Okay, so maybe I don't have my Cynic-O-Meter dialed up as high as it probably should be right now, given the current reign of shameless corruption, but didn't we create the office of "Director of National Intelligence" specifically to coordinate all our intelligence agencies and make sure we never again put political gains over national security? Like, say, by lying about how effective a controversial law the President pushed through was, just so when it comes up again it'll get made permanent? Fucking wonderful.
While I'm at it, did anybody see General Petraeus's testimony before Congress? No? Well, you didn't need to bother, anyway -- there's a handy-dandy FAQ on what he said (and also on what he really said) right here. And anybody who thinks that "oh, no -- generals, the guys in charge of our military, they never play politics," has obviously never come into close contact with the military. Once you get above a certain rank, folks (Major, if my dad's experience is anything like the norm), the sad reality is that high-ranking military officers are political creatures. Going by this guy's recently-unearthed presidential ambitions, I'd say he's no different...
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