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In "It's just sex, folks" (Forum, Nov. 17), Bob Barr asks, "Does anyone believe that Gen. David Petraeus, who just resigned as director of the CIA, would sell his country down the river to prevent a scandal?"
Knowledge of this affair was withheld not only from his wife and family but the agency he once led, making this situation something more than "just sex." If Petraeus was willing to withhold information about this relationship (until he was finally caught), the public has a right to wonder what other secrets he might have.
Barr suggested that illicit sexual relationships are normal among politicians and government leaders. Just because everyone is doing it does not get Petraeus off the hook. Integrity still matters.
Otherwise, what right would Barr have to complain if Petraeus had sold what many would consider a "meaningless" secret to the enemy? If it's done all the time, why does it matter? This logic leads to a slippery slope and ought not to be entertained.
Our political and governmental leaders should be held to the highest standards, regardless of one's personal views of sex. You make your bed, as Petraeus has unfortunately done, you have to lie in it.