Vanity Fair ran a big profile of Petraeus a couple of years ago, by Mark Bowden, a couple of whose books I had enjoyed in the past (especially the Pablo Escobar one).
Man, it was astonishingly diligent in its arse-lickiness and ball-sucking. Not that I read it and immediately thought "David Petraeus is obviously a fraud", but the sheer uncritical sliminess of it was something else. To this day I can't read anything by Bowden.
Petraeus was pretty effective as a general, was he not? The mission(s) were probably futile and, in most cases, immoral, but he seemed to be less bad at it than his predecessors.
So given that, how could he be so fucking stupid?
Up to a point and much to the chagrin of British generals, who viewed themselves as the masters COIN ops. Some observers suggest Petraeus got a bit lucky with local conditions in Iraq which facilitated his success, but all generals need luck in war.
Anyway, wasn’t Eisenhower supposed to be shagging his driver whilst the biggest ever invasion fleet was heading to Normandy? How do they find the time indeed.
So Jill Kelley, the woman who complained about emails from Broadwell to her FBI agent friend (and who the other four-star general is apparently boning or wanted to bone), and her sister
sound like real pieces of work
. There's the debt and the fake charity ursus mentioned earlier, but also details about her twin sister. Twins! This just keeps getting better.