Did Paula Broadwell’s husband tell the New York Times about his wife’s affair?

Gintas sends an anonymous letter (“My Wife’s Lover”) which was published in the New York Times’ “Ethicist” column last July, and which the Weekly Standard and others think may have come from Paula 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? NAME WITHHELD

The Ethicist answered:

Don’t expose the affair in any high-profile way. It would be different if this man’s project was promoting some (contextually hypocritical) family-values platform, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. The only motive for exposing the relationship would be to humiliate him and your wife, and that’s never a good reason for doing anything. This is between you and your spouse. You should tell her you want to separate, just as you would if she were sleeping with the mailman. The idea of “suffering in silence” for the good of the project is illogical. How would the quiet divorce of this man’s mistress hurt an international leadership initiative? He’d probably be relieved.

The fact that you’re willing to accept your wife’s infidelity for some greater political good is beyond honorable. In fact, it’s so over-the-top honorable that I’m not sure I believe your motives are real. Part of me wonders why you’re even posing this question, particularly in a column that is printed in The New York Times.

Your dilemma is intriguing, but I don’t see how it’s ambiguous. Your wife is having an affair with a person you happen to respect. Why would that last detail change the way you respond to her cheating? Do you admire this man so much that you haven’t asked your wife why she keeps having sex with him? I halfway suspect you’re writing this letter because you want specific people to read this column and deduce who is involved and what’s really going on behind closed doors (without actually addressing the conflict in person). That’s not ethical, either.

LA writes:

Today the NY Post reported that Paula Broadwell had ended the affair when Petraeus became CIA head, last December, and that he had continued to pursue her in e-mails. That account conflicts with the NY Times letter written in July 2012 which said that the affair was still going on. Which suggests that the letter writer was not Broadwell’s husband.

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Ed H. writes:

Bwaahaahaa … Just listen to this liberal castrato husband. He sounds like a teenaged girl:

“Dear Diary, I am so hurt, but I can’t tell anyone. She use to care about me but now she says she wants to date others, namely the captain of the football team, who is my best friend. There is no one to talk to but you my diary. I sit alone in my room a lot thinking and thinking. But I just don’t know what to do. Please help.”

Who said there is no funny side to liberalism?

Terry Morris writes:

Ha, ha. The husband is chastened by The Ethicist for being unethical in disclosing this information for ulterior motives. Then The Ethicist publishes the letter for all to read. Hilarious.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at November 10, 2012 07:01 PM | Send

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