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The Petraeus Sideshow

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Participating in illegal wars is criminal.  The honorable soldier refuses to carry out an illegal war.   Petraeus refused nothing on principle.

As Dave Lindorff reminds us, we have had honorable military officers in the recent past, such as Admiral William Fallon.  In 2007, when he was head of Centcom, in charge of U.S. forces in the Middle East, he told the Bush administration there would be no attack on Iran "on his watch."  At the time, Fallon also reportedly called Petraeus "an ass-licking little chickenshit" to his face.

It could be argued that Petraeus' actions have not been war crimes so much as monstrous incompetence.  That would go a long way toward explaining why our spy chief couldn't keep his email secret.  Either way, we'll be paying his pension for a long time.  Feel better now? 

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The Petraeus affair is another example of the mora... by Charles-Eva Manning on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 10:16:06 AM
I don't think you can blame "conservatives" f... by William Boardman on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 5:04:01 PM
Where is the evidence that there was a threat t... by Jerry Scott on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 11:50:11 AM
Greenwald (among others) seems to be saying (... by William Boardman on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 4:44:12 PM
I smell 2 important issues in this "affair".One is... by Micheal Gilfillan on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 2:43:30 PM
Petraeus has been getting media star treatment&nbs... by William Boardman on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 4:55:26 PM
The whole Petraeus Affair is significant only as a... by Gentry L Rowsey on Friday, Nov 16, 2012 at 11:12:27 AM
Could be that's all there is to it.  But sinc... by William Boardman on Friday, Nov 16, 2012 at 12:54:05 PM
One of the main ways that state secrets get leaked... by Shankari Kali on Friday, Nov 16, 2012 at 12:41:05 PM
Anything is possible, more or less, but the i... by William Boardman on Friday, Nov 16, 2012 at 12:59:19 PM