Generals’ Perks Draw Second Look

    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18:  Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus walks the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to ring the Opening Bell as the CIA Commemorates it's 65th Anniversary on September 18, 2012 in New York City. Stocks fell in early trading as investors continued to be concerned about Europe and the global economy.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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    Massive homes. Personal jets. Twenty-eight-motorcycle police escorts. They’re just part of the deal for an elite few of America’s highest-ranking military officers—but now that high-flying lifestyle is coming under scrutiny as the scandal around former CIA director David Petraeus continues to unfold. The posh benefits the generals are accustomed to drew attention as the Petraeus circle grew to include Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, who regularly hosted top officers at her home. Others, however, say the privileges are not excessive and that the generals earn them with their decades of service fighting America’s wars.

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