FIRST ON CNN: Paula Broadwell military promotion revoked
February 20th, 2013
07:10 PM ET

FIRST ON CNN: Paula Broadwell military promotion revoked

By Barbara Starr

The Army has revoked the promotion of Paula Broadwell, the one-time mistress of CIA Director David Petraeus, according to a Defense Department official.

Broadwell, a major in the Army reserves, had been approved last August for promotion to lieutenant colonel. The Army made the decision to revoke the promotion earlier this month, a Defense Department official told CNN. The source declined to be named because of the sensitive nature of the personnel information.

Since the Petraeus scandal broke, Broadwell has been under investigation by the Army for having classified information in her home without permission. She was initially on the list of approved promotions back on August 28, 2012. But under Army regulations "if new information comes to light" within six months of a promotion date it could make the person ineligible. Broadwell was deemed ineligible for promotion because she is under investigation for a matter that could result in her being punished by the Army, the official said. The promotion is revoked until the matter is resolved, the official said. If cleared, she would be eligible again.

Her security clearance, which was suspended last year, also has not been reinstated.

After Petraeus scandal, Broadwell grapples with 'normal life'

Filed under: Military
soundoff (189 Responses)
  1. First Hand Knowledge

    She wasn't just doing Petraeus, she was pretty much getting tapped by anything breathing. She was a FREAK! She used to beg me to put it in the stink, she actually seemed to prefer that.

    February 21, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
  2. tricky dick

    Maybe she is an undercover agent,no pun intended,

    February 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
  3. us_1776

    WIFE Strikes Back !


    February 21, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
  4. Captain Obvious

    I think what bothers me the most about her is that she seems *proud* to have slept with him. No one considers her husband, or Petraeus' wife; both must have gone through hell.

    Petreaus seems to be ashamed of himself, Paula seems to see it as a way to promote her career.

    February 21, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
    • tricky dick

      If you ever figure women out you got it made.We know where a man's brain is.

      February 21, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
  5. Karl Magnus

    She deserves to be cashiered out as a Major – She's a Major disappointment and law-breaker.
    Read the UCMJ, chicklips.

    February 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
  6. Kip N

    For that matter, how can she go to work if she doesn't have that security clearance? What does she have access to now, the cafeteria?

    February 21, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
  7. ug

    This is what you get for living your life between your legs ho...LOL!

    February 21, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
  8. vidkunl

    I'm surprised they didn't bump her right up to full bird. Fear not, Paula, all you have to do is tell everyone you're a sticky fingered lesbian and you'll go right to the top of the promotion list and you'll be right on track for your stars. No harm, no foul.

    February 21, 2013 at 12:03 pm |
    • PhilPoindexter

      She fell a few B J short of that rank.

      February 21, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
  9. freedom

    Where is Patreaus? Why hasn't he come forward with all the information about Benghazi? His reputation as a great general has been severely tarnished by not revealing the full truth behind the Obama administration's cover-up. Pitiful that a strong man and general could allow a woman to bring him down, and allow a corrupt administration to blackmail him, and denounce his role in the security of America.

    February 21, 2013 at 11:48 am |
    • Jim

      conspiracy theories – ur doin it wrong !

      February 21, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
  10. Wozier's

    Keep it up, there is some good comic material, you guy's and gal's are good.

    February 21, 2013 at 11:27 am |
  11. satch

    At least she hasn't yelled "Racism"about this.Oh,I forgot that's the Lefts favorite response for anything that happens to them.Jesse Jackson and Jesse Jackson Jr. probably thought about that with his problems but just maybe figured it wouldn't work this time,maybe later ,next time.

    February 21, 2013 at 10:57 am |
    • Sretakson

      Isn't she white. Why would she claim racism?

      February 21, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
    • Karl Magnus

      She can't even claim "glass ceiling" as an excuse. She broke the LAW. Period.

      February 21, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
    • Peter Griffin

      And you some how thought this was an intelligent comment you made stach? That's the best you can do? Really!

      February 21, 2013 at 12:36 pm |

    How about her military pension and pay did we cancel those?

    February 21, 2013 at 10:54 am |

      She's not retired so no pension involved. She's a reserve so she only gets paid when on reserve duty.

      February 21, 2013 at 11:17 am |
    • Monterini

      Unless she has at least 20 qualifying years of Army reserve service, she will not get any pension if she's terminated. Congratulations Major!

