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Scandal Probe Ensnares Commander of U.S., NATO Troops in Afghanistan
The Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, November 13, 2012 | Craig Whitlock

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 Allen’s 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 Department’s 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 Obama’s 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. military’s 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.

SNIP

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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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
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To: Cats Pajamas

You won’t need to work on a four year mad. A four year mad will come to us, gratis.


51 posted on 11/12/2012 11:28:19 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: petitfour

Broadwell’s emails weren’t specific, didn’t refer to P, if I’m remembering correctly. Perhaps she was warning her off Allen?


52 posted on 11/12/2012 11:28:50 PM PST by Bubbette
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To: JouleZ

Don’t expect the GOP lead by Bonehead to man up anytime soon.

The Chicago Thugs are running circles around them.
With all the lies, deceptions, distractions and freak sideshows going on,
The inept GOP house will never get the truth about the 4 dead Americans.


53 posted on 11/12/2012 11:29:14 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Bubbette

Perhaps she was warning her off all the command at MacDill.


54 posted on 11/12/2012 11:37:49 PM PST by petitfour
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To: petitfour

http://www.lightlybraisedturnip.com/broadwell-kelly-emails-leak/

Here are a few of the emails:
The much publicized emails that sparked the whole Petraeus scandal have been obtained by The LBT.


55 posted on 11/12/2012 11:41:27 PM PST by SUN68RAY
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To: easternsky

>>>”replacing them with his own Men, to keep Military from rising up. Both Women were probably working for that boy in
white House.
we are in deep
crap.”

A purge?


56 posted on 11/12/2012 11:41:44 PM PST by GoodDay
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To: Cyman

So lets see. Blame the woman with no facts other than the good general couldn’t keep it zipped. Geez and you wonder why we lost the female vote by such a large margin?


57 posted on 11/12/2012 11:42:50 PM PST by chopperjc
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To: dragonblustar
Yes it does to me as well. But, there is always a TRAMP ready to take them down, just for the thrill of the hunt, because they can. And some Tramps are highly paid to hit a target.

Thinking Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Baker.........sad. Sad that these men can't think about the consequences and remember how others have fallen.

The most respected MAN that I know of is Billy Graham...he knew how to avoid those traps. I hear George Bush was equally cautious. Good for them.

These TRAMPS are always lurking for their next snare.

58 posted on 11/12/2012 11:43:42 PM PST by annieokie
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To: kristinn
Lets see, you got twins, you got a mistress, you got a couple of Generals, you got the CIA, you got the FBI, you got a usurper president, you got a certifiably insane vice president, you got a Secretary of State who hotfooted it out the country and heck it's just 7 days after the election.
Buckle up boys and girls!
59 posted on 11/12/2012 11:46:13 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: petitfour

Natalie Khawam. Lawyer who represents corporate whistleblowers.


60 posted on 11/12/2012 11:49:27 PM PST by bergmeid (FUBO)
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To Hell with the terrorism and murders, let’s get some investigative journalism on the promiscuity...

Screw you media mofus dishonoring the 4 Benghazi casualties with this diversionary nonsense.


61 posted on 11/13/2012 12:01:57 AM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: kristinn

IS Obama going to use this issue as a reason for abandoning Afghanistan, blaming it on immoral and personally corrupt military/intelligence leaders such as Petraeus and Allen?

They got rid of McCrystal, or did he get rid of himself to get out of a “no win policy situation”?

Gen. Ham, Africa-Command, going. Ship commanders, going and gone.

Who is going to be left to defend out country, Panetta and Obama? You’ve got to be kidding.

I wonder if the Wash. Post is involved in a White House/DOJ conspiracy to smear Allen and others? I would put nothing past them.


62 posted on 11/13/2012 12:03:45 AM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Gene Eric

It’s not diversionary, it’s part of it. It’s connected.


63 posted on 11/13/2012 12:04:14 AM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: kristinn

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_R._Allen


64 posted on 11/13/2012 12:06:48 AM PST by bergmeid (FUBO)
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To: zerosix

Turns out that Adm. Borda was correct in that he could wear a Combat Medal with V since his ship was engaged in direct action against the No. Vietnamese.

