The Weirdness of the CIA

After everything that the CIA has fucked up over the last several decades, the director of the CIA resigns over some stupid extramarital affair? That is the biggest crime that the CIA has committed? Jeez. . .

I was at the conference banquet right now, and the American scholars were entertaining themselves by scaring a Spanish writer and her companion with horror stories about the healthcare system in the US.

“So let me see,” the writer’s companion said looking puzzled, “you don’t think that everybody is entitled to good medical care just by virtue of being human and then you all go to church and pray on Sundays?”

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18 comments on “The Weirdness of the CIA

  1. I could see that an affair might open him to being somehow blackmailed, and in this sense, I suppose it could be a security risk, considering that, according to WP, such a method, known as a Honeypot, has actually been used. FWIW, honeypots seem more likely to be used concerning some low-level person, and not a higher-up.

    And yes, the CIA has done several things that have blown up in their face.

  2. Very interesting. I think it is supposed to be some sort of Mata Hari thing. She could have been a spy or gotten into his e-mail. So I have a question: am I just cagey? I never, ever give anyone else any passwords, never leave e-mail open, etc. Would a person in Petraeus’ position not be at least as cagey as I?

  3. Regarding the resignation on Patraeus, the real reason may be the CIA failure in Benghazi. In any event, blackmail is a real threat, not because of sexual mores in society, but because adultery, if exposed, probably, and rightly, will destroy his marriage.I have always viewed him as a slimy medal-seeker.

    Regarding healthcare, I have no problem with individuals paying for access. I have big problems with individuals relying on other taxpayers to fund such access. Healthcare is not a right. Living too long under the USSR has distorted your views on market process..

    • In the Soviet Union you wouldn’t get access to actual healthcare unless you paid endless bribes.

      I believe that I rich, developed society cannot allow people to die or suffer physical pain because they don’t have money. We have evolved past that, just like we evolved past letting people starve in the streets.

      This is not even the point, though. The point is that the most religious among the developed nations is also the only one that believes in letting people die if they don’t have money. I wonder what Jesus would have said.

    • the problem with free speech is too many people talking about subjects they have no clues about or are to lazy to use their brain.
      does it not seem strange to proclaim “healthcare is not a right”.?
      but every moran has the right to bear firearms??

  4. Of course it’s Benghazi.

    That little fiasco (which the media has so carefully tried to keep from hurting O) has “scandal that will derail a second term” written all over it and I’m totally amazed that a president could be re!-elected after that pooch screw.

    Failure upon failure upon failure (esp Obama throwing in US foreign policy lot with the primitive religious psychos that are preparing to turn the middle east into an even bigger pit of backwardness and misery).

    My best guess is that he offered (or was offered) a trade: a humiliating public retirement and public silence about what really happened in exchange for the ability to go on breathing oxygen.

    • “That little fiasco (which the media has so carefully tried to keep from hurting O) has “scandal that will derail a second term” written all over it and I’m totally amazed that a president could be re!-elected after that pooch screw.”

      - If you are “totally amazed”, then you either have a very short memory or no understanding of how this country works. Don;t you remember a president getting reelected after 9/11 and the non-existent WMDs?

      Only Fox News expected the people of the US to care about a run-of-the-mill event in an unstable region that they could not find on a map to save their lives. Talk to regular folks. They haven’t heard of Benghazi.

      “My best guess is that he offered (or was offered) a trade: a humiliating public retirement and public silence about what really happened in exchange for the ability to go on breathing oxygen.”

      - Ooh, a conspiracy theory. :-) :-) Seriously, man, talk to regular folks. You will soon find out how preposterous it is to expect them to care about Benghazi. This is a total non-issue.

  5. What a shame that the US doesn’t have major problems to think and solve. What a waste of time and resources investigating potential or real love affairs in the military or other public figures?. Irresponsible, frivolous and disgusting!.

  6. When then CIA boss has an affair with another member of the militaro-terrorist community, it’s dangerous for the national security.

    When the CIA finances and builds relations with Al Qaeda and Ben Laden, this is just “business as usual”. No problemo! ;)

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