Update: it gets weirder:
HuffPo– Some of the 20,000-plus pages of documents and emails between (Gen. John) Allen and Tampa socialite Jill Kelley were “flirtatious,” according to a senior defense official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the case publicly. It wasn’t immediately clear who wrote the flirtatious notes – Allen, Kelley or both. Allen succeeded Petraeus as the top American commander in Afghanistan in July 2011, and his nomination to become the next commander of U.S. European Command and the commander of NATO forces in Europe has now been put on hold, as the scandal seemed certain to ensnare another acclaimed military figure.
Wingnuts are trying desperately to work up an angle where the Man called Petraeus is somehow part of a scam involving the election, Obama, and Benghazi. Or something. So far they’re not convincing anyone outside of their own bubble chamber. The story is a bit bizarre though:
LA Times — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in a statement early Tuesday that he had ordered an investigation of Allen after the FBI informed the Pentagon it had uncovered thousands of pages of emails between Allen and Jill Kelley, a 37-year old who has been described as an unpaid social liaison at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., which is headquarters to the U.S. Central Command.Kelley’s complaints to the FBI that she had received anonymous e-mails warning her to stay away from Petraeus led the FBI to open an investigation that ultimately traced the e-mails to Paula Broadwell, Petraeus’s biographer, who was involved in an affair with Petraeus.
I have a theory of my own and its based on every day experience in the trenches of dating: the Horny General succumbed to thinking with the little head and he happened to pick a crazy possessive bitch to do it with. Happens to the best of us, trust me. Said crazy bitch went postal when Petraeus broke it off, and then she started sending crazy bitch emails from a creepy anonymous email address to another flirty little socialite tart she suspected of taking her place. What exactly was going on with flirty little tart isn’t clear, tart may have been completely innocent, she may not even be a tart at all, but that’s the basic shape of this deal so far.
Sorry wingnuts, you built Petreaus into an elite cult figure harkening back to the days of Supreme Allied Commander, and he disappointed you by being a naughty little horny commander after all — just like a whole bunch of other commanders have done over the years and centuries and millennia. Men you alternately praise or demonize based on the winds of political expedience. Which means, sadly for your fevered imaginations, Obama did not exert secret mind control over the principles in this sordid little tryst to provide cover for the claimed Benghazi conspiracy you had your dark little hearts set on. In fact the President was probably intentionally kept out of the loop completely until election day, due in part to the CYA culture also known as Military Honor and in part because of garden variety guilt and fear on the Horny General’s part at going out deep in the heart of a public scandal.