Veterans Day 2012- American Hero or American Zero?

Veterans Day 2012- American Hero or American Zero?


Veterans Day 2012- American Hero or American Zero?

There’s a lot of fruit salad on that uniform.  “Fruit salad” is military jargon for the ribbons adorning one’s chest- the more fruit salad on the chest, the more heroic or accomplished the soldier. Retired General David Petraeus– who resigned his post as our nation’s top intelligence officer in disgrace last week- sported a uniform during recent congressional testimony that told the world of his valor and provided visual evidence of an inspiring career.

But is Petraeus an American Hero…or American Zero?

Either as America’s top general in Iraq (and subsequently Afghanistan) or as CIA Director, Petraeus’ character needed to be above reproach- his integrity unquestioned. As most now know, that wasn’t the case. He’s admitted to the personal failings of cheating on his wife- at its core a matter judged by his wife and God. But Petraeus’ failings don’t stop there.

While honesty should be important for everyone, it’s critically important for those in our intelligence community. Our enemies can exploit any of our vulnerabilities or shortcomings- whether they be hidden affairs, financial problems or others. That said, no indiscretion is acceptable or tolerable.

When one’s failings have been exposed as Petraeus’ have been, it immediately casts doubts upon other areas of their leadership and brings question to their truthfulness on every level. In his case, the first area of concern is testimony he gave to Congress regarding the day Ambassador Christopher Stevens and 3 others lost their lives in Benghazi, Libya.

General Petraeus‘ testimony on 9/13 that those deaths were caused by an uprising that “was spontaneous as opposed to pre-meditated” was directly contradicted by testimony from members of the FBI’s National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), who maintained the deadly attack bore characteristics of Al-Qaeda’s planning versus a response to any sort of video. The truth needs to come out

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Ranking Member of the Senate Select Committee, calls Petraeus a “great leader” and a “great patriot”. I call him a tarnished one. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) has said Petraeus “has served our country incredibly well”.

It brings me no joy to say that while General Petraeus may have served us well over the years, he’s surely failed us now. The mission of our intelligence community and the safety of our citizens demands truthful answers and resolutions to any questions he’s asked- and I pray his dirty little bedroom secret is the only one he had trouble keeping.

Veterans Day 2012- American Hero or American Zero?


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