Times, Petraeus did take the time to speak to lawmakers about the attacks and answer questions about the (Barack) “Obama administration’s handling of the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans….”
“Mr. Petraeus, who resigned last week after admitting to an extramarital affair, said the names of groups suspected in the attack — including Al Qaeda’s franchise in North Africa and a local Libyan group, Ansar al-Shariah — were removed from the public explanation of the attack immediately after the assault to avoiding alerting the militants that American intelligence and law enforcement agencies were tracking them, lawmakers said.”
And we all know that anyone who opposes what the US has done to their country and tries to retaliate is nothing more than a “terrorist;”
“They knew right away that there were terrorists involved in the operation,” said Representative C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.”
By now many of us realize the word terrorism is purely propaganda and simply means any person or group who takes us on by military means. The term used to mean that a person or group of persons were terrorist if they did things to terrorize people, such as a bombing or an assassination that is designed to scare people into submission. Today it has only propaganda meanings. Any military or paramilitary group that opposes US foreign policy objectives is a terrorist group.  -សតិវ អតុ

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