Marching Camp (and Mating Habits) of Rome’s Military
Petraeus, former CIA director, formerly a four-star general who
cultivated his own celebrity. There’s his mistress-cum-stalker,
the bombastic, narcissistic Paula Broadwell, who despite – or, rather,
because of – her pockmarked character has been propelled to prominence
by the country’s elites.
even skankier BFF (Best Friends Forever), Tampa socialite Jill Kelley,
and her dysfunctional twin. Primped like street walkers, the twins
can be seen in pictures, flanking their BFF and his ungroomed, graying
wife, Holly Petraeus.
press takes the position that this – the flotsam and jetsam of American
society – is indeed an aristocracy of talent and merit. Broadwell,
they tell us, was soul-mate and intellectual companion to our grandiose
general. Their mating was a meeting of minds. Woe is me!
In the tradition
of this "meritocracy" is U.S. Marine General John Allen.
Mentored by Petraeus, Allen is the top American commander in Afghanistan,
and candidate for supreme commander of NATO. Allen and Kelley were
caught in flagrante. As a shrinking segment of America toiled to
support these ponces in-style, the two had been exchanging 20,000
to 30,000 steamy, pixelated pages over the course of two years.
On behalf of
the twin sister of the Tampa tease, Allen and his mentor Petraeus
went so far as to join forces and intervene in a (no doubt sordid)
child-custody dispute, heard in the District of Columbia Superior
paramour blew her cover as the lover some months back. The pushy,
dumbbell-obsessed lightweight is said to have threatened the cheap-looking
BFF (Kelly). One source dismissed the threat as a mere "cat
fight"; the other hyped it as a "stay away from my guy,
or else" broadside. (And the difference between these "barbed"
ABC’s Brian Ross as a "name-dropping, social-climbing, bored
socialite, who ingratiated herself to the brass through parties
and favors," the Tampa tease’s grating self-importance played
out on a 911 call," in which she demands protection from the
media. "‘Cause I’m an honorary consul general, so I have inviolability"
she told the dispatcher in Kim-Kardashian twang.
to the rights of private property, when you enjoy the prerogatives
As for Broadwell’s
romp through elite institutions stateside and abroad: A graduate
of West Point, Broadwell holds degrees from and a research associate’s
position at Harvard. She was made a poster girl for "Inspired
Women Magazine." By invitation of our country’s cognoscenti,
Broadwell took her groupie tour to C-SPAN’s Book TV, and on the
speaker’s circuit. (Bristol Palin is there too, commanding between
$15,000 and $30,000 a pop.)
is the Ph.D. in "Petraeus" on which Broadwell is "working."
Broadwell’s "thesis" tells you all you need to know about
intellectual life in the West.
dissertation was green-lighted by the Department of War Studies
at King’s College London, no less, where Broadwell was accepted
as a Ph.D. candidate.
of Broadwell’s doctoral research," reports a
Forbes magazine academic, "is almost identical to 'her
publisher’s summary of [the book] All In: The Education of General
Not only has
Broadwell’s praise to Petraeus been accepted as a doctoral dissertation,
but it would appear that this affectionate biography was ghostwritten
by one Vernon Loeb.
I rest my case.
Military top brass and the brassy broads who attach themselves to
Rome’s Army do not stand aloof from the state and its supermarket
Its evil imperial
reach notwithstanding, the military is manacled by doctrinaire mediocrity,
multiculturalism, feminism, affirmative action (fem and other),
and every postmodern pox imaginable.
And this is
only the froth on the top. I wonder what next big shoe is fixing
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