To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
Military Sex Scandal Grows
Washington has been rocked by the growing scandal involving top military and intelligence officials. CIA Director General David Petraeus was scheduled to testify before congressional intelligence committees this week on the Benghazi debacle. But he resigned suddenly Friday afternoon citing an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.
Washington is awash in rumors that Petraeus’ departure is in fact related to Benghazi. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is also telling associates that she wants out now.
The story doesn’t end there. Over the holiday weekend, the commanding general in Afghanistan, John Allen, was ensnared as well. According to the Washington Post, the FBI has “uncovered between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of documents — most of them e-mails — that contain ‘potentially inappropriate’ communication between Allen and Jill Kelley.”
Who is Jill Kelley? She was the source of the FBI’s investigation into the Petraeus/Broadwell affair. Kelley knew General Petraeus and General Allen when both men were stationed at Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Florida.
But Kelley had received bizarre and threatening anonymous emails and turned them over to the FBI. In the course of its investigation, the FBI discovered that the messages were coming from Paula Broadwell, and it also discovered the emails between Kelley and Gen. Allen.
Still with me? Now the story gets really strange.
An FBI agent is currently under investigation by the Bureau’s Office of Professional Responsibility for sending shirtless pictures of himself to Kelley after he reportedly became obsessed with her.
Members of Congress are furious that they were kept in the dark for so long about this investigation, which reportedly began in June. The White House insists it did not know until after the election.
But Fox News reported yesterday that Attorney General Eric Holder was informed of the investigation “in late summer” — plenty of time to inform the White House and the heads of relevant congressional committees. Is it plausible that Holder didn’t tell the president? I don’t think so.
Four days before the election, the FBI concluded that there was no basis for criminal charges in the Broadwell/Petraeus affair. But the investigation appears to be far from over. Monday night FBI agents searched Broadwell’s house for four hours. What a mess — and it clearly isn’t over.
The Left Digs In
Predictably, the media are demanding that the conservatives must compromise with Barack Obama and accept the demands of the left as a result of last week’s elections. But Republicans still control the House of Representatives and compromise suggests both sides will give something. Is the left willing to compromise with conservatives?
Consider this excerpt from today’s Washington Post: “…liberal groups that campaigned aggressively for [Obama's] reelection are mobilizing to oppose concessions” on entitlement programs and welfare spending.
Here’s more: “The AFL-CIO kept its field organizers active for a week after the election to lobby lawmakers against entitlement cuts, while MoveOn.org is using its e-mail list of 7 million people to mobilize.”
In recent days, I have gotten a number of emails from folks saying they are done and giving up. Friends, one of the reasons we are losing is that too many on our side think there is an “election season.” They engage for a month or two then disengage. The left is determined to “fundamentally transform” this country, and it fights day after day after day. It never gives up and we cannot either!
Good News / Bad News
According to a new report by the International Energy Agency, the United States is potentially on track to become the world’s largest energy producer by 2020, even outproducing Saudi Arabia. That would be great news for jobs and the economy.
Now here’s the bad news. The Hill reported Friday that the Interior Department “issued a final plan to close 1.6 million acres of federal land in the West originally slated for oil shale development.” Once again we see the left vs. American progress!