November 23, 2012

Regarding Michael Gerson’s Nov. 13 op-ed column, “An honorable man’s flaw”:

Gen. David H. Petraeus did not simply make an error of judgment in engaging in an illicit relationship with Paula Broadwell. Rather, his behavior resulted from a combination of hubris and the lack of commitment to remain faithful to his wife. So I don’t see it as what Mr. Gerson refers to as hamartia, the error of an honorable man, resulting in disproportionate misfortune. I see his behavior as a moral failure, “unacceptable, both as a husband and leader of an organization such as ours,” as Gen. Petraeus admitted.

Sadly, his misfortune is not disproportionate. It is deserved.

Robert C. Droege, Rockville