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Why Generals Cheat
Slate, by Fred Kaplan

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Posted By:garnet, 11/14/2012 10:58:28 AM

I have never met an unassuming four-star general. If such creatures do exist, it’s a safe bet that they’re lousy at the job. This is worth keeping in mind when puzzling over the scandals of Gen. David Petraeus and, now it seems, his successor in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen. Consider what a general does, especially a commanding general in wartime: He sends his soldiers into battle, knowing that some of them will die as a result of his decisions. That is the nature of the job, and has been for millennia. That doesn’t necessarily make generals bloodthirsty

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Refried, 11/14/2012 11:11:18 AM     (No. 9013765)

Read a quote from General Grant wherein he stated that "A soldier that won´t fornicate won´t fight". He used the 4 letter f word rather than fornicate.
It does seem to go with the profession from private to general.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: Coy860, 11/14/2012 11:16:31 AM     (No. 9013776)

So, what´s Bill Clinton´s excuse?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Susannah, 11/14/2012 11:16:36 AM     (No. 9013777)

On the other hand, #1, I´m having a hard time imagining either Robert E. Lee or Stonewall Jackson pulling a Petraeus, so to speak.

But it was an interesting article, particularly the part about the reason for the enforcement of the code of military justice and the cultivation of the myth.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: yuban, 11/14/2012 11:27:01 AM     (No. 9013797)

Because they can.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: fljack, 11/14/2012 11:27:37 AM     (No. 9013800)

Generals who care about their missions and their troops, in that order, are much too busy to have much free time on their hands and they´re too exhausted to cheat.

On the other hand, those politcal animals who only care about their careers seem to have plenty of free time.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: stablemoney, 11/14/2012 11:51:00 AM     (No. 9013874)

Centcom apparently is quite a party. Girls, booze, parties. No wonder the competition to become a general. Very unlike the life threatening and legal exposures of the enlisted man in far away places.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: JAN, 11/14/2012 11:54:33 AM     (No. 9013885)

Why people lie, cheat and steal?

It´s in their DNA.



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Reply 8 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 11/14/2012 11:57:31 AM     (No. 9013896)

Ditto, #3. I am sure there were a few on both sides who dallied then but I would be willng to bet that there were very few.

Some of this nationwide morality collapse can be blamed on our former CIC, BJ Clinton. He certainly lowered the bar for all our so-called leaders.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: cav160, 11/14/2012 12:18:43 PM     (No. 9013952)

My Hero, General Creighton Abrams said that if a man cheats on his wife he will cheat on the Army and I agree! I had a young Lieutenant in my Troop who had a affair with a Staff Sergeants wife and within three months the Lieutenant was drummed out of the Army.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: bpl40, 11/14/2012 12:38:54 PM     (No. 9014015)

Remember Julius Caesar visiting Egypt? Nothing has changed.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Starfire, 11/14/2012 4:23:06 PM     (No. 9014545)

We are in an Army town (my son-in-law is currently stationed overseas). I have learned that the Military is not what it used to be.

It’s not just the camp followers that behave like tramps and dress like hookers now. One high ranking NCO wife freely discusses her open marriage; husband, boyfriend and lovers. I am continually surprised at what passes for acceptable dress even among the officers’ wives. There is still a dress code on the books, but no one enforces it. Why should they when the adultery rules are being ignored.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Theeo, 11/14/2012 4:42:22 PM     (No. 9014593)

That French General, a mentor of Petraeus, wasn´t he the loser at both Dien Bien Phu and Algiers?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: eoddad, 11/15/2012 6:41:27 AM     (No. 9015428)

More important question: why do Presidents lie and why does the MSM do everything possible to cover for them. Oh, that´s right they only do that for corrupt leftist presidents. Why is military integrity of the highest concern when Bill Clinton got caught all we heard was "Oh, they all do it." This is just a diversion to protect Obama the wrong evil doers are being sacrificed just for cover. If this is not the case a second more sinister plot is a foot, replace Flag Officers who will not go along with a Marxist take over to be replaced by the Wesley Clark´s hidden in the military establishment who would order troops to fire on those wacky secessionist or evil Tea Partiers. It´s coming folks, can you feel it?

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