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Diogenes: I admit it's hard to divide out the salacious crap, but the whole situation does reveal some serious flaws. Military starfarkers seeking personal privilege. Poor scrutiny leading to potential intelligence vulnerabilities. A roguish (and shirtless) FBI agent who went crying to a buddy in Congress. The point at which the Commander in Chief was informed. There are some lessons to be learned here that I'm afraid will be subsumed by the soap opera.
quickdraw: She has a point. There is a double standard. But in this case it's also true that the public already knows who Petraeus is. And (because of the obvious power differential) they dont have to dig too deep to try to figure out his motivations. These women are an unknown and its not completely clear what their motivations are. It is possible that Broadwell fell in love with him but there are so many other possible motives that speculation is inevitable.
anotar: My issue with positions of responsibility and affairs, the generic answer says they are more liable for blackmail rather than point out that if you cheat on/be dishonest with your wife, is there actually anything you will NOT be dishonest about?
Marshal805: I'll be Lisa Simpson and give the answer to the question no one asked; Because one look at his wife makes it clear why he would cheat on her. Not saying he should have, but I understand.