The answer, of course, is that he wasn't thinking, at least not with his brain.

And it's a shame for everybody involved, because here was a man who was well-respected--a four-star general, for cryin' out loud.

I don't remember ever seeing or hearing about such a fast and far fall.

We're talking about going from being at the top of one's profession to being the punch line of a joke. What he and his biographer, Paula Broadwell, did might not have been legal, but it surely wasn't moral, even though such things have been done since time began.

And we can only imagine what it's like for his wife and children.

This is a situation where nobody wins. It's tragic and it's sad, and it's a lesson for all of us.