Topic: "Knew You Not Pompey?"(3)
A couple of thousand years ago, a bunch of guys, some political, and some merely transient on life's stage, decided that the Man who would be King had to be stopped. So they concocted to slay him. They were convinced that the society was threatened by a constant state of war, and that their mighty armies were too thinly spread to meet the growing threat from the frontiers of civilization. Always they talked of their admiration for Pompey, the great General who had brought true conquest and glory to Rome.
General Petraeus was not known to Frodo last year at this time. Within the past year, he has become the point of reference for the revised "strategy" which emerged subsequent to the Iraq War Study Group. Although a chagrined and chastened George W. Bush, flushed with electoral defeat, paid lip service to the bi-partisan recommendations, he has remained stubbornly steadfast with William Kristol, Richard Perle, and the remainder of the Academic Conspirators who refuse to admit their intellectual failure. Petraeus, with the prominence of Pompey, has been thrust by the conspirators into the role of Brutus, the honorable one who will strike the fatal blow.
Cassius, Casca, Trebonius and Cinna are still present, and they delight in the appointment of a "Czar," who will coordinate "strategy" for Caesar. In public they speak of "victory," while in private they blame Caesar for failing to implement the wisdom of the Senate. Knowing that Caesar will turn to the "Czar" when all is lost, and seek to place the fault therein, they have sharpened their ambitious knives in preparation for the inevitable. Afterwards, they will gather to bury Caesar, not to praise him. They will point to Petraeus as the progenitor of Caesar's demise, and they will rally quickly to support Marc Antony. Petraeus will retreat and soon, will be heard from no more.
The report is to come in September. Frodo, dear reader, looks to the Ides of March, with concern, and a truly heavy heart.