Two Generals, Two Women and the FBI

By Michael Hirsh, National Journal - November 14, 2012

Left: U.S. General John Allen stands during a media conference after a meeting of NATO Defense Ministers, October 10, 2012. Right: Former CIA director David Petraeus testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committe, Jan. 31, 2012.

They were said to be generals cut from the same cloth, David Petraeus and John Allen: whip-smart, adaptable, erudite and above reproach. Indeed Allen was Petraeus's hand-picked successor in Afghanistan, having served as deputy commander at Centcom in Tampa, Fla., first under Petraeus, then under Marine Gen. James Mattis. Petraeus and Allen, the soldier and the Marine, represented, in other words, the very best that the U.S. military has to offer.

And yet, in less than a week, the careers of two very different men may be ruined as a result of alleged inappropriate behavior with women.

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