General David Petraeus has been portrayed as a hero. That is the death knell
for anyone on the public’s radar in the USA. It’s almost a rule: get famous, get
shot down. Those not out-and-out killed (Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, John
Kennedy and so on) are humiliated, such as the head of the CIA, David
Do I agree with what he did? No, I do not. But that is not the point. The
point is that the CIA knew all about it and yet there is this charade with the
emails. The message there is that the internet is dangerous. Watch for a slew of
protective regulations coming up.
Then there is the point that everyone has affairs. Long before FDR, before
JFK, even before Clinton, there were men with great power and women who longed
to drape themselves all over them. The job got done anyway. One can make a point
that it is a weak point with the head of the CIA, something for which he can
possibly be blackmailed. Certainly if his ethics are weak in that area of his
life, they are weak across the board.
Two questions spring to
mind: If the affair was known, why was it revealed then? I mean, what was the
news covering up? What was on page six while the affair was on page one? With
television news time at such a premium, why use up so much of it with this
And second, who did he piss off? Someone obviously didn’t want him continuing
to do the job. I mean, one moment he’s the face and voice of our nation’s
intelligence service, the next he’s a national embarrassment.
Now Susan Rice is under fire for doing her job. Was it really because her
name came up in someone’s half-wit opinion about the 2016 elections? No, it’s
because America Hates Heroes.
Perhaps David Petraeus should be punished by having to have an affair with