A classic Honey Trap Operation?
I mean, seriously, usually elites get to retire without humiliation, with one scratching the back of the other. General Ham just had to say he was retiring to take care of an ailing relative or wife, and no further questions were asked, because it does happen. I recall Ham visited Las Vegas a day or so before Obama went there. There's no reason Petreaus couldn't offer the same explanation for leaving, as Hillary and Eric were said to be leaving too, and neither are accused of affairs or admitting to any.
So why did he visit the WH and tell Obama he was having an affair when he could have just told the president he was exhausted and wanted to retire to a beach somewhere, and leave it at that, with no one the wiser? Something had to change the status quo of the relationship, and if it wasn't the lover feeling slighted, it was probably a threat of exposure from someone else, such as a President or one of his advisors, or a Senate staffer. Why confess an affair to the public unless he was being blackmailed? Someone must have threatened to expose the affair or he would have continued it, or would have cut it off if his conscience couldn't abide to continue it, none of it requiring public announcements.
I don't think so- they were out in the open moreso than has been reported and the wimpy husband wrote that 'Busted!' letter to the NYT.
This looks more like an average affair, a weak woman powering-tripping on a RINO douchebag.
Timing of the book, on the other hand, is everything hinky.