King Hippo Petraeus

Meditation can go a long way towards bringing inner peace, but if I was on the streets of New York today when a bunch of clueless King Hippo-resembling City University of New York kids screamed in David Petraeus’ face, I think I would have lost it. There’s something about fat bodied losers screaming expletives at a man who dedicated decades of service to his country that gets the blood boiling. Who knew?

The Washington Times reports:

A YouTube video shows Mr. Petraeus flanked by students shouting at him from inches away.

“Warmonger! … You are nothing but a disgusting pig! … You have blood all over you. I can smell you!” they say, along with the promise to hound him throughout the semester.

Business Insider reported that the war hero had a “great game face” and refused to acknowledge the group, which included a student with his belly inexplicably exposed.

Listen as belly boy gasps for breath between insults, unable to even walk a block with the former Army Ranger before lactic acid (or was that hate?) runs through his veins. Sad.

As a friend of mine pointed out, these students are so lost that they probably don’t even realize that it was President Obama who assigned Petraeus to his last two posts. Where were the CUNY anti-war kids when Mr. Obama was running for his second term? Missing in action. Or as another friend of mine said, they were probably focused on “Cheetos and bong hits.” Bingo.

Not since the infamous MoveOn.org ad that took “General Betray Us” to task have I seen such disgusting behavior aimed at a military man.

A newspaper ad from the anti-war group MoveOn.org that attacks Gen. David Petraeus has prompted a Republican outcry in Washington, D.C., as supporters of the surge strategy in Iraq change the subject from the progress in Iraq to the rhetoric used by war opponents.

“General Petraeus or General Betray Us?” reads the full-page ad (CLICK HERE), which cost the liberal group MoveOn.org approximately $65,000 and ran in section A of today’s New York Times.

Is it any wonder that Ann Kirschner, Dean of the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, was quick to put out the following statement only hours after the story broke?

“Our university is a place where complex issues and points of view across the political and cultural spectrum are considered and debated in the hopes that we might offer solutions to the problems in our world. In order to advance reasoned debate on such issues, it is important that multiple points of view be heard.

Great universities strive to connect their students with remarkable leaders and thinkers so students can examine a variety of ideas, debate them, and form their own opinions. Those perspectives find expression through discussion in and out of the classroom.

We may disagree, but we must always do so in a spirit of mutual respect and understanding. While the college supports the articulation of all points of view on critical issues, it is essential that dialogue within the academic setting always be conducted civilly.”

Indeed, Ms. Kirschner. I’m assuming you wouldn’t like it if a bunch of slovenly imbeciles chased you down the sidewalk while sputtering nonsense in your face. That’s why it’s a little surprising that the statement you’ve just issued is so mealy mouthed. David Petraeus is hounded by a roving pack of CUNY goons on the way into work, and the best you can come up with is “it is important that multiple points of view be heard”? Give me a break.

Those who follow this blog regularly know that my political identity was shaped by academic bullies when I exited the military. I had to put up with lines like “only red neck Republican hicks join the military because they’re happy they get a free pair of boots.” I guess the more things change, the more they stay the same.

My suggestion for any New York City veterans — particularly Army Rangers — is to head on down to CUNY if the kids want to continue to get in David Petraeus’ face. Let’s see how tough they are when a few infantrymen enter the equation. My guess is that that their tough guy posturing won’t last long.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

9 comments

  1. Was that Dan Slott in the red shirt?
    I could not help myself.
    It is fascinating that the group that yells for tolerance seems the most intolerant. I think General Petraeus showed professionalism in his reaction.
    One thing I always like to see in my classroom is open discussion, they way these students acted is a sad reflection on our society today.

    1. LOL, he DOES look like King Hippo! In all seriousness, though, this is pretty disgusting behavior exhibited by these college students. No wonder why I have a hard time relating to people my own age… which reminds me of when that disgusting “Betray Us” appeared in the local paper and how a douche at my high school claimed it was the “definitive statement on the futility of the Iraq War.” Ironically, he later wound up joining the military, although he didn’t do so out of a sense of duty to the country but rather just so he could get the benefits and in his own words, sit on his ass all day and do nothing once he was discharged.

