Petraeus & the Hope of Restoration

Each day seems to bring new revelations with respect to the David Petraeus-Paula Broadwell affair. I’m going to assume you know the basic facts; my goal is to reflect on what it all means for the country. This is not a simple sexual scandal; it goes far beyond that.

Petraeus, until his abrupt resignation last Friday [even notice how all these big news items are disclosed on Fridays when fewer people are paying attention?], was the director of the CIA. He was preparing to testify before Congress about the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya. That has now been postponed. All indications are that Congress will subpoena him soon.

Prior to this lurid episode, Petraeus was a genuine hero in many people’s eyes, particularly as the successful strategist for the surge in Iraq. He was known to be a straight-laced, moral man. Now all of that has changed, and he is in disgrace. I know that is as it should be; there are consequences for our sins. Yet I can’t help but wish those consequences could have been applied more consistently in our history. Some politicians seem to be able to dodge the condemnation they deserve. Any idea who might cross my mind on that score?

The one saving grace of the Petraeus bombshell is that the Benghazi coverup might get more attention from the media now. Until this occurred, only Fox News was really on the story. Could this be the wakeup call? If so, why would the Obama-loving media finally want to delve into the distortions and lies that have been peddled by the administration? Why would it suddenly become so interesting? Bottom line: sex sells.

On Benghazi, we’ve been treated to contradictory timelines, an attempt to blame it all on a video, and highly suspect scenarios. David Petraeus is square in the middle of what happened there. Perhaps he can clear up the foggy picture the administration has tried to promote. Why was security so lax? Why were calls for help ignored? Was this “consulate” really just a gun-running operation for rebels in Syria? Were we holding Libyan militia as prisoners there? So many questions, so few answers. All we get is stonewalling.

On a personal level, I want the best for Petraeus and his wife. I sincerely hope their marriage can be healed. We also need healing on the national level, but I fear new revelations will expose the thin tissue of lies and obstruction Obama and his people have constructed. That’s fine, though. Healing can only come after sins have been revealed. I have little hope for repentance from the administration itself, but perhaps the electorate may experience pangs of remorse over their cavalier reelection of a failed, ideologically driven president. That would be at least the first step toward a restoration so badly needed.