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A General Lesson: Why did he risk everything on an affair?
Slate ^ | November 10, 2012 | Fred Kaplan

Posted on 11/10/2012 4:03:39 PM PST by billorites

Among those who have long known Gen. David Petraeus, those who served under his command in wartime, sat with him in the White House Situation Room, or helped him rewrite Army doctrine at Fort Leavenworth, the most gnawing question about the scandalous affair that led to his resignation and doomed his career on Friday is this: How could he—this acclaimed leader and figure of rectitude—allow such a thing to happen?

Seen in context, the mystery, while shocking, is not so unfathomable.

Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom he had this affair, writes in her fawning biography of Petraeus that they first met when she was in graduate school at Harvard and he came to give a talk about counterinsurgency strategy. She approached him afterward and expressed interest in the subject; they exchanged cards. Soon, she decided to write a Ph.D. dissertation on his leadership style and, when he took command in Afghanistan, asked if she could come observe him in action. He agreed.

The key to this initial attraction was probably not sexual but rather biographical. Broadwell had once been a West Point cadet, like Petraeus. Upon graduating, she’d joined the light infantry officers’ corps as a paratrooper, as had Petraeus in his youth. She was obsessed with physical fitness, especially running, as was Petraeus. In short, regardless of gender, Broadwell was exactly the sort of aspiring officer-intellectual that Petraeus was keen to mentor.

The impulse was not unique to Petraeus. It grew out of the ethos of West Point’s social science department, where Petraeus had taught in the mid-1980s. The department, known as “Sosh,” was founded just after World War II by a visionary ex-cadet and Rhodes Scholar named George A. “Abe” Lincoln. Toward the end of the war, as the senior planning aide to Army Chief of Staff

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1 posted on 11/10/2012 4:03:43 PM PST by billorites
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To: billorites

We sin because we are sinners.


2 posted on 11/10/2012 4:06:04 PM PST by Gamecock (Bayonets, Benghazi, Balls, Binders, Big Bird, Birth Control, BS.....)
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To: billorites

The little head won.


3 posted on 11/10/2012 4:07:47 PM PST by sakic
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To: billorites

He worked for a Democrat administration. It was simply expected of him to prove he could fit in.


4 posted on 11/10/2012 4:08:28 PM PST by formosa (consider me galt)
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To: billorites

Ah, come on! The Russians have used women to get at our military men for many, many decades for one reason: because it works.

So General Petraeus is only human. This just underlines the fact that working in the Obama Administration is dangerous.


5 posted on 11/10/2012 4:08:51 PM PST by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: billorites

I think he “risked everything” because he was pretty depressed at that point under the Obama command and probably felt he just had to do what he had to do, but she made him feel positive about it.

It seems like there might have been another woman, too, because apparently the FBI was surveilling him because some other woman (not his wife) had complained that Petraeus’ sweetie was harrassing her.

This sounds to me like somebody on a suicide course. Or else he’s just a total idiot having a midlife crisis.


6 posted on 11/10/2012 4:10:04 PM PST by livius
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To: billorites
Probably because he could only suppress his sexual frustration so long; it eventually drove him crazy like the others.
7 posted on 11/10/2012 4:10:45 PM PST by Vision (Obama is king of the "Takers." Don't be a "Taker.")
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To: billorites

I think people sense that they are about at the end of their career. I think sometimes people sense age coming on and get caught up in the fantasy of the woman who seduces him.

Might have never happened if she wasn’t offered up on a plate.

I feel bad for his wife.


8 posted on 11/10/2012 4:11:32 PM PST by dforest
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To: Gamecock

We are also blessed with will power and can resist these situations.He could have been a good man and husband and walked away from her.


9 posted on 11/10/2012 4:12:56 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: billorites

Well look at his wife


10 posted on 11/10/2012 4:12:59 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: billorites

Women are commonly used to compromise men of high security a tactic perfected by the communist.

SO WHY IS ANYBODY SUPRISED WITH THIS COMMUNIST REGIME FROM ALL LEVELS WITHIN THIS GOVERNMENT!

There is no sarcasm in what I just said


11 posted on 11/10/2012 4:14:37 PM PST by Tigen (I shall raise you one .)
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To: al baby

She was cute when young.


12 posted on 11/10/2012 4:16:38 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: billorites
This new officer, he wrote to a colleague, should have “at least three heads—one political, one economic, and one military.”

