Blogs

Why so shy, General Petraeus?

19 June 2014

11:53 AM

19 June 2014

11:53 AM

Former CIA director and US Army General David Petraeus is in town hosted by the Henry Jackson Society. But that’s classified.

For some reason Petraeus is being very shy in front of journalists (well, most journalists). The event in the House of Commons this afternoon is being held under the Chatham House Rule. All media, your humble correspondent included, have been refused entry. What was it about the affair with his biographer that led to his resignation as America’s top spook which the shy general does not want to be asked about?

Subscribe to The Spectator today for a quality of argument not found in any other publication. Get more Spectator for less – just £12 for 12 issues.


Show comments
  • Simon_in_London

    “What was it about the affair with his biographer that led to his resignation as America’s top spook which the shy general does not want to be asked about?”

    Maybe ‘Why does your mistress look like a more masculine version of yourself?’ Those kind of questions are really annoying. >:)

  • Frank

    I am pretty sure that it wasn’t just his affair that got him sacked (dissing the President to a journalist over too many drinks probably didn’t help his cause either). He reminds of a certain British para general who is always spouting off about what Britain should, or shouldn’t do.

  • Dougie

    Chatham House Rule – singular. I’d have thought Steerpike would know that.

    • Tom M

      Depends whether he read it in graffiti on a wall somewhere.

  • Whyshouldihavetoregister

    Henry Jackson was the last Democrat worth keeping alive. How that makes him a neocon, I’m not sure.

    • Frank

      I wouldn’t get stuck on the name, even though he was supposed to be an anti-communist hawk. The society looks like the kind of talking shop that gets a big subsidy from our “friends”. Surprised that Liam Fox isn’t a member, looks like just his kind of thing.

Close