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PFC GILLASPIE, ’74-’76, reporting on U.S. Army baby boomer relationships


Should an Army Pfc know more than General Patraeus?

Non-military people say things like “Thank you for your service” in an automatic voice.

What they mean is, “I’m glad it was you and not me.”

Baby Boomers who joined the service after the Vietnam draft get a more pointed question.

“What were you thinking?”

No one gives a satisfying answer.

If you signed up in 1974, you joined the Gerald Ford Army. This was after President Nixon resigned for covering up the Watergate Scandal.

If you joined in September of 1974, you enlisted during ‘the era.’

You are a ‘Vietnam-Era Veteran.’

No stinking jungle, no hot LZ, no body bags, just an army full of men and women who knew Vietnam from the ground up. And you don’t have a clue.

Along with the change at Commander in Chief, the class of 1974 found Army Chief of Staff General Creighton Abrams die in office.

The chain of command snapped a few links with Nixon quitting, General Abrams dying, and Saigon falling.

But help was on the way.

Young boot camp trainees in 1974 shared the year with West Point ’74 graduate David Petraeus.

Wiki reports, “In the class yearbook, Petraeus was remembered as “always going for it in sports, academics, leadership, and even his social life”.”

BoomerPdx came too late for the former C.I.A. Director, but as a public service we will help others facing similar problems.

The following is a series of actions followed by the BoomerPdx reaction.

  • An attractive woman twenty years younger gazes at you with every ounce of emotion she can wring out of her face without bursting into tears at your greatness?

Unless you are a modern military genius with a Princeton PhD, multiple combat commands, and a dad named Sixtus, you’re not the object of her desire. She wants General Patraeus.

  • An attractive woman twenty years your junior wants to write a book about you and call it “ALL IN.” And she gazes at you like a zero calorie dessert after a fattening meal?

Ask yourself, are you the top graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Class of 1983?

Are you a professor at the U.S. Military Academy?

Have you completed a military fellowship at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service?

Probably not.

General Patraeus did it all, and then some.

  • A married woman with two small children stalks you half way around the world for ‘research.’ She wants to be embedded with troops for her book “ALL IN.”

What might sound like a prayer answered for a Hell’s Angel rally, is a red flag for you. But not General Patraeus.

Unless you’ve been named one of the 100 most influential leaders and revolutionaries of 2007 and runner-up for TIME Person Of The Year, one of the 50 most powerful people in Washington, D.C. and been knighted by the Netherlands, you still wouldn’t understand.

Baby Boomer General Patraeus ripped a page from the Rock Star Manual, not the West Point Code of Conduct, when he started up with his biographer/groupie.

You can do better. You will do better.

Look for a life line when you think you’ve grown beyond all boundaries. Call your wife for starters.

The woman who sweet talks you instead of her husband and small children is looking for somewhere to wipe her shoes.

And you don’t know what she’s stepped in.

About David Gillaspie


  1. You’re forgetting the nature of the conqueror. Genghis Khan’s DNA is spread over the human race more than any other individual except Eve, woman number one. It’s the very nature of the warrior full of testosterone to take risks.

    Is it stupid? Yes! But that part of our brain that is identical to a lizard’s, the one that can’t say no to chocolate cake because there might not be food around tomorrow, that’s the part of the General’s brain that responded to the young woman.

    I’d still rather have him in a foxhole with me than President Clinton, wait, bad example, Jack Kennedy, wait, another miss, Eisenhower… dang I just can’t remember anyone famous that hasn’t had an affair!

    Point is, we should be more like the French. It’s their private business. Was it morally right for them to cheat, no, but the repercussions should stop with their own mates. I don’t think it interfered with his ability to do his job. As an American citizen and ostensibly his boss, I’d say I hired him to run the CIA, not to be my priest.

    What he does in his private life is his own affair, because never in a million years would that guy allow himself to be blackmailed and turncoat on his country.

    • David Gillaspie says:

      Hi Alex,

      Thanks for coming in and making the sort of points that matter. Like Genghis Khan’s DNA. Call me naive, but I’ll guess that he worked his will on women less on charm and more on rape. Maybe it was a fine line in his day, or no line, but if the Russians moving west in WWII are any measure of the Golden Horde, rape was the pastime of the conquering forces.

      Regarding the foxhole, Clinton would discuss how to dig it. Kennedy couldn’t dig it with a bad back. Eisenhower would secure cooperation to dig it. It would be you and I and our entrenching tools.

      Did Nixon have an affair? Jimmy Carter? We know FDR had his lady. Robert Caro blew the whistle on LBJ. If an affair is what winds the clock at least JFK mixed Marilyn Monroe into the line up. Ike and Somersby flaunting around seems a good match to Petraeus and his lady. Clinton’s lady friends seem below the standards of the rest, no insult intended. Where’s his Norma Jean?

      Coming up is a tough call, and I hope you understand. If you are used to power, then you know what happens when power speaks. General Patraeus reviewed troops. His word made or broke careers. He was particularly hard on officers who had known affairs. Guys in line for the big jobs got sidelined because of those performance reviews.

      Now this.

      At the end of the day the General got worked by a writer. As a writer, you’ve got to appreciate that. As an American, you hope for better. General Patraeus can do what he deems necessary, he’s walked the walk and talked the talk, but he needs to be a Better Boomer. We’re there to help.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and join,


      • Thanks for letting me know about Patraeus history. If he condemned other men for having affairs then karma was served and he was hoisted with his own petard.

        • David Gillaspie says:

          Reminds me of game warden who fishes without a license while arresting others for the same thing. Sort of. Good sailing call.

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