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Now Is the Winter of Our Discontent Victor Sharpe In Shakespeare’s Richard III, the Duke of Gloucester wins a military campaign, later becoming Richard III and bringing tyranny and calamity to his opponents and to the realm. So, too, the re-election of Barack Hussein Obama as president of the USA will likely usher in an irrevocable death blow to America’s love of freedom […]

Husband Wrote Letter to NYTimes About Wife Having Affair with ‘Government Executive’ Related to the Petraeus affair? Daniel Halper
Husband Wrote Letter to NYTimes About Wife Having Affair with ‘Government Executive’ Related to the Petraeus affair? Daniel Halper
Here’s a letter to the New York Times Magazine’s “ethicist,” which was published over the summer:

My wife is having an affair with a government executive. His role is to manage a project whose progress is seen worldwide as a demonstration of American leadership. (This might seem hyperbolic, but it is not an exaggeration.) I have met with him on several occasions, and he has been gracious. (I doubt if he is aware of my knowledge.) I have watched the affair intensify over the last year, and I have also benefited from his generosity. He is engaged in work that I am passionate about and is absolutely the right person for the job. I strongly feel that exposing the affair will create a major distraction that would adversely impact the success of an important effort. My issue: Should I acknowledge this affair and finally force closure? Should I suffer in silence for the next year or two for a project I feel must succeed? Should I be “true to my heart” and walk away from the entire miserable situation and put the episode behind me? NAME WITHHELD

There is, as one might imagine, much speculation that this is somehow related to CIA director David Petraeus’s affair with biographer Paula Broadwell. Or it could be completely unrelated.

UPDATE: New York Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren claims this is unrelated to the Petraeus affair:


The Petraeus Affair engages us on many levels, ranging from compromised security and political cover-ups to more fundamental questions of morality, duplicity, honor and human nature. Superficially, tales of adultery are always more fascinating when they are about good looking people in high places, both of which pertain here. It’s too soon to know how much deeper this plot will sink and how many other people may be involved, but as of Tues, Nov 13th, its disclosure is shaping up as the familiar saga of territoriality and competition between an alpha female and her perceived younger threat.

If you were creating a prototype for an ambitious, disciplined and determined go-getter, you would have conjured up Paula Broadwell, the athletic West Point graduate who fixed on David Petraeus as the subject for her PhD thesis, later turning it into a book with a journalist’s assistance. What started as a request for interviews and academic cooperation soon turned into a physical attraction and yada, yada, yada, you know the rest. What we don’t know is whether this began in Afghanistan or when Petraeus was already at the CIA, neither of which matters for the purpose of this essay. At some point during the affair, Ms Broadwell (or does she prefer the honorific Dr. as in Dr. Jill Biden?) became aware of Jill Kelley, another attractive married woman who is billed as a friend of Petraeus and someone active in helping wounded veterans and adorning Tampa society. As in stories we’ve read and seen in newspapers and movies, Alpha Paula regressed to the level of a high school cheerleader, sending nasty e-mails to Alpha Jill, warning her to keep her pom poms off this already claimed, adulterous, married general. Wily Jill, not wishing to descend into a catfight with her older challenger, instead resorted to the tried and true tactic of snitching to the FBI, conveniently contacting an agent who was already trying to win her favor by exposing his pecs and abs online.

To recap: we have one gloriously decorated Alpha male general, married to the scion of an illustrious military family, involved with a 40′ish married mother of two who is also a graduate of West Point and former homecoming queen; friendly with a younger married woman also involved with military men, who may or may not have been flirting with said general under the table or above, who tattles to the spooks about the nasty, sexually explicit e-mail she’s getting from an “anonymous” sender.

The Smithsonian magazine has an article about seven famous people who might have sailed on the Titanic but who, for some reason or other, missed the boat. They included Theodore Dreiser, Guglielmo Marconi, Milton Hershey, J. Pierpoint Morgan, Henry Frick, and Alfred Vanderbilt.

Dreiser had shifted to the Kroonland to save money. Hershey, of candy bar fame, had the money and had actually made a deposit on a ticket, but some business matter detained him and he had to cancel. What seemed like bad luck at the time actually turned out to be good fortune. Had things proved otherwise, the Titanic would have proved an even bigger disaster; our grandfathers might have grown up in a world without Hershey’s bars.

Lefty Gomez once remarked, “I’d rather be lucky than good.” What constituted good or bad might have been obvious on the baseball diamond, but things were less obvious in the more complex arena of everyday life. The Chinese had a story to describe the ambiguity of fortune.

