September 12, 2013

I doubt Gen. David Petraeus, the former CIA director, ever got this kind of treatment before.

David Petraeus may be regretting taking a teaching position at the City University of New York system. A video recently posted to YouTube shows the former director of the CIA and retired Army general being followed down the street on his way to his first class by a small, but passionate group of students. It's hard to make out a lot of what they're saying, but there's a lot of "war criminal!" And a general sense that they don't like him very much. This comes after Petraeus' salary was lowered from a controversial $200,000 to just one dollar to teach a course at the honors college this fall titled “Are We on the Threshold of the North American Decade?”

[...] The whole experience must be a major culture shock for a retired four-star general. Generals enjoy a tremendous amount of special treatment, including personal chefs and valets, and are revered in the military community. Now, he's being chased down the street and screamed at by a group of young students. One of whom, for some reason, had his belly exposed.

"Every class, David," they yell, suggesting they will harass him en route to every class this semester. Petraeus, dressed smartly in a black suit and pink tie, has a great game face, and never acknowledges the group.

You can hear students calling him a 'scumbag,' shouting 'every class, David!" and "Petraeus out of CUNY."

That's life in the private sector, which is definitely not the Mitt Romney private sector life either. Just think what he gave up to have a fling with Paula Broadwell. Maybe a year ago it would be a given that the rightwing media elites would have jumped to his aid and defended their hero, but now he's a fallen hero. I'm sure the support will come from the Frederick Kagans of the world and maybe a few others saying how lowbrow those liberal students were, but I'll be surprised if it's anything more than that.

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