By the way, there is a local angle of sorts to the David Petraeus - Paula Broadwell - Jill Kelley - FBI agent scandal. Broadwell's ghost writer on the Petraeus biography, "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus,” was Vernon Loeb, a former senior editor at the Los Angeles Times who is now at the Washington Post. He saw nothing, heard nothing, knew nothing, he writes in the Post:
My wife says I’m the most clueless person in America.
I never anticipated the extramarital affair between David H. Petraeus and Paula Broadwell, the woman I’d worked with for 16 months on a book about Petraeus’s year commanding the war in Afghanistan. On rare occasions, her good looks and close access would prompt a colleague to raise an eyebrow about their relationship, but I never took it seriously.
I always thought that Broadwell’s motives were pure, and I always wondered why Petraeus was granting her the access that he did. The two must have seen a lot of themselves in each other — they shared the West Point bond, an addiction to physical fitness and running and an uber-optimistic, never-say-die outlook on life.
Broadwell clearly admired Petraeus as a leader and a military officer. That her dissertation, and ultimately the book, had grown out of a mentoring relationship with Petraeus is something I still take at face value. I never thought they were having an affair — and I still have no idea when the affair actually began. I sent Broadwell an e-mail Monday, letting her know that I was writing this piece and welcoming any comment she chose to make. I have yet to hear back from her.