Pat Robertson Excuses The Weak-Willed CIA Director

I don’t mean to shock anyone, but Pat Robertson, televangelist and 700 Club host, is being a bit misogynistic.

Here’s the background:

On November 9th, CIA director David Petraeus resigned from his position after his extra-marital affair with biographer Paula Broadwell surfaced.  There’s obviously much more to the story, but for our intents and purposes here, suffice it to say that the relationship has been going on for about a year.  Here’s a full timeline of events if you’re interested.

In the days since Petraeus’ retirement has been announced, a lot of new information has surfaced, and Pat Robertson has been covering the situation with his signature kid gloves:

 He’s a Lieutenant Colonel.  She’s an extremely good-looking woman.  A marathon runner. She’s run Iron Man Triathlons, so she’s out running with him and she’s writing the biography and… I think the term is propinquity.  And there was a lot of propinquity going on…

And, well, who knows. The man’s off in a foreign land, and he’s lonely, and here’s a good-looking lady throwing herself at him and… He’s a man, so…

Ohhhh lordy, lord the poor, poor Lieutenant!  The evil pretty lady was just throwing herself at him just like Eve threw herself onto the apple!

She’s like Eve, the snake, and the apple all wrapped into one Iron Man Marathon-running lady!  Once again, the weak-willed man was duped into a year-long affair.

Way to go, Pat Robertson.  You once again display your affinity to be the most eye-roll-inducing man in all the land.

About Jessica Bluemke

Jessica Bluemke grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Ball State University in 2008 with a BA in Literature. She currently works as a writer and resides on the North side of Chicago.

  • Holytape

    But according to Pat Robertson, General Petraeus could have saved himself by literally beating her back.  

  • Dats3

    Well, you do realize that the bible blames women for everything so he’s logic is obviously sound.  Wonder how many affairs ole Pat has had?

  • David Philip Norris

    It sounds like Robertson has been doing a little… research into this lady himself. And “throwing herself at him”!? Sure, she’s culpable since it takes two to tango, but he’s laying the blame principally with her. After all, I guess Patreus couldn’t help himself. Boys will be boys…

    Why do people still listen to this spiteful little man!?

  • Jeff P

    propinquity – a fancy term for animals mating if you put them both in the same cage.

  • Pepe

     Well, we boys can only think with our tallywhacker, haven’t you heard?

  • David Philip Norris

     It’s how God made us, donchaknow! ;-)

  • David Philip Norris

     It’s almost as if he’s saying that they behaved… like animals!!

  • Gary Hill

    The words of the Prophet (peace and blessings
    of Allaah be upon him): “There is no fitnah (temptation) more
    harmful to men than women.”

    Looks like Pat’s become a Muslim….going by some of his recent comments I thought it was just senility…. 

  • Ewan

    Are people really focusing on  the affair, rather than the actually important ‘doing stupidly insecure stuff with email’ aspect of this?

  • freemage

    Misandrist asshole.  Pure and simple.  He is flat-out stating that men can’t control their urges.  Well, Pat, fuck you, my hormones do not, in fact, govern my actions.

  • freemage

     Well, there’s also the fact that, for someone with access to sensitive information, an affair is a point of potential blackmail.  This is a genuine Bad Thing.

  • Phil Cleaver

    If she had only worn a burka she could have avoided seducing the poor, poor General.

  • jdm8

    Exactly where was it shown that she thew herself at him? It sounds like he’s reading what he wants into the situation, not that it’s any kind of surprise for him make such selective arguments.

  • Sven2547

    So the woman is the amoral temptress and the man is the hormone-driven simpleton.
    Both of these stereotypes are stupid, and poisonous to society.

  • Sue Blue

    So, slutty American women are destroying the country with their demands for birth control and abortion…but boys will just be boys.


  • chicago dyke

    if i may presume to speak for Ewan: it’s not that we don’t understand that blackmail is the main risk. it’s that we’re wondering how in the hell the man put in charge of a major war, and later (by a democratic president, even) the head of the world’s largest intelligence agency, doesn’t understand that gmail is not secure.

    any pimply faced teen who can’t get one date, let alone a wife and two mistresses and access to world leaders and national security top secret documents, understands this. who in the fuck thought it was a good idea to put this adulterous dinosaur in charge of anything?

  • The Godless Monster

    Pat Robertson is a jackass, but I’m not seeing what the OP is seeing here. It appeared to me that he’s explaining, not excusing.
    I may be attracted to several women I see throughout the course of a day’s work, but that does not mean I should mount every one of them (or any of them!). I’m not sure that this is the line of reasoning that Robertson was using.
    Still, there’s something very, very creepy about the man and his obsession with all things sexual. Maybe he was excusing this behavior and I’m just not savvy enough to pick up on it? I normally rely on my oldest kid (she’s in college) to guide me through this kind of stuff as I’m a bit clueless at times…

  • anuran

    Love you Pat. Once Limbaugh is gone of a drug overdose or something, who will take over the mantle of right-wing comedy? Of course you have my nomination. 

  • Ken

    Sounds like they (your hormones) do. lol

  • Anonymous

    I agree, he cannot simply be excused for that.

    However, I’m annoyed at how this is reason for him to resign from his position.  Yes, he made poor decisions, but he was unfaithful to his wife, not his job.  The repercussions of those decisions should be limited to him and his family.

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  • ortcutt

    Who can forget Pat Robertson’s other piece of very Christian advice, that a man should divorce his wife because she has Alzheimer’s Disease.

    The reality is that Pat is just sticking up for the members of his clan, old, horny, conservative men.  Anything they do is apparently OK (or excusable) in his eyes.

  • RobMcCune

     I guess its all evolution’s fault then.

