Petraeus shows that he is human

Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 01:50 PM.

Some in the media though, in addition to attempting (unlike Petraeus himself) to offer worthless excuses for his unseemly behavior have opined that we in America should adopt the "French" method of dealing with extra-marital affairs: that is laugh it off or ignore it, but certainly don’t hold people accountable for straying from their marital commitments. "It’s the 21st century for God’s sake," they say. "Why are we still holding people accountable for their promises to each other?"

Message to the media: Promises still count for something, really anytime but especially when exchanged on the altar of marriage in a church with God as your witness. Period.

And a final point: If one cannot remain loyal to one’s spouse, how can one remain loyal to anything or anyone else? All of the military services have a variation of the unofficial Marine Corps motto, "God, family, Country, Corps." Note where God and family fall in the order of loyalty and priority.

By the way, the official Marine Corps motto is "Semper Fidelis." "Always Faithful." America’s motto? "In God we trust." The French way is not the American way and God forbid that it ever is or will be, at least in the matter of faithfulness to one’s God, one’s spouse and one’s family.

Among the sordid details of his affair, Petraeus should be applauded for admitting he screwed up royally. Yes he did. And he deserved to be run out of town (out of the CIA) on a rail because of it. He used poor judgment. He displayed zero loyalty to his family and therefore his loyalty to the CIA has got to be questioned. He is not irreplaceable. Like the rest of us, he’s a flawed human being who can and did make mistakes and must pay for them. No excuses.

The good news? None of us are any different. And we’re only a miniscule part of four percent of the entire universe. Unless you believe in something bigger. And if you do? Then you may be forgiven for being human.

Barry Fetzer is a columnist for the Havelock News. He can be reached at 

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