Whoops: Petraeus stars as Secretary of Defense in new ‘Call of Duty’

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 11:40 EDT
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Former CIA Director David Petraeus, as depicted by the videogame "Call of Duty: Black Ops II."
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The sudden resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus came as a shock to many in Washington and around the world, but perhaps moreso to videogame maker Activision.

As it turns out, the newly released “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” sees Petraeus filling in as Secretary of Defense in the year 2025, serving under a very Hillary Clinton-like female president. It also features an aircraft carrier called the “USS Barack Obama,” according to Kotaku, where a nefarious terrorist is brought to face the steely-eyed former general.

The game’s story revolves around a mysterious hacker hijacking the military’s fleet of drone aircraft and using them to attack world leaders — not exactly realistic, but spooky enough to convince convicted felon and conservative icon Oliver North to hop onboard. Unlike North, however, Petraeus had nothing to do with the game’s production.

Activision’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” was released Tuesday morning for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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