Do we care if Gen. David Petraeus’ ego is so big he has to have a personal biographer follow him around a war zone? Do we care if a smart, beautiful, and physically fit Harvard doctoral student “works her magic” on a general? Not really.
Is it scandalous? Based on the definition of “scandal,” the answer is technically, “Yes.”
But realistically, matters of ego, ambition, and romance are simply “human.” It’s strictly a private matter.
Until it begins to corrode the quality of work being done by important institutions, such as the U.S. Military.
Petty corruption pervades modern society, from highest to lowest.
Like, wasn’t Gen. Petraeus supposed to be focusing his time and energy on leading an army at war?
Like, how does one find time to write letters regarding child custody disputes when one is a CIA director, such as Petraeus, or a top general, such as John Allen? I can’t find time to do my laundry. But then, CIA directors and generals have people to do their laundry, shine their shoes, drive their cars, answer their phones. Maybe that’s part of the problem. They’re privileged. They’re different from you and me.
People in high places allow petty corruption to corrode their reputations and the effectiveness of the organizations they’re supposed to be leading.
We see it in almost every major institution. Congress, churches, business, newspapers, education, family life. (How do you suppose we get to the point of child-custody disputes?) Sometimes the corruption is petty, sometimes it’s humongous beyond belief.
But I’m getting moralistic.
The point is this: The decline and fall of civilizations is preceded and hastened by corruption of institutions and individuals. Just my opinion.
— John Hayden
- Why Is Nobody Asking Whether David Petraeus Is a Honey-Hungry Dickzilla in Heat? (jezebel.com)
- Whistleblower trusted GOP leaders with sex scandal report that could have sunk Obama’s re-election (worldtribune.com)
- Petraeus scandal is reported with compelled veneration of all things military | Glenn Greenwald (guardian.co.uk)
- How I Was Drawn Into the Cult of David Petraeus (wired.com)