      February 21, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
  13. Florida Hog

    Why is her face so shiny?

    February 21, 2013 at 10:53 am |
    • oneoftheonepercent

      Polished by the front of Obama's pants.

      February 21, 2013 at 11:34 am |
    • Peter Goesinya

      Is that what makes your's shine?

      February 21, 2013 at 12:07 pm |
  14. Ruth M allek

    That was mean... Shame on you, Bob.

    February 21, 2013 at 10:27 am |
  15. steve

    she actually looks like chris farley...

    February 21, 2013 at 10:21 am |
  16. palintwit

    Attention all Tea Party Patriots !! Procede to nearest bathroom. Stick head in toilet bowl. Count to three. Now flush. Voila !! Instant Sarah Palin hair style.

    February 21, 2013 at 10:18 am |
    • Everett Brown

      Wow, someone's a mature adult. Is this the first time mommy let you on the computer?

      February 21, 2013 at 10:25 am |
    • Flipper

      You're pathetic. What is the connection b/w Petraeus & the Tea Party? Nothing.

      Carry on with your pointess life.

      February 21, 2013 at 10:26 am |
      • palintwit

        I take it you both reside south of the Mason-Dixon line. ^

        February 21, 2013 at 10:29 am |
    • Street Beatnik

      Really? Sarah Palin? No shot at Bush? How about Reagan? Three little words for you: need new material.

      February 21, 2013 at 10:30 am |
    • snowdogg

      Not a Palin fan but this is just way off point. Give it a rest.

      February 21, 2013 at 10:49 am |
      • Houston Roy

        Palin is hot too

        February 21, 2013 at 10:57 am |
    • Know-whats-up

      FYI, Broadwell is a dyed in wool Democrat.

      February 21, 2013 at 11:03 am |
      • banger377

        I didn't know that. She's one of the "bunny people". Look that up at the anonymousconservative dot com

        February 21, 2013 at 11:40 am |
    • Kip N

      I'll bet all your high school buddies thought that was hilarious, right?

      February 21, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
  17. DonnaJ.

    I'd like to know if the general's security clearance has been suspended as well? If not, it should have been. And please don't try and feed me nonsense about this affair only beginning after he retired. Classic CYA. He knows he was in violation of the UCMJ, and he also knows he's in danger of at the very least losing a star. They need to throw the book at this guy. He's a creep.

    February 21, 2013 at 9:49 am |
    • some guy

      Donna The general had retired and was serving in the CIA, i doubt if the UCMJ applied to him.

      February 21, 2013 at 10:05 am |
      • DonnaJ.

        Of course the UCMJ applies to Petraeus. He had this woman with him while he was in Afghanistan on active duty as his "special" aide. It's only after he's been caught that he's trying to say that this affair began after he retired and I say "BULL"! He has a vested interest in that story line. The loss of a star to his prestige and in retirement pay is huge, and that's the least that should happen to him. That shiny faced forehead was front and center during his confirmation hearings on the hill. Pretty disgusting IMHO. Wife and mistress in the same row. It's just gross and so is he.

        February 21, 2013 at 11:58 am |
    • Jim

      Since Broadwell is in the reserve can't she be charged with adultery under the punitive articles of the UCMJ? If so, what are they waiting on?

      February 21, 2013 at 10:17 am |
      • Tony

        Jim, no. As a reservist you can only be charged for the things you do while you're on duty, ie drilling status (the 2 days a month or 2 weeks a year that they come on "active duty").

        February 21, 2013 at 10:24 am |
      • Lenzman

        Drilling status...good one!

        February 21, 2013 at 11:14 am |
  18. JJ

    A disgrace to the military and everything West Point stands for; BOTH of them!

    February 21, 2013 at 9:43 am |
    • Doc


      February 21, 2013 at 9:57 am |
  19. Mik

    What exactly does a lesbian look like?

    February 21, 2013 at 9:39 am |
    • Doc

      Like his wife.

      February 21, 2013 at 9:58 am |
  20. Houston Roy

    Yeah, Yeah, but she and Michelle Bachman are still hot.

    February 21, 2013 at 9:38 am |
    • Harvey Miller

      Yup, I agree. Crossing my fingers for a photo spread in Maxim.

      February 21, 2013 at 9:50 am |
    • sadlyperturbed

      If either of those are your idea of "hot", you need your head examined.

