Broadwell: Teacher’s Pet?

FDR had one.  Eisenhower had one.  Kennedy had a number of them.  The Media tried to stick George H.W. Bush with one, but it didn’t work.  Clinton had troopers escort his troupe to secret locations and with the last one, he entertained her in no less of a place than the Oval Office.

As Syria is busy firing the rockets our government thoughtfully provided them at Israel and at the Kurds in Turkey and Iraq, our Media is busy salivating over the Petraeus affair.  This affair is a little more complicated than Eisenhower’s affair with his British driver, Kate Sommersby, during World War II.  Petraeus is caught up in the Benghazi scandal.  Just as he was due to testify at the House hearings on the scandal, he was reportedly urged (some say threatened) into resigning on Election Day.

This is not about “sex under the desk” but four dead Americans, one our ambassador to Libya, and how they were betrayed by our government.  The task for the House of Representatives is to determine who was ultimately responsible.

The Petraeus affair is full of mystery.  Why was a four-star general appointed to the CIA – just over a year ago – instead of to a post at the Pentagon?  Why was this four-star general so interested in foreign affairs that he studied international relations at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Studies instead of battle tactics at whatever military school specializes in such subjects?

There are now conflicting reports over when the affair began and who ended it.  Broadwell claims it had been going on for over two years.  Petraeus says it was more like six months and he ended the affair this summer when Director of National Intelligence James Clapper insists that Petraeus resign.

As the scandal deepens, our attention is ever more distracted from those missiles being launched from Syria.  Our “president” meanwhile is busy churning out 68 new bureaucratic regulations a day and denying that he knew anything about the Petraeus affair.

Petraeus met Broadwell while she was a student at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  Broadwell earned her master’s degree from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies.  Petraeus studied at the Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.  Seems like they had a lot in common.

Have we been fooled by the Media’s animus for the general and Obama’s blatant antipathy towards him?  Some in the military have questioned why Petraeus gave Broadwell so much access.  He denies sending her sensitive information; that she must have gotten it from field commanders while touring Afghanistan with him.  Why did they disclose the information?  How could they have disclosed any secret information without his permission?

Petraeus was the hero of the surge.  He helped bring democracy to Iraq, the only other true democracy in the Middle East besides Israel.  We want to believe in him.  We want to believe that he did his best to stare down Clapper and do the brave thing, and testify before Congress.  Yet, he won’t be doing so.

Glenn Beck, on his programs, has speculated that Petraeus has been offered a cushy teaching position at his former alma mater Princeton, where ‘he can shape young minds.’  Did this war hero, accustomed to enemy fire, actually back down out of fear?  Or was he given orders to fall on his sword, with a job as an international relations teacher as his reward?

We are paying too much attention to the main title of Broadwell’s salaciously titled tome, “All In” and ignoring the more important subtitle of the book, “The Education of David Petraeus.”

Published in: on November 13, 2012 at 10:55 am  Comments (2)  

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