Petraeus, King David and morality in the military

Daniel Burke

Marta L.
November 18, 2012

I really like the comparison to King David because it points out something very important: David's noteworthy sin (mentioned in the fourth paragraph above) isn't adultery but murder. In our modern culture we seem to be particularly scandalized if sex is involved, but when I think about the David story, the truly outlandish thing isn't that a man committed adultery, it is (a) that he was a king (so there's almost certainly coercion involved), and (b) David <i>killed a man</i> to cover up his crimes.

Applying this to Petraeus, I think it's just and right that he retire because his actions set up a potential security problem. I also think he has a mighty sin he needs to atone for, both with his wife and with his God. But I also wonder where the outrage is over the security holes that <i>don't</i> have to do with sex? I know this scandal has me thinking about the things I get frustrated over and whether they're the kind of things I <i>should</i> find scandalous or not.

December 7, 2012

I was in the Tampa Bay area over the Thanksgiving Day holiday. The story was front page headlines. It makes me wonder how US military generals have gotten so powerful that they have women flocking around them. How they have become important members of the social scene in a place like Tampa. To me this is direct evidence that our military is far too big and powerful. The military budget should be cut by 2/3s. Especially since the entire apparatus exists solely because of the productivity of Americans.

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