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Nov
12

dumb as a . . . of . . . .?

Husband sent the link to this article to me today because we have been discussing over the past few days whether Petraeus should have resigned or not.

I say that the author might be kind of almost maybe sort of just by a hair missing the point.

I agree that there are some indications that the two “culprits,” Mr. Petraeus and his paramour, Ms. Broadwell, are not, shall we say, the sharpest knives in the drawer.

BUT, no security was breached, no CIA secrets stolen. Mr. P. sent his lascivious emails to Ms. Broadwell from a non-CIA account, and Ms. B. sent emails to Mr. P from an account shared by her husband. But HE had no reason to believe that his non-CIA account would be investigated, and, clearly, Ms. B. had no concerns that her husband would wile away empty hours scrolling through the “Sent” folder. Do any of you ever look in your Sent folder?

Here. Give me a sec.

Yup. Just as I thought. 8708 messages in the sent folder, the most distant from 2009, which is when I bought this laptop. Haven’t looked at 8703 of them since I sent them.

Ms. B’s husband wasn’t the person who caught on to the affair — the FBI was, because Ms. B was so caught up in the weird and untenable position she found herself in that she was jealous of another woman and thought it was a good idea to threaten her in a way that would be absolutely traceable and serve easily as evidence against her.

So yes, kind of stupid. Is it also ironic? Maybe not. First Son claims I attribute irony to coincidence too often, but I do believe that irony includes when one act, taken in the hope of a particular result, results in the opposite.

Anyway. The author points out that Clinton did the right thing by lying through his teeth, and that Patraeus should have followed suit.

I disagree.

Clinton shouldn’t have lied, Broadwell shouldn’t have exposed her own vulnerable position by sending threatening emails, and Patraeus shouldn’t have resigned over some over-developed Puritanical sense of guilt.

IMHO, of course.

 

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4 Responses to “dumb as a . . . of . . . .?”


  1. 1 guardo
    November 13, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    I disagree with you. Clinton was under siege from the most cynical bastards on the planet, willing to use something irrelevant to impeach a president. I think that any action he might have taken to protect himself and his family—including lying—would have been justified. Maybe not smart, but perfectly reasonable.

    And I think dumb and dumber is just about right for these other two. He’s in the public eye. Consequences of discovery are dire in at least three respects. All individuals attached to government have enemies who stand to profit from a compromised position of an opponent. Anyone who adds these things together and comes up with a gmail account has deplorable judgment.

    And Ms. Broadwell’s lunatic attempts to discourage an affair involving a man with whom SHE is having and affair, well, it’s the stuff of farce, isn’t it?

    • November 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      As far as I can tell, having an extra-marital affair is not grounds for impeachment. Lying, however, might be, especially if it’s in a legal context. Was he guilty of perjury when he lied about his affair? I’m thinking he was, but maybe I’m remembering it wrong.

      (Reminds me of my sister’s advice re: the use of a fake i.d. — use it to buy drinks, but never, ever, show it to a police officer.)

      And yes, SHE (Ms. Broadwell, that is), is definitely the stuff of farce. I (in the place of “the jury”) am still out as far as he’s concerned.

  2. 3 sam
    November 16, 2012 at 11:23 am

    The real scandal here is that when the head of the CIA sleeps with someone who is not his wife, it causes a national scandal, but when the agency manages a drone program that serially violates the sovereignty of nations worldwide […] it does not.

    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/11/12/shaken_not_stirred_by_cia_values?page=full


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