  • Stephen

    Isn’t Petreaus a four-star general? Is this clip out of context? Why is he calling him a Lieutenant Colonel? He is referring to Petreaus, right? I’m not an expert, but I’m pretty sure there are at least 3-4 ranks between LC and four-star general. You can see the four stars on the photo.

  • TiltedHorizon

    That poor defenseless man. Living day after day within easy reach of a woman’s vagina, it was propinquity really,  it could not be helped. I can prove it, had it just been a warm apple pie with a hole in it nothing would have happened; definitely maybe. This is why we need legislation,  without which, we men would not have any control over it.


  • OregoniAn

     Actually he was very unfaithful to his job. At his position this relationship could have been used against him in any number of ways, potentially compromising our national security. If he were CEO of the Petraeus Pizza Parlor chain I wouldn’t give a rip.. Being head of the CIA is a bit different.

  • Helanna

    I think the main problem is that he’s excusing the guy by blaming the woman. “She was throwing herself at him and he was lonely! How could he possibly have said no to that evil, evil woman?”

    Which is really just sexist all around. Evil, slutty women throw themselves at poor, defenseless men who are slaves to their penises. Sad way to view the world, really. 

  • RobMcCune

    Pat is excusing Petraeus and blaming Broadwell, and is basing this (at least on the surface) all on gender. He’s saying infidelity is the usually the fault of the woman because men can’t help themselves, at least if you’re a conservative christian general in public office.

    Personally my guess is Pat just wanted to defend Petraeus, and the first thing he could think of was to demean women. It’s a common republican problem, see Limbaugh, Akin, Mourdock, etc.

  • Jessica

    Thanks for the heads-up!
    I know little-to-nothing about how military rankings work so I completely missed that.  I will double check to see if Robertson is misquoting Patraeus’ rank (which I will assume for now).

  • Jessica

    After double checking, it looks like Robertson is just incorrect- Petreaus was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the early 90s, but has since been promoted beyond the rank.
    Robertson definitely was referring to Petreaus, though.

  • Paul Paulus

    yup…, as a white, male, hetro, christian you can do no wrong in the eyes of another white, male, hetro, christian.

    winning formula.

  • Anonymous

    “unfaithful to his job”?  In what way?  Does his job stipulate the details of his sex life?  Would he be considered “unfaithful to his job” had he never been married?

  • walkamungus

    A lot of the media seems to be focusing on the affair, since sex sells and most journalists are no more tech-savvy than, well, 60-year-old four-star generals.

  • Gus Snarp

    Anybody else just think ol’ Pat is having some “lust in his heart” as he describes Broadwell? The way he lingers over the words, taking his time, practically licking his lips as he describes her as a very attractive woman, a marathon runner. I’m confident he’s thinking of what her athletic prowess would be like in the bedroom as he says it. Lecherous old hypocrite.

  • rg

    Anyone else think these are the words of a man guilty of the same thing? It might not be totally misogynistic, but justifying his own affairs.

  • jose

     Isn’t it funny how we men are supposedly the rational ones who judge things on logic, as opposed to those emotional, hysterical, period-controlled women (we’ve heard this a million times)… but then we just can’t manage to keep our pants zipped?

  • The Other Weirdo

     How’s that?

  • Wedrf

    Why is this an issue?

  • Ewan

    Well, yes and no. It’s only a point of blackmail if people respond so badly to news of the affair that it might be worth doing something bad to avoid that – the condemnation is creating the security risk.

    The email thing on the other hand, suggests that this man was put in charge of the CIA without having the most basic grasp of security. At all. And that’s proper scary.

  • Ewan

    Being clueless about email security ought to have ruled him right out of the DCI job. Affair or no affair.

    Really – government have secure phones, internal mail, and indeed entire security agencies built around doing this stuff right, and this clown thinks it’s OK to run a personal gmail account? In that job?

  • Coyotenose

     Perhaps Oregonian was being too subtle.

    BLACKMAIL. Affairs can lead to BLACKMAIL. The Director of the CIA is expected to know better than to make himself vulnerable to BLACKMAIL.

  • Miss_Beara

    Boys will be boys, they have strong urges so we women must cover up so we won’t tem-

    Ooops, wrong religion. Although there are creepy modesty laws in Christianity.

  • wmdkitty

    “Ew” indeed. Brain bleach?

  • wmdkitty

    Only gave you enough blood to supply one head at a time?

  • ImRike

    I wish Pat could explain how this whole thing fits in with the “sanctity of traditional marriage”…

  • pagansister

    Can this man (Robertson) get any more ridiculous?  Good Grief!     It takes 2—and to the General’s credit—it was reported that he broke it off.   Robertson is such a waste of breath. 

  • pagansister

     I was thinking that myself, Anonymous.    It seems to me to be a shame that one indiscretion (as far a we know) would bring down a former 4 star general and force him to resign as CIA director.  Herbert Hoover anyone?    Things that have come out about him?  Of course,  the media is now much faster—much harder to hide from.

  • Richard Smith

    I love this! The republitards can try and remake themselves all they want. The bottom line: they will still hate women, minorities, the poor and children who are already born! And since none of them has the spine to stand up to this kind of stupidity and call it out, thinking independents will have no choice but to vote for democrats and progressives.

  • Michaelbrice

    Propinquity…..I had to look that one up!

    Noun:The state of being close to someone or something; proximity.
    Close kinship.So, as a soldier he was in close proximity to other soldiers, in close kinship with them also. I bet some of them were pretty buff; marathon runners, weightlifters, boxers ………do you think maybe he was, well, you know, with the other soldiers?

  • kaydenpat

    Thou shalt not commit adultery, unless she’s an extremely good-looking woman who runs.

    Got it, Pat.