PERTH, Australia - In a new twist to the Gen. David Petraeus sex scandal, the Pentagon said Tuesday that the top American commander in Afghanistan, [four-star Marine General] John Allen, is under investigation for alleged "inappropriate communications" with a woman who is said to have received threatening emails from Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom Petraeus had an extramarital affair.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in a written statement issued to reporters aboard his aircraft, en route from Honolulu to Perth, Australia, that the FBI referred the matter to the Pentagon on Sunday.
Panetta said that he ordered a Pentagon investigation of Allen on Monday.
A senior defense official traveling with Panetta said Allen's communications were with Jill Kelley, who has been described as an unpaid social liaison at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., which is headquarters to the U.S. Central Command. She is not a U.S. government employee.Kelley is said to have received threatening emails from Broadwell, who is Petraeus' biographer and who had an extramarital affair with Petraeus that reportedly began after he became CIA director in September 2011.
Petraeus resigned as CIA director on Friday.
Allen, a four-star Marine general, succeeded Petraeus as the top American commander in Afghanistan in July 2011....
You think that's bad? It gets worse:
And you think THAT's bad? It gets worse still:
What a small world, and getting smaller. Susan Rice was John Kerry's chief foreign policy adver when he ran for president in 2004. Ed Lasky:
... One of the major steps Kerry suggested for dealing with the Middle East was to appoint James Baker and Jimmy Carter as negotiators. When furor erupted at the prospect of two of the most ardent foes of Israel being suggested to basically ride "roughshod" over Israel, Kerry backtracked and blamed his staff for the idea.
His staff was Susan Rice.
And finally, in other miscellaneous news...
- Unannounced federal checkpoints are said to be "popping up" across America, "in the aftermath of record gun sales" following The Won's re-election. In Reddington Pass, Arizona this past weekend, drivers were pulled over and questioned on their "shooting habits" while their cars were searched. And get this: It was all in the interest of "combating littering."
- In January, federal food stamp aid will be reduced in Ohio. But that's okay because The Won already warned us that "we can't ... eat as much as we want... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK" (AFP 5/17/08).
- Along these same [green] lines, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to "encourage residents to abstain from meat ... one day a week (Mondays) for health and environmental reasons." Hmm hmm hmm.
- And lest you think you are alone in distress over The Won's re-election, Holly Solomon is right there with you! 28 years old and six months pregnant, Mrs. Solomon was so upset with her husband for not voting that she ran him over with a Jeep SUV.
Note to Holly: "We can't drive our SUVs ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK" (Barack Obama, quoted by AFP 5/17/08).