The revelation of an affair between former CIA Director David Petraeus and his biographer only added another layer to what some lawmakers see as the even larger scandal in Benghazi, Libya, where an ambassador and three other Americans lost their lives. Sprinkle on a few thousands emails between a four-star general and a Tampa socialite and you have a made-for-Washington screenplay that is producing more questions than answers.
News of the admitted and alleged relationships involving Petraeus and Gen. John Allen, along with Paula Broadwell and Jill Kelley only serve to refocus attention on the Sept. 11 attacks that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others.
In a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) called for a special Senate committee to investigate Libya and all that surrounds it. The three senators' direct remarks indicated they were much more concerned about how and why the attacks occurred and why the White House was not forthcoming with timely information than they were about the latest round of sexual scandals. more >>
In a continuing saga that has shaken the intelligence and military communities, Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is now under investigation for what is being billed as "inappropriate communications" with the woman who initially launched the scandal that led to the resignation of former CIA Director and four-star general David Petraeus.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta was notified of the investigation while flying from Hawaii to Australia and issued a statement to reporters saying that Allen, whose name has been submitted for Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, is now being delayed pending an internal investigation.
"While the matter is under investigation and before the facts are determined, General Allen will remain Commander of ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)," Panetta said in a statement released late Monday. "His leadership has been instrumental in achieving the significant progress that ISAF, working alongside our Afghan partners, has made in bringing greater security to the Afghan people and in ensuring that Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for terrorists. He is entitled to due process in this matter. In the meantime, I have asked the President – and the President has agreed – to put his nomination on hold until the relevant facts are determined." more >>
Congressional leaders are seeking answers on why government agencies withheld information that the nation's security may have been compromised over the affair between former CIA Director David Petraeus and his biographer, Army Reserve Officer Paula Broadwell. In other words, they want to know who knew what and when.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) says news of the affair was like "a lightning bolt."
In an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Feinstein questioned why committee chairmen and vice-chairmen of the Intelligence Committees in both chambers were not notified sooner. more >>
The extramarital affair between CIA Director David Petraeus and his biographer Paula Broadwell was uncovered through an investigation after a woman complained about receiving harassing emails from another person. Broadwell was apparently the woman who sent the harassing emails.
Prior to his appointment as director of the CIA by President Obama, Petraeus was a highly decorated Army general whose stellar career elevated him to a four-star general. His last Army assignment was command of troops in Afghanistan. It is there where his relationship with Broadwell began.
When authorities began looking into the matter, they discovered a series of emails sent by Broadwell that not only revealed the affair, but that Broadwell perceived another woman as a threat to her relationship with Petraeus. more >>
SANFORD, Fla. – Mitt Romney began his final day of campaigning by addressing a standing room only crowd in an airport hangar in central Florida Monday morning. Chants of "one more day" reverberated from those who arrived in the early morning hours to help give their candidate one extra push to capture the must-win Sunshine State.
Romney took the podium just a couple of minutes before 9 a.m. for the first of five stops before voters go to the polls on Tuesday to end what has been a grueling and hard-fought 16-month campaign.
Romney was introduced by Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) who is hoping to move to the upper chamber in his quest to win one of Florida's two Senate seats. Former governor Jeb Bush, who still gets shouts of admiration and current Gov. Rick Scott warmed up the crowd before Romney took center stage. more >>
A U.N. special report on persecuted religious minorities in Iran has found that the Baha'i faith is the most targeted in the Islamic country, and it has warned that further economic sanctions may make life more difficult also for all people in Iran.
"By and large I would say the Baha'is are the most persecuted religious minority in Iran," Ahmed Shaheed, the U.N. special rapporteur for human rights in Iran said before a seminar at the International Peace Institute in New York on Monday.
As both President Barack Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney made clear in Monday night's foreign policy debate, they plan to impose further sanctions on Iran to make it more difficult for the Middle Eastern country to acquire nuclear weapon capabilities. However, Shaheed has warned that this would also have harsh consequences for everyday Iranians, as they will suffer from a lack of accessible medicine and other basic human needs. more >>