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Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2012 4:30 am

To the Editor:

On Monday, Nov. 19, one of the Quotes of the Day reads, “The General was adamant there was no White House politicization of the process, no White House interference or political agenda. He completely debunked that idea.” — Rep Adam Schiff, D-Calif., characterizing former CIA Director David Petraeus’ discussions with congressional intelligence committee on the September attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which left four Americans dead.

I am a little apprehensive about the credibility of a man who publicly admitted to an extramarital affair with a biographer. thereby breaking his marriage vows by deceiving his wife, family and employer until caught. Obviously, (retired) General Petraeus is not the man of honor we all took him to be. He is now saying “trust me.” It reminds me of the old political poster of Richard Nixon captioned with “Would You Buy a Used Car From this Man?”

Integrity is on the list of “Army values.” I am sure General Petraeus has read the list of Army values, and recited this list to soldiers many times.

It reads: Do what’s right, legally and morally. Integrity is a quality you develop by adhering to moral principles. It requires that you do and say nothing that deceives others. As your integrity grows, so does the trust others place in you. The more choices you make based on integrity, the more this highly prized value will affect your relationships with family and friends, and, finally, the fundamental acceptance of yourself.

General Petraeus also knows that “one Ahh, Poop” wipes out one thousand “Atta Boys.” Everyone in and around the Army knows that old maxim. It is both funny and painfully true.

Would I have trusted his word on the Benghazi plight before he admitted to adultery? Yes. Do I trust his word afterward? A resounding no!

He does not get a mulligan. He is a dissembler, and there is no going back to honesty and virtue. This is one of life’s harsh realities, those who seek higher office are judged by a higher standard.

Congressman Adam Schiff may believe what he wants. Perhaps he has never heard, “Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.”

General Petraeus fooled many of us once. I remain skeptical about the Benghazi debacle, and whether the real story will ever be known. Our recent political experience casts great doubt on government truth. What a sad state for this great nation.

George G. Van Riper

Harker Heights

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10 comments:

  • Mamma Griz posted at 9:11 pm on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    Mamma Griz Posts: 259

    Dr. Strangelove: Let's not forget that the bimbo that John McCain married (his first wife) was married to a classmate of McCain's. And let's not forget that an automobile accident altered her facial features and she wasn't the trophy wife that he married, so he kicked her and children to the curb and married a trophy wife. Did anyone have any comments about that one? No, he was a little tin god on wheels so don't comment on his infidelity.

    Oh, and don't comment on Newt Gingrich's infidelities-- after all, he was another little tin god on wheels.

     
  • Eliza posted at 5:54 pm on Tue, Nov 27, 2012.

    Eliza Posts: 896

    Both General Eisenhower and the lady who was accused, were both dead when a book was written about their supposed relationship.-
    Its easy to write anything about someone who isn't able to rebutal the accusation.

     
  • Eliza posted at 5:41 pm on Tue, Nov 27, 2012.

    Eliza Posts: 896


    @I can say today I would buy a used car from President Nixon before I’d buy one from some of today’s politicians.---

    I always liked President Nixon. [beam]

     
  • Dr Strangelove posted at 2:03 pm on Tue, Nov 27, 2012.

    Dr Strangelove Posts: 572

    Whether Ike and Kay Summerby were intimate remains a matter of conjecture. Ike’s staff denied there was an affair also Kay’s live long best friend said, “If Kay would have had an affair with Ike she would have told me.”

     
  • Dr Strangelove posted at 6:34 pm on Mon, Nov 26, 2012.

    Dr Strangelove Posts: 572

    I posted this 11 25 2012 is there a problem with it?
    I agree with Mr. Van Riper General Petraeus is wrong no if, ands or buts! Let’s don’t forget the bimbo he had an affair with is married also and yes Virginia if you have an extramarital affair you’re a bimbo I don’t care if you’re male or female.

    As for Benghazigate I smell cover-up I don’t know what the Obama Administration is covering up but they’re hiding something?

    I would like to comment on Monicagate, yes it’s been awhile but I’m just looking at the double standard. During Monicagate these same talking heads that are that are condemning Petraeus was telling us religious wacko’s to shut-up. That is between President Clinton and his wife it’s none of our business—it’s private.

    Now these same talking heads [some loath the military] got a Retired General in their crosshairs they’re jumping for joy and a lot of condemning. This is just my observation.

