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Generals and
Geographic Bachelors

American Thinker, by G. Murphy Donovan

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Posted By:magnante, 11/15/2012 8:16:05 AM

General David Petraeus illuminates two grand military issues at just the right moment: officer corps character and flag officer performance.(snip)be not distracted by any "honey trap" nonsense; cheating on wives is a military tradition, not a scandal. Officially, a remote tour is designated "unaccompanied," but overseas orders seldom require celibacy. Alas, unaccompanied officers are known in the trade as "geographic" bachelors. A senior officer is not busted for cheating; he gets drummed out of the corps for getting caught -- too visibly. And morality only becomes an issue when it embarrasses the Service.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: fireman28, 11/15/2012 8:26:20 AM     (No. 9015605)

Long story that say excactly what I said in my short post when the story broke.

Even 4-stars are not immune to a younger female, especially when you are stuck in an unfriendly country.

As Neal Boortz laughs every day, "Men are pigs." We are just built that way.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ledwith, 11/15/2012 9:02:15 AM     (No. 9015704)

As in the Royal Navy: Once past Gibraltar, every man became a bachelor.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: pdmccas, 11/15/2012 9:29:43 AM     (No. 9015774)

I´ll say it again. This guy was no warrior and neither is Allen. Look at their chests. No valor medals. This goes for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Dempsey also.Obama has peopled the senior leadership with Potomac Princes who will be his yes men, but they are not warriors.I would not advise my sons or grandsons to serve under these men. I´m a retired Colonel with two silver stars, two DFC´s and a purple heart. Those are valor medals.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: chumley, 11/15/2012 9:29:49 AM     (No. 9015776)

Possibly the answer to the military straying problem is to pre-emptively castrate all service men. They have been trying to do it since the 80´s. Might as well make it official. Then the military will be all the morality police wants it to be.
Women get married to get a stable home in which to raise children. Men get married to get a stable source of...relief. When that source is interrupted for any reason, eyes begin to wander. You can only stop human nature for so long.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 11/15/2012 9:41:49 AM     (No. 9015807)

Every trip to the war zone involves a "Last Chance" jumping off point.

For the thousands and thousands of DoD civilian contractors the last party is in Dubai.

....and what a party it is !

(I´ve been told.)

Gatta post this quick before my significant other sees it.









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Reply 6 - Posted by: djcdjc, 11/15/2012 9:43:05 AM     (No. 9015814)

Ten years of war...on foreign soil......to drop a veil ......from an untouchable face.......

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Reply 7 - Posted by: comstock, 11/15/2012 10:35:27 AM     (No. 9015955)

Thank you for your service, and for your candor #3.

When I was in the Navy in the 60´s and 70´s you could visit a watering hole and count on meeting a couple of "Westpac Widows," who´s husbands were away on a 13-month cruise and they were "lonely." So the knife slices both ways.

The "Boomers" (Polaris Missile submarines)had alternating Blue and Gold crews on six-month rotations and there were lots of stories of "adaptive" households. When the Blue Sailor was deployed the Gold Sailor moved in, and visa versa.



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Reply 8 - Posted by: LadyVet, 11/15/2012 11:58:36 AM     (No. 9016261)

#3, these non-warrior generals will soon be taking orders from a traitor with a chest full of undeserved valor medals that he didn´t throw away.

I´m glad you pointed this out. I was talking to a Vietnam veteran and we were trying to figure out how these guys got such an array of color for their uniforms. Petraeus was never in combat before making Major General. So almost all the medals on his chest are for desk jobs.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Israel Putnam, 11/15/2012 1:57:23 PM     (No. 9016562)

#3 God love you ( I do ) for your service to us and your sage advice to your kids.

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