Mike Kueber's Blog

November 13, 2012

The elephant in the room with Holly Petraeus

The biggest scandal in weeks is the David Petraeus affair, and unlike the Benghazi affair, the media is all over this one.  First the media revealed last week that the married, 60-year-old Petraeus resigned from as CIA Director because of an affair.  Next we were told that the affair was with his married, 40-year-old biographer, Paula Broadwell.  Then we learned that the affair was discovered when a 2nd woman complained to the FBI that she had received anonymous emails warning her to keep her hands off Petraeus.  The ensuing FBI investigation determined that the emails had been sent by Paula Broadwell, and the media reporting determined that the 2nd woman was Jill Kelley, a 37-year-old surgeon’s housewife who volunteered to be a quasi-camp follower.

Although these facts are lurid enough, yesterday we learned more.  According to the Washington Post, the FBI in the course of investigating Jill Kelley learned that she had exchanged more than 20,000 “potentially inappropriate” emails in the past two years with the current American commander in Afghanistan, 58-year-old, married General John R. Allen.      

The mainstream media is trying to focus on the substantive aspect of this affair – i.e., powerful married men messing around.  Meanwhile, the tabloid media realizes that this scandal is even juicier because the women are 20 years younger than the men and undeniably hot.  Don Imus this morning said that Jill Kelley looks like she could be on the TV show, “Housewives of Tampa.”

But no one in the media, as far as I know, has commented on David Petraeus’s wife, Holly, other than to say she is highly accomplished and extremely pissed.    What the media usually fails to report:

  • Holly was the daughter of a four-star general, and some have questioned whether Petraeus married her to advance his career.  She says she was too smart to marry someone on the make, so the obvious follow-up question to her is why did he marry you. 
  • They say that 60 is the new 40 for women.  Well, someone forgot to tell Holly Petraeus.  She is a spitting image of Andy Griffith’s Aunt Bea. 

No one is arguing that General Petraeus was justified in jumping into bed with a beautiful, exciting 40-year-old amazon who could run six-minute miles with him, but Holly should be sensitive to the warning about being unequally yoked.


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