|Centaur by Elvira @snowskadi.deviantart.com|
General David Petraeus’s contributions to our country are widely acknowledged, from the President on down. It’s a shame he was undone by his “sheer energy” and the policy of “embedding” civilians and reporters in the fields of battle.
It's a Greek tragedy, worthy of Homer and Shakespeare. It seems to be about betrayal: "Et tu Brutus?" About enemies who bring down heroes, as in Othello and Julius Caesar. About humans defying the gods. About an inner flaw, buried deep but powerful, that brings down our earthly giants.
Petraeus betrayed us, and a whole fabric of duplicity is unraveling. But more tragic, Petraeus betrayed his own values.