Quote Of The Day: L’Affaire Petraeus Edition

Gabriel Malor at Ace of Spades nails it:

Um… so I’m just gonna throw this up now.

Jill Kelley, the woman who was (allegedly) threatened by Gen. Petraeus’s squeeze Paula Broadwell and who (apparently) started the FBI investigation that led to Petraeus’ ouster, who went to the FBI for help after the threats and then (allegedly) had a relationship with the FBI agent in charge of her own case, who (allegedly) sent her shirtless pics of himself, also (apparently, allegedly) had “compromising” communications with Gen. John Allen, the Big Damn Commander of our war effort in Afghanistan.

You can’t even make this shit up. It’s not a love triangle. It’s a love Pentagon.

Let’s hope it doesn’t turn in to a dodecahedron.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Jen says:

    I keep thinking this story can’t get any stranger. And then it does.

  2. bookdragon says:


    I’m beginning to wonder if everyone in positions that require the highest clearance shouldn’t be required to take some sort of anti-viagra to keep their libidos in check.

  3. John Peabody says:

    Geek points for Doug.

  4. sent her shirtless pics of himself

    I’ve included shirtless pictures of myself in my Christmas cards–it was a picture of me snorkeling. Without a more detailed description of what was in the photos, this seems like a classic tabloid media smear; printing an accusation that may be technically true, but absent any sort of context creating an implication of illicit behavior that may not be supported by the context.

  5. Ron Beasley says:

    Is it any wonder we can’t win any wars.