"Once the Roman Senate, the legislative branch, collapsed, the caesars, the executive branch became captives of the military. Now with General Petraeus once again moved to the fore as McChrystal's replacement in Afghanistan, we have Obama elevating Petraeus to the Republican presidential nomination in the next election. "Thus has Obama replaced himself with a man who will unify the military and executive branch." The author of the above quote is a lifelong conservative who served as Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury in the Reagan administration and also as an editor of the Wall Street Journal. The New York Times stopped publishing this author's own editorials when he failed to support the American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Paul Craig Roberts sums up his brief article: "All of this drama is playing out despite the continuing lack of any valid reason for the American invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. "The Washington idiots, trying to dictate how Iraq and Afghanistan are governed, are destroying constitutional government in the United States. "In our hubris to determine how Iraq and Afghanistan are ruled, we are losing our own government."