David Petraeus

Trump should consider pardoning ex-CIA boss Petraeus, senator says

After recently granting a pardon and considering at least two more, President Donald Trump should also consider pardoning former CIA director and U.S. Army general David Petraeus, a U.S. senator said. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican, made the suggestion Thursday morning during an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, the Washington Examiner reported. While in the Army, Petraeus oversaw coalition forces during the Iraq War before moving to the CIA under the Obama administration. But his time at the CIA was short-lived. A 2012 FBI investigation unearthed emails between Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell, with whom he was having an affair. Petraeus pleaded guilty in 2015 to a misdemeanor charge of handling classified information, which he gave to Broadwell in eight notebooks. “I think Gen. Petraeus is an incredible patriot, and helped guide our country during a very difficult time in Iraq and basically pulled a rabbit out of a hat there. But he made a terrible mistake,” Cornyn said on Hewitt’s show. “What I respect about Gen. Petraeus is he admitted it candidly and publicly, and took responsibility for it. You don’t see that much in Washington.” President Trump had once considered Petraeus to be his secretary of state. But that title ultimately went to Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon-Mobil CEO who has since resigned. The prospect of pardoning Petraeus comes shortly after Trump pardoned conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty to making illegal campaign contributions in the 2012 Senate race. Trump is also reportedly considering pardons for TV personality Martha Stewart and former Illinois Gov. Rob Blagojevich, Politico reported. The president also recently commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, 62, who had served more than 20 years of a life sentence without parole for a nonviolent drug offense, the report said.

In the interest of disclosure..  I worked for GEN Patraeus as a “field grade” Army officer at U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) back when he was the commanding general, and briefed the man several times personally.  So, I’ve seen the man up close and personal.  He is most definitely a patriot who literally wrote the book (i.e. Army Field Manual) on counterinsurgency.  Given all of his sacrifices to our country, I agree with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), that President Trump should give the man a full pardon for his minor indiscretion.  Hillary did FAR FAR worse, and so far has not been held to account.

Petraeus gives closed-door testimony Saturday on Hill about Benghazi attacks

Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus is providing rare, Saturday testimony on Capitol Hill, talking privately with the Republican-led House committee investigating the fatal 2012 terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya. Petraeus was the CIA director at the time of the attacks and is testifying for the second time before the chamber’s Select Committee on Benghazi . He is expected to testify Saturday for three or four hours to “tie up loose ends” from his visit in early January, Fox News is told. The Sept. 11, 2012, terror attacks on a U.S. outpost in Benghazi killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith and two CIA contractors. The selected committee was formed in 2014 to investigate the attacks including whether the Obama administration failed to provide adequate security for the outpost, who committed the strikes and if officials tried to mislead the public by suggesting an online, anti-Muslim video sparked the attacks. Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is now the 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner, testified in October 2015 before the committee, which has so far interviewed at least 75 witnesses. She also tesified before Congress on the matter in 2013. Democrats and others argue the committee’s interviews, subpoena requests and other, related activities are largely wasting millions in taxpayer dollars and is essentially election-season theater to hurt Clinton’s campaign. One of the major sticking points in the Benghazi inquiry focuses on the public talking points that the CIA drafted, particularly the role then-Deputy CIA Director Mike Morell played in writing them. Petraeus testified about the attack before the House Intelligence Committee in 2012, about two months after the Benghazi attacks..

Definitely something to keep an eye on…

Petraeus: Grant’s ‘I Propose to Fight It Out’ Key to Victory

Thursday, April 9, was the 150th anniversary of General Robert E. Lee’s surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, which marked the virtual end of the Civil War. In New York City, the National Park Service hosted several historical presentations throughout the day and a symbolic furling of the Confederate colors at Grant’s Tomb. The Grant Monument Association (GMA), a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Grant’s Tomb, closed the day’s commemorations by hosting a dinner at the Union League Club in New York City. It was a packed house. The keynote feature of the dinner was a conversation with General David H. Petraeus conducted by GMA Secretary Edward S. Hochman. Petraeus spoke without notes, at times with visible emotion. Numerous dinner attendees afterwards expressed how impressed they were with the depth of his knowledge of Civil War history and of the obvious admiration he held for General Grant. When discussing the nature of leadership, Petraeus highlighted Grant’s fortitude and strategic vision, attributes that particularly impressed him upon reading Bruce Catton’s Grant Takes Command, a book given to him by a historian at Ft. Leavenworth just before Petraeus deployed to Iraq to lead the Surge. Petraeus noted that following six unsuccessful Union commanders, Grant was “the first one who developed a true strategy for the North”—one that included not only a number of coordinated movements in the East, aimed at defeating Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia, but also including actions in other theaters of the war. Victory in the Civil War was not inevitable, Petraeus added; in fact, he noted that Lincoln could possibly have lost the election of 1864 were it not for General William T. Sherman’s victory in Atlanta and General Philip H. Sheridan’s victory in the Shenandoah Valley during the months leading up to the election—each of which contributed substantially to Lincoln’s re-election. General Petraeus also recounted in vivid detail the story of Grant’s leadership at Shiloh, when Union troops were driven back—almost into the Tennessee River—on the first day of the battle. Grant spent that night under a tree in the rain because any available shelter was being used as makeshift hospitals. Well into that night, Sherman found him in the dark. “Well, Grant,” Sherman said, “we’ve had the devil’s own day, haven’t we?” “Yes,” Grant replied, puffing on his cigar. “Lick ‘em tomorrow though.” (Which is precisely what Grant’s army did the next day.) General Petraeus noted the special significance of this story, which he recounted in Iraq following “a horrible day” of heavy casualties. It was during the next day’s battlefield update and analysis, which he conducted every morning. Everyone sitting in the room had “his or her shoulders slumped— literally,” he noted. He continued: “I recalled that story, and it was clearly inspirational to those in our headquarters; in fact, that led to periodic recollection of Grant’s response—‘lick ‘em tomorrow’—on some of the very tough days in the early months of the Surge.” Grant’s fortitude truly was inspirational during many difficult moments, Petraeus asserted, recalling Grant’s spirit in the cable he sent to the secretary of war when he engaged Lee’s army in May 1864: “I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer.” And, as Petraeus reminded the audience, Grant ended up fighting it out on that line all summer, all fall, all winter, and into the following spring before the moment at Appomattox in April 1865

Our current leadership could learn a thing or two from this..