* She's a driven high-achiever: Broadwell was valedictorian of her high school class, a fitness champion at West Point with a graduate degree from Harvard and a model for a machine-gun manufacturer, according to a New York Times profile. She is now a research associate at Harvard's Center for Public Leadership and a PhD candidate in the Department of War Studies at King's College London. She met Petraeus in 2006 when he spoke at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where she was a graduate student. When she told him about her research interests in counterterrorism and military intelligence, he handed her his card and offered his help. "He really cares about mentoring," she told the Charlotte Observer.
*She's a self-described "soccer mom": Broadwell, 40, lives in the upscale Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte, N.C., with her radiologist husband and two young boys, according to the Daily Beast. Their five-bedroom, four-bathroom home is listed on the tax rolls as being worth $908,000.
*She had extensive access to Petraeus while writing "All In": Plugging her book on the "Daily Show" in January, Broadwell referred to Petraeus as her "mentor" and said she called him "Peaches." Broadwell visited Afghanistan six times to report the story, spending a total of three months there. While embedded with Petraeus in Afghanistan, Broadwell said, she often accompanied him on long, six-minute-mile runs.
|Also a homewrecker|
The media has rightly criticized General Petraeus for his homewrecking indiscretions, and thus far seems to be soft-pedalling Ms. Broadwell's role. This is not unusual; powerful men in contemporary culture are generally held more culpable for bouts of marital infidelity than the starstruck women with whom they cheat. This despite the fact that both in this case are fully fledged adults (she nearly 40, he old enough to be her father) with complete moral agency. Perhaps the reason why is nothing more than the "female sentencing discount", applied to infidelity--both sexes tend to kid-glove female misdeeds while dealing harshly with male misbehavior. Yet the biases of men and women cannot obscure the simple truth in this case: female hypergamy--serial polyandry--is a fact, morally no better and no worse than male polygyny (aka "oat sowing"). That and even high-ranking men apparently aren't immune to being "traded up" upon.