      February 21, 2013 at 10:25 am |
      • Monterini


        February 21, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
  21. Linda Luttrell

    I can remember when adultery was punished according to UCMJ. The last 20 years...not so much any more. If she's kicked out, it will be for security violations.

    February 21, 2013 at 9:37 am |

    If she had any class she would resign... buit the world has changes since I was a kid... People behave badly and feel no compunction to resign from thier positions and we don't "shun them" like we should...

    February 21, 2013 at 9:20 am |
  23. Linda

    Adultry is illegal in my part of the United States. If a person asks for a divorce on the grounds of adultry in SC and wins, EVERYTHING then belongs to the innocent party. EVERYTHING.

    February 21, 2013 at 9:01 am |
    • Chris

      Sounds like archaic laws to me. How about some fairness regardless of a persons mistake. I'm also fairly certain this only goes one way...and you know what way I mean.

      February 21, 2013 at 9:20 am |
      • sadlyperturbed

        It is South Carolina. Very little more needs to be said. There might be a state that is more backwards than SC, but I doubt it.

        February 21, 2013 at 10:27 am |
      • ummm

        A mistake is when you bring home 2% milk instead of skim. I seriously doubt anyone ever "mistakenly" slept with someone outside their marriage. It's a choice. And choices have consequences.

        February 21, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
  24. toughluv

    Sure is tough to be a ladder climbing HO these days.

    February 21, 2013 at 8:35 am |
    • AK

      Not if you're wearing a skirt.

      February 21, 2013 at 11:49 am |
  25. Cadet

    I thought a soldier had to have and keep a SECRET level clearence in order to be a commissioned officer ? If Broadwells' clearence has been revoked, then why has she not been dismissed ?

    February 21, 2013 at 8:29 am |
    • Sarge

      I believe until the matter is finally settled and judgment officially passed, she will remain in military limbo. That, in and of itself, is a career limiting place to be for an officer. Even if cleared, she'll never get the stink of this away from her brass.


      February 21, 2013 at 8:59 am |
  26. Andrew

    When is she getting her dishonorable discharge? She violated the UCMJ/ Kick her out, like the rules say.

    February 21, 2013 at 8:24 am |
    • Hof

      Because she's a Reservist, she could only face UCMJ action while she was on active duty.

      February 21, 2013 at 8:39 am |
      • J Arthur

        Invoulantarily call her to active duty; court martial her, and out she goes!

        Saw it all the time when I was in the USMC Reserves.

        February 21, 2013 at 8:44 am |

        J Arthur – No, you didn't. You never saw someone brought on active duty to stand trial by court martial for something that did not occur on a drill weekend or during annual training.

        February 21, 2013 at 11:23 am |
      • J Arthur

        Don't tell me what I saw! We had people who tested positive for drugs, failed PFT's, went UA, etc. who were called to active duty and discharged. Granted it took a while, but it did happen.

        We even had a reservist who broke into the motor pool on a non-drill weekend and stole a bunch of scrap metal. They called him to active duty, charged him under Article 15 and discharged him.

        February 21, 2013 at 11:44 am |
      • Hof

        Art, I will tell you what you saw, because you can't discharge someone as part of an Article 15. He may have been chaptered out and the Article 15 was part of the packet.

        February 21, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
  27. BoneDog

    It is unfortunate that we care about these tiny matters whiile our men and women continue to be killed and maimed overseas supposedly defending people who despise us.

    February 21, 2013 at 8:06 am |
    • Andrew

      Well said 'Dog. Well said.

      February 21, 2013 at 8:50 am |
    • Chris

      They despise us because we're there.

      February 21, 2013 at 9:22 am |
      • Stan Brown

        Spare me the "blame America first" stuff. They hated us befoe we were "there".

        February 21, 2013 at 9:33 am |
      • sadlyperturbed

        @Stan Brown They have every reason to hate us. Wake up. It is not this countries business, nor our responsibility to tell other countries how they should be run. Period. Not in Iraq, not in Afghanistan, and not in any other country. People say the war is "for our safety and security". That is utter nonsense. These wars were for one thing and one thing only. OIL. This is without question except to the ignorant.

        February 21, 2013 at 10:31 am |

        sadlypurturd – no oil in Afghanistan.

        February 21, 2013 at 11:25 am |
  28. true justice

    As a Mossad agent who took (went) down the little General for Obama she has a new show, The Ho-e of Benghazi. She is just a worthless

    February 21, 2013 at 7:54 am |
    • Wow

      Can you really be that studpid? Wow.

