LOS ANGELES, November 14, 2012 – The media has been focused on Paula Broadwell’s naked body and its affair with General Petraeus, but that is not the body we should be concerend with.
This is not about Paula Broadwell, her work, or her body, above or undercover.
The media should leave Charlotte alone.
The fact that Paula Broadwell appears to be the second coming of Glenn Close in “Fatal Attraction” is not the story. A young woman actively pursuing and seducing a powerful, older, married man is not news.
What she did when her clothing came off is about as relevant as what Monica Lewinsky did with Bill Clinton.
At issue is that General Petraeus, like President Clinton and others before him, allowed himself to be personally compromised. He subjected himself to possible blackmail.
Yet what did Paula Broadwell find? Reports are that even though the affair has been over for some time, Broadwell has retained reams of the General’s archival documents. What matters is what if any classified information is within the many boxes, records, documents, computers and computer files and other information that was removed by the FBI from the Broadwell home.
The issue is not the other point on this sordid triangle, that being the wealthy socialite named Jill Kelley. (For those wondering what a socialite actually does, it involves marrying a wealthy man, hosting parties, and shopping. Kim Kardashian is a socialite, and as much intelligence information can be gleamed from her as from Ms. Kelley.)
Either of these women being naked would trigger media interest. However, neither of their naked bodies are relevant to the story that America should be interested in and that an honest media would be reporting on.
The story that has the mighty falling. First General Petraeus and now General John R. Allen is seeing his nomination to be NATO Supreme Allied Commander put on hold for sending emails to Ms. Kelley that are being reported as alleged borderline cybersex.
A side note is that just because men like receiving these emails from women does not mean women enjoy receiving them from men.
In the litany of nakedness, the least important naked body belongs to the FBI agent who responded to Ms. Kelley’s concern over threatening emails from Ms. Broadwell. The FBI agent sent Ms. Kelley pictures of himself with his shirt off. This entire aspect of the “scandal” could have been avoided if the agent had done what every man on earth should do. Look in the mirror honestly, and conclude “no woman wants to see this.”
Men seem to think that just because we like seeing pictures of naked women that they like seeing these pictures of us. They don’t.
Only one naked body in this entire sordid affair matters, and it is the one the media, and the administration, goes out of its way to ignore.
His name is Ambassador Chris Stevens. He was brutally murdered by al Qaeda terrorists on September 11th, 2012. Radical Islam was the only motivation.
So rather than ask who else had their clothing removed, let’s ask real questions that actually matter more than Kelley’s hair-tossing or Broadwell’s Kardashian-style rump-shaking.
Those questions begin with whether Paula Broadwell’s work lead to the discovery of evidence that an alleged secret detention facility for prisoners existed under CIA auspices.
Al Qaeda terrorists are alluding to this “secret prison” as the motive for the Benghazi attacks even as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Ambassador Susan Rice, President Obama, and even General Petraeus all blamed an anti-Muslim movie that nobody saw. For the record, that film-maker was thrown in jail on specious charges and has not been seen since.
So does this secret prison exist and will we ever know?
Since President Obama banned any “secret prisions” upon taking office in 2009, if this secret prision does or did exist, did President Obama know?
If he did not know, then who defied the orders of the President?
If the information regarding the secret prison is truthful, how did Ms. Broadwell allegedly come about this information? Did General Petraeus voluntarily give Broadwell secret classified information or did she have unauthorized access to his computer and email accounts via their liaison?
The story is not “the Petraeus affair.” What should be emphasized is the growing meme that “CIA Director Petraeus was compromised.” We need to know how was he and the national security information he knew about was compromised.
Now reports are coming in that the FBI knew Mr. Petraues was compromised back in July of 2011.
Another round of questions include: Why was this not disclosed to the public until after the 2012 presidential election? When did Attorney General Eric Holder know? When did President Obama know? Who made the final decision to hide this from the public for six months?
When Ambassador Stevens and a pair of brave Navy SEALs were being murdered, who at the CIA gave the order not to come to their rescue? Did General Petraeus give the order? If not, does he know who did? Did President Obama make the final call? Did Secretary of State Clinton?
If not, do they know who did?
As hearings take place, Mrs. Clinton is hiding in Australia while General Petraeus resigned, though reports are that he will testify regardless. Meanwhile, the fourth estate is treating this all as an episode of “Dallas.”
The media may enjoy a good catfight between attractive brunettes, but this is not about junior high school kitty clawing. There are murdered Americans, and everyone from President Obama to General Petraeus has an obligation to let America know the entire truth.
Colonel Nathan R. Jessup was wrong. We can handle the truth. What we cannot handle is our government lying to us either through omission, overt falsehoods, or shrouding the truth, regardless of the personal cost they have to pay.
The media should stop fogging up the small screen with heavy breathing from oversexed post-adolescents confusing Spring Break in Tampa with the deadly Arab Spring in Libya.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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