And now onto the speculation, the question is whether this anonymous letter to The New York Times “The Ethicist” columnist in July was from Broadwell’s husband.
My wife is having an affair with a government executive. His role is to manage a project whose progress is seen worldwide as a demonstration of American leadership. (This might seem hyperbolic, but it is not an exaggeration.) I have met with him on several occasions, and he has been gracious. (I doubt if he is aware of my knowledge.) I have watched the affair intensify over the last year, and I have also benefited from his generosity. He is engaged in work that I am passionate about and is absolutely the right person for the job. I strongly feel that exposing the affair will create a major distraction that would adversely impact the success of an important effort. My issue: Should I acknowledge this affair and finally force closure? Should I suffer in silence for the next year or two for a project I feel must succeed? Should I be “true to my heart” and walk away from the entire miserable situation and put the episode behind me?
Sadly — beyond the cost to the general and Broadwell’s families, which we hope they can repair — is the cost to the country. Unlike politicians — who can apologize away extra-marital indisrections and wayward hikes along the Appalachian Trail and move on — affairs are career-enders for spies. No room for potential blackmail with our nation’s secrets.
Let’s close on a positive note with Dave’s Life Lesson No. 5 : “We all will make mistakes. The key is to recognize them and admit them, to learn from them, and to take off the rear view mirrors—drive on and avoid making them again.”
Dominic Carter is a political commentator for RNN-TV and the former political anchor for ny1 news