posted on Mar, 8 2011 @ 07:25 AM
Look, regardless of ones attitude toward the subject matter of the joke, be it Libya, or the sexual habits of a priest, or a joke about a hooker (or
some convoluted hybrid of all three) the real issue I have with this behaviour is one of decorum.
When a person attains high office, wether in the military , or political arm of government, they have a duty to comport themselves in a decorus,
respectful and thoroughly business like manner when engaged in the pursuits of that office. It is fundamentaly inappropriate for the US Secretary Of
Defense, to be anything other than serious, professional, and stern. He is not employed by the US to make jokes, or to look like he is having a good
time after all, in fact his job is one of the most serious in terms of the importance of its being handled correctly. If the blithering windbag cannot
keep a straight face in front of a camera, then I do not hold much hope for his exploits.
The same could be said of Petraeus. Every choice he makes in his official capacity can drasticaly effect the lives of the men under his command, and
the lives of civilians in the locality in which his troops operate. Therefore some seriousness and sincerity wouldnt be amiss. But hell, screw that,
lets have a joke with my boss in front of the cameras? Lets be smiley and happy and carefree, while our men die, while civilians lives are turned
upside down by airstrikes and predator drones. Lets just have a great time, while everyone else sucks dirt and eats lead.... that will go down REAL
well with everyone , for sure.
Im not saying that these folks should not HAVE a good time. I think the pressure of doing what they do, making the choices they do, and the effects
they have to weigh up, means that they deserve a good time... ON HOLIDAY! When outside your office, in veiw of the public to ANY degree, you stick
your work face on, and you keep it there until you are in privacy. In your office you pull as many wacky faces, practical jokes, and fast ones as you
like, but when out , doing the work you are payed for, you keep that stern , focused face on, and you never let it slip.