ToDaZeD Motherly Reminder

Do NOT – evar – put anything in writing that you wouldn’t want published on the front page of the New York Times. Period.

Srsly. My Mother told me this. After I got caught “writing notes” in 4th grade.

Petraeus, Broadwell, Kelley, Allen [or not Allen....

Messy details BTF:

What fresh Hell this? »

First: “Tampa socialite Jill Kelley” [Born Jill Khawam, Kelley is 37-years old and grew up in Philadelphia, where her parents settled after emigrating from Lebanon in the mid-1970s...* (Jill's parties are) "the place to be seen for coalition officers."][Jill's sister, Natalie Khawam, who is in a nasty suit-countersuit battle with her employer, lives with Jill & Her Happy Hubby, Scott Kelley, as Natalie is in a vile custody battle with her ex, "Grayson Wolfe, a Washington, D.C.-based venture capitalist who once worked for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq."* Petraeus wrote a letter in support of Khawam to the court in the case (unconfirmed)]

On to The Action:

Ms. Kelley… complained …to a friend who is an FBI agent… in May about …”harassing, anonymous emails”… That agent referred it to a cyber crimes unit, which opened an investigation.

…One official said the agent in question sent shirtless photos to Ms. Kelley well before the email investigation began

…the agent, after being barred from the case, contacted a member of Congress, Washington Republican David Reichert, because he was concerned senior FBI officials were going to sweep the matter under the rug…

FBI agents had determined the harassing emails had been sent by Paula Broadwell … also…an affair with Mr. Petraeus

One might hope that those running important, high-level outfits like the CIA would run with women who were capable of operating at slightly more sophisticated levels than one’s own 13 year olds. One would be bitterly disappointed in that….

In one of the emails, Mrs Broadwell accused Kelley of touching ‘him’ underneath a table and another email asked if Kelley’s husband was aware of her actions, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In another, the biographer of the former CIA director was apparently aggressive towards Mrs Kelley, saying: ‘Who do you think you are?’

‘Who do you think you are? … You parade around the base … You need to take it down a notch,’”

Threatening? hmmm’k… Methinks a real high-level playah would drop a word in the ear of The Fella that that woman was working with *some enemy of his* to discredit him. Then sit back and smile… Whoinhell writes “keep your hands off my man” emails?!? Days of Our Lives would trashcan this script.

So… Petraeus.

Petraeus and Broadwell [and, apparently, a desk]

Then another General…

Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan… succeeded Petraeus as the top allied commander in Afghanistan in July 2011 … also served as Petraeus’s deputy when both generals led the military’s Tampa-based Central Command from 2008 until 2010.

…the FBI has uncovered between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of documents — most of them e-mails — that contain “potentially inappropriate” communication between Allen and Jill Kelley

30,000 emails??!? How did they have time to eat, much less do anything?

oh… wait.

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 pending case.

…another senior U.S. official, who is close to Allen, strongly denied that the general and Kelley had an affair or engaged in inappropriate communication. Allen and Kelley, who threw parties and other social events involving senior leaders at the Central Command, did exchange “a few hundred e-mails over a couple of years,” beginning when Allen was the deputy commander at the Central Command, this senior official said. But “most of them were about routine stuff.”

… also emphasized that the volume of communications between the two “was nowhere near” 20,000 to 30,000 personal messages. The official said the high page count reported by the FBI may have been the result of printing numerous individual messages that contained lengthy threads of earlier exchanges.


A Birthday Trip…

Paula Broadwell was on a romantic rendezvous with her husband at a Virginia bed-and-breakfast when details of her extramarital affair with Gen. David Petraeus exploded publicly Friday. …to celebrate Broadwell’s 40th birthday

and a Happy F’n Birthday Raidconsensual search” on their Home…


But enough of that soapy BS. What’s the Real Deal, the Bottom Line that all this bottom-chasing is providing distracting flack for?

In late October, Petraeus traveled to Libya to conduct his own review of the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

While in Tripoli, he personally questioned the CIA station chief and other CIA personnel

KEY: What impact did all this – and his knowledge or lack thereof – have on Petraeus’ performance and/or choices during the Benghazi goat rope?

What effect might it have on his testimony now that he’s just a plain old civilian, now?

see also: Why weren’t Feinstein, POTUS, DoJ and others told — or were they?


  1. apotheosis
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 11:49 am |

    Honestly, I can’t tell whether this is just soapy by nature, or deliberately being made MORE soapy in order to serve as a shiny object drawing the attention of the Snooki-and-Honey Boo Boo-worshipping moron hordes.

  2. geezerette
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 12:10 pm |

    You dare to ask???

  3. Posted November 13, 2012 at 12:11 pm |

    It’s a regular “Love Pentagon” ™

  4. LLoyd
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 1:01 pm |

    Lokks like the same bee-s script they used on the ‘video’ causing the attack. What a cluster fluck. The Demon-crats continue to set their sorry butts up as lying, deceitful scumbags. But what the heck–most of those kinds of a-holes voted themselves more gifts from Santa Barac.

  5. Melissa In Texas
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 1:23 pm |

    I have said it before and I will say it again.
    I truly, care not where these idiots are dippin’ their wicks!
    I want the TRUTH about Benghazi!

  6. USMC2841
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm |

    With my luck they would give me Helen Thomas as a biographer.

