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November 14th, 2012
 

General Betray Us

One could say that MoveOn.org proved prophetic when it spun General David H. Petraeus’ name into General Betray Us back in 2007.  MoveOn.org’s New York Times ad claimed that Petraeus was skewing reports from Iraq in regards to the success of the surge.  The salacious ad created instant controversy even though the claims it made were without merit.

Five years later, Petraeus has stepped down as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency after an FBI investigation uncovered an extramarital affair, once again making the moniker General Betray Us more appropriate than ever.  Even worse, the investigation has spread to now involve General John Allen, who replaced Petraeus as the Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan.

The full extent of the scandal is still unknown.  What we do know is that the nation’s intelligence boss and the top commander in the Middle East were embroiled a soap opera that centers on a Tampa socialite and biographer Paula Broadwell.  Sadly, infidelity is nothing new with high profile and powerful individuals, but this scandal involves men who are charged with keeping America safe and secure.

Earlier this year, the Secret Service was embroiled in an overseas prostitution scandal.  During that ordeal, Senator Chuck Grassley told reporters, “We’re looking at something that is very, very serious when national security might not be protected properly.  Who knows who might be using prostitutes? The Russians are famous for that to get information out of us.”

The women involved in the Petraeus and Allen scandal are not prostitutes, but the men involved are privy to the nation’s most sensitive information.  While Grassley’s comments during the Secret Service inquiry brought chuckles from some, the point he makes is valid.  When men who occupy positions of importance involve themselves in extramarital affairs, they put more than just their personal lives at risk.

Americans deserve answers, but they also deserve leaders who truly put their country first.  That’s not too much to ask for in the people who fill the positions that Petraeus and Allen occupied.

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About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and TheIowaRepublican.com as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, TheIowaRepublcian.com. Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.




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