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Voices Online , China

Intrigue Surrounding
CIA Director and
the White House

By Zhou Jingguo

Translated By Leah Averitt

12 November 2012

Edited by Heather Martin

China - Voices Online - Original Article (Chinese)

On [Nov.] 9, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director Petraeus announced that due to an extramarital affair he had submitted his resignation to President Obama. Barack Obama said he had approved the request. Petraeus’ extramarital affair had been investigated and exposed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in an investigation of a hacking case. Biographer Paula Broadwell was being investigated following suspicion of illegal invasion of an FBI website to obtain intelligence when she and Petraeus’ extramarital affair surfaced.

CIA Director Petraeus “accepts responsibility and resigns.” To say something fair: This man still wants to "save face.” In his bones, he also knows that as a White House senior official in the U.S. to do such a thing is to lessen the image of the White House. He has a high position but he had an affair and this is certainly a question of “power.” It is really detrimental to the prestige of government officials, and it will have a negative impact on the American people. It is even detrimental to “national prestige.” He admits and regrets this: This is “unacceptable” behavior for a husband and the director of the CIA.

In fact, “sex” in the U.S. is basically nothing. It is nothing more than genital contact between men and women. What is more, it is just rubbing against each other only to be pleasured. Sexual openness has a long history in the U.S. If Petraeus were not the director of the CIA — a prominent official position — then his affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell would mean nothing. But it so happens that the CIA director is an extremely powerful and important figure in the U.S. He is also a war hero and highly respected. He has achieved a lot for the U.S. Amid the smoke from battlefields in the Middle East, he is an iron man. It is natural that it was difficult to avoid the admiration of the biographer Broadwell. A hero cannot risk beauty. This powerful army leader Petraeus will eventually not be able to keep his integrity at all. He has knelt to the skirts of Broadwell.

In Petraeus’ confession, he emphasized his identity as a “husband.” It appears as though he is a “stray lamb.” He is awaiting a moral trial by the American people; he is awaiting his wife’s forgiveness. President Obama’s blessing is perhaps the only comfort: He hopes the couple can make it through this difficult time. In light of the CIA director’s affair, the kind words from Obama are actually “difficult.” Petraeus’ situation is filled with desolation.

To say these things one cannot help but talk about two politicians in the U.S. that form a couple: Bill and Hillary Clinton. When there was an affair in the White House, this could be seen as a rarity. When Clinton was president, he had affairs with eight women. What is more, his autobiography “My Life, Their Lives” is a great showoff of pride. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is not willing to be outdone and also is said to have many sexual relationships; she would go so far as to make love daily with four to five men. She said publicly that this is “democracy.” The author sighs.



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