David Petraeus' resignation from the CIA because of a self-confessed extramarital affair seems oddly puritanical, or just odd.
Nearly 70 years ago our Supreme Allied Commander, Dwight D. Eisenhower, managed to conquer both Nazi Germany and Kay Summersby and then proceeded to ask--in writing--the profoundly priggish U.S. Army chief of staff, George C. Marshall, what he thought about Ike, maybe, dumping Mamie and idyllically settling down with said Ms. Summersby. To which George responded--and I'm only roughly paraphrasing here--Ike, are you fucking nuts?
Anyway, Ike's temporary schoolboyishness (which wasn't much of a secret) hardly prevented the general from going on to even greater heights. For the next seven years the thought of President Truman being in possession of Ike's letter in Pentagon files worried the bejesus out of the latter, but Harry was an understanding sport, and never used it politically. These things happen, you know, boys will be boys, that sort of thing.
But it doesn't apply to David Petraeus, I guess?