I forget who the Congressmen was who persecuted him, but I recall Col. Hackworth harassed him to death. Turns out that Hackworth, a highly decorated combat veteran, was a bit nuts himself, and people believed him.

The media failed Borda and it cost him his life.

What a bunch of shits we have in this country.


65 posted on 11/13/2012 12:07:32 AM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Bubbette

She said “ my davie”.


66 posted on 11/13/2012 12:08:59 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: little jeremiah

How is the adultery connected to Benghazi other than being peripheral, concurring events?


67 posted on 11/13/2012 12:11:18 AM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Gene Eric

Because Paula Broadwell’s father says it goes much deeper, and Broadwell mentioned Libyan prisoners held at the CIA fixture or whatever it was being released to (???can’t remember who, but someone shady - AQ?), the fact that this Kelley woman is Lebanese and hanging out at Tampe mil HQ and is now supposedly “involved” with Gen. Allen, 10 to 30,000 pages of emails. This is heavy stuff. Spying? Lies? Takedowns of mil? Night of Long Knives?

It’s not just adultery or affair, there is much more to it. Looks as though Broadwell found out stuff (supposed she had all kinds of classified info, Petraeus said he didn’t give it to her).


68 posted on 11/13/2012 12:17:16 AM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: Jeff Head; All

Seven Days in May?

Politics didn’t remove Obama. The Generals would? Preemptive strike by the loyalists.


69 posted on 11/13/2012 12:20:10 AM PST by TigerClaws
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To: kristinn
Its Barry Hussein laying down FUD on all our Military leaders. (How can you believe them now? They engaged in deviant behavior while on duty. etc.) Its a shot over the bow letting them know when you testify in front of Congress on Benghazi you better toe the party line.

Its the Chicago way.

70 posted on 11/13/2012 12:20:23 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: little jeremiah

Libyans held at the Annex? Try Iranians.

http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/51001


71 posted on 11/13/2012 12:24:20 AM PST by bergmeid (FUBO)
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To: kristinn

And how long does this damned Kelly woman get to be a “social liason” at that base? And wonder how much attention the enlisted men get from her?
It appears this attention whore mainly throws awesome receptions for officers.

At this point can we agree that she is doing more damage than good? Why the F does a base social liason volunteer need to send 30,000 pages of emails to a general over 2 years?

Thats about 40 emails a DAY, 7 days a week! This camp follower gets an hour of a generals time each day? This is in-freakin-sane.


72 posted on 11/13/2012 12:26:32 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: rfp1234

Clinton blazed that trail. If the CinC can get away with it “because he can”, then high-ranking generals will feel that they’re entitled too.
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
If the xCIC and 4 stars can’t keep it in their pants, how do our ‘glorious leaders’ expect 18-19-20 yo’s with raging hormones to act like gentlemen?

Then go ahead and put some ‘in your face’ Fags in the mix, separate the boys from the girls and people like B Frank will feel like they have died and went to heaven - all that fresh meat out there... At least in my day, we could (unofficially of course) take the do funnies to the wood shed and try to straighten them out...

The idiots of today think ‘they’ can rein it in when they couldn’t back in the 50’s and 60’s when they were facing brig time just for ‘grabbing the wrong tool’, and after falling up a ladder and slipping in the shower the “Old Man” would give them a couple of weeks in the brig while they were being processed out.


73 posted on 11/13/2012 12:28:00 AM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "Hope in one hand and $hiite in the other and see which fills up first".)
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To: little jeremiah

I’m aware of the info Broadwell dispensed late October, which, by the way, was not reported prior to the elections (that I know of.)

>> Its not just adultery or affair, there is much more to it.

Got it. Thanks, lj.


74 posted on 11/13/2012 12:28:07 AM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: GoodDay

LOOKS LIKE THAT TO ME.

ABSOLUTELY


75 posted on 11/13/2012 12:34:39 AM PST by easternsky
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To: little jeremiah

In this video you can clearly see someone in plastic cuffs being put in a SUV. I do believe these were the prisoners she was speaking about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNKRKHv742Y&feature=context-cha


76 posted on 11/13/2012 12:43:06 AM PST by SUN68RAY
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To: kristinn

does this Jill Kelley chick have any ties to the Muslim Brotherhood? Worth
Looking into.....


