Sunday, 11 November 2012

07:46 – I’m still trying to figure out what an affair with Paula Broadwell has to do with the suitability of David Petraeus to serve as CIA director. I have no idea if Petraeus is a good, bad, or indifferent CIA director, but I can’t imagine what bearing having sex with Paula Broadwell could possibly have on his suitability.

These things happen. He’s 60 years old and has been married for 37 years. She’s a very attractive woman who just turned 40. They have a great deal in common, including graduating from West Point and serving in the US military. They’re both serious runners and physical fitness enthusiasts. Both are experts on counter-terrorism. She’s writing his biography. They’ve apparently spent a great deal of time together. That they ended up in bed should come as a surprise to no one.

In a sane world, this wouldn’t have even made the news. Petraeus and Broadwell would both be doing a great deal of groveling to their respective spouses. One or both of them might have ended up in divorce court. But it would have remained private. Why should this be anyone’s business other than the four people involved? Making a media circus of this is simply uncivilized.