David Petraeus

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Petraeus: Why Hamas Attack Was Worse Than 9/11

Because of the proportion of the Israeli population that was killed, he says

(Newser) - Retired Gen. David Petraeus discussed the Israel-Hamas war in an interview on CBS News on Sunday, and explained why he believes the surprise Hamas attack that launched the war was, in his words, "far worse" than the terrorist attacks in the US on September 11, 2001. Israel's population...

Petraeus: One Military Truth Is in Ukraine's Favor

In urban warfare, invaders typically need 5:1 advantage; Russia may need a greater one

(Newser) - One of America's most famous modern generals assesses the Russia-Ukraine conflict in depth via a CNN interview, and the short version is that retired Gen. David Petraeus is decidedly unimpressed with Russia's military. "Abysmal" and "incompetent" are two of the words he uses. This applies across...

Another Big Shift After Floyd Death, This Time From Military

Army 'open' to conversation about renaming bases named for Confederate leaders

(Newser) - The death of George Floyd in police custody and the ensuing protests are sparking changes in law enforcement, media, and business—and now the US armed forces. Earlier this year, the US Army said it had no plans to scrap the names of any of its 10 bases named after...

Kim Kardashian West to Meet With Alice Marie Johnson
Trump's Pardons Are
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Trump's Pardons Are the Talk of the Town

White House is preparing paperwork for at least 30 more pardons

(Newser) - After Kim Kardashian West met with President Trump to plead the case of Alice Marie Johnson, a great-grandma jailed for life over a first-time, non-violent drug offense, Trump commuted Johnson's life sentence. Now, Kardashian will meet Johnson for the first time as early as this week, reports TMZ . Getting...

Petraeus' Ex-Lover Blasts Double Standard in Fallout

'Why shouldn't I be able to go on?' Paula Broadwell wonders

(Newser) - Paula Broadwell is in the same camp as Edward Snowden in that she was shocked to hear David Petraeus is in the running for secretary of state under Donald Trump after pleading guilty to mishandling classified data. That's not to say she doesn't approve. "I think he...

As Snowden Slams Petraeus, Petraeus Makes SecState Play

'Five years ago, I made a serious mistake'

(Newser) - Edward Snowden leaked classified information and is a fugitive as a result; David Petraeus disclosed classified information to a romantic interest—and he got probation, a fine, and is now in the running to be Secretary of State under Donald Trump. Petraeus "shared information that was far more highly...

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Conway: Search for SecState Expanding

And might add Jon Huntsman to the list

(Newser) - Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Bob Corker, and David Petraeus: Donald Trump's shortlist for secretary of state is evidently not as short as previously thought, reports Politico . "It is true that he’s broadened the search," said Kellyanne Conway, who's made no secret of her personal contempt...

Major Names Added to List of Trump's Possible Secretary of State

Sources say Mitt Romney and David Petraeus are being considered

(Newser) - Thursday saw several new high-profile names added to the list of prospective secretaries of state under President Trump. One of those names is former CIA director and US army general David Petraeus, reports the Guardian , citing several sources. Petraeus resigned as CIA director in November 2012 after the FBI found...

Gen. Petraeus, Astronaut Mark Kelly Form Gun-Control Group

They want stricter background-check laws

(Newser) - Former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus and former astronaut Mark Kelly have teamed up to create a new gun-control group, the Hill reports. The Veterans Coalition for Common Sense was announced Friday with the goal of implementing tougher rules for background checks and reducing suicides among veterans. "[Veterans] have...

Petraeus Pleads Guilty, Avoids Jail

He gets 2 years' probation, fine of $100K over classified leak

(Newser) - After a monumental scandal and a two-year FBI investigation that sullied the reputation of David Petraeus, the case ended today in unspectacular fashion: He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and avoided jail time, reports the Los Angeles Times . The former CIA director got two years' probation and a $100,000...

Petraeus Got a Way Better Deal Than Other Leakers

Letter points out 'profound double standard'

(Newser) - When Stephen J. Kim , a former State Department contractor, leaked classified information about North Korea to Fox News in an effort to bring attention to the danger that country poses, he was given a 13-month sentence. Yet David Petraeus gave his journals, which contained top-secret notes, to the lover writing...

Petraeus' Deal: a Guilty Plea

It relates to classified material found on his lover's computer

(Newser) - Though the New York Times in January reported that ex-CIA chief David Petraeus had no interest in a plea deal over his alleged mishandling of classified materials, it seems he has arrived at just that. The DOJ today released a statement saying Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to a...

Next Pentagon Chief Could Be a Woman

Michèle Flournoy has been the department's highest-ranking woman

(Newser) - Following Chuck Hagel's exit as defense secretary, the obvious question is who might replace him. One leading possibility: former undersecretary of defense for policy Michèle Flournoy—the defense department's highest-ranking woman ever, ABC News reports. She stepped down in 2012 and now heads a nonpartisan national security...

Bad Idea: Pal Mails Petraeus Fake Grenade

NYPD called in after secretary opens package

(Newser) - If David Petraeus was still running the CIA, he might call for some "enhanced interrogation techniques" to be used on a buddy who thought it would be funny to mail a fake grenade to the general's New York City office. The package was opened by the general's...

College Students Protest New Professor—David Petraeus

CUNY lecture picketed by students, staff

(Newser) - The City University of New York may have dropped the salary of its new "visiting professor" David Petraeus from $200,000 to $1 , but that hasn't silenced critics of his appointment. Petraeus' teaching appearance at the uni last week drew some 100 protestors, reports the Guardian . "A...

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Why Do Famous People
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Why Do Famous People Get Paid So Much?

Ex-politicians jump on the star gravy-train and cash in, George Packer observes

(Newser) - Harry Truman once said he could "never lend myself to any transaction, however respectable, that would commercialize on the prestige and dignity of the office." But boy has that sentiment ever gone out of style. Bill Clinton made $17 million in speaking fees last year, and Hillary makes...

Petraeus Takes a Pay Cut: $200K to $1

CUNY revises his 'visiting professor' salary amid criticism

(Newser) - David Petraeus and the City University of New York have been embroiled in a minor scandal this month, after it was revealed the former CIA chief was going to be paid $200,000 a year to teach at the college part-time. Now CUNY has revised his "visiting professor" salary—...

Socialite Sues FBI, Pentagon in Petraeus Scandal

Jill Kelley says officials deliberately leaked false info

(Newser) - The Florida socialite whose complaints about threatening emails ended up exposing David Petraeus' affair with his biographer is suing the FBI and the Department of Defense for leaking her name—and "false and defamatory" information about her. Jill Kelley's lawsuit says she and her husband were dragged into...

Real Culprit of Benghazi Talking Points: Petraeus, CIA

'Washington Post' says they were mostly intended to make the CIA look good

(Newser) - So far, most of the public anger about the Benghazi scandal has focused on the State Department. But the Washington Post has an in-depth piece today suggesting that the real blame for the infamous talking points may lie with everyone's favorite philandering ex-spy chief, David Petraeus. "It was...

Petraeus' New Gig: University Professor

Retired general to lecture at City University of NY

(Newser) - Ex-CIA director David Petraeus is replacing one kind of intelligence work with another. Macaulay Honors College at City University of New York says the retired four-star general has been named a visiting professor for public policy, starting in August. Petraeus, who left the CIA after an extramarital affair was exposed...

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