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Petraeus Betrayed his Country Before he Betrayed his Wife

Fire_Ready Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 7:28 AM
That is just delusionally funny! :) Liberals 'give' their ideology only. They see the 'good' government taking taxes and giving it to the 'needy' as their giving. That exempts them for giving individually (in their minds). Conservatives, whether wealthy, middle class or even poor, give their own personal time and treasure directly to those in need more abundantly. They do not rely on the middle man (government) to do it for them. They don't like the messiness of helping others. That way they can simply sneer and feel better than others without having to actually do the work or directly sacrifice. They 'sacifice' other people's time and money and feel good about themselves. There are exceptions, but that is the fundament6al difference.

Was David Petraeus as great a general as the write-ups of his downfall routinely claim? This is a provocative question that I will begin to answer with another question: Did America prevail in the Iraq War? I suspect few would say "yes" and believe it, which is no reflection on the valor and sacrifice of the American and allied troops who fought there. On the contrary, it was the vaunted strategy of the two-step Petraeus "surge" that was the blueprint of failure.

While U.S. troops carried out Part One successfully by fighting to establish basic security, the "trust" and "political reconciliation" that...