(Picture of Petraeus at graduation from USMA with the girl he married and later betrayed.)
"Petraeus is a former four-star Army general who was the top commander in Afghanistan and Iraq. President George W. Bush picked him to command the multinational forces in Iraq in 2007, during which a “surge” of additional U.S. troops was deployed." latimes
Petraeus IS NOT a FORMER four-star army general. Petraeus remains a four-star US Army general. He is on the retired list of the US Army but retains his rank, his status, his retired pay ($220,000/year), the perquisites of a retired service member; PX, Commissary Store, full medical benefits, free travel on government aircraft, ability to stay in visiting officer quarters if he wishes, free legal advice. The list goes on.
Maybe I am out of date. One of the lawyers will say if I am.
Historically, A US officer convicted in a US civilian court of a felony was subject to dismissal from the service at the discretion of the service secretary under the general article (UCMJ) or for conduct unbecoming. (also UCMJ) ... A dismissal is the equivalent of a dishonorable discharge for an enlisted soldier. It strips the former member of everything. Commissioned officers cannot be reduced in permanent rank or imprisoned without dismissal.
What Petraeus was convicted of would normally be a felony in a civil court. He was carefully charged by the Obama Administration with a misdemeanor so as not to make him vulnerable to an administrative dismissal.
IMO Petreaus is a scheming politician and he has once more "gotten away with it." Is this justice? pl