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Mansfield: A Nation Unable To Blush

As I listen to talk show hosts and guests saying that Gen. Petraeus should not have been “forced” to resign his prestigious post as CIA Director because “what a person does in private has no bearing on one's public life”, they fail to grasp the two key reasons why he left. First, he chose to leave. There is no conspiracy. No Obama-controlled manipulation. David Petraeus resigned on his own initiative. He admitted he was wrong in what he did. Second, he resigned because he DOES have character. His three-word motto of Duty-Honor-Country would not allow him to remain. He knew he HAD to leave. That's what men and women of character do when they fail/Dennis Mansfield. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Do you agree with Dennis Mansfield that the voluntary resignation of General David Petraeus was an act of character?

Raul Renews Call For Holder Ouster

First District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador was the first member of Congress to call for Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation in 2011 and says there's a new reason for him to go — his handling of the Petraeus inquiry. “Holder should have resigned a long time ago,” Labrador said in a Wednesday Capitol Hill news conference. “Once again, it shows the incompetence or the complete neglect and dereliction of duty in Eric Holder's administration.” I blogged yesterday about Labrador's call on his party to press for immigration reform and reach out to Hispanic voters. I left out his comments on Holder and his view of President Obama's handling of immigration/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you want President Obama to dump Attorney General Eric Holder?

Read more here: http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2012/11/15/idahopolitics/idaho_rep_labrador_renews_call_holders_resignation_calls_obama_a#storylink=cpy

Elmo And Petraeus And Sex, Oh My!

The case of Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash is, as sex scandals sometimes are, poised on the cusp of legally actionable and none of our damn business. (See also Petraeus, David, et al.) Clash, 52, acknowledges having had a relationship with a young man, now 24, while he was over the age of consent. His accuser says it began when he was 16. Clash has taken a leave of absence from Sesame Street while responding to the allegation. If his lover was under the age of consent, that’s a matter for the law. If he was over—whatever you personally think of middle-aged guys dating young men (or women)—it’s between them. That’s where things stand now, as Sesame Workshop has thus far stood by its performer, who has been voicing Elmo for 28 years. (It did reportedly reprimand Clash for personal use of his work e-mail.) And, until someone is proven guilty, that’s where it should stay. But will it?/James Poniewozik, Time. More here. (AP/Victoria Will photo: “Sesame Street” muppet Elmo and puppeteer Kevin Clash)

Question: When does a high-profile person's sex life become our business?

Petraeus Shocked By Galpal Emails

Ex-CIA director David Petraeus has told friends he was shocked to find that his biographer and girlfriend, Paula Broadwell, was suspected of sending anonymous, threatening emails to a Petraeus friend she saw as a romantic rival. A close Petraeus associate said Monday that FBI investigators told Petraeus that Broadwell sent anonymous emails to Jill Kelley, a Petraeus family friend from his time at Central Command in Tampa, warning her to stay away from him. The Petraeus associate spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential conversations with Petraeus. The CIA director resigned last week after confessing to the affair. Petraeus was not shown the emails, but was told the tone and content seemed threatening to Kelley, prompting her to report them, the close Petraeus associate said. That triggered the investigation that led the FBI to Broadwell and evidence of her affair with Petraeus/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Is there some kind of moral to this sordid story?

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/11/11/2342551/congress-wants-answers-on-petraeus.html#storylink=twt#storylink=cpy

Petraeus Quits, Cites Marital Affair

CIA Director David Petraeus resigned Friday, citing an extramarital affair and “extremely poor judgment.” As first reported by NBC News, Petraeus disclosed the affair in a letter released to the CIA work force on Friday afternoon, writing: “Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.” Petraeus told President Barack Obama of his affair and offered his resignation during a meeting Thursday, a senior official told NBC News. In a phone call on Friday, Obama accepted the resignation, the official said. Petraeus was appointed CIA director in April 2011, replacing Leon Panetta, who moved to the Pentagon to become defense secretary/Andrea Mitchell & Robert Windrem, NBC News. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Are you surprised that a marital affair would bring down a man in Petraeus' position in this age and time?