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Monday, November 20, 2017

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

During an appearance on ABC’s This Week, retired general and former CIA director David Petraeus told host Martha Raddatz that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was wrong when she said that criticizing “four-star Marine general” John Kelly was “inappropriate.”

“Well, I think we’re all fair game. And I certainly experienced lots of that in testimony on Capitol Hill during the surge in Iraq and subsequent endeavors in Afghanistan Central Command and so forth,” Petreaus said. “We, in uniform, protect the rights of those to criticize us, frankly.”

He recounted a story about criticism in the New York Times after he oversaw a troop surge in Iraq. He proceeded to defend the full-page ad criticizing him in the paper as “General Betray Us.”
“[A]t the end of the day, we are fiercely protective of the rights of Americans to express themselves, even if that includes criticizing us.”
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Chris Sosa is an associate editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Previously, he was a campaign specialist and media spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.