A conservative military watchdog and a Pentagon advisor say it
remains to be seen how people will respond to the report about the
highest ranking officer in Afghanistan having "inappropriate
communications" with a woman tied to the David Petraeus sex
The Associated Press reports that the career of Marine
General John Allen is now in jeopardy since the Pentagon announced
that he is under investigation for alleged "inappropriate
communications" with Jill Kelley -- the Tampa woman who received a
threatening e-mail from Jill Broadwell which led to the
investigation of the extramarital affair between Broadwell and Army
General David Petraeus. Petraeus has admitted his misconduct and
resigned as director of the CIA.
Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military
Readiness (CMR), says the military is made up of human
"Human beings do make mistakes. Sometimes you have accusations
that turn out to be nothing more than that," she offers. "In the
case of Gen. Allen, there has not been any solid evidence of
misconduct on his part. I think he is entitled to presumption of
innocence, if you will."
Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis
(USA-Ret.), who is senior fellow for national security at the Family Research
Council (FRC), used to investigate alleged misconduct of
general officers when he worked in the inspector general's office.
He says the Uniform Code of Military Justice has guidelines related
to these matters.
"Article 134 on 'conduct unbecoming' is probably where we
address sexual harassment issues and improper relationships," he
cites. "I really don't think that it's going to go too far, unless
[there's another] serious allegation that we have not seen, that
has [not] been out in the public as of yet."
The e-mails in question are described as "flirtatious."
Dr. Jim Denison, a cultural apologist, warns about getting
caught up in the intrigue of this situation.
Various media outlets acknowledge that Petraeus will be
remembered as one of the greatest military heroes in American
history. However, recent revelations of his infidelity with his
biographer, Paula Broadwell, that possibly breached national
security will forever stain his reputation.
Denison, president of the Denison Forum
on Truth and Culture, recently wrote a column titled "What we must learn from General Petraeus."
"In 1 Kings 15:5 we find a bittersweet epitaph which begins,
'David had done what was right in the eyes of the Lord and had not
failed to keep any of the Lord's commands all the days of his
life.' High praise, but the verse ends: 'except in the case
of Uriah the Hittite,'" the apologist writes. "Will history
remember David Petraeus with the same caveat?"
"The bottom line is that we can never take for granted our
integrity and character," Denison tells OneNewsNow. "Here is one of
the most accomplished leaders in military history -- a PhD from
Princeton, remarkably gifted, a person who had already stood for
character and integrity -- and yet clearly fell into a compromised
and sinful relationship. If that can happen to him, if it could
happen to King David, it could happen to any of us."
Denison hopes Petraeus will step forward with his insights on
the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and be
forthright about his extramarital affair.
"I believe the first thing he should do is make certain that we
know everything that we are one day going to know about this
situation: Are there other affairs? Are there other situations
inside of this? Are there things that reporters are eventually
going to unearth? To the degree that he can do that without …
abusing his family I believe that he ought to do that," the
cultural apologist advises. "He ought to give the story no place to
go and create as much disclosure as possible."
Reports on Wednesday indicated that Petraeus had agreed to
voluntarily testify on the Benghazi attacks this week on Capitol