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Gen. Petraeus Felled By “Icarus Syndrome” And Big Brother

SdAufKla Wrote: Nov 13, 2012 4:18 PM
Patraeus' fall was for far simpler reasons than hubris. He fell for the same reason that old guys have been falling since time-immemorial: A cute chick sweet talked him. "Buy me drink, GI?" You'd have thought he would have learned his lesson as a young lieutenant buying drinks for boom-boom girls. 'Course, he probably fell for the same-o-same-o then, too. Some things just never change.

Retired, four-star Army Gen. David Petraeus is paying the price for his hubris in much the same way as did the mythical figure Icarus who, like Petraeus, thought himself invincible but discovered otherwise when he flew too close to the sun before crashing back to earth. The now-retired CIA Director flew not too close to the sun, but rather ignored basic rules of secrecy, and ran afoul of the virtually limitless powers of surveillance we have placed in the hands of the FBI and other government agencies.

Like former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer before him, Petraeus’ sexual peccadillos were unmasked...