The myth of David Petraeus
- Petraeus mistress apparently leaked information on the Benghazi attack during a speech in Denver on October 26.
- Did Petraeus release classified information (see video, below).
- Petraeus friend, Jill Kelley is the State Department’s liaison to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which conducts top-secret counterterrorism missions. Her cover is that of a non-paid “social liason.”
- Petraeus did not voluntarily resign. National Intelligence James Clapper told Petraeus to resign.
- On November 12, Congressman Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said on the Pierce Morgan show that Petraeus had lied in his testimony to Congress regarding Benghazi.
- Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan has exchanged “potentially inappropriate” emails with Jill Kelley, potentially compromising national security.
- Kelley’s identical twin sister, Natalie Khawam, was “lent” $300,000 by Providence, RI, lawyer/lobbyist. FOR WHAT?
- Classified information found in Paula Broadwell’s computer.
(National defense information in general is protected by the Espionage Act,53 18 U.S.C. Sections 793–798 The death penalty is also available under Section 794 for violators.)
Petraeus’ famed surge in Iraq did not work
In a report to Congress in September 2007, General David Petraeus claimed, “the military objectives of the surge [in Iraq] are, in large measure, being met.”
However, a conflicting report that same month by an independent military commission headed by retired U.S. General James Jones attributed the decrease in violence to other causes and not to the “surge.”
Now we know that Petraeus was wrong and Jones was right. The famous Petraeus surge in Iraq did not work.
By tracking the amount of light emitted by Baghdad neighborhoods at night, from satellites, UCLA analysts uncovered evidence supporting the findings of General Jones.
Night light in neighborhoods populated primarily by minority Sunni residents declined dramatically just before the February 2007 surge and never returned—evidence that ethnic cleansing by Shiites are the reason for the decrease in violence rather than the Petraeus “surge.” (A more detailed explanation of this is in my blog at http://johnharding.com/2010/09/30/general-petraeus-seeks-war-for-the-rest-of-our-lives/).
Petraeus’ surge in Afghanistan was and is a failure
Petraeus was not satisfied after his failed surge in Iraq. He wanted to do it again in Afghanistan.
“This is the kind of fight we’re in for the rest of our lives and probably our kids’ lives,” said Petraeus, promoting endless war in Afghanistan, along with endless benefits for the military-industrial complex and endless expense in money and human lives on the part of the U.S.
In September 2009, Petraeus called a Washington Post columnist to say that the war would be unsuccessful if the president held back on troops.
To “prove his point” for an extended war in Afghanistan, Petraeus organized a classified war game exercise—code-named Poignant Vision, held at the Pentagon on Oct. 14, 2009.
Believing Petraeus had rigged the game, Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute, Obama’s representative from the National Security Council, boycotted it. Admiral Denis C. Blair concurred that the war game was misleading the president.
Surprisingly Obama fell for Petraeus’ war game scam and caved in saying, “Okay, if you tell me that we can’t do that, and you war-gamed it, I’ll accept that.”
The second Petraeus surge, this time in Afghanistan, has also failed. It has done nothing but to increase the power of the Taliban as demonstrated by the escalation of American war casualties, deaths and national debt.
Nevertheless, Petraeus is hailed as being one of the greatest generals of all time.
Petraeus has always been good at getting the right people on his side
Two months after graduation from the U.S. Military Academy in 1974, Petraeus married Holly Knowlton, whose father, Army General William A. Knowlton, just happened to be superintendent of West Point at the time.
Petraeus and his bride, Holly, did not live happily ever after.
Back in 2006, Petraeus had met a fellow West Point graduate (class of 1995), Paula Broadwell, then a graduate student at Harvard.
Petraeus was at Harvard to make a presentation and Paula was there to listen. Immediately after the presentation, Broadwell caught up with Petraeus and handed him a paper she had been working on. Petraeus took her paper and gave her his business card.
From then on, Petraeus and Broadwell kept in touch by email.
Two years later Paula asked Petraeus to speak once again to students at Harvard. Petraeus agreed to do so, but by a video teleconference from Baghdad.
The emails between the two continued. In 2008, Paula asked to use Petraeus as a case study and he agreed.
She interviewed him via email for a year and a half. Finally, finally, they met again personally and went for a run together. Paula said she did not record or take any notes on the run other that a bunch of, in her words, “heavy breathing.” We assume from the running.
Thereafter, the two continued their lengthy email correspondence.
In the summer of 2010, Paula traveled to Afghanistan to work directly with Petraeus—and the rest is history.
Paula and David did many “interviews on the run” in Kabul. She said it was their way of testing each other.
Now, we see the headlines, “CIA Director David Petraeus quits over affair,” and apparentlyunder pressure from the FBI who is investigating Paula Broadwell (and who knows who else).
Actually, Petraeus did not quit voluntarily. Even though Petraeus planned to stay in the job even after he acknowledged the affair to the FBI, hoping the episode would never become public. He resigned last after being told to do so by Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. on the day President Obama was reelected.
The myth of David Petraeus has run its course and, as Drudge would say, “developing…”
November 10, 2012: The plot thickens…
The FBI’s involvement in the Petraeus affair began when a “woman” complained that she was receiving harassing emails. The FBI did identify the woman other than to stress that she was neither Petraeus’ wife nor a family member.
The FBI then discovered that the harassing emails to the “woman” were coming from Broadwell. This led to the discovery that Broadwell was sending “explicit” (to put it mildly) e-mails to Petraeus. The fact that Broadwell’s emails author showed that she knew confidential information about the CIA chief’s activities and movements was one of the main reasons the FBI felt compelled to launch an in-depth investigation into their origin and motivation.