      February 21, 2013 at 8:30 am |
  29. hannah01

    Can't make a comment without being vulgar? Pig.

    February 21, 2013 at 6:59 am |
  30. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    No, she should be given her promotion. After all, she earned it. Its Petreaus who should be persecuted and brought to justice for giving Ms. Broadwell and that other woman access to classified information and compromising our national security. Furthermore, lead republicans John Boehner and Eric Cantor should be forced to step down for knowingly and willfully keeping these affairs and Mr. Petreaus's heinous activities secret while our national security was being compromised.

    February 21, 2013 at 6:53 am |
    • Steven Smith

      No, she does not deserve her promotion. There's a little thing called adultery and is punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. In fact, she should be demoted with forfeiture of pay and probably some kind of restriction. It doesn't matter what the General did or didn't do. She is an officer in the U.S. military, and as such, is just as responsible.

      February 21, 2013 at 7:37 am |
      • Rick

        Is Paula Braodwell married? I honestly don't know... Patreus is married, so obviously he committed adultery. A single person cannot commit adultery and therefore would not be subject to UCMJ punishment under that article. The security violation is more than enough to revoke her promotion, and in my opinion, a worse offense.

        February 21, 2013 at 8:12 am |
      • Hof

        Rick, she's married with kids.

        February 21, 2013 at 8:40 am |
      • SteveA

        conduct unbecoming an officer

        February 21, 2013 at 10:51 am |
    • JS

      Using your logic, most of the Administration should resign, including the President.

      February 21, 2013 at 7:37 am |
      • Project Manager

        You are absolutely correct. Resign line over here to the right please, single file, let's MOVE IT PEOPLE.

        February 21, 2013 at 7:51 am |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        Don't try to blame the President for Mr. Petreaus's heinous actions the way you right wingers tried to blame him for the economic crisis and inflated national debt he inherited. The President was betrayed. He entrusted the duties onto Mr. Petreaus and expected him to carry out his duties with honor, respect and regard for our national security interests. Mr. Boehner and Mr. Cantor were aware of the affairs for more than a year and they covered it up. They should be forced to resign.

        February 21, 2013 at 7:55 am |
      • Scott

        The Administration isn't pubishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Adultry isn't illegal in the United States. However, it is illegal in the military as part of maintaining good discipline. It is hard to maintain discipline if your wife is sleeping with your commander...hence the reason for these rules. So if you want rules to be changed for politicians...then you should be pushing for the passing of new laws that would make it illegal for them to do that.

        February 21, 2013 at 8:01 am |
      • Albert

        The President even as Commander In Chief is not subject to the UCMJ and the rest of the administration (unless commissioned officers) is not either.. So using that premise is not valid. She is subject to the code and its clearly a good implementation of the rules of promotion. The adultery part could be (and should be) implemented. She should resign as well or be booted out.

        February 21, 2013 at 8:10 am |
      • nan231

        Wrong, the President is not subject to UCMJ, he was elected, unfortunately. And that is what is wrong with our country, when the citizens are subjected to laws that do not apply to our elected officials.

        February 21, 2013 at 8:18 am |
    • Don P

      NO, she must be held accountable for HER own actions. She brought classified home, no one forced her.

      February 21, 2013 at 8:00 am |
    • Chris are delusional...Boehner and Cantor ??? Pretty sure they werent the ones holding back the info...

      Does Obama have any responsibilty in anything or is every thing because of someone else?

      February 21, 2013 at 8:30 am |
    • Mike

      If she "earned" anything, it was done on her back and her knees.

      February 21, 2013 at 10:15 am |
  31. Say what?

    Thats it? revoked her promotion? She should have lost rank! and her clearance! somebody is watching out for her, if it was anybody else, they would have been a 2 LT and forced to resigned and clearance revoked!

    February 21, 2013 at 6:51 am |
    • Wow

      Spoken like someone who has never been in the military or know how it works.... wow, ignorance is rampant in this country.... please educate yourself

      February 21, 2013 at 8:34 am |
    • Doc

      Officers don't get demoted. If the act is severe enough, their promotions are frozen +/- discharge.

      February 21, 2013 at 10:03 am |
      • AK

        Correct. But, you can be retired at "the last rank you were determined to have served honorably." So a Colonel who porks around and is discovered can be retired as a Lt Col.