      As I’ve mentioned before, I also dealt with academic bullies in college (and all throughout my school years, really) and their anti-American/anti-conservative attitudes shaped me into a conservative, even though that wasn’t their intent. I knew of teachers who would encourage students to disobey their parents and “do what feels right,” even if it was illegal. A friend of mine who worked for the county sheriff’s department informed me that there were a few adults who organized some of the parties that my high school classmates attended, and got them alcohol and drugs and all sorts of things they weren’t supposed to be doing.

      And tough guys usually aren’t so tough when they have to deal with people who can actually fight back.

    2. Your high school classmate probably ended up being what we called a “Blue Falcon.” Don’t worry, though — Blue Falcon’s are always taken care of. That’s all I’ll say on that for now…

  2. I really can’t say I know all that is involved here.. maybe one day you and your wife can do a three way conversation with me to bring me up to speed, as I try to stay focused on the Kingdom of God who Fairly and Justly weighs everything .. But those who are yelling, isn’t that disorderly conduct? I mean, don’t we live in a society that is said to uphold certain standards of conduct, so as not to rile up the people or cause riots.. and that guy in the back looks like a riot all by himself.

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  3. It was so sad when I had read this in the news. I can’t get myself to watch the video. So much sadder that it was college students doing this. You’d think the higher educated would at least have the decency to not be hollering meanness to others on the streets – to the point they almost get hit by a bus. I wonder what would have happened if Petraeus did get hit by a vehicle, trying to get away from those vile people. Would they get penalized for involuntary manslaughter? Just so sad to see him from being such a great leader of the elite soldiers to having to deal with these folks who know nothing about wars and intense battle zones. By God’s grace, Petraeus was able to make it to him home that day safely and hopefully, things will only get better for him in that college.

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, sf. It’s funny how kids how never left the safety of mom’s basement suddenly feel like they’re world travelers the second they step onto a college campus. They then ambush a guy in the streets who can take them intellectually and physically because they know that if he wants to keep his job he’ll restrain himself. It’s easy to shout at a lion when you’re on the right side of the bars…

      The thing is, they’re the animals and the world is going to eat them up. In some ways it they know it, which is why they lash out. Their temper tantrum is, in many ways, an acknowledgment of Petraeus’ elevated status as an accomplished man. Yell at daddy all you want, kids — but you’re the one who soiled yourself. Let the adults be adults; you can continue behaving like immature kids if you’d like.

      Anyway, thanks again for the comment.

    2. I don’t know if anyone can say he’s a good person or a bad person. If you’re alluding to his affair, we can say that he put U.S. national security at risk by engaging in irresponsible behavior. That sort of thing opens an official up to blackmail, etc. He had to be let go after that, no doubt about it.

      However, I don’t know the dynamics of his marriage, etc. I know that all people are fallible, and if we’re going to label Petraeus a “bad” person for life because he made a giant mistake, then I think most people on earth would have to be labeled “bad.” I don’t play that game.

  4. Either Petraeus’ reconn of CUNY was obviously in error or he’s trying to educate the liberals there, which is also an error considering the advanced decrepitude of the CUNY student body.

    Of course the General is no stranger to walking into minefields, and he should anticipate the rabid response to his presence by the unwashed rabble that calls itself students at CUNY.

    Petraeus is teaching a once-a-week course titled “Are We On the Threshold of the North American Decade?” It’s an interdisciplinary seminar in which students “examine in depth and then synthesize the history and trends in diverse public policy topics with a view towards recommendations for America’s leadership role in the emerging global economy,” a course description says.

    One good thing about the kerfluffle is that the public is being treated ad naseum to the spectacle of the neo-hippy movement insulting a modern day hero and warrior, much as their liberal forebears attacked returning veterans of Vietnam.

    Perhaps Petraeus would do Vermont the honor of teaching his next classes at a real university–Norwich University, in Northfield, Vermont, where he will be welcomed and honored appropriately.

    “{… 138 graduates of Norwich University have served as general officers in the U.S. armed forces: 102 Army generals, 11 Air Force generals, 9 Marine Corps generals, and 16 Navy admirals. 26 graduates served as generals in foreign armies: 9 Royal Thai Army general, 1 Royal Thai Air Force general, and 16 Republic of China Army generals….”

    http://www.norwich.edu/

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