General Petraeus becomes Professor Petraeus at CUNY

Last week, it was widely reported that at CUNY where I teach, that we have a new colleague:  General David Petraeus has been hired as a Visiting Professor at the CUNY Macaulay Honors College beginning August 1.  I feel ambivalent about this development.  On the one hand, it's a coup (no pun intended) for CUNY to land such a high profile person with obvious specialized knowledge and even a PH.D. in International Relations from Princeton.  On the other hand, Petraeus, when he was head of the Central Intelligence Agency, presided over the militarization of the agency, moving the CIA away from it's intelligence gathering function and toward a blurring between it and the military.

My colleague, Corey Robin, in his blog suggests that CUNY might be part a part of the disgraced Petraeus' image rehabilitation plan.  Not everyone is thrilled as illustrated by the poster below.

Lookwhosteachingatcuny
Lookwhosteachingatcuny