  7. DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!)
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm |

    Oh, look!

  8. PeggyU
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 2:11 pm |

    They can release a whole bag of sparkly squirrels if they want, it isn’t going to take the focus off of the attack.

    In fact, it is pissing a whole lot of us off watching this tap dance.

  9. Posted November 13, 2012 at 2:18 pm |

    According to the last election results, it doesn’t matter if we’re pissed off or not. These aren’t the droids you’re looking for. Move along.

  10. mojo
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm |

    It’s like High School with money.

    And guns.

  11. Caged Insanity
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 2:58 pm |

    Does this mean that if I say Obama lied about Benghazi and left Americans to die, that it’ll end up on the front page of the NY Times?

  12. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm |

    Seems strangely convenient that a situation from 6 months to more than a year old erupts just as the flame under Benghazi was about to be turned up by Congressman Issa, and just after the election, not before.
    I guess Commander Benghazi (reduced in rank from Captain Bullshit) was too busy saving New Jersey and New York to deal with it earlier. BTW, just what is Jerk-in-Chief doing to help the Sandy victims?
    Something stinks, and it isn’t dead fish on the Jersey shore or this old and over with affair either.

    Nice post Claire. I liked your ‘slightly more sophisticated levels than one’s own 13 year olds’.
    ‘Spose the ‘socialite’ is related to the Kardashians?

  13. Steve Skubinna
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm |

    Who cares, the election’s over, Obama’s back on the links, Jarrett’s doing who knows what in some back room, Napolitano is making up her own Kill List for when DoD finally gives her a couple drones, Chu is wondering how many refineries he has to blow up to get gas up to eight bucks a gallon, Biden’s leafing through his briefing book trying to pick the stupidest and least appropriate statement to make at his next appearance and everyone who gives a rip is well and truly screwed.

    We are all Stevens, Smith, Wood, and Doherty now. President “We will leave no one behind” has already left us behind.

  14. geezerette
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 5:36 pm |

    There’s that Melissa now all we need is the Col. not that the rest of you aren’t you know?

  15. Fat Baxter
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 9:44 pm |

    This scandal is doing what it’s intended to do: take Benghazi off the front pages. The Leni Riefenstahl Media Complex is, of course, only too glad to carry the message.

  16. Fat Baxter
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 9:48 pm |

    “Now, getting back to what was going on in Benghazi, …… Oh look! A squirrel!!!”

  17. Lance
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 10:27 pm |

    I have nagging hunches that there’s a lot more to this saga than
    all the bruhaha about sending a lot of emails, the contents of which
    are being kept secret! Petraeus resigned a little too conveniently &
    easily! His resignation puts him outside of WH & CIA/FBI control!
    He also knows a bazillion military & ex-military intelligence peeps!
    Suppose he figgured out what was gonna happen back in 2008 &
    started preparing ways to ‘defend the constitution from …. enemies
    within’! This could get innerestin’! FWIW

  18. MikeG
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 10:48 pm |

    Honest to God, I don’t know how much of this I can take before just throwing in the towel, going on a 4 year drunk and being a menace to society. Frakkin CIA, FBI, screwing this one and that one, dead Navy Seals, Prisoners at the CIA clubhouse in Libya the “real” cause of the “spontaneous” riots…shit goes on and on like a poorly scripted movie that has lasted way past anyone’s ability to follow what the hell is going on.

    It’s something different to piss me off EVERY FRIKKIN’ DAY!

  19. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 11:55 pm |

    Did they get Petraeus out because he knows too much about what happened at Benghazi and the hidden card there (arms to al Qaeda?), or do they want him out for bigger things – like a Russian Stuxnet on our election?

  20. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted November 14, 2012 at 7:44 am |

    America just voted for a nother 4 fucking years of “No Answers”!

    Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness—–just went up for auction!

  21. geezerette
    Posted November 14, 2012 at 7:55 am |

    America voted for FREE and revenge on the rich–they know nothing—for him to say he won because Americans approve of his/their last 4 years is proof of his/their Bull Shit.

  22. mech
    Posted November 14, 2012 at 9:54 am |

    This whole year is going to be remembered as orders of magnitude greater than ‘Iran-Contra’ ever could have dreamed of being.

    What is the phrase–”My what a tangled web we weave, when we purpose to deceive. . .” ?

    This administration has been weaving so much in the past four years that they may not even know what the truth is, or care, as long as the agenda is creeping forward. They got bH0 recoronated, didn’t they?

    I look forward to the web tightening on the weavers till their evil heads pop off. Even if they set it alight to escape, it will burn faster than they can move. We can just hope that the collateral damage is small so we can sweep away the ashes to rebuild America.

    It would be good for certain senators to decide that they need to spend more time with their families so their replacements can help with the clean up. A body can dream, no?

  23. Posted November 15, 2012 at 3:44 am |

    Honest to God, I don’t know how much of this I can take before just throwing in the towel, going on a 4 year drunk and being a menace to society.

    MikeG (18): Hey, get in line, pal. Like, take a number.

    P.S. Colonel Jerry, SIR! (if you’re still listening),

    Have taken your advice, as ordered, and am now a devotee of Evan Williams 1783. A most excellent adult beverage [not that needing to be an adult first has ever stopped me].

    And the price is right too!