Dr. Susan Block

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  1. Randy Gonzalez
    11 · 30 · 12 @ 11:11 pm

    “Galloping Petraeus” – I love it!


  2. David Cornell
    11 · 30 · 12 @ 11:09 pm

    Your blog on David Petraeus is right on regarding the MIC. The average American is so caught up trying to make a living that our leaders are able to keep us in the dark. However, when there is a sex scandal we all pay attention to the smallest of details.
    I’m not sure what that says about us, but I don’t think it is good.


  3. David Vest
    11 · 20 · 12 @ 11:41 pm

    Bravo yet again. By far the best thing I’ve read on the Petraeus adventures. Or on just about anything else on Counterpunch lately.


  4. Patrick O'Hayer
    11 · 20 · 12 @ 10:12 pm

    excellent takedown of petraeus et al., especially the ref to the excellent michael hastings article, which i read on buzzfeed – a friend recently sent me the ricks excerpt in the atlantic, criticizing several iraq/afghanistan generals as comparing poorly with those of time-past, especially the ‘good war’, excepting always his pal petraeus – BJs for the old-timers but all really just pro-warrior horseshit!


  5. Jason Martin
    11 · 18 · 12 @ 9:55 pm

    Wow, Susan! Just read your great post. Couldn’t agree with you more. Ironically, although they took a lot of grief, Move-on was right — he is the genuine General Betrayus.

    My novel, VOLUPTUA, is scheduled to be published in June. I wonder if you’d be interested in doing a review?

    Your geriatric Yale buddy,

    Jason Martin


  6. HB
    11 · 18 · 12 @ 7:20 pm

    Read your piece on the murderous Petraeus in counterpunch, very astute commentary on the rapacious centaur.

    Looked into your other work form the links too, quite the renaissance woman. Keep up the politics and pleasure!


  7. Ron Bode
    11 · 17 · 12 @ 7:28 pm




  8. Dr Anand Naidoo FRACP
    11 · 17 · 12 @ 7:13 pm

    I love your writing your wit and biting satire. Perhaps you are Theseus?

    Dr Anand Naidoo FRACP


  9. sixt2ndpatriot
    11 · 17 · 12 @ 7:11 pm

    “But where is our wise (sic) King Theseus to save the wedding party from the marauding beasts of the MIC?”

    Busily getting serial blowjobs from the brainstem mudia. Can we IMPEACH the Barbarack raping “retard”, YET?


  10. Gerald Spezio
    11 · 17 · 12 @ 7:08 pm

    Maybe the Generale was circumcised, & therin is the Freudian key to his ESSENCE(S) or lack of essence.

    I think that the Kelly lady is with clit, but how is a grunt posta tell all this?


  11. John V. Walsh Jr., MD
    11 · 16 · 12 @ 6:18 pm

    Bravo! Great article on CounterPunch.
    I learned a new word from Paula B.
    “Mentor” used to be a noun – and I did not realize it has a totally different meaning when used as a verb UNTIL….
    Paula Broadwell said that General Petraeus had “mentored” her – whenever he possibly could – day or night.
    And other generals had also mentored her when she was “embedded” with them.
    Still others had mentored her “in the field.”
    One even mentored her brains out.
    She said that she got into the Kennedy School at Harvard because so many had mentored her.
    And when Petraeus hinted he had another love, she told him: “Go mentor yourself and the big white horse you rode in on.”
    And of course the book of the tightly wound woman of great ambition and little talent is called “All In.”
    P.s. Someone told me that I misheard. She did not say “mentor,” she said “enter.”

    John V. Walsh Jr., MD
    Professor of Microbiology and Physiological Systems
    University of Massachusetts Medical School
    Worcester, MA 01655


  12. Robin Ford
    11 · 16 · 12 @ 9:57 am

    Hello Dr. Block,

    Thank you for your brilliant article today in Counterpunch.

    I have have been devouring any reporting I can find relating to the Petraeus affair – in both main stream (those “sleepwalking junkies”!) and (especially) progressive media. I just can’t shake the feeling that I’m missing something that is just below the surface, and that this affair could be turn out to be the tip of a more ominous iceberg.

    Your extraordinary (and funny!) observations about the matter are the most satisfying I’ve come across. I love your writing!

    Robin Ford
    Seattle, WA


  13. Robert McKinney
    11 · 16 · 12 @ 9:54 am

    Thanatos and eros, so much a part of the human psyche. Did Petraeus have a “death wish” in the sense of ruining his career? Did all the lies finally push him over the brink? Did he finally become so nihilistic and narcisstic that he felt even an immoral sexual fling was something he could risk? What is it that no one understands about Clinton/Lewinsky? Bill Clinton is a wonderful human being, maybe? He certainly loves the ladies and was willing to risk all for his insatiable sex drive. Hillary seems to have seen this as the price “Lady Macbeth” must pay. Hillary turned a blind eye because her husband was an alpha male and a world leader. But Petraeus has truly betrayed us. He has shamed the US in the eyes of millions of Muslims living under American occupation. If you’re going to invade, bomb, destroy, shock and awe, kill thousands, loot millions in a foreign land, please be of good moral character. As you know in the Muslim world the sin of adultery is a mortal sin in every sense of the word. Death to the adultress and her lover. Funny how the very same U.S. media that has now gone after Petraeus as a wayward sinner and a foolish sex crazed adulterer never found anything terribly upsetting about his wartime lies or his gushing love of George W. Bush! If Bush is indeed a war criminal, what does that make Petraeus? A boy scout, a loyal Republican?

