This drives me fricken’ nuts. Doesn’t anyone take personal responsibility for anything anymore?
Apparently not. And this Suzanne Kelly CNN piece, which does it’s best to paint Petraeus paramour Paula Broadwell as the real victim in that sordid tale, is so far beyond the pale it’s hard to believe someone actually wrote it.
Yes, the press is being exceptionally hard on Mrs. Broadwell and they damn well should be! Perhaps if you don’t want to be painted as a stalker then maybe you shouldn’t be sending threatening emails to the woman you think your illicit lover is having another affair with.
And the more I read the more I’m convinced that the only thing Broadwell is sorry about is that she got caught. She obviously thrived on the rarified air the general was all too happy to provide and had no intention of giving it up. Perhaps if she came clean on her own, things might have turned out differently.
Perhaps all of it could be chalked up to incredibly poor judgement until the FBI found classified documents in her house. But as the obviously addled Michael O’Hanlon of the Baltimore Sun basically wrote, other than this “mistake” she’s a really good person.
What? Exactly when does the preponderance of your actions add up to the fact that maybe you’re not such a good person after all? I’m not saying Mrs. Broadwell – or anyone else – is beyond redemption, but she seems to have a very strange notion of exactly how cause and effect is supposed to work.
If you have an affair with a former major general and CIA director and you get caught – and you likely will – the fallout will include the kind of press scrutiny that would make the likes of Lindsay Lohan shiver. If you’re found with classified documents in your home and you don’t have the requisite clearance, then you will be prosecuted.
These are both military folks who clearly understood the higher marital standards the armed forces demand. If the general had the affair while he was still a general he will be prosecuted.
I’m not saying either one of them planned this, but they damned well knew the massive chance they were taking in carrying it out and exactly what would happen if it ever came out. What’s that old saying about that bed you just made?
So instead of taking responsibility for her actions, per her attorney, Broadwell suddenly feels the need to focus on her family and restore her husband’s and sons’ trust? Were I Mr. Broadwell, considering this vast a violation of that trust as well as the fact that my wife put my family at risk, I’d kick her ass to the curb so fast she wouldn’t know what hit her.
Some choices change your life forever.
Please understand, though it may sound like it, I’m not passing judgement on either one of these reality challenged individuals. Affairs happen every day. But for anyone who CHOSE to perpetrate a specific set of circumstances to subsequently say, “Hey! Lighten up,” I’m thinking they weren’t a “good person” to begin with.