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The Slut Paula Broadwell

Posted on | November 10, 2012 | 110 Comments

Let’s just go ahead and get this out of the way, eh? Aren’t feminists who embrace the “slut” label (e.g., “Slutwalk“) all about empowerment and liberation? And if you are an empowered liberated woman, what difference does it make if you’re married or your partner is married? All those silly vows — “Forsaking all others” and so forth — are just oppressive tools by which the patriarchy subjugates women, and anyone who buys into moral ideals of marital permanence and lifelong fidelity has succumbed to what the Marxists would call “false consciousness.”

Stipulate that adultery has occurred and continues to occur even in the most traditionalist societies, as for example the infamous Beecher-Tilton scandal. We can’t blame feminism for everything.

Still, doesn’t it just make sense that the cheating husband will have more opportunities to cheat in a culture where rhetoric about the sexual empowerment of women is so widely accepted that anyone who dares question it is condemned as a misogynist or a puritanial religious fanatic? In the case of Gen. David Petraeus and his affair with biographer Paula Broadwell, is there no one who can defend the marital rights of Holly Petraeus, the general’s wife of 37 years, without being accused of hypocrisy, prudery or sexism? And what about the husband — father of her two sons — whom the slut Paula Broadwell betrayed?

Taylor Berman at Gawker examines the evidence that Scott Broadwell suspected his wife was cheating with Petraeus and wrote a letter to New York Times advice columnist Chuck Klosterman and received a published answer informed by political correctness and moral relativism:

Don’t expose the affair in any high-profile way. It would be different if this man’s project was promoting some (contextually hypocritical) family-values platform, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. . . . This is between you and your spouse.

Right: Adultery is only a scandal if it involves hypocrisy, and only Republican “family-values” spokesmen are capable of hypocrisy, so the adultery of an important Obama administration official should be viewed as strictly a private matter. If it weren’t for double standards, liberals would have no standards at all.

According to her Wikipedia page, Broadwell remained an Army reserve officer while she was knocking boots with the CIA director and was only recently elevated to the rank of lieutenant colonel, a promotion she never would have gotten had her illicit affair been exposed earlier. And it appears the slut was very cunning in her seduction:

Paula Broadwell, 39, has said she often conducted interviews with Petraeus while jogging. The pair met in 2006, when she was attending the Kennedy Center for Public Leadership at Harvard.

Ah, yes — the elite institution, and the ambitious West Point graduate using her sexuality to gain advantageous access to the Alpha Male, who had conveniently tucked his wife into a political sinecure with the Obama administration’s pet bureaucracy:

His wife, Holly, the daughter of a West Point superintendent, heads the office for service-member affairs in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency created by the 2010 financial-regulation law.

Give the Missus a do-gooder job to keep her busy while you’re keeping busy with other things, eh, General?

Of course, the feminists will cry foul that I am interpreting this tawdry human drama ideologically, even while they themselves view it through the lens of their own narrow ideology. My point is not that feminism causes adultery, but rather that the feminist rhetoric of “empowerment” provides a convenient rationalization for such behavior, and that feminism privileges the interests of a relatively small cadre of women (elite careerist strivers like Paula Broadwell) over the interests of others.

The inherent selfishness of feminism — its meaning as the expression of the power-oriented ambitions of a self-interested elite — is what needs to be examined. As is so often true in radical politics, the demand for “equality” is a precursor to the demand for hegemonic superiority.

UPDATE: More details emerge. It seems that David Petraeus may have had more than one extra-marital sweetie, and that his affair was discovered when the FBI began investigating e-mail threats that Paula Broadwell had sent to the general’s other side-piece:

The identity of the woman who received the e-mails was not disclosed, and the nature of her relationship with Petraeus is unknown. The officials said the woman did not work at the CIA and was not Petraeus’s wife, Holly. The law enforcement officials said the e-mails indicated that Broadwell perceived the other woman as a threat to her relationship with Petraeus.

John Hinderaker notes that the general’s e-mail correspondence with his lover included thousands of messages, which suggests that the CIA director was spending way too much time dealing with his irregular personal life. One argument for monogamy: It’s less time-consuming.

 

 

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  • http://www.savageleft.com/ Red Dawn

    Take heart, Patriots. The utter and complete moral bankruptcy inside the beltway is a prime reason why the offenses against liberty committed by the Obama regime should be pursued vigorously by the states and their respective citizens.

    A morally bankrupt central government cannot stand.

