This guy. This fuckin’ guy. Right-wing televangelist Pat Robertson has made it clear that he does not blame David Petraeus for the extramarital affair that led him to resign from his postion as director of the CIA. No, Robertson says his mistress/biographer Paula Broadwell is the one at fault, implying that she initiated the affair (though there has been no evidence to support that) and that Petraeus was unable to resist her advances. Speaking on his show “The 700 Club,” his show, Robertson excused Petraeus’ conduct as understandable because “the man’s off in a foreign land and he’s lonely and here’s a good-looking lady throwing herself at him. He’s a man.” Putting aside the fact that Robertson is just making stuff up (we don’t know who threw themselves as whom), the idea that any man, particularly a four-star general, is too weak to resist the charms of a woman and is therefore not to blame for succumbing to those temptations is utterly ridiculous. For the record, I don’t care that Petraeus had an affair (although if there was a breach in national security, that’s a whole other issue) and I certainly don’t think it’s worth our time debating who is to “blame” for two adults having consensual sex. Both of them, end of story. Moving on now. [Think Progress]
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General David Petraeus may have made a career of keeping secrets, but the ones that pertain to him just keep on leaking. The latest spilt info on the affair between the former CIA Director and his biographer, Paula Broadwell, show how exactly the twosome kept in touch via email.
Hint: It’s a trick used by both al-Qaeda and Don Cheadle. I know, this story really does keep on getting weirder.
Apparently, Broadwell and Petraeus set up a joint email accountthat they never actually sent emails to. They would just save unsent messages to one another in a “Drafts” folder, and then the “recipient” could just log on and read what was written. Pretty clever, huh? Actually, this technique is so clever that it’s been used by al-Qaeda. (And, also, in the 2008 movie Traitor starring Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce.) Didn’t fool the FBI, though. Read more…
Ahhh, the David Petraeus scandal just keeps getting better and better. So, ABC News Denver did a lil’ news segment about Petraeus and his biographer/mistress Paula Broadwell, in which they put up this image of her book about the now ex-CIA Director. Except they clearly got that image from the internet because Broadwell’s book is called All In not ALL UP IN MY SNATCH. Listen, I have been duped plenty of times by things I’ve found on the internet and thought were real, but if I was writing a piece about the CIA Director’s affair with his biographer and some rando image I found on the internet said the name of her book was All Up In My Snatch, I like to think I would have thought, Hmm, what a hilariously odd and sexual and inappropriate name for a serious book. Mayhaps I shall factcheck the name of her book using the Google. Amazing work, ABC News Denver. (See the actual news segment after the jump!) [HyperVocal] Keep reading »
You want to hear something absolutely weird? It turns out that Rielle Hunter — the woman who had an affair with John Edwards, had a child with him, and then wrote a book about it — lives just down the street from Paula Broadwell, the David Petraeus biographer who had an affair with the CIA director that ultimately led to his resignation from the organization. Both women live in the small enclave of Dilworth, a neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina. And it’s plausible — though not proven — that the two women could have met at some point.
So we decided to imagine what a conversation between the pair might be like…