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DID PETRAEUS BETRAY US? (Or, HOW NOT TO TREAT A BROAD WELL) ~ A Tragic Ballad by Jack Foley

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© Mary-Marcia Casoly

Oh, the military’s wonderful
The military’s swell
But now it seems the military
Is on the way to Hell
For they’re playing hanky panky in the army

He went to West Point
Flags unfurl!
She
went to West Point

What a girl!
But they were playing hanky panky in the army

He said, “My dear,
It’s time to quit”
She
said, “Don’t hand me

That kind of shit
When you’re playing hanky panky in the army,

I think you’ve got
Another female
And boy I’ll send her
Some hot email:
Don’t YOU play hanky panky with the army!”

He said, “Oh, God
The FBI
Is onto us
I’d rather die
Though I’ve been playing hanky panky in the army

I must confess,
I’m sorry, toots
Upon my face
I’ve got such schmutz*
For I …
For I…
Was playing hanky panky in the army”

Jack Foley

© 2012 Jack Foley

* Schmutz: Yiddish for ‘dirt’

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GENERAL DAVID PETRAEUS’S RULES FOR LIVING (Newsweek)

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CIA Director Gen. Davis Petraeus shakes hands with biographer Paula Broadwell, co-author of All In: The Education of General David Petraeus, on July 13, 2011


There will be many moments when all eyes turn to you for a decision. Be prepared for them. Don’t shrink from them. Embrace them. Some­times the best move is the bold move.

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