Maybe I shouldn't be surprised that David Petraeus got caught having an affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell. After all he's not the first powerful government official to fall from grace. Is this just the way men are?
So now, we're reminded of the military laurels on which Gen. David Petraeus rode to four stars and near-Eisenhower immortality: the counterinsurgency ...
Who doesn't understand the coupling? Hot hard bodies under a hot desert sky. A craggy faced general and his bicep bodalicious biographer. Bring it on. I'd sign up for the military if it meant more of that.
Just what are we to make of the decade of military hagiography we've just passed through? What did it mean for two generals to soar to media glory while the wars they commanded landed in the nearest ditch?
America's military is astonishingly top heavy, with 945 generals and admirals on active duty as of March 2012. Such a dynamic leads to mediocrity rather than excellence.
Even four-star generals seldom make the front page unless they've been killed in action or involved in an extra-marital affair, as witnessed the sudde...
Hugh Cunningham, the schoolmasterish Director of Training, who presented us a formula which, though it has a certain starry-eyed quality of the early CIA, has stuck in my mind ever since: "We must have the greatest immorality, and we must have the greatest morality."
Does a spouse have a right to privacy even if there is suspicion of infidelity? Couples are wrangling with these issues and are having difficulty drawing boundaries and making sense of what they discover.
The resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus has thrown a spotlight on the FBI's sweeping power to sift through the most intimate details of our digital lives -- often with little or no judicial supervision.
People seek out mentorship, business dealings and contacts with other successful people who can help them (and hopefully, that they can help in return). It's a necessary part of career growth and advancement and it should be viewed as a positive. But if you are a woman, it's not.
Obama and Barak were already working to further the Iron Dome successor anti-missile system. But I suspect Barak's political story has not ended. Then there is the kettle of fish comprising Benghazi.
Following infidelity, most couples wonder: is there any way to recover from this injury to the relationship and save the marriage?
Military spouses are absolutely talking about infidelity, about the behavior of our generals and about the toll of deployments on our marriages. We also talk about many topics that don't make the front page.
The Petraeus and Broadwell families can take comfort in one thing: this too shall pass. When it does, they will be alone to face days that most who have experienced them call the toughest time of their lives.
One can always rely on this old savory caveat: sex follows the army the way bottle flies follow fresh dung.
For those who work on private military and security contracting issues one longstanding, and still vexing, issue is encapsulated in just three words: "inherently governmental functions"