(…while others bled…and paid)

The ongoing investigations about the Broadwell/Petraeus/Kelly embroglio suggest there’s more involved with this story than just national security issues…of one kind or another.

There’s another aspect to this sorry mess that the news media has largely ignored, that is, the apparent heady flow of the social swirl going on at the Tampa High Command headquarters. From the meager mentions of any of that so far, it seems to have been (and may still be) a lavish playpen where military, and other power elites, partied and played… while others bled…and paid. Granted, rank has always had its privileges, and also been the source of field grunts’ disdain for it, particularly whenever exercised with ostentatious display…but that Tampa socialite scene seems to have been as ostentations as it can get.

All of which may partially explain how such an acclaimed military personality, of a near pristine reputation…erred the way he did.

And while high ranking field commanders do carry a very heavy burden of responsibilities in the field, and thus, not begrudged a few extra amenities and creature comforts to compensate for that, while in the field, the high-living goings on back at that Tampa High Command Center which was overseeing our operations in Iraq and Afghanistan may merit the acronym of –REMFs-.

This is not a judgmental or moralistic reaction to any of that, but only a concern about the possible decline of our military leadership values where – privilege – rather than –obligation- has become the objective of achieving high rank. If that is the case, then it should be no surprise to us because that simply parallels and reflects what appears to have evolved among the business and political power elites of our society as well.

Well, such a sorry tale of hanky and panky is a very, very, old one…Samson and Delilah, David and Bathsheba, not to mention the more recent examples with FDR, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Hart, Clinton, Edwards, and a host of others from around the world besides.
It seems to be a most common trait of our human condition.