Sex, Google, and Videotape
The jokes won’t stop coming. He has an “open door policy” that gives her “full access.” She’s “all in.”
The FBI investigation of David Petraeus “started with two women.” Well let’s meet the main one, a soldier-scholar with great arms.
Here she is, waiting for any number of engagements. The author of All In never knew a book title could become her own personal destiny. Paula Broadwell showed off her Michelle Obama-worthy uppers on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart.
And here is an especially cringe-worthy interview with someone named Arthur Kade who cannot disguise his enthusiasm for sitting next to Broadwell.
Here is a photo of David Petraeus and his wife Holly, who have been married for 38 years.
Where does one begin with the Grecian fall of David Petraeus and his biographer/lover Paula Broadwell? Petraeus, arguably one of the most highly decorated retired military men in U.S. history, was the civilian head of the Central Intelligence Agency until tendering his resignation on Friday, November 9th. What seemed to be a simple “head to bed” transition in Petraeus’ relationship with Broadwell does not explain the reason for his resignation. We live in an age when top government officials (e.g., Clinton, Gingrich) engage in extramarital affairs, but many manage to survive these peccadilloes in our “anything goes as long as you don’t wake up the cows” age.
It is not the extramarital affair an intelligence agency like the CIA cared about in this case. Rather it was the opportunity by the lover or a third party to breach top security. The FBI had been contacted months ago by Petraeus family friend Jill Kelley of Tampa, Florida, identified now as an unpaid social liaison to the Joint Special Operations Command, who complained that she was being sent anonymous threatening emails. It turns out that Broadwell was sending said emails and the trail of threats wound up snaring Broadwell’s lover Petraeus through their Google email accounts. Let’s hope that Petraeus’ Google email wasn’t something like “I’m too sexy” at Google dot com. Google, like Yahoo! and other secondary emails that many of us use outside of work, do not have the same firewall protection from hackers of an official account used for formal communications in business, government or the academy.
Oh what a tangled web indeed.
The videotape angle of this story is not a sex tape. I’m referring to the conspiracy theory that the real reason David Petraeus resigned was to avoid giving testimony to Congress on the Benghazi attacks of 9/11/12. Remember how the Obama administration originally linked these attacks to the “Innocence of Muslims” video? Some think that Petraeus wanted to step aside so he wouldn’t have to answer any tough questions related to the Benghazi narrative. I’m not so sure about that given the power of Congress to subpoena witnesses.
What we have here is an opportunity for political opportunists to run with this scandal while the parties involved just want to hide. This is so much bigger than any sex scandal, despite the sad wake such an affair leaves with the two married partners, one of whom (Broadwell), has two young children.