Hold on. On the same day that Skyfall – the coolest-looking James Bond movie in a while — is opening in U.S. theaters, the head of the C.I.A. is stepping down because he had some sex? Is he also guilty of walking away from too many explosions in slow motion?
I'm sorry, but these are some serious mixed messages, spy people…
David H. Petraeus, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, resigned on Friday after issuing a statement saying that he had engaged in an extramarital affair…
"After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair," Mr. Petraeus wrote. "Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the president graciously accepted my resignation."…
By acknowledging an extramarital affair, Mr. Petraeus was confronting a sensitive issue for a spy chief. Intelligence agencies are often concerned about the possibility that agents who engage in such behavior could be blackmailed for information.
Okay, so, I'm a little confused. Why exactly is he telling the world that he cheated on his wife and resigning? So that nobody can blackmail him over it? Doesn't the telling the world that he cheated on his wife take a little wind out the sails of any would-be blackmailer?
However, if the leader of the single greatest intelligence agency in the world can't get a little strange on the side without being forced to blab about it to the whole of the media, it doesn't really speak very highly of his spy skills.
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