According to the Daily Beast, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter may be considering a reduction in rank for General David Petraeus to Lieutenant General (three stars) because of his flirtation with malfeasance in regards to Paula Broadwell, his extra-curricular activity while he commanding troops in the war against terror and she was, ostensibly, writing his biography. Carter considering the reduction in rank is supposed to send a message to flag officers to rein in their bad behavior;
“The secretary is considering going in a different direction” from the Army, a defense official told The Daily Beast, because he wants to be consistent in his treatment of senior officers who engage in misconduct and to send a message that even men of Petraeus’s fame and esteemed reputation are not immune to punishment.
Pentagon spokesperson Peter Cook told The Daily Beast that Carter had requested the information ex-Army Secretary John McHugh had when he made his recommendation on the matter, before reaching a final decision. McHugh had recommended taking no action against Petraeus.
Well, if the goal is to send a message, I doubt it will work. If a four-star general doesn’t know that an extra-marital affair could get him in trouble, there is a failure of the system. In addition to dipping his pen in the company ink, he also lost control of classified information – there is no cure for stupid. But, yeah, take his rank, cut his pension, cut the pensions of all of those flag officers, while you’re at it, whether they did something bad or not. Might as well cut the pensions of retired Congress people, too.
According to Pentagon figures, a four-star general with roughly the same years of experience as Petraeus was entitled to receive a yearly pension of nearly $220,000. A three-star officer would receive about $170,000.
Yeah, it won’t balance the budget, but I doubt he’ll miss the money.
Thanks to Kristoffer for the link.
Category: Big Pentagon