Skip to comments.Scandal Probe Ensnares Commander of U.S., NATO Troops in Afghanistan
Posted on 11/12/2012 10:28:02 PM PST by kristinn
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT The FBI probe into the sex scandal that led to the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus has expanded to ensnare Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced early Tuesday.
According to a senior U.S. defense official, the FBI has uncovered between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of potentially inappropriate emails between Allen and Jill Kelley, a 37-year-old Tampa woman whose close friendship with Petraeus ultimately led to his downfall. Allen, a Marine, succeeded Petraeus as the top allied commander in Afghanistan in July 2011.
The FBI first notified the Pentagon of its investigation into Allens communications with Kelley on Sunday evening, according to the senior defense official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details of the ongoing case.
In response, Pentagon chief Leon E. Panetta referred the investigation to the Defense Departments Inspector General for further review, according to a statement released by Panetta early Tuesday as he was traveling to Australia.
The latest development in the unfolding scandal has shaken President Obamas national-security staff and upended his carefully chosen plans for his military and intelligence team in his second term.
It also further calls into question the personal behavior of two of the U.S. militarys highest-ranking and most respected figures, who apparently ignored concerns about the highly sensitive nature of their jobs as they embraced personal relationships with younger women who were not their wives.
In his statement, Panetta said Allen would remain as commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan for now, while the matter is under investigation and before the facts are determined.
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” Sounds more and more like a honey trap and smells more and more like someone setting it up. Is it foreign enemies...or domestice ones?”
What is surprising is that two of our top military leaders could be compromised so easily. I mean, these two are not exactly femme fatales. Are our senior military guys really so sexually frustrated that they’ll risk their careers for flings with these women? Perhaps the CIA should hire some hot babes with proper clearance to service our top servicemen discretely.
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“She obviously likes the attention and the way she tilts her head and poses makes me think this gal believes she is way hotter than she really is.”
I have met women who do not really look all that hot, but have perfected ways of getting men to do practically anything they want.
I am calling BS on all of this.
After careful consideration on what has been going on wth the military over the last 4 years, I have come to the conclusion that:
THIS IS A PURGE BY THE MARXIST REGIME!!!
Proof? John Kerry for Secretary of Defense???
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Good grief, this is like trying to figure out who did who in the Ewing family. I give up.
Sounds like what a guy would write if he was imitating a cat fight. Clueless or an amateur.
Tempted to agree with you. If you look at Broadwell's resume she's got more background knowledge about security issues than the average 4-star or even a POTUS or a Secretary of State.
OK she could be bat-ship crazy, but even then the e-mails seem too blatently outre for someone with her background. They sound more "hiking the Appalacian Trails" or "I'm dead".
How is the adultery connected to Benghazi other than being peripheral, concurring events?
This is why conservatives assert the reality that sex is not “free” and the character you have in your personal business (good or evil) goes with you into your professional life. There is not really a separation. You bring the same character and virtue to your job that you demonstrate at home unless you are schizophrenic. That is the “logic” missing from libertarian social ideology and why libertarianism is not the founding ideology of the constitution.
Why does virtue matter in all American people who want to be free and successful? Think about half of Americans voting to enslave the other half of Americans to the oppression and poverty of socialism in the last election.
Think about all the physical, mental and social disease (crime like robbery, rape, drug addiction and other violence) that comes out of the public’s lack of virtue in “their private lives” and how that lack of self control and lack of character resulted in their rejection of the personal responsibility of freedom.
The modern culture of raising up attention whore sluts and thug nuts produces society-wide ramifications. The lack of virtue in culture and life wrecks people’s careers, their bodies and their families and they need those EBT cards and free health care and housing to take care of the offspring they produce. Among the a corrupt elite class you get white collar crime and abuse of the constitutional limitations among the self serving posse.
Do you think Wall Street’s lack of virtue “in their private lives” does not result in the dishonesty and scams we have seen in the stock market and banks? How about giving out and taking more debt than you can realistically and honorably recover? How about the “solution” of printing money until the economy crashes? The same goes in the political and government realm, and the country’s social realm.
An elite class (like ours today) that has no virtue needs to corrupt the middle and lower classes so that the corrupt elite are held to no standard of virtue and the elite can lead lives of immediate gratification. That elitist mission to corrupt the public is what the entertainment industry, corporate culture, illiberal education, corrupt religion and atheism and dirty politics accomodates.
Socialism is the system necessary to accomodate people who lack the virtue needed for self control in order for them to be free and independent both economically and socially. The founders knew virtue matters and that is why we used to have religious freedom for Christians and they would teach Western virtue and constitutional freedom to the lower, middle, and upper classes so they could be free and nail corrput elitists.
Marxists undermined America’s culture of virtue because they knew it would lead where it has led - to economic and government Marxism. Libertarians accidently aided in that by incorporating cultural Marxism (aka, humanism) into their poliltical cause of economic freedom. Social conservatives are dismissed as party poopers and haters for resisting the elite’s mission of National social corruption using entertainment, education, business and politics.
The Lebanese twins are Kardashianesque
So, which one is Deep Throat?
Her family is Lebanese——not sure if she was born here but the family came about that long ago. Anyway it hurts my jaws because there’s a bunch of old Benny Hill jokes coming to mind.
Just guessing here, but I'd bet there wasn't an affair between the Mrs. Broadwell and the man who appears so small and goofy looking that he swims in his uniform, Gen. Patreaus. They may have both been working for a certain alphabet agency and been ready to out king Obama for his part in allowing the killing of our agents and Ambassador. When Beer Leader got re-elected, and knowing the truth about Benghazi spells i-m-p-e-a-c-h-m-e-n-t for him, perhaps someone ‘recommended’ Patreaus fess up to a fake affair...or else?
