Le Scandale Petraeus Proves We Are Definitely Not France

Uh oh. J’ai fait une erreur.

When my babies’ daddy was here Friday picking up the kids, the David Petraeus story had just broken. We chatted briefly and Dave’s reaction was, “Why the hell is he leaving his job? What does this have to do with his ability to lead the CIA?” I replied that if nothing else, it showed extremely poor judgment and possibly jeopardized national security.

What?! Why did I even say that? I guess I figured the whole story wasn’t out yet; that there must be something big and scary and ugly to it. Maybe there is, but at this point, unless there’s something I don’t know yet – always a safe bet – it makes no sense to me that he is resigning his position.

And it really doesn’t add up when you start to think about what “his position” actually is. This dude runs the CIA. Think about some of the atrocities this organization has been a part of. (Seriously, take a second.) But somehow unauthorized getting down is the part we simply WILL NOT tolerate?

Is the biographer actually a hooker? Is somebody pregnant? Did Petraeus and his ladyfriend dig a shallow grave for a nosy old lady who witnessed a tryst? Were there sex parties at the Saudi Embassy paid for by the US government? Did Petraeus give his side girl human slaves as tokens of love? Because if not, I give this scandal a D-.


Idea: reality show! Let’s bring all the players together in a bland DC apartment and put them through a series of challenges. With drinking! And family secrets! And lots of drinking.

That way, this thing might start to get interesting. Until then, je suis ennuyé.Ryan Reynolds gif

I know I’m making light of this situation and at least 2 families are in ruins because of what happened between a man and a woman. I don’t mean to minimize the pain of anyone directly involved, obviously.

UPDATE: The emergence of the second woman? Now we’re gettin’ somewhere!

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11 thoughts on “Le Scandale Petraeus Proves We Are Definitely Not France

  1. Forever 51 says:

    Christmas-if a guy that homely can have an affair….

  2. hsf says:

    Do we know who the other other woman was, the one who was the recipient of the threatening emails? Could this be a replay of the diaper astronaut who went after her competition?
    On the other hand, aside from the gossip side of the story, I am most concerned that the man who had full charge of the lives of young men and women in war zones could exhibit such poor judgement. Isn’t that reason for him to go?

    • reallyrealatlantahousewife says:

      Hahaha! The diaper astronaut! This afternoon I was struggling to remember what this reminded me of and that was it!

      My first reaction was definitely what you mention. I guess I would say this: I think some people – usually men – are experts at compartmentalizing. Their lives can be a messy mess in some ways, and in others they are high-functioning and extremely competent. Is this an example? Time will tell.

  3. The title alone made me chuckle.

    Yeah. The second woman. Then we have a ménage à trois which, theoretically, is more French. (Then again… )

  4. Julia's Math says:

    Here is something to think about: what did everyone do before the advent of the information age? Is he really the first man to have an affair in a position of power? Do the names “Jefferson” and “Kennedy” mean anything to anyone?! Those guys- both great leaders- would never even make it past a primary today! Also, I’m super glad that everyone else is perfect and so can throw stones!

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