What the hell is going on here?
As we're still dealing with the fallout from former CIA director David Petraeus' affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, news broke today that Gen. John Allen, commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan (and Petraeus' successor in that country), is also being investigated by the FBI for scandalous behavior.
The investigation centers on between 20,000 and 30,000 documents of "potentially inappropriate" communication between Allen and Jill Kelley, the woman who allegedley received threatening emails from Broadwell in the Petraeus affair. Yes, you read that correctly. Two of the nation's highest-ranking military officials have both may have been brought down by the same woman. (And let's not forget, an FBI agent was also pulled off this case because he sent shirtless pictures to Kelley, who apparently is the most desired woman in the country.)
From the Washington Post:
Allen, a Marine, succeeded Petraeus as the top allied commander in Afghanistan in July 2011. He also served as Petraeus’s deputy when both generals led the military’s Tampa-based Central Command from 2008 until 2010.
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.
The scrutiny of Allen’s personal behavior extends a remarkable string of failures and misconduct allegations that have dogged the last four commanders of the Afghan war. Petraeus took the job in 2010, after President Obama fired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal for cooperating with a Rolling Stone profile that quoted McChrystal’s aides as mocking the president, Vice President Biden and other civilian leaders.
Someone give Kelley a reality show now. (Call it "Homewreckers"?)
Now, it's unclear what President Obama will do now with what may end up being open positions at nearly every important foreign policy seat at the table—CIA director, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State, and troop leader in Afghanistan. However, you've got to think Mitt Romney is having a celebratory milk carton right now for not dealing with this clusterfuck.
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