David Petraeus gets Bronx cheer on his way to CUNY classes: ‘Warmonger!’

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“Every class, David! Every class, David!” Those are the chants that followed David H. Petraeus on his way to work Monday as a professor in the City University of New York system.

The former director of the CIA and retired Army general, who agreed to teach the course Are We on the Threshold of the North American Decade? this fall for $1, was followed by CUNY students along the streets of New York.


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A YouTube video shows Mr. Petraeus flanked by students shouting at him from inches away.

“Warmonger! … You are nothing but a disgusting pig! … You have blood all over you. I can smell you!”  they say, along with the promise to hound him throughout the semester.

Business Insider reported that the war hero had a “great game face” and refused to acknowledge the group, which included a student with his belly inexplicably exposed.

Update: Ann Kirschner, Dean of the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, has released the following statement:

“Our university is a place where complex issues and points of view across the political and cultural spectrum are considered and debated in the hopes that we might offer solutions to the problems in our world. In order to advance reasoned debate on such issues, it is important that multiple points of view be heard.

Great universities strive to connect their students with remarkable leaders and thinkers so students can examine a variety of ideas, debate them, and form their own opinions. Those perspectives find expression through discussion in and out of the classroom.

We may disagree, but we must always do so in a spirit of mutual respect and understanding. While the college supports the articulation of all points of view on critical issues, it is essential that dialogue within the academic setting always be conducted civilly.”

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