        February 21, 2013 at 11:53 am |
  32. todd Q

    Just boot her out of the military. She's not worthy to serve as an officer anymore.

    February 21, 2013 at 3:37 am |
    • 20 Year Vet

      It is called due process. Once completed she will be booted, patience young grasshopper

      February 21, 2013 at 9:09 am |
      • 30 year vet

        True. Nidal Malik Hasan is still a Major in the US Army with full pay and benefits.

        February 21, 2013 at 9:22 am |
    • Doc

      She'll be out as a Major with an 'other than honorable' discharge. Good riddance!

      February 21, 2013 at 10:05 am |
  33. Suzanna

    There was also that little matter of Paula threatening a female civilian who Paula thought was getting too close to her General.
    The cat fight and threats were what ultimately brought it all to the forefront. Oh, and Paula going on speaking events and publicly stating things that were possibly classified info might have also been a problem, all under the guise of her having access to the General that others didn't. She lived off of that for a bit. I don't thing any of these things would shine too brightly on her promotion.

    February 21, 2013 at 3:09 am |
  34. rb1984

    She's way too hot to be a LTC anyway.

    February 21, 2013 at 1:12 am |
    • Clint

      Nah, I've know a couple of LTCs over the years that were smoking hot. One of my Bn Commanders was a beutiful LTC and was on flight status, she rocked that one piece flight suit too!

      February 21, 2013 at 1:24 am |
  35. arch

    She gets nailed in more than one way! If this would have been a dude nothing would have happened. I believe the general was just as guilty as her and maybe he should have loss a star!

    February 21, 2013 at 12:28 am |
    • Natrldiver

      Not going to happen because he was already retired when the supposed affair happened. Also it would take an act of congress to bust him down and we all know Obama protects his own just like he did with Eric Holder.

      February 21, 2013 at 4:21 am |
      • Say what?

        leave your repuke op to yourself. It takes congress to do it,but has nothing to do with Obama or any other Pres. .....

        February 21, 2013 at 6:54 am |
      • ReWhat

        Ah, liberals. So tolerant.

        February 21, 2013 at 7:17 am |
    • Scott

      Lost a star? He's wasn't in the military any more...he retired and was head of the CIA...they still call him General Petraeus as an honorarium....just like we continue to call Romney...Governor Romney...or Clinton...President Clinton. He was a civilian...and you can't demote someone after they retire.

      February 21, 2013 at 8:05 am |
      • Aqualung

        Call him general as an honorarium? How can that possibly work insofar as an honorarium is a payment?

        February 21, 2013 at 10:20 am |
    • Doc

      @Arch, Not so. I've been in 17 years and seen several male officers get nailed because of this type of behavior.

      February 21, 2013 at 10:07 am |
  36. Ranger

    I am glad and hope she is punished to the fullest. An enlisted soldier would be hung out and probably chaptered for this. The higher ranks get away with so much its disgusting. As for the general? Im gald he was removed from his position, he was breaking the Army values and it caught up to him. The hypocrisy in the aristocracy we call the Army is stomach turning at times.

    February 21, 2013 at 12:04 am |
  37. Dan

    She committed adultery – a punishable offense under the Uniform Code OF Military Justice. That alone is enough. Her clearance is a goner – her career is done – and rightfully so. End Statement.

    February 20, 2013 at 11:09 pm |
    • Eric

      If she were enlisted, she would have faced the full wrath of UCMJ

      February 21, 2013 at 7:28 am |
    • Hof

      She wasn't on active duty when she was spreading her wings.

      February 21, 2013 at 8:42 am |
  38. Zwei Stein

    I was doing her for months. Then the Col wanted her...we made a deal – she was then his for about a year. Next thing I know she's doing this Brigadier Gen. I guess she just went on from there.

    February 20, 2013 at 10:46 pm |
    • Anne

      Yeah, you wish.....

      February 21, 2013 at 8:00 am |
      • Mike

        Anne, you're probably right ... BUT ... it's still quite believable. You can bet your sweet bippy David Petraeus was not her first extra-marital affair; nor will he be her last.

        February 21, 2013 at 10:19 am |
  39. MashaSobaka

    They promote rapists but not her? I'd like to say that I'm shocked, but it's the US military. So I'm really not.

    February 20, 2013 at 10:04 pm |
    • Zwei Stein

      They promote rapists??? Did I miss something?

