Oliver Stone on Petraeus: "I don't see the hero"


(CBS News) Oscar-winner Oliver Stone has focused on recent history in movies like "Platoon," "JFK," and "Born on the Fourth of July," but these days he has turned from retelling history to rewriting history, with his new Showtime documentary series, "Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States" and co-authored book, "The Untold History of the United States."

Tuesday on "CBS This Morning," Stone discussed the book and his own ideological evolution, before turning to the recent military scandal unfolding around former CIA Director David Petraeus.

"I was raised a Conservative, a believer in the American mythology...I went to war in Vietnam for it," Stone said before taking aim at American exceptionalism, "We consider ourselves as...the indepensable nation...we are operating on the edge of a very dangerous precipice," Stone claimed.

Turning to Petraeus, Stone took issue with the media coverage of the infidelity scandal and what he believes to be unwarranted exaltation of Petraeus as a military leader.

"I don't understand all the furor...in American media, they praise him as a hero. I don't see a hero. I see a misguided policy in Iraq...misguided policy in Afghanistan...the military worship in this country has reached unhealthy proportions."

Stone defended his stance, explaining "I am all for honoring people who served...I am a veteran myself," but added, "I don't believe in false worship and hero worship."

For more from Stone on rewriting American history and American military politics, watch the video above and see the full interview here.