Don't know where the truth is in all this but my common sense says there is a lot more to this then what meets the eye.
I’m leaning toward your theory.
(Ping, linking your article)
“David Petraeus Personally Investigated Benghazi Attack”
“He was looking forward to testifying,” a Petraeus friend told ABC News. “He wanted to be fully prepared...”
Looking at those e-mails it seems plausible that one set was written by a West Point grad with Masters from Uni Denver and Harvard, and the other set was written by a Real Housewife of Tampa Bay.
I don't think that is really certain at this point. It's not certain anyone told them to stand down and if so who. They were in-country so they required no POTUS CBA in order to act. The same is true of the 8 man team that came from Tripoli too. Only Woods was at the annex, FWIW, at the time the consulate was under attack so only Woods and the guys he took defied orders not to if such orders were given. Doherty came with the team from Tripoli.
“I doubt if there’s a man on earth who has 30,000 pages full of words in him to communicate with a woman. “
I love your sense of humor!
What are the chances this woman could take down the present and former commander in charge of our Afghanistan forces, one being the Director of the CIA?
Some are referring to her as a whistle-blower.
I’m thinking more along the lines of sniper...
This is damn near too much action for a new James Bond book, could see Bond saying "The heck with the Yanks and their mess, I'm out of here".
There Goes Another One!
“If I was any of these folks I would be running to the GOP controlled committee and requesting witness protection until I could testify and then spill the beans. These folks have to realize that their lives are in serious jeopardy, given that the entire administration could come tumbling down. Yes, the MSM will do what it can to stonewall, but if Petraeus or someone else testifies that Obama pulled rank in order to leave the Americans in Benghazi stranded, the MSM will be forced to report those revelations.”
The Republicans in congress have no power to grant protection.
That can only come AG Holder in cases like this.
Can you imagine, if you were involved in this mess, and you went to Holder to ask for witness protection? If you did, you might not make it home again.
I’m going nuts, Grampa Dave.
Bizarre Twist: Key FBI Agent on Case Actually Sent Shirtless Photos to Petraeus Friend
The Blaze ^ | November 13, 2012 | The Blaze
Petraeus helps whistleblower’s unstable twin in nasty custody fight
ny post ^ | 11/12 | NY post
The good news is the FBI agent didn’t send a picture of him without a shirt to Petraeus or the Marine General.
Nobody’s brought this up but I do wonder if John Roberts might have been blackmailed into ruling Obamacare as constitutional. No facts to base this on but it makes one wonder given this administration’s modi operandi.
So many men are susceptible to the honey pot (except me - I have all I need at home, honest!) it just makes me wonder. Any rumors about Roberts? Anyone? ;-)
Google Roberts adopted children.
A comment I posted on another thread:
You can ask Generals Werner von Fritsch & Werner von Blomberg about how this goes.
At least so far, 0bama and his goons have not pulled a Marshal Tukachevsky on our military leadership.
But now that the election is over, the military is being purged. The men will be replaced with more of the Dempsey-types. Kind of a cross between Dmitri Pavlov and Wilhelm Keitel.
>> If you are an ethically challenged libertarian humanist and learn nothing else here ...
Is that relevant if you are a jackass?
As a woman it makes me ill, to know what some women will do. It is either for job position or husband hunting, not sure if the later is even necessary today, but there it is.
My daughter said after she moved to another dept. (which she wanted), that her new boss was not friendly and would not make eye contact if seen in the hall. She figured it was so he could never be compromised. It is just to dangerous for men to even talk to women in the workplace, and now even to hold little girls. That is very sad.
There is one common female to both generals and her name is Jill Kelly.
Kelly reported threatening emails from Broadwell, which lead to the affair
between Betrayus and Broadwell
Kelly was the recipient of thousands of emails from General Allen, who
May now lose his job.
No offense but u r wrong.
Thanks for clearing that up.
Hey, thanks for the pings Dave, haven’t kept up with all this and each day brings more twists and turns. I need to do some catching up before I comment on much.
BTW, skipping to your 2nd paragraph onward, you make great points concerning the consequences of immorality. Not sure about the intent of your 1st paragraph.
My question concerns the direct connection (or impact) and not as much the lesser, indirect effect of the adultery in question. For example, I’m doubtful the attack on the compound took place because Patraeus was having adulterous sex under the desk. If you’re saying otherwise, I’m interested.
I read the first 3 email there and they seem kinda silly. Need your cat groomed? snicker. As to being careful, I imagine we are already on some ‘hate’ list for all the graphics we post...
How could two busy generals write 10s of thousands of emails?????? That just does NOT compute.
This whole thing fails the smell test. The more I learn about Jill Kelley, the more I think SPY.
Holder needs to explain why he sat on this for so long.
There weren’t 10,000 emails just 10-30,000 pages.
Print this entire thread and it’s probably 100 pages. Print any email chain with responses to responses on your computer.
So far this is just a bad Jerry Springer story.
I keep thinking that this is something like a coup going on in front of our eyes. Does anyone else get that impression? One of the news updates on the radio today said Allen was actually “flirtacious.” Oh, my.
” When Beer Leader got re-elected, and knowing the truth about Benghazi spells i-m-p-e-a-c-h-m-e-n-t for him, perhaps someone recommended Patreaus fess up to a fake affair...or else?”
That doesn’t ring true for a couple of reasons. First, considering his personal history, General Patreaus doesn’t strike me as the kind of man to bow down to anyone for anything. Secondly, if you were trying to blackmail him into suppressing information, you wouldn’t first destroy his reputation. You would tell him, “Look, you don’t play ball with us, we’ll reveal (or create) this affair you had.” Now, having already destroyed his career and perhaps his marriage, what do you threaten him with to keep him from singing? The level of threats available to keep him quiet has diminished considerably.
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