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Paula Broadwell May Have Hinted About David Petraeus Affair

Paula Broadwell May Have Hinted About David Petraeus Affair

Paula Broadwell carried on an affair with Gen. David Petraeus that ultimately forced the resignation of the CIA director, but the affair may not have been too much of a secret.

In an article published in Newsweek last week, Petraeus biographer Paula Broadwell documented the CIA director’s “Rules for Living,” one of which appeared to be an admission of sorts. For the fifth rule, Broadwell wrote, “We all will make mistakes. The key is to recognize them and admit them, to learn from them, and to take off the rear view mirrors—drive on and avoid making them again.”

Paula Broadwell also made many other, slightly more subtle hints that she and Gen. David Petraeus were involved, The Daily Beast reported. She often referred to Petraeus as a mentor, speaking of him in glowing terms. On an appearance on The Daily Show, Broadwell joked to host Jon Stewart that “He can turn water into bottled water.”

Petraeus announced his resignation on Friday, noting that he had an extramarital affair but not naming Paula Broadwell. In his resignation letter, Petraeus writes:

“Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the President to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position as D/CIA. After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation.”

Paula Broadwell herself is now reportedly under investigation by the FBI for improperly trying to access his email and possibly gain classified information, NBC News reported.

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23 Responses to “Paula Broadwell May Have Hinted About David Petraeus Affair”

  1. Walter Engler

    Just think. Paula Broadwell is 39, Petreus was married for 37 years. Got to wonder how desperate Paula was to turn to this guy 20+ years older than her.

  2. Spudman Nagel

    Petraeus resigns in disgrace yet Clinton didn't resign and is now a revered icon of the Democratic Party. They sure are a forgiving bunch, except when it comes to Bush.

  3. John Smith

    I am deeply disappointed in Petraeus. He is a fine man and incredible leader. I am also very curious about the timing. This does not pass the smell test…

  4. Tom Jones III

    Mark these words – here is how it happened: The president, through a minion, told Petreus that he would testify before Congress as the president wanted or they would expose his affair with Broadwell and drum him out of the Army under a cloud of shame. Petreus said, nope, I will expose the affair myself and will still come to Congress and testify truthfully. And now suddenly Congress no longer wants his testimony? They made Oliver North testify after he resigned, and if they really wanted to hear from Petreus, a subpoena is all that is needed. Reality check: They do not want to hear the truth from Petreus, period.

    Petreus may have made an error in banging his biographer, but one thing that is clear is that he has an incredible memory, well documented by his diary and notes, of each and every thing that happened related to the Behghazi attacks and the death of four Americans, including ambassador Chris Stephens. Obama does not want the truth told to Congress because it will be clear that he was and still is incompetent to lead this country. So, bury the messenger appears to be the order of the day. This has the potential to be a lot larger than Watergate: a bungled burglary vs. the cover up of the murder of four people and the ransacking of our embassy by the enemy.

  5. David Moffitt

    Since he was already out of the Army it would be rather difficult to 'drum he out." In case I ever need a lawyer I think I'll make sure they haven't graduated from the Southwestern University of Law. Why do they not want him to testify? It IS a Republican congress. You make no sense.

  6. Willie Courthers

    "Any belief can be justified. But that is why we call it belief, it isn't bound to proof." — Frederik Kerling

    Tom, I hope you read the above quote more than one time. You have created an imaginary scenario not based on any facts, but your own beliefs as to what happened.

    When the final results and facts are in regarding the incident, you will call it a conspiracy. Let me finish by saying that only time will tell who is right and who is wrong. In the meantime, let facts, not assumptions prevail.

  7. Oki Chabbii

    I Like Your Theory, If This Was It How It Could Have Happened, I Wish The General Would Say It All Next Week At The Hill.
    If Clinton, Being President Didn't Resign & Kept Lying … It Tells You How Messed Up In The Head Clinton Is.
    & People Still Trust That Guy.

  8. Rita Yates

    This is corruption and I do hope he gets to testify. Benghazi has become Benghazigate for this administration.

  9. Robert Mitchell

    Why is a woman, ALWAYS a mans downfall. she new what she was doing, she was getting whatever she wanted, so y does she need to open her mouth as wide as she spreads her legs.

  10. Jessica A. Eaton

    "Broadwell joked to host Jon Stewart that “He can turn water into bottled water.” ".

    Quite the wordsmith she is, evidently. I certainly hope this isn't the extent of her writing acumen.

  11. Don Drewry

    I think Broadwell is somewhere between the B word and the ultimately dreaded, rarely used, C word. Threatening the Florida woman like she(Broadwell) had total ownership. Giving speeches telling things that were not public knowledge. Okay B & C.