Who Is Paula Broadwell?
A senior military source leaves no doubt about who he believes is responsible for the downfall of General David Petraeus:
The woman who was Petraeus’s biographer and reported mistress, Paula Broadwell.
Petraeus met Broadwell at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2006 as she was wrapping up her Master’s degree.
Both are West Point alumni. Petraeus answered some of Broadwell’s questions regarding counterinsurgency and counterterrorism, interests they both shared.
“I took full advantage of his open-door policy to seek insight and share perspectives,” she writes in her book on Petraeus All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.
Broadwell promptly began her PhD dissertation entitled “a case study of General Petraeus’s leadership.” Two years later, when Petraeus assumed command of the Afghanistan War, the dissertation evolved into a book. That’s when her full access to the General began.
Any of that is spelled out in All In’s forward and Michael Hasting’s nine month old Rolling Stone review of the book.
Following Petraeus’s shocking resignation yesterday, I wanted to get a sense of how the situation is viewed within the military. I also wanted to understand the inside view of reports about the timing of the announcement, which came just after the election and just before Petraeus was scheduled to testify to Congress about Benghazi.
I reached out to a senior military source who has worked with Petraeus, (P4) as he’s referred to within the military, and who helped provide background information for Broadwell’s book. I’ll call the officer “James Downing”)
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