There is no doubt that Europe in particular and the world in general was looking at this latest US election as a confrontation between the forces of backwardness, hypocrisy and ignorance and intelligence ad enlightenment. A confrontation between progress and a category of individuals that would bring the world back to the obscurantism of the Middle Ages. Because let’s face it had Mitt Romney won, then America would fallen to a band rich and powerful fascists commanding hordes of Bible thumping Troglodytes completely fanaticized by a very distorted interpretation of the Christian Religion that mixes in the same pot and tries to pass it as the Word of God in order to justify it, misogyny, white supremacy, racism, bigotry, hate for women and gays, ethnic minorities, pseudo-puritanism, hypocrisy, and sexual deviance.
It is against this background that one has to examine the whole issue that has fallen on the head of a very great soldier like General David Petraeus. A man that until last Friday was the Head of the CIA, and whose downfall has dominated the news since the conclusion of the Presidential election, and where, to my surprise even commentators that are centre-left (what the Americans call Liberals) seem to have the view that his professional “hara-kiri” is totally justified considering his actions.
And what actions may those be? Did he commit a gross act of professional negligence; did he not see another 9/11 coming, was he insubordinate towards his Commander in Chief, did he commit a criminal action; have a drug problem; a drink problem????????
None of the above! Instead his downfall was caused by a banal sexual affair with a woman that wasn’t his wife! How ridiculously American, it would be laughable if the consequences of such stupidity and parochial attitudes hadn’t destroyed the life of a highly intelligent, talented officer doing a difficult job as the need for clear intelligence in countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria and the Gulf has never been more acute and vital to Western National Security. In this contest if the General had been assassinated then everyone would be screaming and shouting at the loss of such a great man. Instead everybody is screaming at the adultery, as if this was a crime or an exceptional circumstance. Bollocks!
So what if had sex with another woman? How long was he married? Can anyone blame the man for enjoying some good sex, something that almost certainly considering the length of his marriage is something that with his wife was exciting as watching paint dry! Let’s be realistic, just because he got his leg over a moment of misplaced lust is no reason to lose this man. Even the whole story is as ridiculous as they come. It begins with a set of E-Mails (and what else could it be, in this day and age where letters are going out of fashion?) that have set off a chain of events as comic as it is tragic. Moreover it stinks of set-up.
This so called socialite (more a groupie in my view) Jill Kelley is forwarded E-Mails by the Commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, General John R. Allen which had been sent to him warning him to keep away from her. This in itself opens a real bag of other questions, but that comes later. She, extremely upset, calls a “pal” in the FBI with a habit of sending “bare chested” photos of himself to Mrs Kelley, with clear links to the GOP who begins an investigation on the origins of such E-mails and guess what? They are allegedly coming from a computer belonging to Mrs Paula Broadwell, biographer of General Petraeus and accomplice in the “sin of adultery”. Although the US Military Code of Conduct has still archaic provisions regulating the private sexual conduct of its officers and where adultery when it causes disruption is a serious violation, General Petraeus confirms that the affair with Mrs Broadwell started when he resigned his commission from the army in order to occupy his position as Director of the CIA, it isn’t clear what is the “disruption” caused by General Petraeus extramarital affair.
The whole sordid affair to justify the destruction of this brilliant officer and great soldier is that by committing adultery he jeopardized National Security? Wow! Was Mrs Broadwell a KGB “honeypot”? Is she an agent of “Al Qaeda? That during, or after the panting, growling, and howling of sexual intercourse he passed Mrs Broadwell classified information. How can the FBI even begin to justify such an investigation under the cloak-and-dagger umbrella of National Security? It is as pitiful as it is ridiculous! What a waste of national resources researching for justification to the unjustifiable. On the 15 November, 2012 the FBI took a computer from Mrs Broadwell’s home, said to contain classified material! Now who of us doesn’t have classified materials on our computers especially after Wikileaks; why I have every Wikileaks file downloaded on mine. So let’s begin to define classified. And in this spirit of investigative fervour why it would be per se any less of a problem for the legal Mrs Petraeus to be as well the recipient horizontal indiscretions than Mrs Broadwell? Has her computer being seized, or is her security clearance due to the fact that she holds a legally binding marriage certificate higher than the treacherous Mrs Broadwell? Hey! If we are going down the National Security angle to justify “a leg over” then no stone should be left unturned, even the dog should be investigated.
For the sake of fairness of argument I suppose I should allow the possibility that General Petraeus really leaked some dark secret during or after heat of intercourse, though I doubt it. Honestly in such a situation such an issue is not worth dwelling on, because the main argument that will be then brought forward by his detractors will be that General Petraeus as the adulterer leaves himself open to blackmail. That in itself is proof of a society that wallows in its own hypocrisy, and even then one would have to believe that this brilliant soldier would actually imperil the security of the Western World by covering up a banal extra-marital affair (not a crime to the best of my knowledge) something I categorically refuse to accept.
There is a political agenda behind the case of General Petraeus of that I have no doubt. The adultery is just a lame excuse to satisfy a sexually dysfunctional general American societal attitude towards sex, and sexual liberty. A social duality given by the mix of anally retentive Protestant Puritanism with its BS pseudo-Christian morality, and the 60s cultural libertinism of the post Woodstock generation, that favoured intellectual openness and that today represents 60% of the population of the USA, as the latest Presidential election have proven.
America and the West needs men like General David Petraeus, men of intelligence, vision and let’s face it in the unstable situation of the world today the world needs more and more men of talent and the ability to see clearly the dangers ahead of us. Destroying such a man for adultery? So what would have the world looked like if President Roosevelt had canned General Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers in WW.2 for it was no secret that he had a long standing love affair with his woman driver? Perhaps the 6th of June, 1944 wouldn’t have gone as it did!
Now it is about time that we find a balance between what is a General Petraeus, and a Dominique Strauss Khan who is a true sexual predator, we need find an acceptable, and intelligent public position on the privacy of the sex lives of public persons and their infidelities in their marital sphere cannot be our business, or anybody else’s for that matter.