Become a SOFREP Member

Subscribe now to get news and insider perspective from the former special operations and intelligence professionals that mainstream news media can’t access.

November 20, 2012

Why I Forgive General Petraeus — And Why You Should, Too

I was talking with the Editor of the Blaze Glenn Hall while I was in NYC, and he asked me what I thought about the situation with General Petraeus. He puts on his pants everyday just like the rest of us, and is only human.  

I offered to write up an Op Ed for the Blaze.  Here goes…

General David Petraeus is an American patriot and hero. America has lost a great leader, we now have a huge leadership gap to fill and a lot is sure to fall on Admiral William McRaven, the Commander of U.S. Special Operations.

It takes guts to realize you screwed up and to then come clean without any excuses. How refreshing it was to see, regardless of the circumstances. Too often it’s the Washington way to hide, point fingers, and try to place blame on someone else. Very rarely does someone stand up and take it head on, and I personally applaud the general for doing this.  It’s what good leaders do.

I don’t support cheating, but I know a lot of good men who succumbed to the same fate and the allure of an attractive younger woman —  in this case an aggressive power groupie. I personally know how aggressive these groupies can be and how they covet the spotlight. A quick look at Paula Broadwell’s less than stellar career, and personal conduct tells me that she fits the profile of what we commonly call in the military a “strap hanger.” This is someone who grabs onto your rucksack as you pull them up a hill they’ve never summit on their own.  In Navy SEAL teams, we even have a special name for these types of groupies; we call them Frog Hogs. These women crave attention and the spotlight of association. They will stop at nothing to fend off others grabbing for the same straps they’re holding onto. I’m sure this is why Jill Kelley (a groupie in her own right) started to receive threatening emails from Broadwell.

Read the rest at The Blaze.

About the Author

is a former U.S. Navy SEAL with combat deployments to Afghanistan, and Iraq. During his last tour he served as the west coast sniper Course Manager at the Naval Special Warfare Center. He is CEO of Force12 Media , a SOFREP contributing editor, and a New York Times best selling author (The Red Circle & Benghazi: The Definitive Report). Follow Brandon on Facebook, Twitter or his website.

To comment on this article please join/login. Here's a sample of the comments on this post.

  • tom_wise

    Great Article Brandon. For me, there is nothing to forgive. As a citizen there is no evidence he did not perform his duties. Adultery is a private matter unless it affects your duties or is with a Subordinate/cohort in the line of duties. I do feel incredibly sorry for him though AND us, the U.S. We lost a superior leader.

  • meankitteh1

    Jeesh I am not "mad" at him. I just don't know WTH he was thinking. Why couldn't he see the "lady" for what she was?

  • JHR

    @hjw1dr  @StormR  @unclesam319  @BrandonWebb  Not To Rain on Your Parade....But Wouldn't the Hot Pink T Shirt and the Heart signify a TARGET. YIKES. Lets just send the SOFREP crew some good booze. Thats about as groupie as I can get. Jesus......the things SOFREP Mafia dreams up. This was Storms idea.....I like the Hot Pink. Light Pink is my fav color w/Black or Kelly Green.

  • hjw1dr

    WMD I've heard of...

  • hjw1dr

    @JHR  @StormR  @LauraKinCA Men With Dogs?