To be clear, I am not, and have never been a fan of David Petraeus. I opposed his COIN strategy in Iraq, and admit that I was wrong. It was effective. I opposed him adopting COIN in Afghanistan. This time I was right. One size did not fit all. I opposed his inclusion in the Obama administration. I am not surprised that the scandal is becoming more and more complex.
The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, is under investigation for alleged inappropriate communication with a woman at the center of the sex scandal involving former CIA Director David Petraeus, a senior U.S. defense official said on Tuesday.
The shocking revelation threatens to fell another of the U.S. military’s biggest names and suggests that the scandal involving Petraeus – a retired four-star general who had Allen’s job in Afghanistan before moving to the CIA last year – could expand much further than previously imagined.
The U.S. official said the FBI uncovered between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of communications – mostly emails and spanning from 2010 to 2012 – between Allen and Jill Kelley, who has been identified as a long-time friend of the Petraeus family and a Tampa, Florida, volunteer social liaison with military families at MacDill Air Force Base.
It was Kelley’s complaints about harassing emails from the woman with whom Petraeus had had an affair, Paula Broadwell, that prompted an FBI investigation, ultimately alerting authorities to Petraeus’ involvement with Broadwell. Petraeus resigned from his job on Friday.
It was unclear how Allen knew Kelley, but he was stationed in Tampa as the deputy director of the U.S. military’s Central Command for the three years until he took over in Afghanistan in 2011. Petraeus was head of the Tampa-based Central Command from 2008 to 2010…
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So far, it still appears to be little more than an adultery scandal, but who knows when and if the other shoe will drop?
Rachel Maddow covered the story before this most recent development in two segments. In the first, she reviewed what is known.
In the second, she discussed this and other matters with Andrea Mitchell.
The only thing I know for certainly is that the conspiracy theories coming from the Republican echo chamber are InsaniTEA, unless you want to believe that Eric Cantor conspired with Democrats to prevent the scandal that would have thrust Little Lord Willard into the White House.
Under GW ChickenHawk, when Rumsfeld was Defense Secretary, the senior levels of the military were decimated, because all who had the integrity to oppose their unsound and illegal policies were pushed down or out. What we have left are largely opportunists, who were willing to goose-step behind Bush to enhance their careers. Perhaps we need to be examine these people more closely.