77 posted on 11/13/2012 12:47:02 AM PST by bergmeid (FUBO)
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To: Gene Eric

In this video she is speaking about Benghazi. It starts about the 35 mark.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W35dwmdGtig


78 posted on 11/13/2012 12:49:26 AM PST by SUN68RAY
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To: Jeff Head
I think the Russians call it a putsch

it smells to me like the Obama "folks" found out about a " 7 Days in May" type deal.

79 posted on 11/13/2012 12:57:22 AM PST by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.u)
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To: bergmeid

Probably Hillary womans, people


80 posted on 11/13/2012 12:57:38 AM PST by easternsky
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To: easternsky

All of them (Obama and his Chicago thugs) knew about the affair from the gitgo, don’t you see. That was their hold over Petraeus so that he would play ball on everything their way. They were blackmailing him. Are you seeing the pattern here?

Now General Allen it is found was also being investigated by the FBI for his connections to the “other woman”, Ms. Kelley, for either an affair or over possibly disclosing classified info to her, and he too was in line by Obama for a higher position. So, Obama planned on elevating another general whose background was compromised by an inappropriate relationship with a woman, just like Petraeus. And once again, Obama and his henchmen would have had total control over General Allen because they knew his little secret.


81 posted on 11/13/2012 1:05:54 AM PST by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: SUN68RAY

Jill Kelley, who said she has known David Petraeus and his wife Holly for five years, has visited them in Washington DC.

She is also reported to have been invited to a breakfast at the White House.

In recognition of her work with officials at CENTCOM, Jill Kelley was recently named as a honorary consulate general to South Korea.

Military sources say that Jill Kelley was frequently seen in David Petraeus’ company at social events held at Central Command headquarters.

Central Command oversees U.S. military operations across the Middle East – including in Iraq and Afghanistan. David Petraeus was promoted lead the command, based in Tampa, in October 2008 after successfully engineering and executing the surge strategy.

While in Tampa, David Petraeus worked to reorganize Central Command from its original Cold War era footing to focusing more on counterinsurgency.

http://www.bellenews.com/2012/11/12/world/us-news/jill-kelley-biography-tampa-housewife-whose-complaint-to-the-fbi-brought-the-downfall-of-david-petraeus/


82 posted on 11/13/2012 1:09:27 AM PST by SUN68RAY
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To: bergmeid

I have no idea who Jill Kelley is connected to but her family is Maronite Catholic from Lebanon so I wouldn’t think Muslim Brotherhood. More likely this is about sex, not terrorism, at least based on what we know so far.


83 posted on 11/13/2012 1:14:20 AM PST by Saije
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To: petitfour

Lol,,google “tampa housewives”. See what top search find is. I’m not going to post the link so i’m not banned for life.


84 posted on 11/13/2012 1:21:22 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: kristinn

The only way to fix this is to attack Iran.


85 posted on 11/13/2012 1:23:19 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Unbelievable / Believable!)
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To: SUN68RAY

“Paula pursued a military intelligence career abroad, serving in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. During her service, especially after 9-11, Paula’s intensity was directed toward the war against terror; her contributions and efforts to thwart terrorism have been commended by the U.S. Army and by Europe’s Special Operations Forces Commanding General. In this arena, she has planned counter-terrorism initiatives presented to NATO and worked on transnational counter-terrorism issues with foreign and domestic agencies, U.S. Special Forces, and the FBI.”

Graduate studies at the University of Denver in Middle East studies enabled her to travel to “Jordan and Israel,” and make a swing through the Persian Gulf and Europe where she spoke at various conferences. This triumphal tour was capped by a Harvard fellowship “for study in Syria and Iran.”

