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Second, it is truly remarkable what ends people’s careers in Washington - and what does not end them. As Hastings detailed in that interview, Petraeus has left a string of failures and even scandals behind him: a disastrous Iraqi training program, a worsening of the war in Afghanistan since he ran it, the attempt to convert the CIA into principally a para-military force, the series of misleading statements about the Benghazi attack and the revealed large CIA presence in Libya. To that one could add the constant killing of innocent people in the Muslim world without a whiff of due process, transparency or oversight.

Yet none of those issues provokes the slightest concern from our intrepid press corps. His career and reputation could never be damaged, let alone ended, by any of that. Instead, it takes a sex scandal - a revelation that he had carried on a perfectly legal extramarital affair - to force him from power. That is the warped world of Washington. Of all the heinous things the CIA does, the only one that seems to attract the notice or concern of our media is a banal sex scandal. Listening to media coverage, one would think an extramarital affair is the worst thing the CIA ever did, maybe even the only bad thing it ever did (Andrea Mitchell: “an agency that has many things to be proud about: many things to be proud about”).

Petraeus scandal is reported with compelled veneration of all things military | Glenn Greenwald (via wilwheaton)

Observing Tribal Rituals is still Important

Morning Drive Self Dialog

Q:How is it legal to force a person to resign for having an affair?

A: “Conduct Unbecoming” conduct clause?

Q: What does observing quaint tribal rituals (originally having nothing to do with sexual fidelity) have to do with his ability to perform as head honcho at the CIA?

A: Indicates breach in character, undermining leadership and credability, Oathbreaker

So is he did not feel obligated to participate in this silly ritual, it would have been fine?

This place is stupid. primitive humans… where is my spaceship?

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