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The extramarital affair of retired Gen. David Petraeus,commander of U.S. forces inAfghanistan before being elevat-ed to CIA director, is a black eyefor the Army and underminesthe service’s code of military con-duct and its doctrine of supportfor families, local military leadersand experts say.But the scandal, while titil-lating, shouldn’t have a long-term affect on military disci-pline, those experts say. That’sbecause Petraeus, 60, was retiredbefore he began his tryst withhis 40-year-old biographer andbecause he resigned his CIA postimmediately when news of theaffair surfaced.“If it had been unacknowl-edged or glossed over or notacted upon, I think it probablywould have more of an effect,”said retired Maj. Gen. William“Dutch” Holland, a former com-mander of the Ninth Air Force,based at Shaw Air Force Base inSumter, S.C. “The standards arethe standards, and they shouldbe equally applied to the three-striper (enlisted personnel) aswell as the four-star general oradmiral. If the standards are notheld appropriately at one level orthe other, then I think you’ve gota problem.”
Carla Atkinson, director of Army community services atFort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.,the Army’s largest training base,agrees.
Atkinson’s department helpsmilitary families deal with thechallenges presented by multipledeployments, financial issuesand combat-related stress. Shesaid any time a high-rankingofficer “is not consistent in theirvalues” it hurts the service andmakes it harder to instill thosevalues in young soldiers.“Leaders are supposed to setan example,” she said. “Rightnow, it’s a black eye and hurtsour reputation. But long term,the Army will survive.”Petraeus resigned Nov. 9 afteracknowledging he had an affairwith Paula Broadwell, a fellowWest Point graduate who spentmonths studying the general’sleadership in Afghanistan andwrote a biography of him, titled“All In: The Education of GeneralDavid Petraeus.”Broadwell met Petraeus in2006 as a graduate student whenthe general spoke at the KennedySchool of Government at HarvardUniversity. She started a doctoraldissertation on Petraeus’ lead-ership style before expanding itinto the biography.Frederic J. Medway, aUniversity of South Carolina dis-tinguished professor emeritusand a Columbia, S.C., psycholo-gist, said the Petraeus-Broadwellaffair is a textbook professor-student attraction with little rela-tionship to the military exceptthat Petraeus was a soldier.“It’s a classic model,” he said.“She’s hanging on your everyword. She’s telling you howmuch she admires you. You worktogether closely, and the close-ness grows. We shouldn’t besurprised that it would lead to arelationship.”Petraeus reportedly endedthe affair last summer when helearned that Broadwell had beensending harassing e-mails to afamily friend, Jill Kelley, a Floridasocialite who passed the emailsalong to an FBI agent.Medway said the emails, too,are a classic reaction of a youngadmirer who sees a threat fromanother potential suitor.“She views this as her lastshot to have a relationship withher hero, her lover, her mentorand, because we are in SouthCarolina, I have to say, her soulmate,” Medway said, in a refer-ence to former S.C. Gov. MarkSanford, and his confession of anextramarital affair.Although not unusual and notnecessarily related to his militaryservice, Petraeus’ affair has takenon more importance in the mediabecause of his leadership posi-tion in the Armed Forces during atime of war, Medway said.“Anytime you have bad newsit harms an institution,” he said.“That’s why the people in chargeof that institution, in this case thepresident, want to clean house . .. because of the visibility of thismajor figure.”
Although the effect on themilitary should be minimal inthe long term, there are lessonsto be learned from the affair,said Claudia Smith Brinson,a senior lecturer at ColumbiaCollege and the daughter of anAir Force officer.
