I am completely obsessed with the stories about General Petraeus and Paula Broadwell. Every minute a new juicy detail comes out.
The angles that interest me at the moment:
- It's clear that the FBI knew about this mess in the summer, but held back on the news until the day after the election. Who made that decision to sit on the news? Attention is closing in on the FBI right now.
- I'm fascinated by the idea that someone at the top level of the FBI got a report placed on his desk and had to single handedly make an enormous decision. Should he tell the president? At the late stages of the election, it would certainly have been a major distraction. Republicans are currently fantacizing how this news could have shifted election results.
- It's really weird that an unpublished author gets access to a General and also gets a mid six-figure advance for the book.
- I'm still laughing at Jon Stewart's quip regarding Broadwell's book. "The real controversy here is, 'Is he awesome or incredibly awesome?'" Stewart said.
- Did he make his life worse by resigning? Did he really need to resign?
- Did Broadwell really send crazy e-mails to another woman using Petraeus e-mail account?
- Forgive me for being an ass, but I do have to wonder how her husband could be a "Mr. Mom" when he was a radiologist. Certainly she had a full staff of helpers, who enabled her to have the time to run marathons and jet off to Afghanistan. Why didn't she thank them in the acknowledgments to the book?
- Hanna Rosin talks about the dual portrayal of Broadwell in the media – soccer mom and slutty witch.