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November 12, 2012

Collecting Kisses for the Troops

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First of all, I can’t say what Gen. Petraeus’s relationship was to Jill Kelly, standing there next to Mrs. Petraeus in Tampa in 2010. I do know it got his mistress pretty fired up though. I also don’t know what the story is between Ms. Kelly and Gen. Allen, America’s top Commander, but it looks like he too is caught in the snare.

Well, maybe a good fiscal cliff is just what the military needs right now.

Of course, we know that the wars over the past ten years have brought a string of moral failures, but that was just massacres and such. Who knew there was such philandering going on? As they say, the fish stinks from the head. In the meantime, while we wait for the media frenzy to sort things out, I was admiring the timing of Cosmo’s “Kisses for the Troops” promotion on Veterans Day.

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I guess some boys just can’t get enough.

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(photo 1: Amy Scherzer/Tampa Bay Times, via Associated Press caption: From left, Natalie Khawam, David H. Petraeus, Scott Kelley, Jill Kelley and Holly Petraeus at an event in Tampa in 2010. Ms. Kelley’s complaint about harassing e-mails prompted the initial inquiry that led to Mr. Petraeus’s resignation as director of the C.I.A.photo 2: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images caption: Actress Rose McGowan (2nd R) with First Sergeant Johann Chiu, First Sergeant Eric Hunt and Cadet Ryan Cho attend 2012 Kisses For The Troops On Veterans Day at Times Square on November 12, 2012 in New York City.)

  • Thomas

    Great synchronicity. Increased pressure for austerity for the military would definitely be one very welcome outcome. The pretence of institutional competence was already shaky, and this clown show of vanity and intrigue certainly doesn’t help.

  • Scarabus

    First we’ll recruit a bunch macho guys, oozing testosterone from every pore; then we’ll train them to believe that they’re a very special breed of men, due privileges denied to others; we’ll put them in really fancy uniforms; we’ll put them in the company of beautiful and eager women; and then we’ll tell them to keep their trousers zipped. What could possibly go wrong? Made sense that up into the 1990s the French Foreign Legion maintained its own brothels.

    • http://www.bagnewsnotes.com Michael Shaw

      A comment from a colleague today. Talking about the two Generals, she said: “Well, at least they learned something from Tailhook and are engaging themselves with outside professional women.”

  • bks3bks

    Time to unretire Admiral Fallon. He had Petraeus pegged five years ago:

    WASHINGTON, Sep 12 2007 (IPS) – In sharp contrast to the lionisation of Gen. David Petraeus by members of the U.S. Congress during his testimony this week, Petraeus’s superior, Admiral William Fallon, chief of the Central Command (CENTCOM), derided Petraeus as a sycophant during their first meeting in Baghdad last March, according to Pentagon sources familiar with reports of the meeting.

    Fallon told Petraeus that he considered him to be “an ass-kissing little chickenshit” and added, “I hate people like that”, the sources say. That remark reportedly came after Petraeus began the meeting by making remarks that Fallon interpreted as trying to ingratiate himself with a superior.

    http://www.ipsnews.net/2007/09/us-iraq-fallon-derided-petraeus-opposed-the-surge/

    –bks

  • Cactus

    Petraeus is a fraud and he knows it — all those ribbons on his jacket
    testify to his insecurities. The surge (a particularly phallic word for troop
    increase) was a fraud and if he doesn’t realize that, he hasn’t been reading any
    foreign press. In fact, the only people who don’t seem to know that are the
    teapublicans and the media in this country. (And, yes, the democrats, too.)
    Here are but two recaps of his career failures:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/13/general-david-petraeus-flaw-surge-afghanistan

    http://petras.lahaine.org/?p=1733

    And Michael Hastings was on CNN’s ‘Not the Larry King Show’ yesterday as
    counter-force to all the bleeding hearts crying crocodile tears and extolling
    Petraeus’ virtues. He also has an article in Buzzfeed: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mhastings/the-sins-of-general-david-petraeus

    When Obama picked him for CIA head, I thought it was to get him off the
    battlefield. Also to keep a tighter rein on him lest he decide to run for
    President. So the question is…..did he resign or was he pushed? I’m sure as
    in all these things, there will be much more to come out. If there is anything
    the press (and Congress) likes to yak about more than sex, it’s the CIA. This
    scandal is a twofer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=570058329 Catherine McCallum

    I didn’t like Petraeus much – I still remember how he politicked for Bush the Lesser. But I’m not interested in slashing and burning. He had an affair. It was his business. This whole ’scandal’ is just so much crapola, and I’d rather have a root canal than hear anymore about the sex lives of the rich and famous.

    • bks3bks

      No, there’s a lot more to this story. The sex doesn’t matter but the lines between the Generals, the CIA, the FBI, Cantor and the rest do matter. I heartily endorse the congressional hearings, the special prosecutor and Sherlock Holmes if they can find him. And finally Jill Kelley answers the question, “What kind of woman votes Republican?”

      –bks

  • LanceThruster

    I think the ‘professionals’ need to be returned. The Japanese Imperial Army had “comfort women,” and the French Foreign Legion used to operate their own brothels. Since the military is integrated and does not discriminate in regard to sexual preference, they should just create a parallel office of sex surrogates next to the chaplains office (and should the military really be in the business of providing chaplains?). Puts new meaning to (knocking) boots on the ground.
    There is also the element of the ‘honey trap’ that coud be avoided Spymasters should already know this, no?…let alone the perils of unsecured email communication.

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