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|The fraud that General David Petraeus perpetrated on America started many years before the general seduced Paula Broadwell, a lower-ranking officer 20 years his junior, after meeting her on a campus visit to Harvard.
More so than any other leading military figure, Petraeus' entire philosophy has been based on hiding the truth, on deception, on building a false image. 'Perception' is key, he wrote in his 1987 Princeton dissertation: 'What policymakers believe to have taken place in any particular case is what matters -- more than what actually occurred.'
Yes, it's not what actually happens that matters -- it's what you can convince the public it thinks happened.
Until this weekend, Petraeus had been incredibly successful in making the public think he was a man of great integrity and honor, among other things. Most of the stories written about him ...