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Scandals Remind Us Generals Are Not Infallible

Wed, November 14, 2012 10:03am

Story by Tom Gjelten

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The investigation that forced the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus has ensnared Gen. John Allen, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The two cases raise questions about the relationship between top officers and their civilian boss. It can be awkward but on occasion the president must disregard the counsel of military commanders.

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