Sadly, David Petraeus had to go
The Kansas City Star
OK, now I get it. Of course David Petraeus had to resign as CIA director.
Upon hearing the startling news (apparently nearly everyone was taken by surprise) my first thought was, “OK, he had an affair.” It happens. And when it does, some people stay on the job. Bill Clinton in the White House, David Vitter in Congress… Or else they turn up as a frequent guest on cable news.
But Petraeus led a spy agency. Massimo Calabresi at Time explains the problem elegantly: “In the world of spies, there is a short list of weaknesses you can exploit in your opponents: they include ideology, greed, indebtedness and infidelity.”
Maybe Petraeus himself wasn’t a prime target for blackmail, but his agents are. The boss can’t claim one standard for himself and another for his employees. He had to go.
It’s a sorry end to a distinguished military and governmental service career. Petraeus brought a delegation to visit The Star when he was the command of the Army’s Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth. His intellect and preparedness and the extent of his knowledge on a range of topics were truly exceptional. I expect Petraeus will find a place to put his many talents to good use. Please, not the cable channels.