Re "The real Petraeus tragedy is his involvement in sure-to-fail war" (Viewpoints, Nov. 15): The White House hit woman is back. Maureen Dowd is denigrating General David Petraeus and lionizing President Barack Obama by comparing Petraeus to Shakespearean murderers and Greek legends.
She compares him to Icarus who dared fly too close to the sun. Did Petraeus dare to climb too high with his abilities and ambitions and create uneasiness in the Obama administration? Are they afraid of what he has seen and written in his official report on Benghazi that will never be completed? Is this an attempt to discredit him in the public's eye and taint whatever he says with indiscretions in his personal life? That seems to be the theme.
Dowd calls him a "shiny military idol" and blames him for all Obama's problems. She even blames Petraeus for talking the younger commander-in-chief into going ahead with the bound-to-fail surge in Afghanistan.
-- Raymond Webber, Rancho Cordova
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