Petraeus: do as I say and not as I do
Ralph Peters skewers four-stars David Petraeus, John Allen, and William “Kip” Ward for their gross hypocrisy.
The general held himself up as a paragon of self-discipline and model family man. In Iraq and then Afghanistan, he rigorously enforced “General Order No. 1,” which prohibits our troops from fraternization, all sex, alcohol consumption, the possession of pornography and, generally, from any activity that might make the boredom and terror of this kind of war more bearable. When our troops screwed up, they got hammered.
Generals can take a weekend in Paris and get drunk (as Gen. Stanley McChrystal did), but the grunt who goofs in a firefight faces a court-martial.
It’s been said the higher you climb the ladder, the more your rear end will be exposed. The reality seems to be the higher you climb the ladder, the more people you have covering your rear end.
Here’s the explanation: the more of an entourage one has, the more the entourage will protect the person leading the entourage. Why? It’s either inappropriate loyalty or the fact the members of the entourage have lashed their own success to the person possessing the entourage. (Plus the folks in the entourage themselves hope to one day have their own posse and will want to be treated the same way.)
I suppose an existentialist would say since there is no true basis for morality, it really doesn’t matter and that these three simply reflect some sort of random mutation regarding organizational Darwinism or regarding their own lack of free will. Red of claw and fang and all that.
The Petraeus/Allen/Ward cases are the military version of the same sort of hypocrisy and lack of accountability that brought down Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, and others, but the larger point is that Petraeus is a do as I say and not as I do guy. How many others like this (or worse) are there? Answer: they are legion.
The government and especially the top of Administration, is thick with these types: think Tim Geithner and Tom Daschle on their taxes, Eric Holder on Fast and Furious, Warren Buffett (Muppet/prop/useful idiot and not an Administration member) on his crony capitalism, Joe Biden on his plagiarism, Barack Obama on his drug use, Hillary Clinton with her cattle futures, etc..
Over time, you get the government you deserve.