“Even though he is a retiredgeneral, he still draws a pen-sion and is called a general,” she
Petraeus scandal a black eye for Army, but no long-term effects, personnel say
TRENTON, N.J. — As Obamaadministration officials touredstorm-ravaged parts of NewJersey on Friday and pledged tospeed the recovery from super-storm Sandy, Gov. Chris Christieand other elected officials putpressure on the president andCongress to come through withhundreds of millions of dollars infinancial help.In advance of Vice PresidentJoe Biden’s scheduled Sundaytour of storm damage in the state,Christie said he has asked the vicepresident for help in reinforcingNew Jersey’s 127 miles of beach-es to withstand another majorweather event.He said the effort would costabout $750 million – a cost hewants the federal government toshoulder.“I will not back away fromrebuilding the Jersey Shore,”Christie said at his first publicevent in two weeks not dedicatedto relief efforts.The governor was in Newarkwith state and national labor lead-ers to hail a new contract with thecity’s teachers that included meritpay provisions.
Yet the governor spent much of his time talking about the state’srebuilding efforts, promising topursue legislative action to forcebeachfront property owners toaccept beach replenishment if theyresisted reconstruction efforts.
And he defended the effortsof Jersey Central Power & Lightin restoring electricity after thestorm. Several North Jerseytowns are petitioning the state torevoke the company’s license, cit-ing a slow storm response.But Christie said New Jersey’sutilities restored electricityfaster than their counterparts inneighboring states, adding thatthe company responded quicklybecause “I beat the hell out of JCP&L last year” after HurricaneIrene, when residents also sawprolonged power outages.Meanwhile, Obama admin-istration officials met with thestate’s two Democratic senatorsin Monmouth County on Friday,pledging to work with mayors,legislators and other officials tospeed recovery.“Our job, first and foremost, isto make sure we cut every pieceof red tape, slash every regula-tion that we need to make surethat help is on the way as quicklyas possible,” said Housing andUrban Development SecretaryShaun Donovan, whom Obamahas put in charge of coordinatinglong-term recovery from Sandy.Donovan, who said he willfocus on trying to get home-owners and businesses backon their feet, spoke outside theFederal Emergency ManagementAgency’s New Jersey coordinationcenter with Homeland SecuritySecretary Janet Napolitano andU.S. Sens. Bob Menendez andFrank Lautenberg.Menendez asked residentsto register with FEMA – on theagency’s website or at 1-800-621-FEMA – to receive federal disas-ter assistance.“So far, 210,000 residents haveregistered with the agency, andthey have received a total of $186million, Napolitano said.said. “Your code of honor shouldremain.”Still, Brinson predictedPetraeus eventually will be for-given for his transgressions, evenif he shouldn’t be. Broadwell, sheadded, already has been paintedas a vixen who ensnared a gen-eral, a label that Brinson doesn’tthink Broadwell deserves.
“It’s sexist,” she said. “There’s astereotype assigned. The phrase‘wily temptress’ has already beenused.”
Brinson noted that Gen. DwightEisenhower, commander of Alliedforces in World War II, had anaffair with aide Kay Summersbyand went on to become the presi-dent of the United States.“That’s the other sexist aspectof this,” she said, “That boys willbe boys. We went through thatwith Bill Clinton. Core charactercan be overlooked.”Brinson added that leads to aconflicted and sometimes contra-dictory reaction to the scandal.“Because we are sendingsoldiers into situations of possibledeath, we have a higher expecta-tion that our leaders behave in acertain way,” she said. “But stillwe excuse the men. We label thewomen. We aren’t quite sure howto respond and who to blame.”Ike McLeese, the chief execu-tive of the Greater ColumbiaChamber of Commerce and cur-rently a civilian aide to the secre-tary of the Army, said the scandalwill resonate especially in lightof the Benghazi controversy andfears that national security hadbeen compromised.But in the end, the spotlight willmove on, he predicts.“Does it hurt the Army? Itdoesn’t help,” he said. “But, overthe long haul, like most thingsin this country, we’ll move tothe next major news story. It’sa human tragedy – a man whohas served that distinguished acareer to screw it up at the endby bad judgment. But, over thelong haul, I’m not sure it will hurtthat much.”
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