9. November is Paula’s birthday, 40 years ago and the day of David Petraeus resignation. A good or a bad day? Now she is on the bad side of the story and she became the femme fatale of this issue.
His armor vaporized on Nov. 9 when Petraeus (West Point ’74) announced that he was stepping down as director of the CIA because of his relationship with his biographer, Paula Broadwell (West Point ’95). Both military and intelligence officials have said that Petraeus seemed smitten by Broadwell and gave her unprecedented access to him and his work for All In: The Education of General David Petraeus, her adulatory account of his life and times, which was published in January. (TimeMagazin David Petraeus’Career)
More than 10 month ago on 25th January Paula is introducing the new biography “All In” of David Petraeus. She is one of the co-authors. Look and listen carefully to the video and interview by one of Americans famous comedian Jon Stewart (The Daily Show). What is Paula telling about her relationship with David and her 5-mile running experiences by the way? I find this very remarkable, as she said: „I thought I’d test him, but he was going to test me…“ That’s what we believe in of today. So running was definitively only an opportunity?
In the cited interview with Jon Stewart, she sounds adoring of Petraeus. ‘He can turn water into bottled water,’ she joked. Broadwell got to know Petraeus through several five-mile runs that doubled as interviews—a tactic he’s been known to use with journalists. “It was an opportunity for me to interview him on a run,” she told Stewart. “I thought I’d test him, but he was going to test me—it ended up being a test for both of us since we both ran pretty quickly. That was the foundation of our relationship.”
In November 2012, it was reported that Paula Broadwell had an affair with General David Petraeus, leading to his resignation as director of the CIA. (here the full text) Just last week Paula introduced Petraeus’s „Rules for Living“ in Newsweek – the 12 commandments for military leadership and personal excellence. No.5: „We all will make mistakes. The key is to recognize them and admit them, to learn from them, and to take off the rear view mirrors – drive on and avoid making them again.“
Please be not bigot, this is not a drama it’s only about a affair between the most powerful spy in the western world and a really smart women „in war“, with a flagship career at the West Point Academy.
This is the material from which movies are made, she is attractive, with ambitious and he a hero. It’s a story like a Greece tragedy. (Washington Post Opinion by Ruth Marcus: hubris meets high tech). More here: about the open questions behind the bizarre resignation.
Are we really living in the 21st Century or still in the age of T. Fontane? In the USA the German BP Joachim Gauck (a former Pastor) would never be a president. That’s really funny and I would say as Oberlix: They’re crazy the GI’s!