P etraeus affair Exposes Orgy of Government Abuse
by Mark Luedtke
The salacious story of General Petraeus’s affair with mistress Paula Broadwell is burning up the airwaves, but most of the coverage is superficial as usual. The media and their sources are using the sex scandal to distract us from dangerous issues that the government wants to cover up.
First, a quick summary:
Jill Kelley ignited this firestorm. She lives near the Air Force base in Tampa which houses U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), the military command for the Middle East and Asia, notably Iraq and Afghanistan. Kelley, who is married to a surgeon, hosts parties for military brass. She’s on everybody’s VIP list. That’s how she knows Petraeus and current Afghanistan commander John Allen.
She’s also delusional. CBS reports, “Kelley participated in events to welcome officers from foreign countries and was given a certificate naming her honorary ambassador to the Coalition Forces.” When she called the police about trespassing reporters, she told the 911 operator, “I’m the honorary consul general so they should not be on my property. I don’t know if you want to get diplomatic protection involved as well.”
When Kelley received some anonymous emails she considered threatening, she called a friendly FBI agent who just happened to have sent her pictures of himself without his shirt. FBI agents considered the emails a catfight, nothing more, but even though no threats or any other criminal activity occurred, the cyber-crime division investigated. It turned out the emails were from Broadwell, who thought Kelley was a rival for Petraeus.
Despite no evidence of a crime and having no warrant, the FBI went fishing and discovered Petraeus and Broadwell shared an email account in which they wrote draft love letters to each other but didn’t send them so they couldn’t be tracked. Seeing no reason to stop there, the FBI further discovered 20 to 30 thousand pages of emails between Allen and Kelley, at least some of which were explicit.
This investigation reportedly took months, but that’s not credible. The Obama administration knew about the affair all along and covered it up. Contrary to the baloney about Petraeus doing the right thing, he wanted to keep the affair secret and keep his job, but the shirtless FBI agent, who had been removed from the investigation because his superiors feared he was obsessed with Kelley, contacted Republican congressman Dave Reichert who told majority leader Eric Cantor who called FBI Director Mueller a week before the election. Obama’s henchmen knew they couldn’t keep it secret then, so they waited until after the election then forced Petraeus to resign.
It sounds like Jill Kelley, who has lawyered up, is running a swingers club for CENTCOM brass and shirtless FBI agents, and Petraeus got caught in that honey pot. It’s a sad commentary on society that two generals who should be disgraced by their failures in war are losing their careers over trivial sex scandals. Iraq is once again erupting in sectarian violence aggravated by Petraeus’s strategy of creating and arming death squads. There were more attacks in Afghanistan this summer than before Petraeus’s surge.
But this scandal shows once again that government, because it is a coercive institution funded by theft and based on threats of violence backed by violence, attracts the worst people to work for it. The worst of the worst rise to the top. All the top people in government are sociopaths. Their only concern is to satisfy their base urges and have them paid for by money stolen from taxpayers. That’s why every U.S. government outpost is home to taxpayer funded orgies that would make Roman emperors blush, Washington, D.C. most of all. Petraeus and Allen didn’t protect or serve Americans. No top government official does. They throw taxpayer funded parties all day, pose for cameras and occasionally look at PowerPoint presentations to see how many Americans they’re supposedly protecting have died.
It’s sweetly ironic that people who helped build the lawless surveillance state under which we suffer were ruined by that same surveillance state.
But this sex scandal is a distraction from the real story. Speaking at the University of Denver, Broadwell claimed, “The CIA annex had actually – had taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner and they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back.” Since Obama claimed to have shut down secret CIA prisons, this would be a major scandal for him.
Also Ambassador Stevens met with Turkish Consul General Ali Sait Akin shortly before terrorists attacked. The CIA is running weapons through Turkey to Syrian rebels much as it armed Libyan rebels in Benghazi during the Libyan revolution. But rebels in both countries are largely al Qaeda terrorists, so the CIA is arming al Qaeda terrorists. According to Fox News, “A source told Fox News that Stevens was in Benghazi to negotiate a weapons transfer, an effort to get SA-7 missiles out of the hands of Libya-based extremists.” The SA-7 missile is an old Soviet version of the U.S. Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, and the CIA gave them to al Qaeda. What could go wrong? Stevens and the CIA were running weapons from Benghazi to Turkey and trying to recover weapons from al Qaeda. This is most likely why Stevens was targeted.
The Petraeus sex scandal is designed to distract Americans from learning that our government is arming terrorists and endangering our lives.
Reach DCP freelance writer Mark Luedtke at MarkLuedtke@daytoncitypaper.com