What is this compulsion I have to smirk when I see photos of Paula Broadwell and Holly Petraeus side by side. I know the rest of the country and the world is looking at them too and saying.... "I get it". An affair makes perfect sense to me.
I even looked at the picture of Paula's husband and say the same thing. There is something about that doctor that is not appealing. However I find General Petraeus very attractive with his little boy smile and warrior ways.
Make over! Someone needs to tell Holly that her hair is just too proper and she needs contacts or at least some new frames. She also needs to buff up a bit. What a cad I am! I hate that I think like this about this kind woman. She is probably devastated right now and here I am in my smug little den tearing her apart. It is pathetic that I have these thoughts.
Buff, driven and gorgeous, Paula Broadwell is everything I do not like in a woman. Soft, yeilding and sweet seem to be what feminine beauty has always been about in Bibilical times. Holly personifies that goodness and Paula is kicking it down the road while we all cringe. Is she the modern woman that we have been evolving towards? Are the Hollys of the world fated to disappear as we strive for survival of the fittest?
Paula's husband is a doctor. This would be any woman's dream in my day. The fifties were all about marrying a doctor and living happily ever after. She has thrown him by the wayside and tromped on that dream. She went for the warrior and who can blame her. There is something about Petraeus that is so strong and decisive that I do not see in the face of this very kind man who is her husband. Are the good guys losing?
This hot steamy affair has put several more grey hairs on Obama's head. That General Allen behind Petraeus in the photo above is described as a Southern Gentleman who was just calling the socialite "Sweetheart" as a friendly term. Paula was trying to save them all from her clutches as she knows about the power of lust and the draw of flirting. I do not know any of these people but these kinds of thoughts have been in my head during these outings and I have to acknowledge that it is hot.
Is this the kind of thing the Taliban is protecting its people from? The decadence of the West that shows women in all their glory tempting the warriors off the path of war? Is this why they want all females to be covered completely from head to toe and not have any exercise or education? This is the power that they know exists in the world and they are fighting to the death to keep it away from their people.
What are we fighting for? If we want women to be equal to men and free to grow into strong independence then we have to expect that there will be attractions like this one. I wish for a happy ending to it all.