One thing many of us felt all along about David Petraeus is that he is hopelessly in love with... David Petraeus. Just about every mention of Petraeus in this blog over the past several years includes one kind of nudge or another about his self-appreciation. A real wanker. In that frame, I'd like to suggest going over to Balloon Juice for this arrow to the heart of a major (excuse me, "general") egotist.
The reality is that even before Petraeus and Broadwell slept together, their relationship was a tangled web of conflicts of interest. He was one of her dissertation advisors, and her dissertation was largely about him! He managed to get her access as a “reporter” in Afghanistan, even though she has no journalism background, and in reality was more of a personal publicist for Petraeus. But she was also a reserve officer in the Army, making her, at least sometimes, his subordinate. But here is the thing. Broadwell wasn’t/isn’t the only one in this boat. Petraeus promoted his agenda by gathering around him a group of people who, in many cases, were united more by the fact that their ambition exceeded their integrity than by any professional qualifications or intellectual heft. ...Balloon Juice
But what follows is much, much more important and I wish I'd said it.
Petraeus’ conduct since 2004 has been profoundly anti-democratic. He’s been a cancer on civil-military relations. My main hope now is that instead of focusing on salacious details, we can instead shine a harsh light on the “age of Petraeus” and its destructive legacy. ....Balloon Juice