Petraeus’ Rules for Living, Amended Edition

The first two General David Petraeus Rules for Living–at least as captured by his former mistress–are

1. Lead by example from the front of the formation. Take your performance personally—if you are proud to be average, so too will be your troops.

2. A leader must provide a vision—clear and achievable “big ideas” combined in a strategic concept—and communicate those ideas throughout the entire organi­zation and to all other stakeholders.

In this, his moment of crisis, Petraeus appears to have amended those rules to “don’t make a move until your high profile reputation rehabilitator tells you to.”

He has hired Robert B. Barnett, the Washington superlawyer, to handle his future, and friends say he has not even ruled out becoming a talking head on television.

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Their house, on a verdant Arlington street of $1 million and $2 million homes — for security reasons, the address is listed in no public property records — is expected to be Mr. Petraeus’s center of operations at least until the first of next year, the earliest his friends say he could venture out from the wilderness with a Barnett-approved new job or position.

No matter. Hiding in your home until the PR hack says “jump”–even resorting to a stationary bike when, in the past, the General made a point of running through some of the most dangerous cities in the world–can still be wedged into General David Petraeus Rules for Living. There’s this:

4. There is an exception to every rule, standard operating procedure, and poli­cy; it is up to leaders to determine when exceptions should be made and to ex­plain why they made them.

While he’s cooped up in the “wilderness” of million dollar homes in Arlington, VA, Petraeus just has to think of some reason he has made an exception to his rules about vision and leading by example.

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bmaz @ZerlinaMaxwell Nor, was I; Ive have been doing this at the trial level for nearly 30 years. I'll stand by the fact statutes should remain
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bmaz “@horvitzlevy: California Supreme Court's May calendar includes three Horvitz & Levy cases.: http://t.co/USbKmEHxoT” no Eisenberg cases?
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bmaz @APribetic @theresaexpitall @rainn01 @hillaryclinton @zerlinamaxwell Um, no. Statutes exist for a reason, ie fairness to system+def's rights
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JimWhiteGNV @emptywheel Shhh! I'm pretending to pay attention to the horse show while streaming #Gator baseball to my hearing aids.
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emptywheel Pitcher HR. Go Blue! @JimWhiteGNV
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emptywheel @biasedreporter Think @joshgerstein is right that she was prolly thinking of Roving, but in context ref was to 215.
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emptywheel @KenDilanianAP Right. But that's part of reason IC def of "bulk" is so meaningless. @Krhawkins5 @charlie_savage @csoghoian
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emptywheel @charlie_savage Yup. Not "targeting" Americans but we know they've gotten "troves" of USP data w/no protections @csoghoian @KenDilanianAP
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emptywheel @csoghoian Not that different from Petraeus, tho his stuff was more sensitive.
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JimWhiteGNV Honey, I shrank the horses. http://t.co/UIHjRa6ksm
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emptywheel @Krhawkins5 I just can't get over that Burr claims he's being responsible for risking PATRIOT crash for 11 measly bullet points.
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