4. The Petraeus affair
The fall of the legend came quickly and suddenly after Election Day, when nobody was looking. Sure, Gen. David Petraeus's brazen public rise to celebrity power had detractors (not everyone drank the Kool-Aid), but few outside his inner circle predicted the good general's day would come via an extramarital affair with his own biographer. CIA directors are supposed to be able to keep secrets. Instead, that post and several major military command leadership postings have been undermined as Gen. John Allen's emails remain under investigation by the Pentagon inspector general. And the book on Petraeus will be a whole different read.