Oh, those wild and crazy girls, Jill Kelley, and Natalie Khawam.
One of the twin charmers is responsible for -most likely unknowingly -unleashing the information which toppled General David Patraeus, from his lofty post at the CIA, and as an unfortunate byproduct of that e-mail frisk, embarrassing another high-ranking military officer, Marine General John Allen, the man who is running the war in Afghanistan, and whose confirmation hearing to take over the position as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO is now on hold until this whole smarmy matter of ‘flirtatious’ communications is settled.
And one is responsible for using her sister’s connections with those two gentlemen – connections made with them when they were serving at MacDill AFB – to influence the two men of such integrity and responsibility to in turn try to influence a judge in her custody case, thus bringing to bear a huge question of ethical responsibility -or lack thereof – shown by those two men.
As well as being really tacky.
Vivacious, bodacious, gracious and utterly over the top with gushy kisses and e-mails and hugs and invitations, and bulging rollodexes and phone lists they name-dropped, and bum rushed and partied and clawed their way into the loftiest social, business political and military circles and deepest pockets in all of Tampa.
And the result of their fierce upwardly mobile battle has been some collateral damage for Tampa and the relationship between the military community and the civilian community here.
That military community being largely the huge military presence at MacDill AFB which hosts the two most important military agencies in the world, SOCOM and CENTCOM, and more high-ranking military and intelligence officials than you can shake an M-16 at.
And the civilian community – Friends of MacDill – being those people who go out of their way to make the short two and three-year stints of their service in Tampa as comfortable as possible.
Ms. Kelley’s free pass into and out of MacDill has been revoked and the record of every one of the 800 Tampa residents who enjoy that same privilege is being checked out.
And who is to say what the response will be from any military officer to an invitation to any future social function hosted by Tampa civilians who might be inviting them only in order to chat them up for lucrative contracts, ala Ms. Kelley
And who is to say what the response will be from any Tampa civilian to an invitation to any social affair held on base and hosted by military officers who have been looking deeply into their backgrounds..
Things might be a little cagey for awhile on both sides of the gates which guard MacDill.