A Quick Roundup of the Petraeus Affair
As almost all of you know by now, David H. Petraeus, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency and one of America’s most decorated four-star generals, resigned on Friday after an F.B.I. investigation uncovered evidence that he had been involved in an extramarital affair. Now there are many conspiracy theories on how this was orchestrated by someone in the Obama administration because he was gong to testify next week about events that led to the death of the US ambassador to Libya in Benghazi.
Now. being a cynic, I tend to look at things rather differently for most people. The following is my take on the events and what we know about it- so far. You may not agree with them.. but that is fine by me.
Let me start the story by talking a bit about the Petraeus guy. So he was born on November 7, 1952 (what a way to turn 60..). After finishing Westpoint he married a plain-looking but smart and connected woman- Holly (Knowlton) Petraeus. So far so good.. Though he seemed to a very competent, he stuck in positions far from the action for decades. Infact it is fair to say that though he had been around combat zones for years, his now famous mission in Iraq was the first time he was intimately involved with the real thing. That is also where he became famous for doing something that did not make the situation worse.. a feat that had eluded his predecessors for reasons we can only speculate about. Anyhow, his ability to not screw up things further made him a media darling.
So it seems that the woman in question, Paula Broadwell, herself a bit of an overachiever married to a plain medical doctor, first crossed paths with Petraeus in 2006. Coincidentally she was born on November 9, 1972 making her 40 years old at about the time the scandal started to break. She is married to a doctor, Scott Broadwell, who by his looks and profession appears to be incapable of inspiring his wife in ways the 4-star general (Petraeus) could. He might also have known about his wife’s affair since an advice column letter published in the a few months ago looks a lot his handiwork. Infact, I considered the possibility that the mystery “government executive whose job is seen worldwide as a demonstration of American leadership” was Petraeus, when I came across that article on reddit.com in July.
So how did this whole thing unravel? Based in what we know so far, the sequence of events is as follows-
The original FBI investigation which led to public exposure of the affair started when they investigated e-mail threats to another woman close to Petraeus, or as we call it- jealousy.
The recipient of the e-mails was so frightened that she went to the FBI for protection and help tracking down the sender, according to the officials. The FBI investigation traced the threats to Paula Broadwell, a former military officer and a Petraeus biographer, and uncovered explicit e-mails between Broadwell and Petraeus, the officials said.
Did I mention that Petraeus prefers gmail? Yes, even the CIA director uses gmail for personal correspondence.
When Petraeus’s name surfaced, FBI investigators were concerned that the CIA director’s personal e-mail account had been hacked and that national security had been threatened.
Moving on, the FBI interwed all concerned parties and it became rather obvious that Petraeus was “All In” Paula Broadwell. Yes.. her biography of him is named “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus“. I am sure that many people other than myself can think of jokes around that title and the events since that book was published. Did I mention that Petraeus was also on her committee of Ph.D advisers? and people thought that Petraeus was boring and square.
In my opinion this is one of those unfortunate cases where a pretty high achieving woman who was bored with her unimpressive, though somewhat well-to-do hubby, found some real-life alpha dick on the side. Can you really blame her or him? He found a very attractive younger woman who showered him with attention and sex, which was probably a nice break from the 37 year marriage with his dumpy, if intelligent, wife. But them she got jealous and acted like a crazy bitch and one thing led to another, culminating in a FBI investigation that lead to the public exposure of this affair. Since he was a very visible public official in the hypocritic USA, he had to resign. Other than that this story is unremarkable and just goes on to show how fame, power and status can remove panties of attractive married women- even those who have young kids and an OK marriage with a reasonably affluent guy.
Whether it is a small time drug dealer, sports-star, mass murderer or the director of the CIA- women chase exciting alpha cock even if their marriages or long-term relationships are very comfortable. Moreover, they don’t care about the consequences of doing so or its impact on other people- including their own kids.
What do you think? Comments?