General Petraeus the latest smoke screen of the whole Benghazi mess thanks to his screwing around with the now infamous Paula Broadwell has been hailed in the past by the leftest media as a hero or a scoundrel, I for one quoting the Late Col David Hackworth is nothing more than an "perfume prince".
This identification is very applicable for the great majority of flag officers in all branches of the service. While there are many who are honorable warriors there is great majority have been and always will be politicians at heart with all the corruption and cronyism just like any of the fools elected on the hill.
When you review his bio he Pretaues had an honorable early career as an airborne infantry officer. Were he departed the norm was in the mid 80's when he was getting his advanced degrees from Princeton and Harvard from there until his retirement he was promoted and held a large variety of aide to senior officer jobs until his command of the 101st Airborne in 2003. In his 37 years of service he never saw combat as an infantryman and holds no combat decorations of any kind.
One of the interesting side notes it was during his tenure in Afghanistan that some of the more ridiculous rules of engagement were set up. These restrictive rules to include restrictions of when you can use artillery and air support have done nothing but increase the body bag count in this fruitless war to include many local Marines from Camp Lejeune
His quote from this time is:
"We must never forget that the center of gravity in this struggle is the Afghan people; it is they who will ultimately determine the future of Afghanistan ... Prior to the use of fires, the commander approving the strike must determine that no civilians are present. If unable to assess the risk of civilian presence, fires are prohibited, except under of the following two conditions (specific conditions deleted due to operational security; however, they have to do with the risk to ISAF and Afghan forces"
Petraeus is not the first and he will not be the last of high ranking men who thought they could get a little action on the side. I think what bother me most about senior officials like him both military and elected is that they all think they they are better or more privileged than the rest of us. Petraeus at one time lived under an honor code, He apparently forgot it or was being coerced by the administration to lie about Benghazi. Now his resignation gives the leftest media smokescreen cover for the administration on Benghazi. We are no closer today than day one on finding out what really happened there that night and why Tyrone Woods and his partner were left to die on their guns after a seven hour battle. What is truly revolting is that Petraeus and the other flag who know what really went on will simply slink away into retirement instead of coming clean with what they know.
This is another reason why I weep for my country.