August 11, 2020

Petraeus’s Bathsheba Syndrome by Mackubin Thomas Owens

“What led a successful general at the height of his power and influence to have an affair that undid all he had accomplished.”  Ludwig and Longnecker, as well as others writing subsequently, have argued that the psychological impact of gaining power, despite many positive effects, also may unleash a dark side: the belief that one is too big to fail, that the normal rules do not apply. Thus even a leader of high moral character may succumb to the temptations that accompany the acquisition of power. The findings of Ludwig and Longnecker regarding the moral corruption of the powerful go a long way toward explaining Petraeus’s behavior.”

Read the article  by Mackubin Thomas Owens in National Review Online