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Petraeus between the sheets
David Petraeus’ resignation over an extra-marital affair could be an attempt to distract attention from war crimes committed under him over the years. It not only saved him from disgrace but also makes him a potent presidential candidate for 2016!
30/12/2012

David Petraeus, the director of CIA, who led the US military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan and earned much glory, recently resigned on the ‘revelation’ of an extra-marital affair. Astonishingly, this resignation came at a time when he was on the verge of being questioned on serious allegations regarding military operations that he led in Iraq and Afghanistan. Petraeus admitted to having an affair with writer and academic Paula Broadwell, who is the author of his biography titled “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.”

However, this resignation of Petraeus over an affair looks more like a political plot, especially due to two important facts. Firstly, he was involved in numerous war crimes during his military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact, he was also involved in a military campaign against Yemen and was an advocate of drone attacks. His war-doctrines and counter-insurgency operations led to the deaths of thousands of innocent people across nations. On July 18, 2012, the Center for Constitutional Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Petraeus and CIA for violating “the Constitution and international law when they authorized and directed drone strikes [on September 30, 2011].”

Secondly, he could see himself as a potential candidate for the 2016 US Presidential Election, as he has been described as a “serious guy” and one of the very few who can threaten President Barack Obama! It’s not something unusual for American presidents to indulge in illicit relationships, even though Petraeus has really jumped the gun. After this ownership of immorality, he does lose brownie points among Republicans, but things could have been worse.

This one affair would merely lead to a court-martial. Adultery is considered a crime as per American Uniform Code of Military Justice, but it could save him from a trial on war crimes. If the affair hadn’t ‘come up’, attention would have been centred largely on war crimes under Petraeus, which would have led to far greater ignominy for him.

By:- Sray Agarwal
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