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Petraeus Affair Wasn´t Driven
By Sex, But Narcissism

Investor´s Business Daily, by Amity Shiaes

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Posted By:earlybird, 11/13/2012 11:55:43 PM

It was her six-minute mile that did it. Or her youth. That´s the assumption about the choice by David Petraeus, America´s most-revered military statesman, to pursue an extramarital affair with Paula Broadwell, who co-wrote a biography of him. (Snip) Age or looks matter, yet only secondarily. The force driving all these gents is probably something stronger than sex. What drives them is narcissism. To label someone as noble as Petraeus with psycho-jargon would be tacky if this particular psycho-jargon didn´t capture so much.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Phosphene, 11/14/2012 12:02:25 AM     (No. 9012778)

It´s really amazing how, once you move a coat or two, all the skeletons you´ll find in closets of even the "squeaky clean" and "revered" military statesmen. Makes you wonder what the average Joe is hiding. The true number of cheaters in this country must be staggering.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 11/14/2012 12:12:19 AM     (No. 9012783)

That´s "Shlaes".

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Newtsche, 11/14/2012 12:34:35 AM     (No. 9012801)

Astounded at the number of stories being posted about this. Here in the Midwest, I can actually hear the the laughter and clinking of glasses at the White House.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: LamontCranston, 11/14/2012 12:46:15 AM     (No. 9012810)

She´s two decades younger and made a big play for him. Of course its about sex! But then again with men sex is intimately tied to our own egos and narcissism so the writer does have a bit of a point

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Reply 5 - Posted by: BethB, 11/14/2012 1:14:07 AM     (No. 9012831)

My husband is a narcissist, but now I am aware of that totally. Don´t like him. But if Patraeus is anything like my husband, I wonder how kind he was to his wife.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 11/14/2012 2:04:39 AM     (No. 9012861)

Multiple dynamics overcrossing here...
["The heart is deceitful, above all else..."]

Is narcissism any more than pride...

What is that country song... "It´s Hard to be Humble..."

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Trigger2, 11/14/2012 3:21:17 AM     (No. 9012884)

Oh please...men are just unable to keep it in their pants.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: King of all trolls, 11/14/2012 3:46:51 AM     (No. 9012900)

"as noble as Petraeus"??? I just flushed something down my toilet as noble as Petraeus.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: JAN, 11/14/2012 6:13:57 AM     (No. 9012978)

Schlaes book on FDR, The Forgotten Man, is a must read.

Playing amateur psychologist is pure nonsense.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: provide, 11/14/2012 7:51:34 AM     (No. 9013166)

I remember Henry Kissinger being pursued by young women.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 11/14/2012 8:31:14 AM     (No. 9013259)

This writer makes a rather complicated case for what in most instances is a remarkably simple matter. She has multiplied explanations beyond necessity and been unfaithful to the Principle of Parsimony aka Ockham´s Razor. Narcissism there may or may not have been, but the sine qua non was sex, simple, straightforward, old fashioned sex. I am not at all sure that draping this all too familiar phenomenon in the psychobabble du jour adds anything to our understanding of it. It is such a commonplace story as to be boring save for the players involved, their official and semi-official relations with others, and of course the role General Petraeus might or might not have played in the ongoing Benghazi coverup. We have by no means heard the last of this. It is time to shift our gaze from the rather ordinary sex and the psychobabble to the implications and connections to the national security and interests of the United States.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Bevan, 11/14/2012 8:47:00 AM     (No. 9013304)

Narcissism....there seems to be a lot of that going around in ur gubbermint.

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