Until the latter part of the 20th century, apparently, American society believed that donning a military uniform suppressed — or should suppress — one's primal urges. The media indulged this quaint belief while ignoring indiscretions committed by high-ranking military officers and even the commander in chief.
Times have changed, thankfully —not that America now condones its service members cheating on their spouses, but we more realistically view the humanity of our leaders and more prudently decline to pass judgment on them, the better to benefit from their rare talents.
Let's welcome Army Gen. David H. Petraeus back to public service.
Despite the sex scandal, Doyle McManus predicts a shining future for Petraeus: "He's had offers to teach from at least four universities and had conversations about seats on corporate boards. He's thinking about giving speeches, writing a book on leadership or even becoming a talking head on television."