As a former Air Force officer (1964-68), I’m outraged that the Joint Chiefs of Staff presented the nation’s second highest military honor for a civilian to Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite who unleashed the David Petraeus-Paula Broadwell scandal.
Ms. Kelley was honored for her “selfless contributions” as social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base. What selfless contributions do they mean? She’s a glorified camp follower who tried to use her military connections to arrange lucrative business deals and got free rides on Air Force planes. Her partner in crime, 4-star Marine Gen. John Allen, sent her 20,000 emails while his troops fought and died in Afghanistan. He should be relieved of his command and charged with dereliction of duty and unlawful use of government computers for personal communications.
Army 4-star Gen. Petraeus and Lt. Col. Broadwell committed adultery, a crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and could face court-martial. Mrs. Broadwell also had classified information on her home computer, another criminal offense.
But both will prosper. Gen. Petraeus will probably get a lucrative book deal and give speeches on ethics at $100,000 a pop. His ex-lover will get a reality show, “The Real Military Housewives of North Carolina,” plus a fortune for the movie rights to her sordid story. I suggest three possible titles: “Generals Gone Wild,” “Fifty Shades of Camouflage” or “Fatal Attraction 2.”