Or in this case, substitute Paula Broadwell for Lilith.
David Petraeus, former Director of the CIA and renowned military leader, suffered the same fate that hundreds of other powerful and respected men have – an affair that goes public and destroys their personal and public lives.
From what I’ve read about Broadwell and Petraeus, they both had a lot to lose. They both have (what appear to be) beautiful, successful families, and great careers. So why risk it, especially if Petraeus is THE DIRECTOR OF THE CIA.
Armchair commentary is swirling around the Internet on this one. Two over-achievers who found each other irresistible, older guy likes attention from attractive younger women, younger, ambitious woman attracted by older man’s power….everyone has a theory.
However, the cruelest one out there has to do with Petraeus’ wife, Holly. They’ve been married for 38 years, and their daughter just got married a few weeks ago. Like many military wives, Holly stayed at home and took care of the kids and the home by herself, while her husband fulfilled his duties with the military around the world. Since she comes from a military family, she may have been able to accept this role easier than some others. Either way, it’s no easy task trying to take care of everything while your spouse is away for long periods of time.
A good number of people are blaming her, saying that she “let herself go” and “looks frumpy and old.” Granted, she is not 25 anymore, and Broadwell is a younger, very physically fit woman. But why are people still so quick to blame the wife’s looks? No one put a gun up to Petraeus’ head and made him do this; placing the blame on the wife and her appearance is like saying “The Devil made me do it.” No accountability for our actions.
That said, we are all human and make mistakes. I hope everyone involved in this fiasco has learned something from this. At the end of the day, a moment of pleasure can cause a lifetime of sadness for the people we care about.
- Petraeus shocked at girlfriend’s emails to friend – Chicago Tribune (chicagotribune.com)