Today President Obama refused to rule out any unlawful activity on the part of General Petraeus. Instead deferring to the ongoing FBI investigation. ie “seeds of doubt“.
Then what happens “Presto” Reuters *cough* Report - WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – A computer used by Paula Broadwell, the woman whose affair with CIA director General David Petraeus led to his resignation, contained substantial classified information that should have been stored under more secure conditions, law enforcement and national security officials said on Wednesday.
The contents of the classified material and how Broadwell acquired it remain under investigation, said the officials. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to comment publicly. (more)
Reminder: The White House GOAL: 1.) Move current opinion of Gen Petraeus 2.) Use CIA Angle as cover for misleading information. 3.) Take no responsibility for the lies and falsehoods. They must find a way to stop Petreaus from collapsing their narrative.
Think of advancing their objectives like advancing a football in the game toward the Goal line:
√20 yard line – Petraeus is a solid patriot ===> √ …. Fri
√30 yard line – Petraeus is fallible/human ====> √ …. Sat/Sun
√40 yard line – Petraeus lost his capacity for judgement ====> √…. Mon
√50 yard line – Petraeus is/was distracted ===> √ …. Tue
√40 yard line – Petraeus is compromised ===> √ …. Wed (presser avoidance)
√30 yard line – Petraeus is unstable ===> Thursday 11/15
20 yard line – Petraeus is not-credible ===> Friday 11/16 (he talks to congress)
10 yard line – Petraeus is out for revenge. ====> Weekend….
Touchdown – Petraeus is a liar.
Each Administration player, including Media “special teams” (See Michael Hastings and CNN Suzanne Kelly) will have a specific goal in advancing the narrative of protection for the Administration. Remember: “How to win the game”? Isolate => Ridicule => Marginalize.
It is how they roll. Always.