In "Petraeus makes bed" (Forum, Nov. 25), Eric Johnson argues that because Gen. David Petraeus withheld knowledge of his affair from his wife, family and the CIA, the resulting scandal amounts to more than "just sex." Is Johnson suggesting that one's employer is entitled to all information about an individual, including his or her private life?
Was Petraeus morally obligated to disclose details of his sex life with his wife? If not, what does his sex life have to do with his job performance? (Johnson did not allude to the possibility that the affair may have implicated national security).
Incredibly, Johnson likens having an extramarital affair to selling national secrets. Not selling secrets was an actual and relevant requirement for heading the CIA; whom one has sex with was likely not.