There’s a scene in the Three Stooges short, Hoi Polloi, in which Curly pulls on a thread of Moe’s dinner jacket and the whole jacket unravels. Something of the sort seems to be happening in the Petraeus scandal:
The scandal widened overnight. A Pentagon spokesman told reporters traveling with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to Australia that America’s top commander in Afghanistan was also being investigated for “potentially inappropriate” communications with Kelley.
“On Sunday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation referred to the Department of Defense a matter involving General John Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan,” Pentagon press secretary George Little told reporters.
The allegations against Allen are said to involve emails between him and Kelley written from 2010 to 2012. Asked if they were of a “sexual nature,” a senior defense official would only say the messages were, “potentially inappropriate and they bare looking into. The Department is currently reviewing between 20,000 and 30,000 (pages of) documents connected to this matter.”
CBS News senior correspondent John Miller, a former deputy director of national intelligence, says the investigation into Allen “is fallout” from the FBI’s digging around in the inboxes of Petraeus and Broadwell.
He says the Pentagon realizes that if there is any indication of impropriety, they need it to come out now, not during Allen’s confirmation hearing to become the next NATO commander – a nomination which has now been put on hold.
Let’s recap the body count. We’ve got two high-ranking generals and one FBI agent caught engaging in hanky panky in this scandal so far. I honestly don’t giveadamn about what they do in their own time but, as I said on Sunday in what I sincerely hoped and believed would be my only post on this sordid topic, I see this as a workplace and national security issue. If the highest-ranking generals with the most responsibility insist on acting with the self-control and discretion of adolescents, they should be treated like adolescents. If they don’t like it, they should get out. They just aren’t that indispensable.
We have a right to better than the Three Stooges in the most responsible positions in the land.