At PJ Media this morning I discuss the ill new wind blowing in American politics. This whole episode is reminiscent of the fate of Hitler’s Minister of War, Field Marshal Werner von Blomberg. Blomberg was one of the most sycophantic supporters of Hitler in the entire German military; it was he, not Hitler, who originated the loyalty oath that German soldiers took to Hitler personally, rather than to the German state. But by 1938 he had fallen out of favor for opposing (on tactical, not philosophical grounds) Hitler’s plans to start wars across Europe and thereby seize huge expanses of territory. Hitler was able to force him into early retirement and exile after his marriage to a much younger woman who turned out to have a sordid past, including posing for pornographic photos and possibly even prostitution.
After ridding himself of Blomberg and the Commander-in-Chief of the army, Werner von Fritsch (who was at the same time accused of homosexuality), Hitler thoroughly reorganized the German military, bringing it firmly under his control — and that had been the objective all along, not any genuine concern for the moral character of Blomberg or Fritsch. Are Petraeus and Allen the Blomberg and Fritsch of the Obama Administration?
“David Petraeus and the New Style of American Politics,” from PJ Media today:
believe David Petraeus really resigned as CIA director over an
extramarital affair, you probably also believe that Muhammad filmmaker
Mark Basseley Youssef is in prison because of a parole violation. It is
much more likely that both Petraeus and Youssef herald the dawning of a
new style in American politics — or else Barack Obama is the luckiest
It has already been widely noted that the timing of Petraeus”s
resignation was perfect for Barack Obama: on the same day that the House
Foreign Affairs Committee announced that it would be calling the CIA
director to testify about the ever-widening Benghazi scandal, he
abruptly resigned over an extramarital affair. Now Petraeus won’t be
testifying, and one of the most important witnesses as to what really
happened when jihadists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, and who
ordered those who would have defended Ambassador Chris Stevens and his
colleagues to “stand down,” has been removed from the scene. Petraeus
had already said that he issued no such order, which makes it strongly
likely that Obama himself did so; but now Petraeus won’t be around to
say so one way or the other.
Obama was just as lucky that Mark Basseley Youssef, the apparent
producer of the Muhammad video that Muslims blamed for their recent
international orgy of riots and murders, turned out to be a marginal
character with a criminal record. Obama, Secretary of State Clinton, and
other Obama administration officials denounced the film repeatedly and
vehemently, but according to Charles Woods,
father of Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, who was killed in Benghazi, Clinton
went even farther, saying of the Muhammad filmmaker: “We”re going to
have that person arrested and prosecuted.” But there was just one
insuperable obstacle to this Sharia-compliant scenario: the First
Amendment “” until, lo and behold, it turned out that Youssef was on
probation and that one of the conditions of his probation was that he
not use the Internet. And so now he is serving a year in prison for the
The Feds got Al Capone for tax evasion when they couldn’t make more
serious charges stick, and when they couldn’t imprison Youssef for
violating Sharia blasphemy laws, they got him for violating probation.
Or maybe Mark Basseley Youssef really did have the bad luck to land
probation officers who were unusually scrupulous. Maybe it is just a
total coincidence that suddenly they decided that this probation
violation was the one that they could not and would not tolerate, while
untold numbers of other violators of probation still roam free today.