Petraeus: Skills and Talent

It’s complicated. It’s troubling. It’s starting to get really interesting – plus it’s soap opera juicy. I can’t wait for the movie and book.

And we don’t even know all the details yet.

On Friday when it was first disclosed that CIA Director (and retired four-star General) David Petraeus had resigned over an extramarital affair, I thought how dumb could a person be holding a very important position (then I thought about President Clinton). I normally feel sad for the wife and children of the man who has been caught cheating.

I doubt we see the General and Mrs. Petraeus at many holiday parties this season…

Besides David Petraeus and his biographer Paula Broadwell (I have an idea for Paula Broadwell’s next book), the tangled web now includes Jill Kelley, who according to this article holds an “unpaid position as a social planner for MacDill Air Force Base.”

By the way, I never saw social planners like her when I was in the military…

There’s also an unnamed FBI agent who supposedly sent shirtless photos to Ms. Kelley. Hello? I thought only Congressmen did stupid stuff like that.

Today we learn from the Associated Press that General John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is involved in this mess in some capacity. The Associated Press is reporting, “20,000 to 30,000 pages of emails and other documents from Allen’s communications with Kelley between 2010 and 2012 are under review.”

With all these e-mails and documents, when did General Allen have time to command?

Ms. Broadwell’s father (who lives in North Dakota) reportedly told the New York Daily News that his daughter is the victim of character assassination and implied the bombshell story is just a smoke screen for something bigger and “the truth will come out.”

Oh boy…

Today one cable news commentator praised General Petraeus because he brings a particular set of skills and talent to the table.

Apparently the General used his “skills and talent” at other locations besides the table…

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One comment on “Petraeus: Skills and Talent

  1. James Conner says:

    The general’s career didn’t just peter out, it came unzipped in a hurry. Just as well. A guy who can’t hide emails any better than he did doesn’t belong in the spy business,

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