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(Washington Post)   L'affaire Petraeus lacks every element of the definition   ( washingtonpost.com) divider line
    More: Obvious, Petraeus, Dana Milbank, Gary Condit, David Vitter, Ken Starr, cybersex, hush money, John Ensign  
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2012-11-21 09:45:02 AM  
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Bhruic: So it's not a scandal because he had his clothes on in a picture? I mean, I don't really think it's a scandal either, but a lot of the examples the list I also wouldn't consider scandals. But when you've got a puritannical culture, this is the sort of response you get to people in authority having "wrong" sex (wrong by excessively strict standards that is). Petraeus is no worse, but also no better than many people in that article - if they had to "pay the price", so should he.

It is a scandal a sex scandal. Just like Monica Lewinski and Tiger Woods is a scandal. Infidelity is not normally a "scandal" but when you are one of America's most celebrated military figures and head of the most significant intelligence agency in the world, it is a scandal.

/Woods was a scandal based on volume of skanks not the infidelity alone
//Weiner was a scandal because we had pics
2012-11-21 09:08:03 AM  
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The article states: "Sic transit gloria mundi = All glory is fleeting."
Actual literal translation is "Gloria got sick on the bus Monday".

/had 4 years of Latin
2012-11-21 09:07:39 AM  
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Skleenar: In fact, it's hard to understand what the point of Milbank's article is?

I think his point is that there's a distinction between an affair and a scandal. While this is the first, it isn't the second.

That seems to be a pretty fine point, to me.
2012-11-21 08:38:09 AM  
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Except of course, for the whole cheating on the wife bit.
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