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Monday, November 12, 2012

The Sad fall of GEN David Petraeus

Jill Kelley, at her birthday party in Tampa
No, it's not a Rule 5 blog, but it's close. First, we have an FBI special agent sending shirtless photo's of himself to "the other woman", Jill Kelley. (Wall Street Journal)
The federal agent who launched the investigation that eventually led to the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus was removed from the case last summer over concerns that he "might have grown obsessed with the matter," according to the Wall Street Journal (full article above)
The FBI agent began his official inquiry into the matter on behalf of a Jill Kelley, woman in whom he apparently had a romantic interest.  Kelley, meanwhile had a romantic interest in General Petreus and didn't like the thought of being sidelined by Paula Broadwell. Ms. Kelley told the FBI Special Agent that she received about a half a dozen hostile emails from Petraeus' mistress Paula Broadwell.

The agent referred the matter to a cyber crimes unit but was prohibited from the any role in the investigation after the FBI found out that he sent shirtless photos of himself to Kelley. (Business Insider)

Jill Kelley (37) is a married mother of three (married to Dr. Scott Kelley, MD), living in Tampa, Florida where she is an unpaid "social liaison person" at McDill Air Force Base, home to the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). This does not mean that Mrs. Kelley is a strumpet, but it's possible that Paula Broadwell (wife of Dr. Scott Broadwell, MD) thought that she was, based on the e-mails that ultimately ended General Petraeus' career.

Jill Kelley introduces her husband, Scott to Navy SEAL, VADM Robert Harward
(L to R) Natalie Khawam, Gen. Petraeus, Dr. Scott Kelly, Jill Kelley and Holly Petraeus
(Natalie Khawam is Jill Kelley's sister)

Lieutenant Colonel Paula Broadwell USAR, General Petraeus' biographer
Lieutenant Colonel Broadwell grew up in North Dakota and as a high school senior she was an All-State basketball player. Following high school, she graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point. She ranked first in her class for fitness. She earned a master's degree in International Security from the University of Denver and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University. In 2008, she entered a Ph. D. program at the Department of War Studies at King's College, London.

LTC Broadwell served as the Deputy Director of the Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies at Tufts University and in that capacity, she interfaced with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.

To give credit where it's due, LTC Broadwell is an amazing woman who has had an amazing career. It's sad that the whole mess came to the national stage. It's amazing how the Press will dramatize situations such as this one, while ignoring scandals such as Operation Fast and Furious and the Benghazi Affair which have stained the Obama Administration.


General and Mrs. Allen
US Marine Corps General Allen and his wife (right) are now in the middle of the scandal, as you might know by now.

Kathy Allen and Holly Petraeus have one thing in common besides being married to four star generals and I'm not going to exercise bad manners and mention it here on this blog. However, the wives' charming personalities and sweet spirits aside, it's not difficult to understand how their warrior husbands were swayed by charming and attractive "other women".

Jill Kelley - the other, other woman?
General Allen exchanged roughly 30,000 e-mails with Mrs. Jill Kelley (37 - mother of three). They have been described as e-mail sex, though I have not read them and wouldn't if they were available to read.

I'm not sure whether it's appropriate for a theater commander and full US Marine Corps General to send 40 e-mails a day to a hot socialite (Jill Kelley) or not. Others will judge him.  HOWEVER, if you were a Marine lieutenant or captain working for General Allen and were caught doing the same thing, you'd be bounced from the US Marine Corps - or your career would be ruined by a scathing FITREP (accomplishing the same thing).

There have been a long line of US admirals and captains who have been relieved of their commands and had their careers trashed for less over the past 18 months.

Mrs. Jill Kelley is also an "honorary Consul" for Lebanon.
Not quite a diplomat - not quite not a diplomat.


US Oil Independence?

Elections have consequences

Good News

According to a report from the International Energy Agency (Paris), the United States will become the world's largest oil producer by around 2020, temporarily overtaking Saudi Arabia, as new exploration technologies help find more resources. (Fox News/AP)

Bad News

While it may seem to be good news on its face, most of the oil shale (cited by the IEA as the prime source for increased domestic production by the US) rests on government land where the Obama Administration has refused to allow leases for oil extraction.

There is also the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which essentially floats on a sea of light sweet crude oil. Environmentally safe drilling there could also boost the US into a position to be an oil exporter by 2020, but there has been NO indication that USGOV has any intention of doing that.

So what do we make from the IEA report, issued today?
It's significant in that there is a potential for the US to be energy independent in eight years. However, that would require government interest.
Arizona Initiative

Proposition 120, a ballot initiative in Arizona aimed at claiming state control of federally managed public lands in the state failed at the polls last week, as voters rejected the amendment to the Arizona Constitution that would have declared the state’s sovereign and exclusive authority and jurisdiction over the air, water, public lands, minerals, wildlife and other natural resources within the state’s boundaries. Opponents of the proposition spun the initiative as a "Grand Canyon Take-Over", but that wouldn't have been the principal move that Arizona wanted to make. The liberal press attacked it on the basis of national parks - but nobody spoke much about the development of oil resources. ...shocking.

While some consider it an expensive move for the State of Arizona, it may be the way forward for US States in the area of both oil and uranium resource development. Once the land is in the hands of the states, it is they who would decide whether to lease or not lease. 

Environmental Protection Agency

New EPA rules might trump the states, interested in developing oil resources as they become more draconian. For example, the EPA is in the process of retiring 27 gigawats of coal-fired capacity over the next five years. (US Energy Information Administration) The hardest hit states will be in the Mid-Atlantic Region to include Pennsylvania and Ohio. Maybe voters didn't read the fine print before they pushed for four more years of an Obama Administration? Or maybe they feel that they would be better served with higher prices, buying energy from other states? I don't live in Mid-Atlantic nor do I plan to relocate there, so I have no personal stake in the outcome, but elections do have consequences.

The cost of compliance with anticipated and existing Federal environmental regulations such as the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) will force most coal-fired generation off the grid by 2015. The EPA wants them to be replaced by wind energy (wind turbines only generate electricity when the wind blows).