Sunday, October 19, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Bring ex-Gen. Petraeus in from the cold

By
From page A6 | April 02, 2013 |

The issue: We have had public servants, including a commander in chief, come back from worse sins

It’s time for former military commander and CIA director David Petraeus to return to public life. His experience and proven abilities are too valuable to waste.

PETRAEUS MADE his first public speech last Tuesday night since resigning as the nation’s top spy in November, after revelations of an extramarital affair with his biographer. His speech, at the University of Southern California’s annual ROTC dinner, was booked a year earlier.

The audience included not only the cadets but members of the active military and the speaker’s wife, Holly Petraeus, who carved out her own career in public service by trying to protect young soldiers and their families from the assorted scam artists that prey on them.

David Petraeus is credited with rescuing and reversing the slowly failing U.S. military missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. He’s the architect of an overhaul of U.S. counterinsurgency strategy, a body of expertise that the military may have to draw on again, given the deteriorating situation in much of the Mideast and North Africa.

Surely the Obama administration has a place for Petraeus as a senior military and national security adviser. Last September’s killings of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, show that we need warrior-diplomats, especially as radical Islamic groups modeled on al-Qaida have become increasingly aggressive in Africa.

And if retired U.S. Army Gen. Eric Shinseki chooses to step down as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, there will be a need for a tough, take-charge administrator to galvanize that sluggish bureaucracy and clear up a backlog of 600,000 claims. NPR says veterans wait an average of 273 days to receive the benefits they have earned.

DOWN THE ROAD, there is no reason why Petraeus couldn’t return to the intelligence community or even serve as secretary of defense. We have had public servants, including a commander in chief, come back from worse sins.

The now-retired general opened his return to the public forum with a graceful apology and deep regrets for causing “such pain for my family, friends and supporters.” What goes on in Petraeus’ family is personal business. Otherwise, apology accepted.

Comments

comments

.

News

Howzat! Cricket tradition grows in Davis

By Lily Holmes | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Housing First pilot project targets West Sac homeless

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1

Return to sender: MRAP removal options go to council

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
$18.75M grant aims to build global food security

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Cop witnesses car-pedestrian collision

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

Hawaii hit by winds, rain as hurricane veers west

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Evidentiary hearing set for man shot by CHP

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
For the record

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

Firefighters on the town

By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A3

 
Donate used books at Co-op

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Love-life tips on ‘Heart to Heart’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Volunteers sought to chip in on parks cleanup

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Crash victim ID’d as Woodland man

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A3

 
Senior Computer Club hears from county official

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Guns to be discharged at police range

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A3

 
DHS ski and snowboard swap set on Nov. 9

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Wolk sets ‘Morning with the Mayor’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Safe viewing of solar eclipse planned

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

Fill the Boot for the hungry

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A3

 
Quiz Master Gardeners at open house

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Celebrate origami at Davis library

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Esparto home targeted in three-city pot bust

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A4

 
Apply by Friday for Biberstein grants

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Wolk earns perfect score from senior advocates

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

UCD celebrates 50 years of global agricultural success

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Special education information night scheduled

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A11

Be on the lookout for tagged Monarch butterflies

By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: A16 | Gallery

 
.

Forum

Old news disturbs the present

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Take time to reach out for help

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A8

Are we there yet? Yik Yakking the day away

By Tanya Perez | From Page: A8

 
A bionic hand with feeling

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

Ain’t Snow Mountain high enough

By Our View | From Page: A14

 
Let’s take Davis’ energy future seriously

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A14

Teach cyclists to obey laws

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A14

 
Proposed lights harm kids

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A14

Water theater isn’t fun

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A15

 
Elect Granda to board

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A15

Yes on Prop. 47: reasonable changes to curb recidivism, save money

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A15

 
No on Prop. 47: an end to safe neighborhoods, and more victims

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A15

Be careful cycling on Fifth

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A15

 
.

Sports

Competitive Aggies fall at No. 6/7 Montana

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Devils stick it to Chico, cancer

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Vargas emerges from crowded Aggie WR corps

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

JV Devils fall to Franklin

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

 
Niemi leads Sharks to win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

UCD roundup: Big crowd sees Aggies nip Guachos

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery

 
.

Features

.

Arts

.

Business

 
Davis is a temple for fine beverages

By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Arcadia Biosciences earns spot on global innovation list

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
35 employers will be at West Sac job fair

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

Rob White: Building an economy on innovation

By Rob White | From Page: A6

 
.

Obituaries

Sadie Louise Barga

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Morgan Wheeler

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Peggy Belenis Swisher

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Comics: Sunday, October 19, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B8