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As the David Petraeus scandal spirals ever deeper into absurdity, it’s important to remember three ironclad rules of government:
 
1. Incompetence is a feature of bureaucracies.
 
2. Bureaucracies given special powers will exercise them. Incompetently.
 
3. This will continue, in escalating fashion, until they take it so far that a scandal erupts, and the public reacts against it and politicians act to rein it in.