      February 20, 2013 at 10:47 pm |
      • geeworker

        nope just another person babbling on

        February 20, 2013 at 11:01 pm |
      • LeYank

        I think he saw it in "Private Benjamin."

        February 20, 2013 at 11:22 pm |
    • BOB

      Petraeus was not a rapist so keep your stupid thoughts to yourself

      February 21, 2013 at 1:16 am |
      • ReWhat

        Oh look. Another liberal that doesn't believe you should be able to exercise your right to speak.


        February 21, 2013 at 7:20 am |
  40. tokalosh0

    Darn. You mean I can't screw my way into Lieutenant Colonel? NOW they tell me!

    February 20, 2013 at 9:50 pm |
    • S1N

      Sure you can. Just make sure you don't take home classified materials while you're doing it. It also helps if you don't leave a trail of e-mails about it.

      February 21, 2013 at 12:16 am |
  41. LTC Leeroy

    I'm on the same promotion list as her and pinned on LTC 28 Aug 12. Therefore, I'm not saying anything for at least 8 more days. 😉

    February 20, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
    • John

      Then you probably should not have posted here either

      February 20, 2013 at 11:51 pm |
      • URsoFULOVIT

        Some people just don't get it.

        February 21, 2013 at 8:08 am |
  42. A.b.

    Damned if you do and damned if you don't! Let's hear for women of the u.s. army, they are combined the new crucifix for the 20th century.

    February 20, 2013 at 9:16 pm |
  43. James

    If they fired all who have an affair in the Military or Congress, Senate White we would have no one to protect or lie to the American people

    February 20, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
  44. John

    The General should be reduced in rank also. While they both bear responsibility (and both should be striped of at least one pay grade) he was superior and carries are greater % of the burden. Just my humble opinion. This should be on the top ten list of best ways to screw up a solid career. Hope it was worth it Petraus. I am guessing it wasn't.

    February 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm |
    • sparky

      Agreed. What happened to her is fair, but don't let her be the scapegoat.

      February 20, 2013 at 9:20 pm |
    • larrykl

      Didn't read the article carefully, did you. It says promotion can be revoked within 6 months of the promotion. That does not apply to the General.

      February 20, 2013 at 9:24 pm |
      • Alan DeGolmon


        Irrelevant. Officers can be demoted at any time, whether or not they're in the 6 month window for "revocation." It's just a matter of semantics. In fact the Army can do whatever they want with rank. They just call the method of reducing it different things.

        That includes changes in back pay, retirement, etc. Once again, they can do whatever they want under different names.

        February 20, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
      • JJ

        Army cannot revoke general-grade promotions. Only the President can. He will not demote Petraeus. Like him or not, the man did an excellent job. He already did the right thing and resigned.

        February 21, 2013 at 12:08 am |
    • Geosuicide

      I disagree. The general had the affair after this military career – not during. Therefore, he should keep his rank. If he had the affair during his military career, then I would be apt to agree with you. He was with the CIA when the affair happened and thus, was a civilian.

      February 20, 2013 at 9:50 pm |
      • BOB

        Do people on here just babble without knowing a damn thing? He had the affair while he was in the Army... the truth came to light AFTER he retired and was CIA director

        February 21, 2013 at 1:14 am |
    • VMI_07

      David Patraeus is retired.

      Sure, try to reduce his rank – let me know how far you get...

      February 20, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
      • Natrldiver

        Yes I would love to see how far that gets, because it would take an act of congress and the President to do such a thing. However, we all know how Obama protects his own just like Eric Holder. Funny how fast and furious has just disappeared into the wind just like Benghazi has with Hillary. We truely have a corrupt government and the in the military, the ones in the upper ranks are just a guilty as the politicians we elect.

        February 21, 2013 at 4:26 am |
      • michael

        @Natrldiver – Really???? And Reagan didn't protect Oliver North during the Iran Contra Scandal? Look that one up.

        February 21, 2013 at 5:37 am |
      • URsoFULOVIT

        Regan did act inappropriately. But we're not talking about him or Oliver North. We're talking about the current President. Are you suggesting that because Regan behaved inappropriately back in the early 80's Obama should be allowed to behave inappropriately in a different situation 30 years later without scrutiny? Are you braindead or just grasping at straws because you don't want to admit to yourself that your hero is a crappy President?

        February 21, 2013 at 8:12 am |
  45. Skysur4

    A well-deserved demotion. Now they just need to take one of Patraeus’ stars as payment for taxpayers funding of Broadwell’s stay & transport in Afghanistan while she serviced him. Then I would call it even!