    But what of his “biographer”? She has given new meaning to the phrase “embedded in Iraq”. She’s also married and has kids, yes? What of the children in all of this mess?
    No doubt recess on the playground will be stressful for the fallen woman’s children. Let’s send her a big scarlet letter “A”. It is laughable, the Puritains thought nothing of slaughtering the native American Indian since such filth were heathens. But oh they could not tolerate any sexual deviance in their deeply sexually repressed closed society.
    The U.S. military (officer corps anyway) borrows much from the Puritans. Officers are guilty of a criminal offense if involved in immoral sexual relations. Until recently all gay officers were considered unfit for military service and booted out. Drop millions of gallons of Agent Orange on a remote southeast Asian country seeking freedom for colonial oppression and that’s good for democracy. But sleep with another officer’s wife and all hell will break loose. America is up to its eyeballs in moral hypocrisy, but that’s the history of our proud Bible thumping nation. Ask any African American about the Founding Fathers’ love of freedom and greater love of slavery (Profits from cotton).

    I hope Petraeus rides off into the sunset with his military pension and enjoys his retirement. I hope too he fucks himself silly with a whole bevy of new girlfriends. He’ll give America’s rightwing self-righteous Christian nuts a little shock and awe. Soldiers have been fooling around for centuries. I wonder if George Washington didn’t have a fling or two at Valley Forge? His Prussian General drill instructor, who had no love for the British, was openly gay, a little known footnote to the Revolution.

    Robert McKinney (former English teacher at Indiana State U. and at Waseda U. in Tokyo, Japan)
    Otaru, Japan

    P.S. look for Jill Kelley’s image on the internet (image search) and you’ll see both many images of her and also that of a famous porn star of the same name! How embarrassing for the porn star!


  14. Robert McKinney
    11 · 16 · 12 @ 9:51 am

    look for Jill Kelley’s image on the internet (image search) and you’ll see both many images of her and also that of a famous porn star of the same name! How embarrassing for the porn star!

    Robert McKinney
    Otaru, Japan


  15. Deauxma
    11 · 16 · 12 @ 12:53 am



  16. JimmyDoe666
    11 · 15 · 12 @ 11:39 pm

    It’s sad that the violence and human suffering he has been allowed to rain down upon the world doesn’t matter but let the media catch a whiff of sex and they are all over it like white on rice. If Americans were not so preoccupied in maintaining the veneer of Victorian morality it’s leaders and security people wouldn’t be vulnerable to attacks based on their sex lives. I.E. It doesn’t need to be a secret if nobody gives a fuck.

    Great article Dr. S.


  17. Tasia
    11 · 15 · 12 @ 9:33 pm


    All of this over a dude sending shirtless pics!
    Who cares?
    There is nothing nude about a shirtless man.
    And in this guys case, I mean really, it couldn’t possible be sexy.

    CIA – Quit using your advanced technology to jerk off while force penetrating your citizens private lives
    World – Don’t lie. And put a shirt on! Sheesh


  18. imtiaz waris
    11 · 15 · 12 @ 2:13 pm

    Excellent article and the Greek analogy is Dr. Susan at her brilliant best.


  19. Yardley Scully
    11 · 15 · 12 @ 2:08 pm

    Excellent, well written and informative article!!


  20. Linda Marie Smith
    11 · 15 · 12 @ 2:06 pm

    Wow! Petraeus was a centaur?


  21. Michael Donnelly
    11 · 15 · 12 @ 1:52 pm

    Just brilliant, as usual, Dr. Suzy. Priceless End-of-Empire convergence of so much: as you note, “foolhardy” consensual sex, perma-war, gov’t snooping, state secrets, numerous me-first narcissists (another pertinent Greek myth,…oh, my!
    An American Greek Comedy/Tragedy unfolding in real time.
    Long Live Theseus!


  22. avacunningham12
    11 · 15 · 12 @ 1:06 pm

    Awesome blog. Centaur sex!


  23. Smartasawhip
    11 · 15 · 12 @ 12:57 pm

    Great take doc…


  24. Magdelayna
    11 · 15 · 12 @ 12:55 pm

    Brilliant perspective on the Petraeus debacle! Love the Greek connection. Can’t help but make you wonder if the Big P is hung like a horse….


  25. Hani walid
    11 · 15 · 12 @ 12:29 pm

    Very nice!


    11 · 15 · 12 @ 4:27 am

    “” Ne pas AIMER, voila la source de tous les conflits “”…proverbe Bonobo


  27. Bill La Mar
    11 · 15 · 12 @ 3:57 am

    28 motorcycles…30,000 emails…CIA agents that can’t keep a secret…now this is what I call a really real stupid reality TV show…great stuff Dr. Suzy


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