Trying to Understand the Petraeus Imbroglio

by DocJess, DemConWatch, 11/13/12

It started out not so weird. A rich white guy has an affair. OK, understood. It appears Petraeus did nothing wrong beyond that, which is bad for his marriage, but theoretically started after he was no longer living under the UCMJ, and therefore not subject to prosecution (including a jail term), and the FBI deemed that he hadn’t given away any secrets. I understand that.

Then, there was the paramour, who seems to have threatened a woman she saw as competition. Now that’s bad form, but likely not cause for an FBI investigation. But the other, other, woman, Jill Kelley, had a friend at the FBI. Who sent her shirtless pictures of himself, and then was thrown off the case for becoming obsessed, and is now under investigation himself. Really. So obsessed, by the way, that he went to Eric Cantor and David Reichert because the FBI wasn’t doing “enough”. These two Congressmen didn’t see fit to report anything to the Intelligence Committee. Huh.

But it doesn’t stop with David Petraeus, Paula Broadwell, Jill Kelley and the nameless FBI agent. Now it turns out that General John Allen and Jill Kelley exchanged between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of email in two years while he was supposedly running the war in Afghanistan. Again, really. 24,000 pages would be 2,000 pages a month over two years, or almost 70 pages a day.

Now, I understand the story as something out of high school: John and Jane are going steady, but John is seeing Laura on the side. Laura is okay with this for some reason, but she thinks that John is also seeing Harriet, who is down the chain, and therefore more of a threat than Jane, so she confronts Laura in the girls room at lunch. Laura goes to her brother, who goes to his friends, who are both linebackers on the high school football team. Meanwhile, it turns out that Laura isn’t seeing John, but is actually seeing Bruce, who really should be busy studying for the ACT and SAT because he’s got a shot at Harvard.

The adulterers are all adults and should know better. They are all military in one way or another, and “honour” is supposed to be somewhere in their code. The guys dealt with big deal military secrets, and REALLY should have known better. It appears that they’re all Republicans, which makes a little more sense. But still, I find the whole thing amazing in its cupidity. …

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