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RESPECT FOR PETRAEUS
He's human but also an inspiration
Re: "It is a circus, in which one of this nation's best leaders with an outstanding character record is being treated like a reality-TV star." It has brought to light a lack of judgement (or a surplus of hubris) beyond the all-too-human blemish on his character record: The CIA chief didn't realize that e-mail leaves a permanent and easily accessible, albeit paperless, trail???
The "circus" is due to politics. More precisely, the politics of the rogue FBI agent who took the news of the previously discreet investigation to the GOP House whip, and the politics of destruction for any misstep and at any cost that one party has been pursuing against anyone in the Obama administration for the past 4 years.
Well, as P.T. Barnum (or H.L. Mencken) said, "no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public". This story is a story, not because of the security implications, but because of the salaciousness of Americans. We want DETAILS, and the juicier, the better. Power and money are the greatest aphrodesiacs, and I doubt that there are many four-star generals who haven't kept their pants totally zipped. The security aspect of this story, if it hasn't already become three-day-old news, will certainly achieve that status soon and will fade from the media. But the sexual aspect, kept alive by our insatiable hunger for prurience, will live for years. Tell-all books--Sunday news-talk shows--Oprah--the opportunities are endless.
First, I really liked Petraeus as a military leader and innovator. Second, this isn't the first instance, nor the last, of top military officials/CIA being demoted, removed or "allowed to retire" from service due to character issues or simply for being bull headed. Think of MacArthur and Patton on the bull headed side. Third, life goes on. Fourth, specifically about this commentary article, the dripping hero worship was a bit much. Petraeus didn't just get drunk and have a one-nighter with his biographer; rather, this represented a long series of decisions that all showed bad judgment and a surprising level of ignorance of modern intelligence issues related to internet security. Fifth, we are all flawed human beings. We have all created a long list of regrets if we have lived at all. We all need forgiveness. We all can learn to forgive most things. So I wish Mr. Petraeus well on whatever comes next, for I am confident he'll find the path forward.
Still waiting for the Fox News opology after spending a week accusing the Obama administration of forcing the general's resignation in order to prevent his testimony to congress. I am sure this will not be forthcoming as they are busy building their next conspiracy theory.
The partisanship in this country is incredible. First, they manufactured a conspiracy to mislead the voters, then came the Petraeus affair with the resignation supposedly to prevent him form testifying, then Sens. McCain, Graham, and Ayotte defamed the character of Susan Rice, while McCain griped about not being briefed then missed the first session holding a press conference to complain that and again attack Rice, saying she wasn't smart enough to be Secretary of State (she is a Rhodes Scholar).
THEN in the second briefing which McCain made it to, Petraeus told his version - which exonerated Rice, yet the GOP still refuses to accept it as anything but a cover-up.
President Obama should offer the position to him...at least we know he wouldn't make the same mistake twice. Who is willing to vouch for the character of anyone in government that they are not or would not be adulterers? Get real America.
Lastly, where were Sens. McCain and Graham when Sec. of State Powell provided misinformation and disinformation on Iraq WMD to the UN? Seems they should have been even more upset than they are now. Powell, like Rice, was acting on what was presented to him as intelligence. Shame on all those who would cast the first stone...for partisan reasons.
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