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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 08:01 AM

Petraeus scandal puts four-star general lifestyle under scrutiny


Petraeus scandal puts four-star general lifestyle under scrutiny
By Rajiv Chandrasekaran and Greg Jaffe, Published: November 17


Of the many facts that have come to light in the scandal involving former CIA director David H. Petraeus, among the most curious was that during his days as a four-star general, he was once escorted by 28 police motorcycles as he traveled from his Central Command headquarters in Tampa to socialite Jill Kelleyís mansion. Although most of his trips did not involve a presidential-size convoy, the scandal has prompted new scrutiny of the imperial trappings that come with a senior generalís lifestyle.

The commanders who lead the nationís military services and those who oversee troops around the world enjoy an array of perquisites befitting a billionaire, including executive jets, palatial homes, drivers, security guards and aides to carry their bags, press their uniforms and track their schedules in 10-minute increments. Their food is prepared by gourmet chefs. If they want music with their dinner parties, their staff can summon a string quartet or a choir.

The elite regional commanders who preside over large swaths of the planet donít have to settle for Gulfstream V jets. They each have a C-40, the military equivalent of a Boeing 737, some of which are configured with beds.

Since Petraeusís resignation, many have strained to understand how such a celebrated general could have behaved so badly. Some have speculated that an exhausting decade of war impaired his judgment. Others wondered if Petraeus was never the Boy Scout he appeared to be. But Gates, who still possesses a modest Kansanís bemusement at Washington excess, has floated another theory.

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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 08:08 AM

1. I'm going to keep on kicking this because it's not just generals who think they deserve to be

treated like the country owes them something above and beyond. It's any high ranking military official. They think the laws do not apply to them because of their military service and its has reached the level of extortion the way they treat you if you do not obey their authority.

Imagine someone using his rank to get around building codes that will affect your property. And you're pegged the bad guy because you're going up against a veteran. It's extortion.

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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 08:18 AM

2. Secretary Gates chopped down the bloated "flag" structure in Europe

There were generals who had a Cold War command whose forces had been moved to the real war in Afghanistan or back to the United States. They lived like princes on holiday.

What was the other quip I heard: "The Navy has more admirals than it has ships".

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