Skip to comments.Petraeus's infidelity was his own affair
Posted on 11/13/2012 5:49:34 PM PST by SeekAndFind
What business is it of any of us or his supervisors in Congress that David Petraeus had an affair?
The former general was forced to resign as director of the CIA after the FBI discovered that he had been romantically involved with his biographer Paula Broadwell for four years. Adultery may not be agreeable to many in our increasingly moralising climate, but we should leave judgment and punishment to those on whom his acts directly impact: his wife of 38 years and his family. His personal dalliances (or as he diplomatically called them in his apology, his "mistakes") are not a matter for public concern. His position was not to serve as a role model. His role as director of the CIA was to provide direction for collecting, evaluating and correlating national intelligence for the US. There is no prerequisite for a squeaky-clean lifestyle behind the public scenes.
Yes, he occupied a public post. But he has a right to a private life, private interests and private judgment calls. Yes, the affair came to light during an investigation by the FBI into a potential security breach, but the investigation concluded there was no breach and the "classified information" that Broadwell allegedly came into contact with is not thought to have come from Petraeus.
Sure, it wasn't wise of him to grant his paramour access to his personal Gmail account (apparently so they could send messages to each other). But this should be of no concern to us other than amusement at the results of his naive trust in his mistress. She went on to use it to send catty "back off" messages to another woman she suspected was a love rival. She should have known better. Drama is the last thing any high-profile married lover wants in his mistress.
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Do we really need to explain how an affair is always an issue when it comes to national security and defense?
Are they really that dense?
Security 101: Don’t put yourself in a position to be blackmailed.
That’s why it matters.
Adultery may not be agreeable to many in our increasingly moralising climate....
Huh? What an idiot!
The problem is that he did tell his paramour some things that were classified. The rules apply to military and intelligence officers not because their organizations are prudes, far from it, but because such affairs put them in compromising positions.
Ref. Article 134, Uniform Code of Military Justice:
He knew the rules and the expectations placed on him by the American people every time he put that uniform on, and yet he began his adultery before leaving the Army and now faces possible prosecution.
Circling the wagons around the loathsome antisemite, the Stalinists are...
No it isn’t his business. First, if any of his subordinates were having affairs (yes, he was doinking her when he was a general), he would have hammered them under the UCMJ.
Then as General or CIA leader, he is exposed to blackmail. If my kid is applying to medical school “X”, and i happen to discover the admissions director is having a full-on affair, think after a little talk we my kid gets a rejection letter?
Last, he is a corrupt POS. When he and McChrystol removed hamburgers and pizza from the men on base camps he was spending the evenings with his fawning biographer “comfort woman”. Also, Petraeus HIMSELF put out the new rules forbidding fire support if there was ANY POSSIBILITY of a civilian being hurt. He condemned grunts to hunkering down under machine gun fire with no hope of help from air or Arty.
But he was back in the base, getting his attention from a woman.
He repeated this treachery against those SEALS in Libya.
THAT is why it’s the business of every grunt, and every American.
Are they really that dense?
Yup. They are. When someone has a job like Petraeus had, it’s definitely not just their private business.
“Petraeus’s infidelity was his own affair”
Fair is fair.
We’ve been told so many times what Bill Clinton did in the privacy of his office was his business, after all....
tell me you're kidding.....please?
Proverbs 7 is always good to read if one is thinking an affair would be a good thing:
21 With persuasive words she led him astray;
she seduced him with her smooth talk.
22 All at once he followed her
like an ox going to the slaughter,
like a deer[a] stepping into a noose[b]
23 till an arrow pierces his liver,
like a bird darting into a snare,
little knowing it will cost him his life.
nope, not kidding. Whatever anyone thinks of how much comfort from home soldiers should, or should not get at the rear base. It’s pretty clear that the Generals are not sharing the Spartan life they want to push onto the grunts.
McChrystol flying in his Gulfstream to Paris for fine dinners with NATO ambassadors. (Rolling Stone reporter in tow)
Petraeus getting an evening shoulder rub after an evening jog, and then gettin’ his chrome polished. (occasionally interruping the fellating long enough to deny fire support to some rifleman in a firefight)
Nobody expects a General to live like a PFC. But there are limits in the acceptable level of contrast if one wants to have the respect of the fighting men, and they have been exceeded.
Oh well, let’s ignore Benghazi. That’s the main thing they’re after, isn’t it?
That whole chapter in Proverbs is GREAT; and will give one pause. - Also, Joseph RAN from the house where Potiphar’s wife was tempting him; he didn’t linger for a second.
There maybe some Freepers who remember a Charles Grodin. He had a talk show about 1994-1998. I remember him bringing up the scandal of President Clinton on his show. Then the man summoned up one of the most cynical sneers I ever seen. He then said "Lets move on".
Whether he started it or not I don't know. That became a watchword for the left and Democrat leaning press "-lets move on". I remember a comely English gal who drove the jeep for General Eisenhower in WW2. I will say no more about he and Kay Summersby. Still, he conquered the Axis forces though.
Always somewhat interesting when some in today's world insist that culture is somehow “different” now; we are wiser!
The part of the ox being led to slaughter is such a vivid picture of what adultery can lead to.
I have seen a ox being slaughtered; not a pretty picture to have in mind. A good warning.
I had a friend who had been recruited to work for the CIA. After the initial orientation DC, she had to undergo a lie detector test. Somehow it showed that she’d had an affair. She was then in her early 20s and very single. Nonetheless, that was the end of her CIA career. This was in the mid-60s when young ladies actually had a sense of shame for conducting an out-of-wedlock affair (quaint notion).
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