'She's a good looking woman and he's a lonely man': Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson defends Petraeus for affair with biographer

By Daily Mail Reporter

David Petraeus has faced criticism and condemnation from across the political spectrum for his affair with his biographer, but he found one surprising defender on Tuesday: conservative Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson.

Robertson, who is host of  the Christian current events TV show 'The 700 Club,' seemed to justify the disgraced CIA Director's relationship with Paula Broadwell.

'The man is in a foreign land and he's lonely and here's a good looking lady throwing herself at him and... he's a man,' Robertson said. 

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Defense: Pat Robertson, a conservative Evangelical broadcaster, seemed to imply that David Petraeus' affair was understandable

Defense: Pat Robertson, a conservative Evangelical broadcaster, seemed to imply that David Petraeus' affair was understandable

He seemed sympathetic to Petraeus' 'affairs of the heart,' and implied that he seemed to be a tragic victim.

'I don't think he's a devious human being. I think he's been one of the greatest general America has ever produced. He's a brilliant man, he's got a Ph.D. from Princeton,' Robertson said.

He added: 'We'll sadly miss a man like that.'

Petreaus, one of the country's most decorated war heroes, resigned from his post as the nation's top spy on Friday after the FBI stumbled across email evidence of a months-long affair between him and Broadwell.

 

Both are married with children, but Petraeus, age 60, is 20 years Broadwell's senior.

Robertson said it was easy to explained the attraction between the two.

'She is a Lt. Colonel. She is an extremely good looking woman. She is a marathon runner. She runs Ironman triathlons. And she's out running with him and she's writing a biography and... I think the term is propinquity.'

Chemistry: Robertson pointed out that both Petraeus and Paula Broadwell share a love of running and have other similarities, as well

Chemistry: Robertson pointed out that both Petraeus and Paula Broadwell share a love of running and have other similarities, as well

Propinquity is a social science term that explains how intimately people connect with each other based on a combination of physical proximity and how similar their backgrounds and viewpoints are.

The Virginia Beach-based broadcaster's take on the sex scandal immediately drew fire, especially from liberal groups.

'There is no evidence that Broadwell initiated the relationship and, even if she did, that doesn’t mean that he no responsibility for his decision to engage in extra-marital relations,' wrote left-wing news site Think Progress.

'Apparently Pat Robertson thinks men can't control their bodies, but they have the divine right to control women's. Huh.,' tweeted Daily Beat blogger Emily L. Hauser.

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Can you not see how the dailymail.com has 'persuaded' you to see Mr. Robertsons' words as a defence for the General? DM calls him 'a surprising defender', DM claims 'he seemed to justify the CIA Dir'., DM said 'he seemed sympathetic' to the Gen., while Robertson said none of those things! ! That was DM interpretation! What Mr. Robertson did was to say a few biographic words about Petraeus, a mention of Pet. accomplishments, and that his knowledge would be missed, and added how he understood how the situation could have happened. He understood how it may have played out. That was it. He did NOT condone the situation! My point is this: it shows how the media can spin stories.Thats all..just a good example of media spin! I'm not fan of Mr. R's. I've never seen his show, and if I didn't read this article very carefully, I'd probably have come up with the same conclusion that so many others (inc. the dailymail.com.)did. Factually, Mr. R.'s statements did NOT say he condoned infidility.

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Here is another man who makes too much use of his right hand, you can see it in his eyes, or squint to be precise.

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And this surprises anyone? Poor hapless man (Adam) just cannot resist the evil temptress (Eve) who tricks and seduces him.

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Geez, come on seriously, Pat!

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Lisa of Irvine, CA.....LOLOL. Thanks for your comments.

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I definitely wouldn't call her "extremely good looking." Time to for your yearly eye exam, old man.

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Why don't they run away to [fill in any sleazy country of your choice] which would be glad to get them as a watered-down American version of Boris and Natasha who come complete with CIA and military experience (him) and boxes of documents (her.) Oops, she doesn't have those documents anymore. Well, she looks a little like Natasha and it's no deal unless they both go. Soon. Please Mrs. Petraeus, celebration time is here. Dump this dope, take him for all he's worth, and start on your next phase of life. The whole country supports you.

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He's NOT a lonely man -- he's married! What, just because his wife had the audacity to get old, she doesn't exist anymore? Get a grip!

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Didn't he advise a man to move back to the motherland so he could beat his wife when she disobeyed a few months ago? This man has some serious issues!

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so what hes lonely he chose the job and i am sure his wife was lonely too . rubbish just an excuse for an old guy to have sex and i wonder if robinson himself has ever used that excuse . thought he was a christian who believed in sanctity of marriage unless you are an old rich general or chrisitan leader it seems

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