Petraeus affair means exit from CIA, Obama’s second term and more [AM Briefing]

November 12, 2012

With Paula Broadwell, Gen. David Petraeus let his guard down: “Gen. David H. Petraeus had just assumed his new role as U.S. Central Command chief in 2009 when he began introducing his staff to a young Harvard University researcher who was writing his biography. The woman, Paula Broadwell, then 37, had never written a book and had almost no journalistic experience. But that wasn’t the only thing about her that made the general’s aides nervous.” (Washington Post)


“Senior lawmakers called for an inquiry into the FBI’s handling of the case of CIA Director David H. Petraeus on Sunday as new ­details and questions emerged about the investigation that led to his resignation last week. Law enforcement sources identified Jill Kelley, 37, of Tampa as the woman whose report of harassing e-mails eventually ­exposed an extramarital affair ­between Petraeus and Paula Broadwell, a former Army officer who wrote a biography of the retired four-star general.” (Washington Post)

“It is said after every election that the victors should put politics aside and work for the good of the country. If President Obama believed this pious nonsense, he would put his second term in jeopardy. Asking politicians to ignore politics is like insisting that professional hockey players switch to basketball. In a system with national elections every two years — and in which the two parties are in relatively close balance — politics never disappears,” wrotes Brookings’ E.J. Dionne. (Washington Post)

Wilson Center’s Aaron David Miller: “Barack Obama may be a newly energized second-term president, one of only 17 in U.S. history; yet risk aversion abroad rather than risk-readiness ought to be his watchword, particularly in the Middle East.” (Politico)

Politico’s Arena asks: A growing group of Republicans under 50 are calling for the GOP to change the way it interacts with the media, POLITICO reports. A “conservative entertainment complex” of talk radio, Fox News, and right-wing blogshave alienated key voting groups including Latinos and women, some strategists are warning. Do Republicans need to loosen ties with outlets like Fox News?  Or should the media not be blamed for this election’s loss?

AEI’s Michael Barone: “Obama owes most of his electoral-vote majority of 332 to negative campaigning. His strategists barraged the target states of Florida, Ohio, and Virginia with attack ads against Romney for months. The ads took a toll. Preliminary figures show that outside the eight clear target states, Obama’s percentage declined by 2.8 points. In the firewall states, deluged with negative ads, it was down by only 1.4 points, and in five other target states by only 2.1 points.” (National Review)

Heritage’s James Carafano: Our veterans for veterans. (Washington Examiner)

Manhattan Institute’s Nicole Gelinas: Albany’s power vacuum. (New York Post)

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