That is the way I am beginning to view Petraeus after reading this New York Times article:
The F.B.I. investigation that led to the sudden resignation of David H. Petraeus as C.I.A. director on Friday began with a complaint several months ago about “harassing” e-mails sent by Paula Broadwell, Mr. Petraeus’s biographer, to another woman who knows both of them, two government officials briefed on the case said Saturday.
When F.B.I. agents following up on the complaint began to examine Ms. Broadwell’s e-mails, they discovered exchanges between her and Mr. Petraeus that revealed that they were having an affair, said several officials who spoke of the investigation on the condition of anonymity. They also discovered that Ms. Broadwell possessed certain classified information, one official said, but apparently concluded that it was probably not Mr. Petraeus who had given it to her and that there had been no major breach of security. No leak charges are expected to be filed as a result of the investigation.
The identity of the woman who complained about the harassing messages from Ms. Broadwell has not been disclosed. She was not a family member or in the government, the officials said, and the nature of her relationship with Mr. Petraeus was not immediately known. But they said the two women seemed be competing for Mr. Petraeus’s loyalty, if not his affection. [NY Times]
You can read the rest at the link, but I am beginning to think that Petraeus resigned not only because of the affair with Broadwell, but maybe the fear that other affairs he had over the years may come to light that would greatly diminish him? If so his fall from grace would be very similar to Tiger Woods who also was at the top of his game and had a very carefully crafted image before his affairs were exposed.
Something else of interest in the article is that the Justice Department knew about this affair at least a few weeks before the election and did not inform the White House until election night. In fact supposedly one FBI whistle-blower contacted Congressman Eric Cantor in late October and told him about the affair and his fear that national security was being compromised. It seems like something like this involving the CIA Director should have gone to the President sooner, but I am actually surprised that the information about Petraeus wasn’t leaked to the media considering how many people in the Justice Department and Congress knew of the affair.
Another article I found of interest was this Washington Post article that interviewed some of Petraeus’ past staff members about Broadwell:
Her trips were not without controversy. Aides were stunned by the close access that Broadwell was granted — and that she occasionally flaunted. At the same time, some were unimpressed by her reporting style and thin journalistic résumé.
“Her credentials didn’t add up,” said a former Petraeus staff member who was interviewed a number of times by Broadwell. “I was underwhelmed. It was surprising to me that she was his official biographer.”
Peter Mansoor, a former executive officer on Petraeus’s staff, said he thought the general’s uncharacteristic confidence in an untested writer was “strange.”
“My gosh, if you are going to have someone interview everyone who has ever touched you in your life, choose someone who has written a biography or at least a history book,” he said in an interview Saturday. [Washington Post]
You can read the rest at the link, but apparently Broadwell had to be talk to by a Petraeus staffer to dress down in Afghanistan because she had this habit of wearing tight fitting clothes that irked Afghan sensibilities. Judging by her appearance on the Daily Show promoting her book earlier this year this is easy to believe.
Something else I find interesting about this whole story is that Petraeus’ son Stephen Petraeus served with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Afghanistan which is the same unit that was commanded by the now disgraced Colonel James Johnson who had his own affair. I can only imagine the talks Petraeus had with his son about Johnson considering that he had his own secret mistress he was hiding.