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Boston Herald | Sex, lies and Benghazi

The sudden loss of David Petraeus to the CIA and to the service of his country — over an affair that turned out not to have in any way jeopardized national security — is, in the end, nothing short of tragic.

He is hardly the first powerful public figure to have personally faltered and he surely won’t be the last. But it is the increasingly tangled way this whole affair has been developing that raises a boatload of questions — questions that even good Democrats like Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) want answered before Congress.

Now the FBI probe has ensnared Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, who had been nominated to take over the U.S. European Command and NATO’s European troops — a move put on hold — over emails deemed “inappropriate” or “flirtatious.” Again it seems the communications didn’t involve a security breach and there might be some dispute over what the Pentagon considers “flirtatious.”


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