I stand in awe of Mrs. Petraeus's ability to use such a hackneyed phrase... almost crime enough...
The system's been dirty since dirty began? Patraeus's looking dirty? Are all the rest of you out there afraid? Maybe you're not perfect either? Oh well, it's easier to control people who have been compromised. And MUCH easier to control those who have been mildly compromised.
Love what you said about the hackneyed phrase and love this:
(Petraeus confession: like something from a ‘Soviet purge trial’....)