Former deputy secretary of defense and World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz, now at the American Enterprise Institute, is worried that everyone’s having too much fun with the increasingly bizarre Paula Broadwell/Jill Kelly/David Petraeus soap opera and losing sight of serious matters.
But he forgets that people are still exhausted from the endless, bitter presidential campaign. L’affaire Petraeus is like a peach sorbet, a palate-cleanser, after a very heavy meal.
Wolfowitz, writing on the AEI policy blog, says “Forget the gossip: focus on Benghazi.”
He argues that “fascination with the general’s personal story must not divert attention from the very significant policy failures that helped produce a chaotic security situation in Libya.”
We were going to write, “Well, Wolfowitz is certainly familiar with humongous policy failures,” but that would be most unkind and, besides, it would take the focus away from Petraeus.
So, back to Petraeus. Seems a lot of very smart people sensed from afar that something odd was going on between the general and Ms. Broadwell.
Check out the blurbs on the back jacket of Broadwell’s book, “All In: The Education of Gen. David Petraeus.”
Author and legendary NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw wrote: “General Petraeus is one of the most important Americans of our time, in or out of uniform.”
Acclaimed author and former Washington Post colleague Tom Ricks seems downright prescient when he wrote: “All In feels at times like we are sitting at his side in Afghanistan, reading his e-mails over his shoulder.” (Indeed.)
And historian Doris Kearns Goodwin wrote: “Broadwell simultaneously provides an intimate look at Petraeus the man.”
Maybe they should be called to testify about what they suspected and when.