"Never have an affair with anyone who has less to lose than you do." That should cover hookers who don't play golf when you are the Greatest Golfer who ever lived. It should reverberate in the halls of Congress when congressmen are contemplating another kind of congress. But it doesn't.
The fact that Gen. Petraeus's biographer needed a "ghost-writer" speaks volumes about her lack of qualifications for the task at hand -- save for the fact that Gen. Petraeus could be absolutely certain that every word would be favorable, if not worshipful.
Let's just be honest here -- General Petraeus, his former mistress, Paula Broadwell, and even his jovial wife, Holly, along with the rest of us, are forcing ourselves into a box we don't naturally fit into.
In a way, I'm glad that David Petraeus's sex scandal is playing out across the pages and television screens of the mass media. Because one of the alternative ways it could have been handled is so much worse.
Pathological narcissistic leaders are difficult to understand because we are unable to see their life and death struggle. Both we the public and the people responsible for appointing our leaders do not see the bigger picture.
"You are talking about a massively invasive investigation that without any of their knowledge obtained their most intimate communications, all without evidence of any predicate crime," says Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald on Democracy Now!
Sex brought him down. Not a stray bullet, not a landmine, not a grenade nor a terrorist.
While nothing is going to keep your online activities completely private -- especially if law enforcement has sufficient reason to search your online files -- here are some tips that are a big step in keeping your files, emails and chats as private as possible.
General Petraeus played a key role in decisions to carry out controversial drone strikes, including the attacks last year that killed two U.S. citizens. But no, it was adultery that brought down Petraeus.
Afghanistan has become a backdrop for a bad "B" movie, a tawdry farce played for cheap laughs. But the real story is not the farce but the ongoing military tragedy of Afghanistan.
There is nothing new about senior public officials or military officers having extra marital affairs. Here they join about half the American population who have also engaged in such behavior.
Who are these totally hot twins, and how can they get the highest ranking military and intelligence operatives in the world to drop everything to jump through hoops for them?
The David Petraeus scandal is a tragedy of personal and global importance. Who could have possibly predicted such an undoing? None other than fake pundit Martin Eisenstadt... five years ago, to be exact.
Talk shows hosts are much more interested in tempting their public with the red meat of what could be mistaken for a new hit cable TV series than focusing on the fact that General Petraeus' strategies in Iraq and Afghanistan were not, in the long term, a stunning success.
Obama has one move. He needs to call in Colin Powell to help him put out the escalating inferno and to restore both credibility and a sense of integrity to the military high command. Only Powell has both the status and the national-security gravitas to help Obama steady this dangerously rocking ship.
Whenever I was misbehaving as a young man, my late great Dad always threatened to send me away to military school. I had no idea that my father -- a Naval officer back in the day -- was thinking of ways for me to someday meet women.