Does the Petreus-Allen scandale, such as it may turn out to be, help to explain why the U.S. has lost the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan...not just the wars, of course.MORE: Pat Lang's blog, Sic Semper Tyrannis, has among its posters and commenters a good many retired military and intelligence officials (or at least they seem to be retired). The site has always been critical of Petraeus and, no suprise, there have been some posts on current events. Here is one on the Lebanese factor in the generals' downfall. And from one of the commenters here is a link to counterpunch with a very sharp analysis of Petraeus's military skills.AND MORE: Stephen Walt has a sane "still in the middle of the scandal" assessment of how this adds up, or not.
Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.