Tin foil hat still firmly in place

Victor Davis Hanson gets close but not close enough.

In many ways. First, pre-election, the U.S media had decided that Libya was taboo. Those who dissented were immediately blasted as politicizing a national tragedy or, in Romney’s case, using national disaster as a cheap campaign ploy. The prurient sexual matter inadvertently directed media attention to the CIA director — who also happens to be the most renowned American soldier since Matthew Ridgway — and by extension to Benghazi. The administration’s narrative about the Petraeus resignation, like its Benghazi narrative, simply asks the American people to believe something that they cannot suppose to be true.

Sadly, Mr. Hanson never really goes beyond the surface on this one and never really gets into the meat of the matter. He starts off with the supposition that General Petraeus actually had an affair, thereby skewing the rest of his hypothesis. But you all know my take on that.

A better take on the whole thing comes from Debbie Schlussel - an angle I've not seen addressed anywhere else - that Jill Kelly helped Muslim nations infiltrate CENTCOM. Something about keeping your friends close and your enemies closer? Seems we may have taken that a wee bit too far. The whole story is like an onion - the layers just keep going.

"Kelley, who is part of the soap opera that the Petraeus scandal spawned, was in charge ofhosting parties and social events to push the Islamic agenda of Middle Eastern countries. She was seen by Muslim Mid-East nations, especially Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon, as the “go to” woman to push their agenda on top American generals. She was a lobbyist for their cause and, yet, wasn’t required to register as a lobbyist, like all others who host lavish parties for top American officials, like she did, in an attempt to influence U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Kelley, a dhimmi Christian Arab of Lebanese descent, was well known in the Muslim Arab embassies of Washington for doing their bidding and hosting their parties at and near MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, where our nation’s top generals are based. It’s where Central Command–the U.S. Armed Forces’ leadership over wars and military personnel Middle East–is headquartered."

Layers. Going back to Hanson's story, his closing paragraph rings true:

 Where does all this lead?
I think nowhere. Unlike in the cases of Watergate and Iran-Contra, there is no investigative press, given the media’s worry about endangering the second-term agenda of a progressive president. There is no special prosecutor salivating after a government official, as there was with Scooter Libby. “The fog of war” and accusations of “Conspiracy theory!” should be enough to bury the scandal and discredit those who seek the truth. Modifying a CIA analysis for political purposes is probably no crime. Quid pro quos are simply the polite, everyday — and legal — Washington version of blackmail. In the end, the only casualties in this sordid tale were the sterling career of David Petraeus — and four murdered Americans whose deaths were preventable.

Sadly, I think he's right.


- hfs

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