It's the forth one that got him in trouble

13 posted on 11/10/2012 4:18:00 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: billorites
For Slate, the Petraeus downfall is a godawful risk with godawful consequences, but if it's Bill Clinton it's just about sex.
14 posted on 11/10/2012 4:18:08 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew (double trouble, here we come)
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To: al baby

Wow, you shallow can you be?


15 posted on 11/10/2012 4:19:18 PM PST by CityCenter (Presidential terms are 4 years, eternity is forever.)
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To: Fester Chugabrew
Because he is Stupid.
16 posted on 11/10/2012 4:20:49 PM PST by BooBoo1000 ( Your life is like a coin, you can spend it on what ever you want, but you can only spend it once.)
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To: billorites

A stiff penis has no conscience.


17 posted on 11/10/2012 4:24:15 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Tigen

I think you’re too conspiratorial here as far as him being intentionally set up. Petraeus wouldn’t be the first smart person to do dumb things.

Obviously, however, this informationw as known to the FBI for a while. On one hand, its logical that it was sat on until after the election was over. On the other hand, I wonder if it was released to torpedo Petraeus as a possible contender for 2016.


18 posted on 11/10/2012 4:25:09 PM PST by rbg81
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To: BunnySlippers

His wife was very cute indeed.


19 posted on 11/10/2012 4:25:50 PM PST by catbertz
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To: billorites
I'll bet if you go back to her West Point days that she was a Fluke.

I just think that she's one of those women who enjoy the notches.

Her husband is letting her go to Afghanistan FOR A LONG STRETCH why??

It just might be that Broad and hubby have an open marriage....just like Bill and Hillary.

20 posted on 11/10/2012 4:27:54 PM PST by Sacajaweau (r)
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To: al baby

Why should his wife’s looks matter? Some of us out here still think for better or worse, sickness and health matters. Just sayin’


21 posted on 11/10/2012 4:29:07 PM PST by V V Camp Enari 67-68 (Viet Vet)
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To: Gamecock

Precisely.


22 posted on 11/10/2012 4:30:41 PM PST by sauropod (For Barack so loved the poor, he created millions more of them.)
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To: Gamecock
We sin because we are sinners.

We sin because we choose to.

23 posted on 11/10/2012 4:35:21 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (USA!)
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To: billorites
In fact, her body lights up, upon receiving any validation response from a male in whom she seeks it:

Charlie Rose interview with Paula Broadwell

People are going to want to label her with vile comments, but she is an extraordinary creature who has learned that she has to apply her tremendous energy to various outlets.

Around powerful men, for them, she is intoxicating.

A lot of such women destroy themselves by their sexual activity leading into drugs.

She has, what plagued Marilyn Monroe.

Pray for her.

24 posted on 11/10/2012 4:38:18 PM PST by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: al baby

ummm he is no prize himself.
I hope u are not married!!!!


25 posted on 11/10/2012 4:38:24 PM PST by ronniesgal ( I miss George Bush. Hell, I miss Bill Clinton!! and I am so sad 2day)
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To: billorites
The more I find out about her....the more I blame her....

She's 39. Her kids are 4 & 6.

26 posted on 11/10/2012 4:39:01 PM PST by Sacajaweau (r)
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To: sauropod

Why does ANY man risk it all for an affair?

Any answers, male freepers?

Maybe his marriage wasn’t so hot. Spending 2 years away from your wife in Afghanistan probably didn’t inspire much closeness between him and his wife.


27 posted on 11/10/2012 4:39:48 PM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: billorites

Mebbe she was worth it, huh?!


28 posted on 11/10/2012 4:39:54 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: dforest

I feel bad for the troops he commanded over there. They served faithfully, liable to get their asses blown off any second, and some actually did. THEY were horny as a billy goat, but toughed it out. After all, the Middle East is not THE place to make out with women.

And now they find out that while they were enduring all that, HE was getting hummers under the desk! I would think it makes a lot of other officers over there automatically suspect, in the dogfaces’ eyes. JMO


29 posted on 11/10/2012 4:39:59 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: billorites

30 posted on 11/10/2012 4:42:01 PM PST by mirkwood (let it burn)
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To: sauropod

U men 41’ wasn’t tempted?


31 posted on 11/10/2012 4:42:33 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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To: BunnySlippers

Yes she was. Google Holly Knowlton. Plus, David Petraeus looks like a toad with a horrible comb-over. Yuck!


32 posted on 11/10/2012 4:44:18 PM PST by Prince of Space (Be Breitbart, baby!)
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To: V V Camp Enari 67-68
Why should his wife’s looks matter? Some of us out here still think for better or worse, sickness and health matters. Just sayin’

Some people honor their vows while others use them as a matter of convenience. I've been married to my wife for 45 years, the last 31 of which she has suffered a progressive debilitating disease. A man's word and promises should mean something.

