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CIA killings continue, Petraeus or no

11:00 AM EST, November 21, 2012

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Susan Reimer's column, "Surprising reaction to L'affaire Petraeus," (Nov. 15), brings up a number of salient points, most notably that male readers in large part thought that Gen. David Petraeus took the honorable, necessary course of action, while women who responded pointed out that chief executives of the past often had affairs but managed to carry out their duties. Ms. Reimer sums up her readers' feelings on General Petraeus and his philandering with the following: "With all due respect ... that has nothing to do with my oath of office, and it's none of your business." Well said!

However, what is left out of this discussion is that it is at least arguable that the killings during General Petraeus' tenure, both combatants and civilians, were unnecessary, and that his departure has done nothing to end the carnage taking place.

Wasting lives, much less squandering tax dollars, merits attention.

Lee Lears, Annapolis