Many in the Washington, DC, establishment bemoan the downfall of CIA chief David Petraeus, a general who led and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some suggested the request for his resignation was too harsh.
In an interview with AFP, a Taliban official laughed, then commented on the severe punishments exacted in Afghanistan for adultery. "From a Pashtun point of view, Petraeus should be shot by relatives from his mistress's family," the Taliban official explained. "From a sharia point of view, he should be stoned to death."
Petraeus suggests that the affair began after he left the military. According to Noah Shachtman and Spencer Ackerman for Wired:
"the Uniform Code of Military Justice expressly forbids adultery (even among retired servicemembers),
assigning a maximum penalty of 'dishonorable['] discharge, forfeiture of
all pay and allowances, and confinement for up to one year....The CIA, on the other hand, has no policy against infidelity. In
fact, Langley explicitly says extramarital affairs are OK — as long as
you tell the Agency, as long as you tell your partner, and as long as no
foreigners are involved."
Coming up with tough policies is easy, enforcing them not so easy. Conservatives tend to develop these policies for others, never expecting to apply them to their own. There is no rule of law with nconsistent enforcement, only injustice. In a small world, while drafting laws and their enforcement mechanisms, governments must consider if the penalties will win support of citizens and respect or ridicule from other nations.