… there lived an old man on the northern frontier of China. One day, his horse disappeared … few months later, his horse came back with another horse that was even better. His neighbors came to congratulate him on his gain. But … the old man … said this “good luck” might turn out to be misfortune in the end. Strangely, he was right again. A few days later, his son fell from the new horse and broke his leg … since his son was lame after that accident, he was not chosen to be a soldier to fight in the following war so that he lived with family safely.

Fortune into misfortune. Misfortune into fortune. The loss of the USS Lexington in the Battle of the Coral Sea was the down payment on the victory at Midway. In exchange for Lexington‘s loss, the Zuikaku and Shokaku were too mauled to sail with Nagumo on that fatal 4th of June. But you wouldn’t know it as the Lady Lex was going down. The role that event played in the greater scheme of things had yet to be revealed.

Of course, if Nimitz had lost at Midway the Lady Lex’s loss would have been just a loss.

When Mariano Rajoy followed socialist leader José Luis Zapatero to become Spain’s prime minister in 2010, he may have thought he had won the electoral lottery. But what he may actually have done was replace the metaphorical Edward Smith as captain on the Spanish ship of state.

Voters turned to him in hopes of alleviating the pain of Europe’s debt crisis. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Mr. Rajoy’s longtime rival, had stepped down as prime minister as the elections approached in the face of widespread resentment over Spain’s economic woes.



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WASHINGTON DC, November 13 2012: The Center for Security Policy today hosted three of the nation’s preeminent analysts concerning the totalitarian, supremacist Islamist doctrine of shariah in an examination of its influence and impact on U.S. policy – including the scandal now known as “Benghazigate.” In a panel convened at Hillsdale College’s Kirby Center in Washington, the author of the new book, Shariah vs. Freedom, Dr. Andrew Bostom, syndicated columnist and author Diana West and the former duty expert on radical Islam for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Stephen Coughlin, Esq. connected the proverbial dots between the failing efforts of the Obama administration with respect to engaging with Islamists and submitting to shariah and the debacle that began in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 and continues to this day.

Video of the panel is available at
A transcript will be posted at by November 14, 2012. In addition, the video link, the transcript and an executive summary will be distributed to members of Congress on November 14, 2012.

Highlights of the panel moderated by Center President Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. included the following:

Dr. Andrew Bostom, widely published expert on the history of shariah doctrine, noted that “Cynically ignoring sharia doctrines and practices that permanently endanger the life, liberty, and property of non-Muslims, US policymakers–epitomized by the murdered US Libyan Ambassador Christopher Stevens–have sacrificed US lives, and our nation’s principles.” Bostom’s third book on shariah was just published by Prometheus Books: Sharia versus Freedom: The Legacy of Islamic Totalitarianism.

Stephen Coughlin, nationally recognized expert and briefer on the shariah threat to the U.S. military, intelligence and law enforcement communities, commented, “As an explanation for the Benghazi attack, the YouTube clip is ridiculous. Understood in its own right however, the YouTube clip belongs to a cluster of activities that is just as disturbing as Benghazi.” Coughlin’s forthcoming book, Catastrophic Failure: The Big Lie in the War on Terror, will be published in January 2013 by the Center for Security Policy Press.

Diana West, investigative reporter and author, stated “In seeking the details of what happened on 9/11/12 in Benghazi, it’s vital not to lose sight of the real scandal, the policy the Obama Administration supported to overthrow anti-jihad allies in the region and re-align the US with the “bad guys” — the “rebels,” the “martyrs,” the al Qaeda forces, the Muslim Brothers, the whole jihad-happy crew in Libya and the wider Middle East. In Libya, Uncle Sam joined the jihad. In Benghazi, it blew up in our faces.” West’s next book, American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character, will be published April 2013 by St. Martin’s Press.

The panel recommended that congressional investigators use three hearings this week, and others likely to be held down the road, to address a series of questions requiring urgent answers. Several of the most important of these questions are contained in the appended list below.

Mr. Gaffney said: “Now that the 2012 election is behind us and Congress is back in town, legislators must drill down not simply on the details of what happened during and following the murderous terrorist attack in Benghazi last September. They must examine that event as a microcosm of – and teachable moment concerning – the Obama administration’s pro-Islamist policies that gave rise to it. Getting answers to the questions our panel has posed will do much to shed light on both.”

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