  • http://twitter.com/klejdys Klejdys

    http://trunc.it/mdr54
    NYT reporting Broadwell inadvertently blew in Petraeus when she allowed the FBI to monitor her email because of an unrelated dispute. Hilariously moronic. Then they stuck it in him because they felt him sending emails from a public email service (LOL) could lead to a security breach (LOLOLOL). Sorry Dave.

  • http://www.serr8d.blogspot.com/ Serr8d

    She’s certainly a tighter ‘slut’ than Monica Lewinski or Sandra Fluke.

    Are you sure she’s a Democrat ?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shawny-Lee/100001989148504 Shawny Lee

    Comes down to a 39 year old, immature, narcissistic individual who acts with no regard for anyone but herself. Perhaps so insecure that no matter how many awards, trophys, degrees or personal conquests she has to brag about, she can never fill the bottomless pit of her own inadequacy. That kind of person goes through life like a tsunami sucking the wind out of everyone they come in contact with. Kind of like the female over-acheiver version of Obama. But I’ll bet her golf score is better.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    It is a tale of two Rule 5s, the good girl and the the bad wife who betrayed her children, her husband and her honor.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    I am sure he is glad he worked for Obama. Nice way to cap off a career, in disgrace. I hope Mrs. Petraeus does well in the divorce.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shawny-Lee/100001989148504 Shawny Lee

    A morally bankrupt central government has, can and will stand as long as men of good will and moral character stand by and do nothing……or until said government runs out of other peoples money. Sadly, so far they’ve been pretty successful at fooling, cheating, bribing, extorting, intimidating, threatening and even murdering those men of moral character to get this far. So maybe we should take heart that economic collapse will also lead to their demise and resolve to hasten that process along. History is proof that no great civilization or people have ever survived their internal traitors or their own stupidity.

  • b.

    Thanks for writing this. It needed to be said.

    feminism privileges the interests of a relatively small cadre of women (elite careerist strivers like Paula Broadwell) over the interests of others.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Well said. Brutal but I suspect very spot on.

  • AZDem9933

    And of course Petraeus, being the man, is completely blameless.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shawny-Lee/100001989148504 Shawny Lee

    Thanks, I’ve just dealt with people like this of both sexes in my life and those around them laid waste in the process. Hopefully the kids will come out of it ok.

  • Mike F.

    No, he is a vile, contemptible slime. However, that does not negate what was posted.

  • Jacko Tom

    This is a smoke screen to cover the rampant election fraud in FL, OH, WI, PA, VA and other states. The media including conservative talk radio and Drudge have not said a peep.

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  • http://www.savageleft.com/ Red Dawn

    No doubt, a weak house can stand until storms hit.

    Which is precisely why we need to be very, very aggressive with out push-back at the state level, in particular.

    The network of red states must go on the offensive when it comes to ignoring the dictates of tyrannical swarms of officers sent to harass their people.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Absolutely not. Petraeus is pathetic and stupid. He betrayed his wife, children and his honor. The only saving grace is they are at least adults. Petraeus is even worse than Broadwell for betraying his office and duties.

  • Adobe_Walls

    Cheers RSM finally a post election story you can sink your teeth in.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Perhaps. While I think it is likely there was some fraud that cost us some races (Allen West in particular), Romney (through is crack campaign advisors) did in fact screw the pooch. No doubt there was shenanigans in Philly, but PA was lost. Same is probably true for OH. We never had a chance because the Romney team was not up for the job.

    Unlike the hypotonic glabrous man-child Steve Schmidt and the back stabbing distempered stoat Nicolle Wallace these consultants will not get gigs on MSNBC. They will just go to work for the next GOP sucker.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shawny-Lee/100001989148504 Shawny Lee

    Exactly right. More states need to be actively involved in nullification of federal laws which further usurp states rights and state sovereignty. That means we need to focus more or state governors, AG’s, justices and legislators races and supporting them to defend citizens rights no matter which partys clown is in the oval office.

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  • http://www.savageleft.com/ Red Dawn

    We’re definitely far down the road to serfdom.

    Time to get very serious regarding a redress of grievances associated with the swarms of officers from the EPA, IRS, and HHS, to name three, that are sent to harass, coerce, and intimidate our people.

    Obama’s no Carter, much less Lincoln.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shawny-Lee/100001989148504 Shawny Lee

    No shit. At no time in history did a candidate have so many weak points to attack, so much corruption and failure to point out but they never even tried to make the case. Made me wonder halfway through who team Romney was getting paychecks from. It was risky putting a candidate who had lost to another losing candidate, McCain, up to begin with. But I have to say Romney did better than I expected. The media and the GOP sucked.

