Marcus Aurelius: Petraeus, The Comeback General [with Assist from “The Clinton Rule”

Ethics, Government, Idiocy, Ineptitude
Marcus Aurelius

Hope article below turns out to be true.  If President Clinton gets a pass on Affair Lewinsky, conducted in Oval Office, then GEN Petraeus certainly deserves a restart after Affair Broadwell.  While no basis for a major decoration, I see that mistake as principally a matter between GEN Petraeus and his family and not necessarily something justifying LTG Clapper’s call for his resignation as Director of the CIA.  Once publicly acknowledged, not sure matter generated vulnerability to hostile exploitation, which is principal national security concern with sexual misbehavior.)

Petraeus, The Comeback General

He may benefit from the Bill Clinton rule: Adultery is no longer a political disqualifier.

By Doyle McManus

Los Angeles Times, November 25, 2012

Gen. David H. Petraeus, long the most famous overachiever in the U.S. Army, is already on his way to a new career distinction: breaking the land speed record for rehabilitation from a scandal.

It was only two weeks ago that Petraeus resigned from his job as director of the CIA after it became clear that his affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, couldn’t be kept under wraps.

The dust hasn’t settled yet on the chaos kicked up by the FBI’s discovery of the affair, touched off by Broadwell’s jealousy of another woman who liked men in uniform. Did Petraeus allow Broadwell to put unauthorized hands on classified information? Did the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Marine Gen. John Allen, say anything indiscreet in emails to Tampa socialite Jill Kelley? Does the shirtless FBI agent get away scot-free? And did all this madcap socializing affect anyone’s performance on their day jobs?

Never mind. We’re a fast-moving society — and, it appears, a forgiving one. At home in suburban Virginia, Petraeus is no doubt still making amends to his high-achieving wife. But in the larger world, the retired general is already contending with an avalanche of opportunities for his next big job.

He’s had offers to teach from at least four universities and had conversations about seats on corporate boards. He’s thinking about giving speeches, writing a book on leadership or even becoming a talking head on television.

And that’s not all.

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Phi Beta Iota:  Vacating the Petraeus resignation would mean one less hearing for Obama’s new Administration; a probable pass on Rice to Secretary of State, and a spanking for Jim Clapper, whose eagerness to push Petraeus out the door was both unseemly and suspect.