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Petraeus Scandal Goes Jerry Springer

Are you keeping up with how weird the Petraeus scandal has gotten? It’s starting to sound like the best new reality series since Honey Boo Boo Child debuted. Sugar Bear for CIA director! Gawker has the best take on this emerging clusterfreak:

The next CIA director?

To recap: The CIA director and the commanding officer in Afghanistan were both closely involved with a pair of twin Lebanese sisters, one of whom was a self-appointed diplomatic official who hosted lavish parties for American military officers and loaned six-figure sums to family members while defaulting on her own debt payments and running fake charities, the other of whom accumulated millions in debt, allegedly lied to state and federal courts, and was described by a judge as unstable.

At least Elmo is no longer gay, or at least not breaking any laws in his gayness.

UPDATE:It’s the scandal that keeps on giving:

American commander in Afghanistan Gen. John Allen, facing an internal investigation for “inappropriate communications” with a woman at the heart of the David Petraeus controversy, engaged in much more than “flirtatious” behavior, sources tell Fox News — with one official even likening the email exchanges to “phone sex.”

If you read the Fox story, two unnamed government officials leaked that there’s a lot more to this than what we’ve been told by previous unnamed officials. Why are they getting this news out like this? Who are the competing power bases? Anyway, the va-va-va-voomy Jill Kelley sure sounds like a piece of work:

Further, Fox News confirms that the FBI agent who originally spurred the Petraeus investigation was taken off the case because authorities grew concerned about his relationship with Kelley. Kelley had alerted this agent to her concerns about the harassing emails from the start, but the agent was removed from the case over the summer because of his behavior, which included sending shirtless photos of himself to Kelley. He now faces an internal investigation.

These Circe-like womens and their eerie powers over four-star generals!

Incidentally, I am reasonably sure that is the first time that the adjective “va-va-va-voomy” has been used on The American Conservative website. You’re welcome.

UPDATE.2: Oh yeah, trouble. 


about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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