    I was fifteen when Watergate came up and I can say today I would buy a used car from President Nixon before I’d buy one from some of today’s politicians.

    I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and have a Merry Christmas—Dr. Strangelove

     
  • UH-1 Air Warrior posted at 5:37 am on Mon, Nov 26, 2012.

    UH-1 Air Warrior Posts: 11

    George, how eloquently and succinctly stated. Having worked with his staff on multiple occasions his message and demeanor afterward is not shocking either. Any thought contrary to his own was rarely if ever received without disdain or contravention , as if you were questioning an omnipotent being.

    Also what has ever happened to I will not lie, cheat or steal nor tolerate those that do.. Maybe our leaders need to practice what they preach more often.

    great read, thank you...

     
  • Mamma Griz posted at 4:09 am on Mon, Nov 26, 2012.

    Mamma Griz Posts: 259

    So Mr. Van Riper can't trust a man who fooled around on his wife? Well let's see-- President John F. Kennedy fooled around on his wife. There have been a lot of men who fooled around on their wives. So there must be a lot of men who can't be trusted.

    Take Mr. Newt Gingrich-- he fooled around on TWO wives, both of them ill. Take Mr. John McCain-- his first wife was married to someone and had a child by that husband but that didn't stop McCain. Then when he returned from war and his wife wasn't the beautiful trophy wife he kicked her to the curb and got another trophy wife. Yet people seemed to adore John McCain and Newt Gingrich.

    The general ran into a female who had an itch that needed scratching-- seems there is a lot of that going on. I wonder how man "good Christians" are guilty of that.

     
  • Eliza posted at 11:23 am on Sun, Nov 25, 2012.

    Eliza Posts: 896

    @one thousand “Atta Boys.” ---


    I feel there will be no more 'atta boys' for the general. He will have been the cause of that happening himself.

    I read once,a person can be thought at times, to be the greatest thing going during part of their lifetime, But what they do toward the end,is what they will be remembered for when their name comes up after they're gone.
    My memory of the general and his what seems to be an unusual, unstable choice of a female companion,will be.

    Was his knowledge that it was known,that he had carried on this affair, keep him from arguing strongely the night of Sept.11th. for help to be sent to the people who were caught up in the horrendous situation in Benghazi

    Where was he at the night Ty Woods and others were in a fight for their lives,Was the general with the others at the white house watching the pack who had descended on the small group as it happened ?

    Did the general put up an argument himself for back up to be sent to his people? If he did and was refused,why did he not come out and tell the American people that he had tried to assist but was overruled by Who ?

    Why was he not so teed off at these 4 people being allowed to be slaghtered that he was not on camera on day 1 wanting to tell the truth?

    The people are still wondering why weren't these people who were in a fight for their lives,sent aide instead of allowing them to go down wondering ,where in the heck is everyone? These men who had their backs to the water at the time, had years of military experience,they knew what assistance was available,they knew how close it was, when was it the one who was left finally know,

    No one was coming to help him? What went though Ty Woods mind when he was finally able to accept this? Was it dis-belief ?

     
  • Dr Strangelove posted at 11:13 am on Sun, Nov 25, 2012.

    Dr Strangelove Posts: 572

    I agree with Mr. Van Riper General Petraeus is wrong no if, ands or buts! Let’s don’t forget the bimbo he had an affair with is married also and yes Virginia if you have an extramarital affair you’re a bimbo I don’t care if you’re male or female.

    As for Benghazigate I smell cover-up I don’t know what the Obama Administration is covering up but they’re hiding something?

    I would like to comment on Monicagate, yes it’s been awhile but I’m just looking at the double standard. During Monicagate these same talking heads that are that are condemning Petraeus was telling us religious wacko’s to shut-up. That is between President Clinton and his wife it’s none of our business—it’s private.

    Now these same talking heads [some loath the military] got a Retired General in their crosshairs they’re jumping for joy and a lot of condemning. This is just my observation.

    I was fifteen when Watergate came up and I can say today I would buy a used car from President Nixon before I’d buy one from some of today’s politicians.

    I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and have a Merry Christmas—Dr. Strangelove

     
  • pete mtz posted at 8:34 am on Sun, Nov 25, 2012.

    pete mtz Posts: 1

    Who does not have skeletons in the closet?
    General Eisenhower and his mistress Ms. Summersby? And our President?