While Broadwell’s current academic affiliation is with Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, her previous post was deputy director of the Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies at Tufts University’s Fletcher School. The Center, according to its self-description, “distinguishes itself by a philosophy that maintains counter-terrorism should be predictive, preventive and preemptive, with the latter being a last resort.” Founded in 2005, the Jebsen Center was made possible by the generous donation of one Jan Henrik Jebsen, heir to the Norwegian shipping fortune, who gave $1.3 million to set it up. Jebsen, a former investment banker with Lazard Freres, is the principal of Gamma Applied Visions Group, an international octopus with tentacles all over the place: part arms dealer and weapons developer, part “green” energy company. As one might expect from someone who has so much of his multi-billion dollar fortune invested in making and selling armaments, Jebsen is on the board of directors of the distinctly warlike Hudson Institute, where Scooter Libby, Douglas Feith, Michael Ledeen, and practically every neocon you’ve ever heard of have found refuge.

All this establishes a context that goes far beyond the titillating details of the alleged affair between Petraeus and Broadwell — and this is no doubt what set alarm bells ringing in the intelligence community when it was revealed. Is there really any need to point out the uses of the “honeypot” in intelligence-gathering and other covert activities regularly engaged in by spooks of all nations? From Mata Hari to the Mossad agent who lured Israeli nuclear scientist Mordecahi Vanunu, sex is a time-honored weapon in the war of spy-vs-spy. A secret affair with the CIA Director is the equivalent of the Honeypot Olympics, and we have to ask: was the remarkably fit Ms. Broadwell a lure? If so, she’s won a Gold Medal.

Broadwell’s actions — sending emails that were bound to be traced back to her — appear to make little sense on the surface. But if the goal of luring a 60-year-old geezer into an affair with a much younger woman was to expose him, and get him fired, then surely her antics succeeded in accomplishing that goal.

So who would have an interest in getting rid of Petraeus? Here’s where the Cantor connection comes in. The tip by an anonymous “FBI employee” that wound up in Cantor’s office two weeks ago came through Rep. David Reichert, Republican of Washington state, who has a friend who knows the whistleblower. Cantor then spoke to the whistleblower directly, who put him in touch with FBI Director Mueller.

Cantor is a great friend of Israel, and Petraeus — not so much. The General was attacked, as you’ll recall, by partisans of the Lobby, including Abe Foxman, when he delivered testimony before Congress citing Israel as a strategic liability in the Middle East. As the executor of the new Obamaite policy of sidling up to Islamists, not only in Libya but also in Syria and Egypt, Petraeus was no doubt seen by the Israelis as an enemy to be neutralized.

Broadwell’s affiliation with the Jebsen Center, and the Center’s connection to the neoconservative network, sets the scene: a young, attractive woman with impeccable national security credentials throws herself at Petraeus, and he takes the bait. Whether she’s been recruited by a foreign intelligence agency at this point or not is irrelevant: he’s already put himself in a vulnerable position, and there are any number of actors on the international stage more than willing to press their advantage.

Will we ever know the full story? At this point, the story is so hot that it may burn the cover story — “it’s all about sex” — right off the wrapper. Because there’s more — a lot more — here than meets the eye. When Cantor pledged to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he and his fellow Republicans “will serve as a check on the administration” in regard to the President’s policy toward Israel, he was clearly aligning himself with a foreign leader against American interests as perceived by the White House. But would he really go this far — deliberately taking down a key figure, one beloved by Republicans, in order to keep his promise to Netanyahu?

Stay tuned to this space, because this story is moving fast….

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2012/11/a-covert-affair-petraeus-caught-in-the-honeypot/


86 posted on 11/13/2012 1:25:34 AM PST by SUN68RAY
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To: flaglady47

and i bet Mrs Kelly still has full access to the base and it’s personnel. (although she is apparently only interested in being a “social liason” for 0-7 and up)


87 posted on 11/13/2012 1:25:34 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: a fool in paradise
Weren't they working on a book together?

Title? Subject? Author(s)?

I'd doubt that all 30,000 emails were "inappropriate".

How many emails have you opened and read in your lifetime? Hint: there are only 2700 pages in the Affordable Healthcare Act. This sounds like a bunch of pigs inflating their importance with numbers. Time for big-time sequestration! Time for fibbies to do mall security!

Get the hits in before the story gets cleared up.

Yep.

88 posted on 11/13/2012 1:29:38 AM PST by cynwoody
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To: atc23
I think the Russians call it a putsch

Zat vould be ze Krauts!

