As the scandal surrounding the extra-marital affair of former CIA Director David Petraeus grows more involved and complex with the passing of each day, on Tuesday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed a wide-array of well-known news makers, political leaders, and intelligence insiders, all tasked with sharing their insight on a bizarre ordeal that ultimately brought a nearly four-decade long career in public service to a shocking end.
Joining the program for a live, primetime interview, Lieutenant Colonel Rick Francona (Ret.) suggested that the sex life of the former general is generating too much conversation, admitting he'd prefer to see attention allocated elsewhere:
"I think we should be talking about a lot of other issues. As I said, you know, before, let's get the sex out of this. Let's talk about what happened in Libya," said the retired U.S. Air Force intelligence officer and veteran of two wars. "Let's talk about the FBI investigating General Petraeus, I don't really see why they even opened the case, although it turns out there was something there. Now we're investigating General Allen, he's about to be caught up in this, and I understand maybe we shouldn't be so critical of these general officers but until we change our rules, the military's not going to have much choice."
Appearing alongside Francona, magician and author Penn Jillette provided a simple explanation for the affair itself and the attention it has generated:
"I just think that human beings really like sex," proclaimed the louder half of the famed "Penn & Teller" duo. "What I'm wondering with all of this, is this all just technology? Is this all stuff that has been happening for thousands of years and it's just because we have e-mail records ... maybe this is not amazing at all. Maybe it's just the electronic paper trail."
Also as part of Tuesday's program, Piers Morgan invited Bob McDonell to offer his opinion on the "general turmoil." The Virginia Governor echoed the opinions of Francona, insisting there are other, larger issues that warrant coverage:
"I'm more concerned really at this point about the unanswered questions in Benghazi generally. Why weren't we prepared on 9/11? Why didn't we send help when it was requested? Why are we blaming this on a video when it was a coordinated attack on 9/11 and pretty much everybody knew that," said McDonell to the host. "I hope Congress is interested in getting to the heart of the matter on why we're not protecting our folks overseas when we know that they're at risk."
Watch the clips, and listen to the interviews, as politicians, performers, and military personnel alike offer their stance on Petraeus, his scandal, and the attention all of it has generated.
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