Petraeus Primer Day 11: ’50 Shades of Khaki’

In what seems like day 45 of the still-unidentified Petraeus “scandal,” a pall of regret descends: Paula Broadwell’s here, David Petreaus’s here. Meanwhile, Petraeus has retained a  DC lawyer known for negotiating big-buck political book deals to help navigate his exit from government–and whatever else.

Meanwhile, predictable partisan bickering continues over the differing versions of the Benghazi attack.

And we’re well into tedious “lessons learned”: believes the takeaway is that human beings are morons when using technology, specifically email which apparently we use “constantly–and, all too often, unthinkingly.” In the New Yorker, Adam Gopnik weighs in , coining “50 Shades of Khaki” as he cleverly links the Petraeus affair with Philip Roth’s under-the-radar retirement from writing last week.

But, wait! Didn’t  Paula Broadwell’s indiscrete dad tell New York Daily News that whatever it is we’re watching is  a “a smokescreen” veiling a bigger story? “This is about something else entirely, and the truth will come out,” he said. “There is a lot more that is going to come out…You wait and see. There’s a lot more here than meets the eye.” Maybe he was just angling for a book deal too.

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