The FBI, the CIA, the Secret Service – all the boys have gone off the reservation. What is up? Has this been normal operating procedure for agencies which, until recently, have been basically gentlemen’s clubs (in terms of gender make up)? First we had the Secret Service guys in Latin America, now we have generals and power girls acting like many other politicians – behaving badly.
Yesterday, Huffington Post Divorce posted the results of a survey they conducted on Twitter in which they asked people to answer the question Why Do Men Cheat? They published the result in a slide show that gives 26 of the most interesting answers they received to this question. The link is at the end of this article.
In The Daily Beast for today, 11/17/12, there is an article called Petraeus May Have Been Felled By His Own Brain Chemistry (link below), which reports the results of scientific studies that have looked at the connection between power and hormone production. In powerful men, apparently, the body is flooded with extra testosterone and cortisol, which at first enhances the ability to make decisions, but with time, according to the article, “makes the person stupid”, or, in other words, hurts their ability to make good decisions.
Time to change the climate boys – you’re making America look bad, you are making our President look bad (which America cannot afford), and you are ruining the gravitas of our intelligence agencies. All of this loosey-goosey behavior is inappropriate right now given the volatility in the Middle East and the unpredictable outcomes we face in Europe and Asia. We also face uncertainty in our own economy and with our own national security issues.