Petraeus Deserves Our Thanks – Not Hateful Protests

The unhinged attack on the former general.

5602111029_159307c5c9_b_copyAs a resident of the very block on Manhattan’s Upper West Side where General David Petraeus was harassed this week as he commenced his academic career at the Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York, I am disgusted at the way my neighborhood disrespectfully welcomed him to our area. "Not in my backyard" will a genuine American hero be harassed with impunity (and blocking streets making it harder for my children to reach our home after school also doesn’t endear the protesters to me.)

Unfortunately, only six protestors were arrested on charges of riot, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and obstructing governmental administration.  Their protest, while being among the very rights General Petraeus fought to protect for all of us, is an awful injustice to a man who devoted his life to protecting America. Their disgusting conduct, which can be seen on Youtube, is typical of the liberal left; harassment and ugliness against people whose ideas and beliefs they disagree with.

These people called the general despicable names, such as “Warmonger!” or “a disgusting pig!”  They yelled “You have blood all over you.”  The honorable General Petraeus refused to acknowledge them and held his head high as they insulted him.

Freedoms we have here in the United States come at a cost, and sometimes the cost is having that freedom used by people who cannot appreciate what it is that they actually have.

Petraeus implemented American policy. Sometimes, force is unfortunately necessary, as the enemies of freedom and human rights sometimes offer no other choice. Protecting and fighting for your country is patriotic and heroic. These liberal progressives scream and protest seeking to eliminate an opposing view – of a person who is only guilty of protecting America. General Petraeus is a genuine American hero.

Gen. David Petraeus served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and was a highly decorated four-star general who oversaw all coalition forces in Iraq. The man has a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy, where he graduated in the top 5% of his class. Senator John McCain called him one of “America’s greatest military heroes.” Time Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential leaders of the year as well as one of its four runners up for Time Person of the Year. In 2005 and in 2010 Time chose him as "one of Time Magazine's 50 'People Who Mattered'."  U.S. News & World Report identified him as one of America's top leaders. In 2009, Esquire named him one of the "75 Best People in the World." Barbara Walters picked the General for the Most Fascinating Person of 2010, calling him "an American hero.”

He has four Defense Distinguished Service Medal awards, three Distinguished Service Medal awards, the Bronze Star Medal for valor, and the State Department Distinguished Service Award.

NBC News said:

Petraeus built an impeccable 38-year career in the military and U.S. intelligence, displaying a keen grasp of strategy and tactics that succeeded even on the murky battlefield of Iraq and carving out a sterling reputation that withstood the spiteful, partisan environment of Washington.

Liberal Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, expressed regret about the resignation of "one of America's best and brightest" and said it was an "enormous loss" for the country.  “At CIA, Director Petraeus gave the agency leadership, stature, prestige and credibility both at home and abroad. On a personal level, I found his command of intelligence issues second to none,” she said.

Bleeding heart liberals claim to be tolerant, yet are intolerant towards those whose views they oppose.  Their list of opponents are American heroes who defend our values, American icons who achieved the dream, and many others. These people are a disgrace to the United States of America.

There are many residents of the Lincoln Square neighborhood – including this PR Agency CEO -- who would be honored to welcome General Petraeus to our neighborhood, offer the man a hot cup of coffee, a piece of apple pie and a home office on 67th Street to prepare his thoughts free from the vile harassment of protestors. I live a few hundred feet from your office – we would be honored to welcome you and ensure you safe passage to your classroom.

The general knows about honor and commitment and deserves our praise and gratitude. Thank you, Mr. Petraeus. Keep gracing our neighborhood with your presence.  The few morons harassing you don’t represent the residents of this street, New York City – and surely not the United States of America.

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