89 posted on 11/13/2012 1:35:24 AM PST by cynwoody
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To: cynwoody

I’d doubt that all 30,000 emails were “inappropriate”.

Probably true. Now, why does a Tampa housewife, even one thats a “social liason” need to send the General over all NATO forces in Afghanistan 40 pages of email -every single day-, 7 days a week?

And i doubt it’s all read, but if she wasn’t getting a fair amount of correspondence back, she would have sought out a more receptive audience. How much time have these attention whores taken from the guys running things? It’s a small wonder that Afghanistan is a disaster and Beghazi got over-run.
The guys in charge don’t have their minds in the game.


90 posted on 11/13/2012 1:37:36 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: kristinn
Why would the Defense Secretary leak damaging accusations against John Allen but leave him in command in Afghanistan “while the matter is under investigation and before the facts are determined”?

Ten days ago or so the senior U.S. general in North Africa and a carrier admiral in the Med were recalled to Washington. Then the Petraeus scandal hits and now Allen.

If I was paranoid I would guess the White House has been using partisans in the FBI and the Pentagon to monitor the emails and other communications of senior military officers to determine their political reliability and collect any possible dirt. The Kelly woman may be an agent provocateur who can create scandal where none existed. This is the kind of operation a foreign power would run in hopes of decapitating our national defense. But it's likely coming from more dangerous enemies in Chicago and the White House.

91 posted on 11/13/2012 1:44:18 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

“The Kelly woman may be an agent provocateur who can create scandal where none existed.”

She was invited to a White House breakfast according to one article.


92 posted on 11/13/2012 1:51:00 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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Prayers up for our Troops.


93 posted on 11/13/2012 1:53:11 AM PST by easternsky
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To: DesertRhino
Now, why does a Tampa housewife, even one thats a “social liason” need to send the General over all NATO forces in Afghanistan 40 pages of email -every single day-, 7 days a week?

She doesn't.

The FBI going on a fishing expedition is how this whole absurd story happened.

Until the latest round, involving General Allen and the Lebanese Florida hottie, I was half-way prepared to buy it.

But now it's clear they're just going after budget in the classic copper fashion. They F-ed up, and now they need to justify their existence. The best example is the absurd quotation of the street value of drugs as a reason to support law enforcement. It is a racket, pure and simple.

Any time you see absurd numbers like 30,000 emails in connection with a police investigation of a "social liason", you should suspect a bureaucratic power grab. The remedy is the budget meat cleaver.

94 posted on 11/13/2012 2:00:21 AM PST by cynwoody
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To: Jeff Head

Looks to me like half of the CinCs are being relieved along with gunrunning to AlQaeda and the fall of all national leadership throughout the midEast, with he CIA being removed from power within a 4 year period now advancing into its next stages. Whenever somebody stumbles onto it, they also are relieved for all the usual explanations of their administrative removal. e.g. the 14 or so ship Captains relieved after returning from Vladivostok after Hillary.

Why is homosexuality promoted by this regime, but heterosexual affairs reportedly justifying the removal of all senior staff officers?


95 posted on 11/13/2012 2:02:37 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: kristinn

All the positions of leadership which would have been in the intel chain of command surrounding the GWOT from a Islamic strategic operation are being relieved of their careers.

What have they touched upon for them to be so targeted.


96 posted on 11/13/2012 2:09:20 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Cyman
the way she tilts her head and poses makes me think this gal believes she is way hotter than she really is.

Lots of people believe that certain pose positions make their pictures come out better. They might be right. An additional reason Ms. Kelley might be tilting her head in some of the published photos is to minimize her height.

She is reasonably hot IMHO.

97 posted on 11/13/2012 2:09:20 AM PST by wideminded
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To: kristinn

Obama purging his military officers?


98 posted on 11/13/2012 2:24:24 AM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: kristinn
obama is pure evil... and good men associated with him have been destroyed... that is who obama is... THE DESTROYER.

LLS

99 posted on 11/13/2012 2:27:13 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (I AM JOHN GALT)
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To: Cyman

Nice party dress, Jill.

100 posted on 11/13/2012 2:31:05 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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