Has Petraeus stepped into a Clinton minefield?

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I subscribe to several military email networks and this week they’re lighting up about one very big story — the revelation that former Army General David Petraeus supports Hillary Clinton as President.

According to a New York Daily News report by Adam Edelman, “Former Army Gen. David Petraeus, who has traditionally stayed away from political endorsements, appears to be eager to support a Hillary Clinton candidacy, a new book alleges.

“She’d make a tremendous President,” the former commander and CIA director reportedly says in the new book HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton, by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes. “Like a lot of great leaders, her most impressive qualities were most visible during tough times,” Petraeus adds.

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If I recall correctly, during a CBS 60 Minutes interview current National Security Advisor Susan Rice was asked why she did the Sunday talk show rounds after the Benghazi attack and not Secretary of State Clinton. Rice’s response was along the lines of Hillary Clinton had a very emotionally draining week.

Hmm, so you wanna be the Commander-in-Chief, but ya had a bad week and were just too exhausted to answer questions about the murder of a US Ambassador and three other Americans? Yep, that certainly is a display of impressive rigor and resilience during a tough time.

Perhaps General Petraeus was referring to the tough times of logging all those frequent flyer miles as President Obama alluded to on another 60 Minutes interview with the former Secretary of State.

I think we can all agree the “reset button” with Russia and President Vladimir Putin demonstrates great leadership and has obviously borne fruit. Not.

According to the new book, the unlikely pair became friends while Clinton was Secretary of State. Apparently, soon after taking office, Clinton invited Petraeus to her Washington home to drink wine and discuss Middle East issues. The night was so enjoyable, she invited him over again the next night to continue their chat.

So what do you think of this liaison? Seems like General Petraeus wants to be relevant again. He was a good general but failed to avoid the minefields of politics.

He should never have accepted the CIA position in the Obama administration. It’s widely known in military circles that General Wesley Clark, while not highly regarded by many retirees, is a close acquaintance of the Clintons as well. Seems there may be some “jockeying” for future positions in the event of a HRC administration. I would suggest General Petraeus beware the minefields.

He might do well to study the career trajectory of Generals Colin Powell and James Jones for additional insights.
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