33 posted on 11/10/2012 4:44:42 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (USA!)
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To: rbg81

But really, it’s one thing to do it - the truly stupid part is keeping the emails. I mean, why?


34 posted on 11/10/2012 4:50:36 PM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: al baby
Well look at his wife

I wonder if the wives of the soldiers who came back, burned and missing limbs think the same thing about their husbands?

35 posted on 11/10/2012 4:51:35 PM PST by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: Alaska Wolf

A man’s word and promises should mean something.

Truer words were never spoken.


36 posted on 11/10/2012 4:51:46 PM PST by mirkwood (let it burn)
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To: V V Camp Enari 67-68

37 posted on 11/10/2012 4:58:45 PM PST by mirkwood (let it burn)
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To: billorites
It's really sad.


38 posted on 11/10/2012 5:00:11 PM PST by arasina (Communism is EVIL. So there.)
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To: al baby

If he was unhappy with his wife he should have divorced her. His wife is the reason his career was so amazing...I imagine he married her for her contacts in the military and what she could do for his career. His career flourished and by all accounts his wife was a great Army wife, adding another necessary positive to his career. This is how he repays his wife?


39 posted on 11/10/2012 5:03:05 PM PST by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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40 posted on 11/10/2012 5:03:53 PM PST by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Tammy8

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/03/holly-petraeus-to-be-eliz_n_803995.html


41 posted on 11/10/2012 5:06:58 PM PST by Paladin2 (.)
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To: billorites

Never place your faith in men (women included), they will disappoint you every time.

From men, trust only what you can corroborate.

Regards.


42 posted on 11/10/2012 5:08:22 PM PST by Sine_Pari
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To: sakic

LOL! Yeah, the little head does most of the thinking for sure! Also, the guy has a PHD, proving tat there is not a direct correlation between intelligence and wisdom.


43 posted on 11/10/2012 5:08:30 PM PST by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: ronniesgal
I hope u are not married!!!!

Bin their, dun that, so eye can c wear u r coming from.

44 posted on 11/10/2012 5:10:04 PM PST by Isabel C.
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To: billorites

Broadwell wanted the notch. That’s all it’s about. Bet she stalked “The Best” at West Point and Harvard, too.


45 posted on 11/10/2012 5:10:04 PM PST by Sacajaweau (r)
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To: Alaska Wolf
Some people honor their vows while others use them as a matter of convenience. I've been married to my wife for 45 years, the last 31 of which she has suffered a progressive debilitating disease. A man's word and promises should mean something.

That is so refreshing to read. (Especially amidst all the shallow comments being made today.)

46 posted on 11/10/2012 5:12:02 PM PST by arasina (Communism is EVIL. So there.)
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To: arasina
She now looks like the one on the left. Somebody on another thread described her as looking like a fat out of uniform nun. I have no guilt in anyway in disparaging this Moonbat. Mrs Petraeus is a proud member of the Regime, a disciple of Granny Warren. As of Tuesday, all’s fair in any negative remarks directed at any Moonbat or Layabout. I do not care how vile or low the remarks are. I wish no good for anyone who fits those two categories.
47 posted on 11/10/2012 5:13:58 PM PST by gusty
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To: rbg81

The immediate denial of knowlege from this regime of the FBIs investigation duly noted also your comment of my conspiracy theorys. Always. Always discredit eveything right?
Oh by the way 0bamas dna sure looks like frank marshal davis , his daddy has the same age spots on his face.


48 posted on 11/10/2012 5:14:23 PM PST by Tigen (I shall raise you one .)
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To: SatinDoll

“only human” bothers me a great deal. It is as if we are so lowly that the primacy G-d bestowed upon man has been rendered meaningless and ‘human’ has become an excuse for all wrongdoing in the world when it SHOULD BE the exact opposite. Human as an excuse is actually SUBhuman because HUMAN aspires to be MORE, not less; BETTER, not worse. In G-d’s Image. It means something.


49 posted on 11/10/2012 5:22:21 PM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills and none dare call it treason)
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To: billorites

The whole thing is bogus, and quite frankly I think there is some really hard ball being played by the islamofascist commie to save himself from GITMO. I put nothing past him, or this woman in an exchange of the big $bucks.


50 posted on 11/10/2012 5:34:11 PM PST by Ms. Blunt
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