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Robert Winner

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Why Petraeus's Affair Matters (but Bill Clinton's Didn't)

In the case of CIA Director Petraeus's extra material affair much attention has been directed to honor and ethics. However Bill Clinton who had many affairs and was impeached for purjury and settled a lawsuit to Paua Jones for $850,000 there was no mention of honor, ethic, morality. He lost his right to parctice law in Arkansas and cannot appear as a lawyer in front of the supreme court as a result. Hillary is not clean either as she was linked to Whitewater, Castle Grande, and the book "It Takes a Village" which she claimed to have written, but if fact was written by others which she did not acknowledge. The Clintons have been labled as congenital liars and there seems to be evidence that they have strayed from the truth often.

This all come to light again as the twentith anniversary of the 12 year affair with Gennifer Flowers is this month and she was on TV. They also stated that there has been more than twenty documented affairs by Bill in both the Arkansas governors mansion and the white house. Is honor only limited to Generals and not Presidents.

So the question is why is Perraeus condemed and Clinton not. Why in the face of so many proven lies and infidelities do the people still love Bill Clinton.

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    Dec 2 2012: You realise the USA is the only country where either affair would be of any consequence.
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      Dec 2 2012: It seems to be that British PMs make the news about their affairs often. But that is of little concern as it did happen in the US where we profess morals, honor, and ethics are important.

      I cannot judge the morals and ethics or even the lack of in other countries.
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        Dec 3 2012: I think the difference is the high level of respect, a POTUS for example, gets in the US can result in unrealistic expectations. In many countries politicians are looked on with suspicion rather then respect so immoral behavior isn't such a disappointment. We don't care who they sleep with or even if they rort the system a bit as long as they do all the stuff we want them to do
    • Dec 3 2012: Peter, you are right that American prudishness is exceptional in the developed world but most countries would discharge the head of a spy agency over a secret extramarital affair because it makes that person vulnerable to blackmail.
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        Dec 4 2012: I can see your point but blackmail is unlikely now that we all know about it. It's a bit of a catch 22 as the risk of blackmail only exists before the affair comes out.
        • Dec 4 2012: We only know about it because of the investigation, he did keep the affair a secret as long as he could and that means that without the investigation he would have continued to keep it a secret and the CIA cannot trust him anymore in the future.
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        Dec 4 2012: There is a certain irony to the fact that the leader of an espionage agency has been sacked for sneeking around behind peoples backs ;-)

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