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Here's what I don't understand -- if Jill Kelley was such a good friend of General David Petraeus, why didn't she contact him when she got the "threatening" emails? His name was in them. They were close personal friends. Why didn't she email him or call his secretary and say, "I have to talk to him, the strangest thing has happened, I'm concerned, it's all making me nervous." And then once she's reached him, the obvious follow-up is, "Do you have any idea what this is?"

Reports are coming out now that allegedly, at one point, Petraeus asked Paula Broadwell to cease and desist, which might indicate that he knew about it somehow -- but how? Did he learn about it from Kelley or the FBI? Were he and Kelley speaking at the time?

I repeat, if you received a threatening email that also mentioned a "friend," wouldn't you ask your friend if he had any idea why?

But instead she reported it to the FBI. Why?

As I watched a clip tonight on CBS news when Petraeus tendered his resignation to the military and tepidly thanked his wife "Hol," who was standing behind him as she always has, I was horrified and saddened. This is their personal tragedy and I'm curious to see what decision she makes -- but another question lingers, perhaps a more interesting ethical question.

Did Petraeus ask anyone if it was okay for him to authorize a biography while he was the acting director of the CIA? I'm missing something here, clearly. This is an ethical question. And, I'm not at all clear on, if he did ask the question, who in the world thought in these complicated geo-political times that was even a good idea to begin with.

What I do know is that General Petraeus, while he may be good at war, evidence supports the fact that he's not that good at picking friends. And I wonder who his other friends are.