It´s such a cliché. A powerful man, away from home for years at a time, in jobs that put him under enormous emotional strain. A younger woman, attached to him by her job, spending endless hours with him on and off duty. That they fell into a love affair is so ordinary as to be boring. What makes the sudden fall of CIA Director David H. Petraeus different? Nothing, really, except perhaps the timing of his defenestration, and even that is only mildly suspicious. Petraeus had almost disappeared from sight after his move to the CIA last year.
I urge you all to Google "YouTube Denver Alumni Symposium 2012 Paula Broadwell" and watch the video before they take it down. The URL is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPaf5OJSskY
A number of interesting things come out there, among them the information that Petraeus was being passed over for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and that HE was the one who suggested he head up the CIA.
You know....the irony of the Bengazi "investigation" is that no matter what are determined to be the facts around the attack(and of course, we all know that the investigation was completed within 8 or 10 days of Sept. 11), can we now really trust the government....or the media....to tell we the people the true and real story? I think not.
Paula was not attached to Petreus because of her job.. That is a lie. Petraeus was speaking at Harvard, she was in the audience, he gave her his card, and told her to call him. And she probably smiled, breathed deeply, thrust her breasta at him...and the romance novel began. Then the lebanese babe horned in on Paula´s territory, and Paula lost it. I think that may be the correct story, although there may be more women involved..
For reasons unknown to me, the first thing I thought of was that wacky astronuatrix some years back who travelled across country non stop wearing a diaper to warn off another woman not to mess with her man. That wasn´t Paula, what it?!
That speech is from an intelligent and capable woman who got caught up in the grasp of lust. The life of a warrior and the separation from family and friends for months and years at a time takes its toll.
What a tragedy for her and her family and their hopes for the future. What a loss, hopefully temporary for a woman who can be a real asset to this country.
There are going to be horrible hits on her and Petraeus on this thread and others, and rightfully so. At these levels of security it is not tolerable, but in the overall view of humanity it is understandable. And the women who constantly lambast the men/horndogs gotta remember there´s very often a woman involved if not flaunting their wares. And that´s not to excuse.
It´s not the affair .... its the timing and the testimony. As many who know how things are done, this is something that had to have been known many months ago. Long before Bengazi. He came out with the statement that it was the video too soon, but then later made sure that it was known that no one at CIA ever turned down request for help.. I thought at the time it was kind of a convoluted statement, but now I can see it clearer. Obama (or his handlers)stalled out the story till after the election but held this affair over his head for hopes he would be discredited. And so far its working. Shame on folks for falling for it!
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