Saturday, December 1, 2012

Petraeus Was a Disaster: Enough with Glorifying Failed Military Generals

Few things have characterized the post-9/11 American world more than our worshipful embrace of our generals. They’ve become our heroes, our sports stars, and our celebrities all rolled into one. We can’t stop gushing about them . Even after his recent  fall from grace , General David Petraeus was still being celebrated by CNN as the best American general  since Dwight D. Eisenhower  (and let’s not forget that Ike commanded the largest amphibious invasion in history and held a fractious coalition together in a total war against Nazi Germany). Before  his fall from grace, Afghan War Commander General Stanley McChrystal was similarly lauded as  one tough customer , a sort of  superman-saint.


Petraeus Was a Disaster: Enough with Glorifying Failed Military Generals