  • Robin4589

    So why was she not required to end her career, also? She was also married at the time of the affair. Double standards abound.

  • Vuse

    Like your writing style-your voice comes through loud and clear. The content and commentary sucked me in like a vacuum cleaner. Like Stein and Shaidle too.

  • Garym

    Definitely sounds like there is a lot of discovery evidence in her favor.

  • Garym

    RSM is damn good and does his own original reporting. Hit his tip jar!

  • Garym

    The media and the GOPe always suck at these elections, but I think it comes down to these people being afraid of being labled raaaaacists.

  • gvanderleun

    We could do without the image, okay?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shawny-Lee/100001989148504 Shawny Lee

    WooHoo! Allen West wins by 195 votes in final recount. Let’s open the rest of that Florida can of worms and see what we find.

    http://reaganiterepublicanresistance.blogspot.com/2012/11/breaking-allen-west-winning-fla-18.html?m=1

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    She is not in the government. I am all for firing her. Who does she work for?

    I think she works for herself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shawny-Lee/100001989148504 Shawny Lee

    Or worse yet, labeled a conservative extremists when they’re trying to sell a one size fits all big tent candidate.

  • mare

    Some of you sound like you think Paula raped General Patraeus.

    Two people made selfish decisions that have wide ranging ramifications. Slut though she may be, The General is a bit of a slut himself.

  • wilson

    she can suck the wind out of me anytime.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shawny-Lee/100001989148504 Shawny Lee

    Yeah, somehow I knew that was coming. Dear David, when lives and national security are involved we need you thinking with the big head, not getting the wind sucked out of the little one.

  • Garym

    Takes two to tango.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shawny-Lee/100001989148504 Shawny Lee

    Yup, all that’s missing from this saga is the Weiner tweets. What always astounds me is how a seemingly intelligent, well educated woman can be delusional enough to think if a man will cheat on his wife with her, that he would never, ever cheat on her with someone else…..that’s just plain stupid.

  • Vuse

    Guessing she didn’t wear a bra during those interviews while jogging.

  • Vuse

    Sounds like you speak from experience-bang on description-have worked with many such persons and lived with one-it’s both exhausting and demoralizing. Felt like I was walking on the air when away from their overbearing presence.

  • slp

    Adultery is a crime under the UCMJ.

    Broadwell is in the Army Reserve.

    If the incidents of adultery occurred while Petraeus was on active duty, he could be brought back on active duty and tried.

    What are probabilities that either will be charged under the UCMJ?

    Close to zero.

  • Vuse

    It appears that both crime and punishment ceased to exist in 2008.

  • Robin4589

    Isn;t she still in the Army Reserves? It says she got a promotion before the affair leaked out. She should at least be discharged if she’s still in.

  • Vuse

    Do tell-I’m intrigued.

  • Vuse

    Darn-I can’t seem to come up with a witty retort.

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    Sorry, I understand the moral outrage but it isn’t like adultery is something new. The real scandal is that the FBI found out about this MONTHS AGO and had to keep the lid on it until after the election. If an adulterer is a security risk – and he is – and a fellow sending THOUSANDS of emails to his paramour(s) is distracted from doing his job – which he obviously was – then our nation was put at risk for Obama’s personal political convenience.

    Hang the traitor – after a fair and impartial trial, of course.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shawny-Lee/100001989148504 Shawny Lee

    Thanks, and yes I do speak from personal experience. And one of them an ex husband. They usually end up getting crushed under the weight of their own giant ego or finally getting involved with someone just as callous and clueless as themselves. Others I’ve known were untreated ADHD and manic depressives. And if they self medicate with cocaine or other drugs they can roll right off the rails of reality to go with it and lack any kind of conscience. I know exactly what you mean about that liberating feeling of escaping that kind of long term oppression and recognizing who to stay the hell away from now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shawny-Lee/100001989148504 Shawny Lee

    Yes, along with the rule of law and justice. Let us just hope that there was no trade off with Obama for allowing Patraeus to simply resign such a high post with national security implications and no punishment for, say, keeping his silence on Benghazi and arms dealing. I’m sure they knew about his affair or affairs long before this and likely before his appointment to CIA head. So why is this story news now?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shawny-Lee/100001989148504 Shawny Lee

    Exactly right!! Patraeus and Obama…..dual gallows. I’ll call Ticketmaster. Would bring in enough to pay off the national debt.

  • Garym

    Of course our fearless MSM will report that there is nothing to see here …….. move along.

  • Garym

    But if Patreus was gay and had an affair with another gay soldier?
    ……… You make the call.