David Petraeus' Mistress Paula Broadwell: Who Is This Woman? (VIDEO)

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paula broadwellShe brought down the head of the CIA (so they say), a decorated war hero, one of the most respected and powerful men in America. Paula Broadwell is the woman David Petraeus had an extramarital affair with. The 40-year-old who is 20 years his junior is the reason why he handed in his resignation. And yeah, she's hot.

The FBI uncovered Petraeus' affair with Broadwell when they were looking into his emails for an unrelated investigation. Apparently she came up a lot -- and they were initially concerned that she'd been given access to sensitive information. But nope, it was just a run-of-the-mill affair. Petraeus handed in his resignation and President Obama accepted it after deliberating for 24 hours.

Was it worth it, David? Millions of Americans want to know. Who is this woman? How did they know each other? And why does this mean Peterus has to step down as head of the CIA? 

Paula Broadwell is the author of the biography, All In: The Education of General David Petraeus. From the reports I've read it sounds like it's a glowing biography.

She's a MOMMMMM! Not that moms can't have affairs. Just -- sigh. That just means more heartbreak. She's a married mother of two boys, Lucien and Landon. Her husband is Dr. Scott Broadwell, an interventional radiologist. The family lives in North Carolina. This info was on her website, which is down now.

Of course she's on Twitter, though she hasn't tweeted about the affair. Her last tweet from a few days ago was about Patraeus.

paula broadwell twitter

"Take your performance personally" -- ORLLY Paula? How personally? Okay, I'll stop.

She has military experience herself. She's a West Point graduate.

She's a research associate at Harvard University's Center for Public Leadership

She was embedded with Petraeus in Afghanistan. She went there for research on her doctoral dissertation. Apparently she went on a lot of morning runs with him -- but then, so did everyone.

Paula appeared on the Daily Show to promote her book. So yeah, affair with Petraeus and she got to meet Jon Stewart. Here she is, talking about her experiences with Petraeus.


As for why this means General David Petraeus has to resign his post over this affair... okay, maybe it's just me and my friends in Europe asking this question. Personally, I think it shouldn't matter. But in this country an extramarital affair can be so distracting to the public it really can sink a leader's career. Surely Petraeus knows this -- and I'm furious with him for taking this liberty. We needed a talented man like him at the helm of the CIA.

Were you surprised at the news that David Petraeus had an affair?


Image via The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

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bills... billsfan1104

I dont give a flying leap about the affair. He was not brought down by her. The timing is suspect, and I hope he is called to testify. I vet he has something and this administration knows it.

kelti... kelticmom

Bills, seriously let it go. Obviously the FBI was looking at him already, they discovered the affair while looking through his emails for a different case. It's not like if there is an investigation and inquiry into Benghazi, they will say, "oh, well he doesn't work here anymore so we can't call him in to question". Yes, the media will be all over this, but if there truly is something fishy with the Libya story, it will come out. An affair will not make it go away. The simple fact is, he is a general. In the military, extra marital affairs are punishable by dishonorable discharge, sometimes even court marshall and up to a year imprisonment. Obviously he was already under suspicion for something far worse than cheating. And if he was passing sensitive details to this woman, even worse. My question is, I seen you post on every single political related post since the election, with much the same tone. And you get ripped apart. Your attackers are 100% in the wrong, but I must ask, why do you keep repeatedly setting yourself up for it? It's like you enjoy setting off drama. I think it's high time for everyone to practice some self control, self censorship and tact.

lasombrs lasombrs

I could care less. If he was doing a good job, and not giving her info he shouldn't be then it shouldn't matter. A person's personal life unless it directly affects their performance at work, should not end their career. And she didn't end him, it takes two to have an affair.

douxm... douxmusique

We all know he is not the first retired or active military man in a leadership position to.carry on an extra marital affair... And it is rare for the military to actually court marshal and punish this offense. After all its a man's world. This is fishy that he resigned over a an affair that was secret until he admitted it.

nonmember avatar Steve

The author might want to at least spell "Petraeus" correctly. Just to give herself some credibility.

Saphir Yeux

Lasombrs, you might not care about a person's private life, but extramarital affairs are a no-no in the military and present a security risk (extortion, blackmail, etc) in the intelligence community. The General's secret is out in the open now, so neither party can be extorted.

As an aside, Kelly Flinn, the first female B-52 pilot in the USAF, was discharged from the USAF in 1997 after an adulterous affair with the husband of an enlisted subordinate was revealed.
Flynn faced a court-martial for military offenses including disobeying a direct order from her commanding officer to break off the affair, and for lying to him about having done so. She flew nuclear weapons, so trust was a serious issue.

bills... billsfan1104

Keltic, I havent posted that much. But why cant I have an opinion without being trashed? Why do I have to censor what I say, because someone might personally attack me? I dont thrive on drama. In fact the attacks do hurt. I do not make comments, thinks that someone is going to berate me.

On too the story. The media has not been all over this AT ALL. You cant tell me that if this was a Republican president, that the press would of ignored it. They wouldnt of. They would of be on him like white on rice. But this President can get away with it.

kelti... kelticmom

You can have an opinion Bills, but just bc we have freedom of speech, doesn't mean we don't have to exercise restraint. This site, w the exception of Jenny and one other (can't think of her name) is left leaning, and most political posts are written as such. Think of it this way, if I show up at a gay pride parade and hold up a sign that says "Homosexuality is wrong" or shout anti-gay things at the people, should I be surprised when I get verbally attacked? No. I showed up to their parade and rained on it so to speak. So to comment negatively on a pro-left, pro-Obama blog, you pretty much open yourself up to attacks. Not to mention it accomplishes nothing bc obviously the people the article is geared towards are never going to agree with you. So why put yourself repeatedly through it? The same thing goes to the liberal commenters who post on Jenny's blog. As far as the Benghazi issue goes, I don't pretend to know all the facts, but I will say this: I really do not believe that the press and the people have the right to every detail in attacks like these until thorough investigations are over, bc all it causes is wild speculation and conspiracy theories and can actually hinder proper investigations.

kelti... kelticmom

And I meant that the media will be all over the affair. Not Benghazi. Bc if it's one thing the media and the viewing public eat up, it's a good sex scandal.

Venae Venae

Oooh...she's a Westpoint graduate, she's a mom...she's also a whore.  And he's a cheating pig who, in trying to cover his ass, has been helping to hide  the truth about Americans being killed.  THAT'S why you don't cheat on your spouse when you are in this type of job.  It kinda gets in the way of DOING your job.

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