    February 20, 2013 at 9:10 pm |
  46. M

    An army person without a security clearance. That is like 98% of the Army. I was USAF and had 16 army troops working in my section. One had a clearance. The Army chain took him all the time, as there weren't many with one they could use.

    February 20, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
    • leah

      I've yet to hear of an officer without a security clearance.

      February 20, 2013 at 9:20 pm |
    • FA MAJ

      All commissioned officers are required to hold at least a secret clearance, and their highest level is determined by duty position.

      Enlisted members aren't required to have a Secret clearance; their clearance level is based on position/MOS (i.e. the level of clearance required for them to perform their duties). All enlisted members have a minimum assumed "confidential" clearance.

      February 21, 2013 at 9:35 am |
  47. ColonelBarbara

    Paula Broadwell should face a courts-martial under the UCMJ for adultery.

    February 20, 2013 at 8:59 pm |
    • Alan DeGolmon

      Then Gen. Petraeus should also face a courts-martial. Why not? Let's not be male chauvinists about this, Colonel "Barbara".

      February 20, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
      • BOB

        Cause he is retired you idiot... you can't court martial post fact

        February 21, 2013 at 1:10 am |
      • GI Bubba


        First, you certainly CAN call a retired officer back to active duty for the purpose of court-martial.

        Second, you should know your stuff before you spout off about someone else being an idiot.

        February 21, 2013 at 9:12 am |
    • Ex-Military

      The fact that they even have a rule that a person can be court martialed, or any other punishment for that matter, for adultery is beyond me. Like Pierre Elliott Trudeau (former Prime Minister of Canada for close to 15 years) rightfully said "there's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation", also adding that "what's done in private between adults doesn't concern the Criminal Code". Why are the Americans so obsessed with adultery? I thought it was a free country? Really?

      February 20, 2013 at 11:02 pm |
      • FA MAJ

        What kind of standard does a unit commander or any other Soldier/Sailor/Marine in a leadership position set when they are sleeping around outside of their marriage (outside of the biblical context which is irrelevant)? The military, for most, is held to a higher standard of behavior (and a higher level of scrutiny) by themselves and the general public, and the standard for discipline and behavior starts at the top. Leaders should be a moral compass for their subordinates, both in and out of uniform.

        February 21, 2013 at 7:34 am |
  48. Captain Obvious

    "Who do I have to blow around here to get a promotion?"

    –Paula Broadwell

    February 20, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
    • Doc1

      A four star? or retired four star?

      February 20, 2013 at 9:01 pm |
  49. outawork

    Come on guys, she really worked hard for that promotion!!!

    February 20, 2013 at 8:52 pm |
    • M

      Technically, he did the hard part.

      February 20, 2013 at 9:07 pm |
  50. SilverHair

    She needs to go. No part of the military needs her.

    February 20, 2013 at 8:26 pm |
    • Common Problem and Military Doesn't Care

      Affairs are a common problem in the military. My spouse (an officer) got a Top Secret clearance and will soon get a promotion, all without disclosing an affair with a work colleague. When the military found out, they did nothing. The military doesn't care unless it becomes a major news story.

      February 20, 2013 at 9:24 pm |
      • leah

        She lost her clearance because she had classified information in her home, not because she had an affair.

        February 20, 2013 at 9:26 pm |
      • @Leah -Common Problem and Military Doesn't Care

        Duh. But if a person has affairs, it seems likely that other personal attributes would be questionable as well. I routinely heard my spouse spout things off to others that he shouldn't. An affair is just a hint at their overall credibility and lack of morals. As such having an affair should not be so easily dismissed.

        February 20, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
      • geeworker

        it only effects the ability to maintain a clearance if the affair can be used to courser you into divulging secrets

        February 20, 2013 at 11:08 pm |
      • @ geeworker

        That's why the security clearance investigators want to know. They're not enforcers of the UCMJ. So if someone just up and tells the security clearance investigator "hey I had/having an affair", all is well. BUT if you lie about it AND they find out, that should get one into trouble because they wouldn't be considered honest. That's the point.

        February 20, 2013 at 11:43 pm |
      • michael

        So sad and so true. Col. James Johnson, convicted of fraud, bigamy, and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman, was sentenced Thursday to a reprimand and a $300,000 fine.

        w w w

        February 21, 2013 at 5:44 am |
    • mm

      Military Affairs could user her.... heh heh

      February 20, 2013 at 9:54 pm |
  51. boungiorno

    what a disgrace, people are pathetic, it's all about what can i get; me me me, sick.

