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Petraeus on Questioning Generals: 'I Think We're All Fair Game'

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General David Petraeus arrives at 10 Downing Street to meet British Prime Minister David Cameron on October 14, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 22 October 2017 11:21 AM

Former CIA director and retired four-star Gen. David Petraeus on Sunday disputed a White House claim that questioning four-star general and White House chief of staff John Kelly is “highly inappropriate.”

In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” weighed in press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ taking umbrage that the press would question Kelly over his recollection of a 2015 speech by Florida Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson.

“I think we’re all fair game,” he said.

“We, in uniform, protect the rights of those to criticize us, frankly…at the end of the day, we are fiercely protective of the rights of our Americans to express themselves even if that includes critizing us,” he added.

Petraeus also spoke about the escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea over its nuclear missile buildup, and said there’s a diplomatic “opportunity” and that any type of military response would be “ugly.”

“I think there's still an opportunity here,” he said. “And really all of this rhetoric, frankly, is aimed not at North Korea but at China…. So that China will really clamp down on the umbilical cord through which 90 percent of the trade that goes to and from North Korea transits.”

“China has the ability to bring North Korea to its senses, and doesn't want to bring it to its knees, because they don't want to see a reunified Korean peninsula and all that that would entail,” he continued. “But this is possible. And that's what this is all aimed at doing. The saber rattling, certainly the preparations, so that if there is some kind of military engagement that we will be the best prepared we can possibly be.

“But needless to say any possible scenario is ugly. And that's what everyone is intent on preventing, but it requires China's action.”

He also called the threat of a nuclear war “a concern,” but didn’t think it was “likely.”

“I don't think likely, no,” he said. “I think, in fact, that again all of this is a communications strategy that is trying to make sure that China understands that this administration is in a very different situation from any of its predecessors, that North Korea on this president's watch could have the capability to hit a city in the United States with a nuclear weapon.”

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Former CIA director and retired four-star Gen. David Petraeus on Sunday disputed a White House claim that questioning four-star general and White House chief of staff John Kelly is "highly inappropriate."In an interview on ABC News' "This Week," weighed in press secretary...
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