Head spook and COIN pro admits affair (with biographer)David Petraeus, one of the biggest stars of the US military, has resigned as director of the CIA after 14 months because of an affair discovered during a security check.
“After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours,” he said in his letter to staff.
The woman was later named as Paula Broadwell, who wrote a recent hagiographic book about him.
David Petraeus devised the strategy that turned around the US fortunes in Iraq after having supervised an overhaul of military strategy on counter-insurgency. He was the most famous, and perhaps most strategically astute, American military commander in recent times, since Colin Powell of the First Gulf War. Few could have imagined that his end would come as the result of a morals scandal, writes Fred Kaplan at Slate.
Like Powell, Petraeus was also touted as a potential presidential candidate. Detractors in the military and the White House regarded him as a “showboat” and excessively ambitious.
Paula Broadwell, who is also married, was a research assistant at Harvard who decided to turn her PhD dissertation into a book on Petraeus. “It had long been rumored that something was going on between Petraeus and Broadwell”, says Slate. “Her book is widely regarded as a valentine to the general.” — From the Slate piece by Fred Kaplan
The woman he fell for