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Response to Evergreen Emerald (Reply #14)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 01:14 PM

15. Women are the new "fall guy" - but in this case, it was a trap, it seems, for Broadwell by Petraeus

Exactly - Petraeus gets praise etc. The women, meanwhile, are mercilessly attacked.

It seems like a new version of "the fall guy." Now, we have evolved politically to the point where
the men who previously would be the "fall guy" have concluded: why not blame women? Why does the
"fall guy" have to be a "man" -?

From Wikipedia on origin of Fall Guy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fall_guy

Four slightly different usages for "fall guy" arise. The origins of all four are probably different. The usages are:

Scapegoat (innocent).
"Betrayed confederate" (guilty scapegoat); here one criminal (willingly or unwillingly) is arrested and sacrificed, while the rest of the criminals go free.
Dupe, the fool; the butt of jokes.
"One who takes on the responsibilities or workload of other
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...With criminal groups, the fall guy would often be the lowest 'ranking' member, who would take the fall (face arrest and criminal charges) so that the rest could go free. Whether or not the lowest member could rely on the rest for support once out of prison is debatable; in the political arena, the fall guy seems to function much the same:

The fall guy is as low-ranking a politico as possible.
Political rank should be high enough to ensure outraged partisans that 'justice' has been done, that a sufficient price had been paid.
Furthermore, the politico that falls must have been in a position of authority related to the scandal ..).
Most importantly, the key purpose of a fall guy (i.e. to protect the group from further inquiry), remains.


I think Paula Broadwell is the "fall guy" for whatever actual concealed wrongs Petraeus engaged in, and had hoped to
continue to conceal had Romney won the election.

But with a win by Obama, Petraeus seems to have concluded he had to go and
separate himself from employment. Now, how to do this? By using his "fall guy" Paula Broadwell.

It seems to me what may have begun innocently, as a sincere invitation from him to Paula Broadwell to
give her access to him for her studies, turned into something else, but what it turned into was his realization
that at some point down the road, for whatever reason, he might need a "cover" / fall guy as a false
reason to leave his job. So with that mind, he gave her more and more access. He was trying to make
an "affair" appear plausible to onlookers, in case he had to use this "fall guy."

But he was creating a trap for her, in reality. She was his "fall guy." She didn't know it.

Perhaps we have created a new phrase in our culture with what really happened. He set a trap for her.
Then he sprung it, when he falsely publicly announced an affair with her. She was his "fall guy" --
or, since she is a woman, the opposite. The "spring woman." Set the trap and then spring it on the
unsuspecting woman.

I do not like David Petraeus for doing this. Setting aside whatever his military record may be, he seems to
me to be a spineless coward for destroying the life of an innocent woman. Again, I am sorry. But that is
my opinion of what actually happened and what he actually is: a spineless coward. He is "too big to fail."

In the future, he will probably become president of Princeton University. Her life, meanwhile, is over.
She will probably go to jail on trumped up charged.

The lesson here is that the life of a woman is of far less value than the life of a man. Even if the man is
a liar and insubordinate; even if the woman's education and background is of such high quality that she
could have someday become a U.S. Presidential candidate.

Paula Broadwell is lucky she already has her kids and a husband. Had this happened when she was single,
she would not have even a family in her future.

Very sad to me, if I am correct. Very sad how low some people will go. Again, I am sorry. But I think
David Petraeus is not a macho guy for his alleged affair story. I think he is a spineless coward for
not taking consequences for whatever illegal actions he may have engaged in while head of the CIA.

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