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Gen. Petraeus is the One

November 29, 2016

The name of David Petraeus has surfaced as a potential Secretary of State in the Trump Administration. Not many consider him a viable candidate in light of his guilty plea to a misdemeanor for breaching regulations governing classified information.

He was forced to resign from his position as Director of the Central Intelligence Administration.

Except for that issue, Petraeus would make an excellent Secretary of State.

He graduated from West Point in the top 5% of his class and served honorably in the U.S. Army for thirty-seven years rising to the rank of four-star General. His service in Iraq was commendable. He subsequently earned an M.P.A. in 1985 and a Ph.D. degree in international relations in 1987 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton.

In any other Administration than a Trump Administration Petraeus wouldn’t be considered for appointment to any position. But, in a Trump Administration Petraeus brings some political advantages.

President-Elect Donald Trump criticized Hillary Clinton’s misuse of classified documents and promised to prosecute her. If he nominates General Petraeus to serve as Secretary of State, President-Elect Trump can negotiate with Democrats by offering to forget Hillary’s problems in exchange for forgetting that General Petraeus violated the same regulations. Trump gets his choice of Secretary of State and can avoid active involvement in the prosecution of Hillary Clinton.

 

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