The complaint to the FBI about Broadwell’s behavior “raised concerns, and we had to check it out. It wasn’t apparent at first what was going on,” according to an FBI official.
We had to talk to Petraeus,” the official said. “He made the decision to tell the White House.”
The FBI did not tell the White House about their findings as had been suggested.
Sunday, November 11, 2012: The next shoe drops
The woman whose report of harassing e-mails from Petraeus’ mistress, Paula Broadwell, led to the exposure of the affair was identified as from the Middle Ease—Lebanese born Jill Kelley, 37, of Tampa, Fla. Allegedly, the emails were threatening, telling Jill to keep her hands off from Petraeus.
Apparently both Jill and her husband, Scott, were good friends of David and Holly Petraeus.
Kelley is the State Department’s liaison to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which conducts top-secret counterterrorism missions, and encompasses such elite units as the Navy SEALs. Her cover, however, is that of an unpaid social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, where the military’s Central Command and Special Operations Command are located. Sure.
The FBI investigation started because of the sensitive and secret position held by Kelley.
As such, Kelley and her husband were regular guests at events he held at Central Command headquarters.
The JSOC was integral in helping the CIA and Pentagon in the investigation on the attack of the Benghazi compound, which means Kelley and Petraeus likely crossed paths in their work as well as through their friendship.
In a statement Sunday (today), Kelley and her husband, Scott, said: “We and our family have been friends with Gen. Petraeus and his family for over five years. We respect his and his family’s privacy and want the same for us and our three children.”
Drip, drip, drip…
Monday, November 12: More about those emails and other good stuff
The married Broadwell, 40, told Kelley to “back off,” “stay away from my guy,” and warned, “I know what you did,” according to anonymous sources (the usual suspects).
And what did Kelley do, if anything? Hopefully we shall soon know.
Initial reports said the relationship ended before Petraeus took over the CIA in September 2011, but yesterday, ABC News and The Wall Street Journal said the affair actually began shortly after he was sworn in and ended only a few months ago.
Petraeus and his wife are said to be devastated over the affair. His wife Holly, who “is not exactly pleased right now–furious would be an understatement,” said Steve Boylan, a friend (some friend!) who spoke to Petraeus over the weekend.
After the FBI contacted Petraeus and other intelligence officials, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper asked Petraeus to resign. In other words, Obama decided he better get rid of Petraeus, contrary to what “sources” had said.
Tuesday, November 13: Explosive! Gen. John R. Allen, the commander U.S. troops in Afghanistan has had “potentially inappropriate” communications with Jill Kelley
The Pentagon announced early Tuesday the FBI has uncovered between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of “potentially inappropriate” and “flirtatious” e-mails between Jill Kelley and Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.
Sources have said that the emails between the pair were so explicit that they could be compared to ‘the equivalent of phone sex over email.’
Two of the U.S. military’s highest-ranking and most respected figures, who apparently ignored concerns about the highly sensitive nature of their jobs as they embraced personal relationships with younger women who were not their wives.
Is there more to this? On whose side are Generals Petraeus and Allen?
In a further compromise of national security, Broadwell speaking at the University of Denver on Oct. 26 apparently leaked classified information about the attack on the U.S. Consulate that led to the death of four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya. Broadwell said, “Now I don’t know if a lot of you heard this, but 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.” Broadwell further alleged that Petreaus knew about the secret holding cells. In addition, Broadwell told FBI agents investigating the affair that she had taken ‘a significant number of [classified] military documents.’
The government has demanded she return the papers and prosecutors are now deciding whether to charge her with a crime as she has potentially violated federal law.
Who could have leaked these documents to Broadwell other than Petraeus?
Jill Kelley, nee Khawam, and her family
In a supposedly unrelated child custody case Kelley’s identical twin sister, Natalie Khawam, “has attached letters from Gen. David H. Petraeus averring to her ability to appropriately parent the child, and is prepared to present corroborating testimony at trial.” In court documents Natalie name-drops both Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island—who both have ties to a Providence, RI, lawyer/lobbyist who lent a whopping $300,000 to Natalie.
In addition, Jill Kelley lent $800,000 to her “Unstable” twin sister Natalie who filed for bankruptcy in April of this year, claiming $3.6 million in debt against $349,000 in assets. Among the debts: Natalie claimed an $800,000 “personal loan” from Kelley and her husband.
Kelley and her husband frequently hosted for CENTCOM brass at their $1.2 million mansion. However, Kelley and her husband are currently facing foreclosure on two multi-million dollar real estate investments, as well as a lawsuit over an unpaid credit card debt. This is the type of financial difficulty that makes people vulnerable to exploitation by foreign agents–and raises suspicions as to why the Khawam family was so close to Generals Petraeus and Allen along with other ranking CENTCOM officers.
A military officer who is a former member of Piraeus’s staff said Kelley was a “self-appointed” go-between for Central Command officers with Lebanese and other Middle Eastern government officials.
Natalie Khawam’s ex-husband, Grayson Wolfe, is a former Bush Administration official who served in the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. This is yet another connection of the Khawam family’s attachment to U.S. officials involved in the Middle East.
The level of suspicion increases exponentially knowing the origin and activities of Kelley’s parents.
The Khawam family migrated from Jounieh, Lebanon to the U.S. in 1975 along with their children, David, Jill and Natalie. In Lebanon, the parents had acted as a “go-between for Central Command officers with Lebanese and other Middle Eastern government officials.” After settling in Philadelphia, the Khawam family moved to Tampa, Florida where CENTCOM is located.
The Khawam family, including Kelley and Natalie has a long history of attaching themselves to Central Command officers—an ideal positioning for spies.