    February 20, 2013 at 8:25 pm |
    • Alan DeGolmon


      What a disgrace, people are pathetic. It's all about what can i do to pass judgement on people, because they're pathetic and I'm not. Me me me, sick.

      February 20, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
  52. boungiorno

    what a disgrace people are pathetic it's all about what can i get me me md sick

    February 20, 2013 at 8:25 pm |
  53. borat

    Broad well, indeed.

    February 20, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
  54. Alive and well in Texas

    I would sure hate to think she was my CO.

    February 20, 2013 at 8:18 pm |
  55. Mike

    Lisa Nowak was the Navy Captain Astronaut who wore a diaper a thousand miles to confront her "other woman" in 2007. Her case is a carbon copy of the Paula Broadwell affair. In 2009, the Navy stripped Nowak of rank and dismissed her from the service under "Other Than Honorable" conditions. Since she had more than 20-years service, she was allowed to quietly retire. In 2008, her husband divorced her and took custody of their three young children. .......... Somebody try to convince me why Paula Broadwell deserves lesser treatment.

    February 20, 2013 at 8:01 pm |
    • Chris

      Good point

      February 20, 2013 at 8:02 pm |
    • Mark

      To what end? They are two distinct cases with different factum that bear no resemblance.

      February 20, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
    • Mike

      Sure, it is because.......hmm, well......ok so it is not any different.

      February 20, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
    • ghastly

      What's the big deal about her wearing a diaper? Adult disposable undergarments are quite routine among military pilots and astronauts.

      February 20, 2013 at 8:40 pm |
    • leah

      Lisa Nowak drove across country intending to kidnap and torture her rival. Hardly the same thing.

      February 20, 2013 at 9:26 pm |
      • BOB

        Not exactly, didnt get that far

        February 21, 2013 at 1:12 am |
    • Alan DeGolmon

      You left out Gen. Petraeus. Why? Somebody convince Mike that Paula Broadwell deserves no lesser treatment than that given to Gen. Petraeus.

      February 20, 2013 at 9:33 pm |
    • Monterini

      ...and I assume half of her military pension as well

      February 21, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
  56. Sally

    She should be forced to resign just like her partner. She violated the military code of ethics. This means she will get a miltary pension from the tax payers and for what service did she contribute to this country? Free education at West Point, limited time as active officer. Looks like she scamed us all!

    February 20, 2013 at 7:50 pm |
    • Tom Cahill

      She graduated from West Point in June, 1995. She has less than 18 year in the service. She needs 20 years to get a pension. Throw her out without a Pension and with a Dishonorable Discharge.

      February 20, 2013 at 7:59 pm |
      • Joe

        Doesn't the time in the Academy count ?

        February 20, 2013 at 8:50 pm |
      • Doc1

        @Joe, Only when 20+ years have been established, those four years can be added to total years which does affect retirement pay.

        February 20, 2013 at 9:05 pm |
      • leah

        She's a reservist, not active duty. Retirement isn't the same, and she wouldn't be eligible to get anything until she's 60 anyway.

        February 20, 2013 at 9:25 pm |
      • Sally

        The report simply said she was passed over for promotion. It did not say she was booted out. Unless she gets passed over again for promotion (not sure if this is still how the military works) she will be forced to retire, but if not she will get a very nice sum of money from the taxes payers each year until she dies. Not sure she has to be 60 to draw. My Dad was a 30 Marine officer and he started drawing his pension right after he retired...that was in the late 60's. Took me 15 years of work to start making more than he did with his pension, but after all he had been through in WWII, he deserved EVERY penny. Unike Broadwell, so again what did she do to serve her country again?

        February 21, 2013 at 6:50 am |
  57. Tim

    When I was in, there was a saying that went "You f@#$ up, you move up." I guess this is not the case this time.

    February 20, 2013 at 7:48 pm |
    • Mike

      FYI: the saying is still around, because it is usually still true.

      February 20, 2013 at 8:28 pm |
    • Alan DeGolmon

      In business it's called "The Peter Principle". "In any organization, people tend to rise to their level of incompetence." Think about it in terms of the politicians in the state and federal governments.

      February 20, 2013 at 9:35 pm |