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How the Mighty Have Fallen

Written By: Bill Finnigan  |  Posted: Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

            Every time I've seen a picture of Gen Petraeus in uniform, I have been dazzled by his amazing display of military decorations. My heart swells to think that someone could be a recipient of such acclaim and honor in our present day. His very presence has been a symbol of encouragement and hope for a nation which is being attacked on many fronts. Having been the top military man in Iraq and Afghanistan, and then CIA director, he exudes a sense of strength and confidence. Only God knows how much our citizens need such an example! We have been starved these days for genuine leadership in high places.

            Whatever his part in the recent hearings on the Benghazi embassy situation, the report of his affair with his female biographer is disturbing and demoralizing. The effect of the shockwaves is immeasurable. Not that anyone is throwing stones at the weakness of his humanity, but the fact of his supreme office as a top military commander demands top-flight integrity and honor. To whom much is given, much is required. Gen. Petraeus failed to stand in the line of personal duty, sending the wrong message to all his subordinates. Sin has deep and long range consequences, and it's time to stop making excuses, especially for those in elevated positions.

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