HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » What It Implies If an Ext...

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:10 AM

What It Implies If an Extramarital Affair Threatens National Security

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/11/what-it-implies-if-an-extramarital-affair-threatens-national-security/265090/



Musing on the recent resignation of David Petraeus, the New Yorker's Jane Mayer writes, "The line of the day on the morning talk shows in Washington seemed to be that Petraeus did the 'honorable' thing, or 'he had to resign.' The old saw that, if he wasn't squeaky clean, he could be subject to blackmail by his enemies, thus endangering national security, was mentioned again and again. To me, the whole Victorian shame game seems seriously outdated. Something like half the marriages in the country now end in divorce, and you can bet a great many of those involved extra-marital affairs. Is it desirable to bar such a large number of public servants from top jobs?"

Perhaps not.

But I have a different concern.

If it is true, as so many officials in our government and members of our press seem to believe, that an affair by a CIA Director (or presumably by an FBI director or a President) endangers national security, isn't that a sign that we should rethink the extent to which we empower these individuals? The sort of people who rise to powerful positions in Washington DC sure seem prone to cheating. Or if you prefer, holding a powerful position in that town certainly seems to confront a lot of men with confluence of opportunity and temptation that they cannot ultimately resist.

1 replies, 402 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 1 replies Author Time Post
Reply What It Implies If an Extramarital Affair Threatens National Security (Original post)
xchrom Nov 2012 OP
Lasher Nov 2012 #1

Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:24 AM

1. The FBI found classified documents on Broadwell's computer.

Logic suggests that Petraeus could have been the source but this was not confirmed or refuted.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread