Taliban have the last laugh

Published: Dec 02, 2012, 02:11 IST | Andrew Buncombe |

At least someone got a laugh from the tribulations of the CIA chief David Petraeus his foes in the Taliban

Days after David Petraeus stood down from his position amid the fall-out of an extramarital affair, a stony-faced Taliban official burst into laughter at the mention of what happened to the man who served as head of US and international forces in Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011. “What a b*****d! But all Americans are the same, it’s nothing new,” the unidentified official told Agence France-Presse.

The moral code of the Pashtuns, the main ethnic group from which the Taliban draw their members, also demands severe punishment for adulterers. “From a Pashtun point of view, Petraeus should be shot by relatives from his mistress’s family,” the Taliban official continued. “From a sharia point of view, he should be stoned to death.”

The Taliban official said he was not surprised by news of the general’s fall from grace. “It’s quite normal for Americans and Western people to behave like this they live in free sex societies where nobody cares about this sort of thing, so what do you expect?” he said.

Clockwise from upper left: CIA Director Gen. David H. Petraeus, his biographer Paula Broadwell, General John Allen and socialite Jill Kelley. Petraeus resigned when it became clear that his affair with 40 year-old military reservist Paula Broadwell, who wrote a fawning biography of him, would become public. FBI agents stumbled on the liaison after a complaint from Kelley -a close friend of both Petraeus and Allen - who told a federal agent that she had received threatening emails, which investigators later traced to Broadwell. The emails she had sent to Kelley - who told investigators she did not know Broadwell suggest the biographer was jealous of the socialite’s rapport with the generals at US Central Command in Florida. pic/ AFP PHOTO 

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