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If Petraeus can betray, can't anyone? After all, opportunity abounds.
Ms Eckhart tells it like it is.Her article should be read by every American.We have little understanding of what it really takes to defend our nation and what it means to be career military.I was a Navy enlisted man in the late 1960's.I did my four years active duty then returned to civilian life.I heard career military referred to as lifers and their wives referred to as WestPac widows.Neither was a complimentary term.As I have gotten older I have gained respect for those that serve America in uniform as a career;both officer and NCO.I understand also the sacrifice that military spouses go through with repeated deployments.Maybe with National guard deployments it is hitting closer to home.I also feel that being deployed is no excuse to be unfaithful.
Face it, and I am not justifying it, people - both men and women cheat. The moralists are going to attack this but look at the Europeans...they laugh at our political scandals. The internet has opened Pandora's Box and for all of you religious people who are in denial, people have lowered their standards and with it their civility. Have they forgotten about all the scandals regarding religious zealots?
Many career people in the military believe in 'don't ask, don't tell" - not about gays...with their spouses. This is not a new concept. In WWII both soldiers and spounses were not failthul...upon returning home though they resumed their fidelity. Stress does strange things to people.
@traderbill - Your relative-morality explanation is no excuse for unprofessional conduct of senior officers. Adultery is still a criminal offense in the military. As a veteran I think it's very important that our senior leaders demonstrate a higher standard. They should definitely be tried according to the UCMJ and held accountable if found guilty.
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