Anderson Cooper breaks down who's who in the growing scandal surrounding David Petraeus' affair with his biographer. Another four-star general is now connected to the controversy, and new information about what the FBI was doing at Paula Broadwell's house Monday night.
Am sure Jill Kelley's done a great deal of good for the Macdill AFB community, but underneath all that is a train wreck. Losing house, 9 lawsuits and a what appears to be a bogus charity, think the General's should be a little more careful on the company they keep. On Lt. Col Broadwell, think the Military discipline she'll likely receive will be a lot worse than any potential civil penalties brought on by the FBI. Uniform Code of Military Justice may get her on unauthorized use, storage and handling of classified Army information, not to mention she could get anything from non-judical punishment such as demotion and loss of pay under Article 15 or judicial punishment such as Court Martial for her adulterous act with General Petraeus. Although, out of sheer publiciity and intense scrutiny, Army may decide to just make her resign her commission. Either way, her Military and Intel career is over; however, her career as a journalist may be just beginning. Imagine how many people would buy her autobiography or watch what will undoubtedbly be a Hollywood movie on the woman who brought down an 'Icon.' This whole scandal is like a big car wreck – we can't help but stare – including lots of Senators and Congressman who should be focused on compromise solutions for solving the 'Fiscal Cliff' crisis. Paula would have made a great spy or double agent – hot, bright, fit, charismatic and pursuasive. If she can get over the shame, unwanted fame and humiliation, will make for a great turn around story as well on reinventing oneself.
The significance of the Petraeus affair is, well, being way over reported. What most Americans would like to see is a "Congress Segment". Report everyday as to what Congress did to help the economy and resolve the deficit and tax issues. Most days there will be nothing to report. On those days, report on 5 randomly selected Senators and House Representatives on what the did that day on behalf of the taxpayers. Maybe if CNN shined a spotlight on the do-nothing elected members of Congress, they might get busy doing something, which is an improvement over what we got from them today, which was nothing, the same as we will get tomorrow.
He almost ended up handing over our nuclear codes because he was afraid to tell his wife that he was seeing someone else.
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