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Conservative radio host Glenn Beck is accusing of President Barack Obama’s administration of a manufacturing former CIA Director David Petraeus’ sex scandal as a plot to “discredit the military.”

“This is a set up,” Beck said on his Tuesday broadcast. “This is spontaneous, they just found out? Bull crap. They have known. The White House knew during the vetting process that Petraeus was carrying on an inappropriate relationship. They knew it. They knew that he could be easily compromised, but they appointed him anyway.”

“Because when you have the goods on someone — you need a pressure point,” he explained. “Just like this Jill [Kelley] lady. She’s got $2 million in debt. She’s in and out of court all the time. Pressure point. Same with the general. ‘General Betray Us,’ that’s what the left used to call him. Now, he’s put up to head the CIA? Really? Of course. They have a pressure point.”

“And now he’s being discredited. This whole scandal is doing what? How’s your opinion of the military? Discredit the last-standing, honorable institution we have: the military.”

Beck added: “These people in Washington are really bad people. And they will use anything, any pressure point. And you will fold. This, today, is all about discrediting the military while distracting the media.”

Glenn Beck, The Raw Story 21 Comments [11/19/2012 3:32:27 PM]
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Submitted By: Kevin Klawitter
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UHM

I still don't understand why it matters where the head of CIA sticks his cock in, as long as that person is over the age of consent, I couldn't give less of a shit.

11/19/2012 4:03:42 PM

Rabbit of Caerbannog

Looks like Glenn Beck found something else to sob over.

11/19/2012 5:20:28 PM

cdcdrr

Doesn't this mean the Bush government was sloppy in vetting Patraeus? I seem to remember that Obama kept him on board because he was the only competent man in that administration.

11/19/2012 5:27:52 PM

Petroleum Jerry

Ummm..... why?

11/19/2012 7:41:46 PM

nazani14

No, no, if they wanted to discredit the military, they'd focus on the sexual harassment, the rapes, and the commanders who don't do shit to prevent suicides.

11/19/2012 8:21:55 PM

Mech610

@UHM

I couldn't agree more, Petraeus was doing his damn job, it doesn't matter who he screws as long as it's not illegal. Well, it does matter, but it's no one's business except his and his wife. If I had been Obama I would have said, "Look, David, I know that you have some shattered pieces of your life to pick up, but I reject your resignation. You have 6 months to clean this up, but I expect you at your desk on Monday morning."

11/19/2012 8:39:35 PM

fmitchell

Glen Beck proves once again that it's easier to sell a lie sandwiched by two truths:

TRUTH: A high-ranking military official having a secret affair IS vulnerable to blackmail ... which is why military and intelligence agencies forbid them. (Public affairs, on the other hand, are no problem.)

LIE: They MUST have known! It's a conspiracy!

TRUTH: The "left" really didn't like Petraeus ... because with other high-ranking generals he endorsed "spiritual fitness" programs and other attempts by Evangelicals to impose their religion on the troops. Plus, he wasn't that competent.

Perhaps this scandal was a final straw, or perhaps Petraeus resigned for his own reasons. But what century is Beck living in that a general resigning under scandal would ever "discredit the military"? I mean, more than Abu Ghraib, "enhanced interrogation", and shooting sprees in Afghanistan would.

Funny how the secret cabal behind conspiracies is both omniscient and utterly stupid.

11/19/2012 10:04:16 PM

michael3ov

@UHM and Mech610

In any other position I would be in complete agreement with you. Unfortunately for Petraeus he was the DCI.

Any member of the CIA who has an extramarital affair opens themselves up to blackmail and potentially compromising national security. It also showed terrible judgement for a man in his position with access to state secrets.

If a member of the CIA wants to have an affair they have to first let their wife know and then let their supervisor know. Only then is the threat of blackmail diffused.

11/20/2012 2:25:24 AM

fishtank

I don't not care he fucked his biographer, and I do not care he resigned.

11/20/2012 4:01:32 AM

Danarth

@michael3ov

They have to inform their wife and boss? Damn, I'd like to hear that conversation.


11/20/2012 4:27:22 AM

Leighton Buzzard

@ Danarth:

Especially if they are the same person ...

11/20/2012 5:44:08 AM

Doubting Thomas

It's always the conservatives who are overly concerned with who is fucking who. Hell it some European countries, it's pretty much accepted that politicians and government officials will have mistresses, not to mention everyday businessmen. But here in the US, get caught putting your penis in a strange vagina and it's time for a witch hunt.

The way I see it, as long as this general wasn't divulging classified information to his lover, I don't give a crap who he was sharing a bed with. That's between him and his wife. Yes, I do understand the problem of blackmail, so it was a stupid thing for him to do. But we don't know what was going on in his personal life. It doesn't look good for a general who insists on "spiritual fitness" in his military to carry on an affair, but it's just another example of Christian hypocrisy. Sad, but I've just come to expect that the more someone calls for "morality," the more skeletons they have in their closet.

But like someone quoted here not long ago, if people would do their own fucking, they wouldn't be so concerned with who other people are fucking.

11/20/2012 7:54:00 AM

Darwin

Beck, you're just pissed off because it's a sex scandal and you haven't gotten laid in years.

11/20/2012 8:42:33 AM

J. James

@nazani

Don't be silly. People like Beck don't give two shits about rape in the military unless it's SCARY GAYS BUTT-RAPING THE GOOD STRAIGHT BOYS!!

11/20/2012 10:13:50 AM



"The White House knew"

Prove it...

11/20/2012 11:24:06 AM

Pie Man

Meh. My opinion of the military hasn't changed after Petraeus's stuff. He wasn't in the military at the time anyway: he was head of the CIA.

11/20/2012 2:05:32 PM



It's not just that he was in intelligence. I believe in the military one can still be court marshaled for adultery. As he's in a position of command, he can't technically enforce a rule that he himself is breaking.

11/20/2012 7:02:24 PM



Riiight. Obama wants to discredit the military that he worked with to kill bin Laden, with whom he still has to work in two wars, and which he bends over backward to compliment.

That makes great sense, Glen.

11/20/2012 7:05:28 PM

Seeker Lancer

@UHM

Agreed. It's quasi-puritanical nonsense.

11/22/2012 5:36:34 PM

Ebon

But since Beck is babblingly insane, no-one cares what he says.

11/27/2012 5:36:52 AM



I like how he thinks the US military still has an honorable reputation. Abu Ghraib anyone?

12/14/2012 7:53:35 AM
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