I have to highlight this from the section about the Petraeus scandal (and "Martin" is Michele Martin (Host of Tell Me More):
MARTIN: Well, you know we have to start with the scandal surrounding the two top generals and, you know, you might need a few highlighters and a diagram to keep track of this one, but just to bring everybody up to date, David Petraeus resigned as CIA chief last week, citing an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. That liaison was exposed after authorities discovered that Broadwell had been sending threatening emails to a family friend of the Petraeus', Jill Kelley.
Well, this week, General John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is under investigation for allegedly sending inappropriate emails to Jill Kelley himself. It's also been reported by the Wall Street Journal that the FBI agent who initiated the investigation after receiving a complaint from Kelley was also being investigated because his officials - his superiors thought he was becoming obsessed with it and had sent inappropriate emails to Kelley, too.
All I can say is OMG. OMG. So, Mary Louise Kelly, you're a former intelligence correspondent and you are writing a novel - a soon to be published novel. And I just have to ask your reaction to this. Is this the kind of thing that, if you had reported it, your superiors would say, oh, no, no, no. There's no way.
KELLY: I mean, it's so implausible. As you say, I'm trying to write a spy novel. I've just written my first one. People keep saying, this is great fodder for the second and I keep saying, if you turned in this plot line to my editor in New York, she would have a giggle and throw it out the window. It's so implausible, so many strange plot twists. You mentioned the FBI official who was involved. By the time we got to the revelation that he had been sending shirtless photographs to one of the women at the heart of this, you just have to throw your hands up in the air and say, come on. There's no way. I mean, you know, what four star general are we going to hear is swept up in this tomorrow?
Petraeus takes the fall just as the hearing into Benghazi (the September 11th attack) starts? (Tomorrow, Senator Dianne Feinstein presides over the Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing into Benghazi. Petraeus was going to testify before them. Now?
Senator Kelly Ayotte released the following today:
Nov 14, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today helped introduce a resolution calling for a temporary Senate Select Committee to investigate the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi that left four Americans dead - including the U.S. ambassador to Libya. With multiple Senate committees set to hold hearings, Senator Ayotte believes a single select committee represents the best way to fully understand what occurred, identify the lessons learned, and make recommendations in order to prevent a tragedy like this from happening again.
"Two months after this deadly attack, we still have more questions than answers. The American people deserve to know exactly what happened in Benghazi, and it's Congress' job to ensure there is a full accounting of the failures that led to this tragedy," said Senator Ayotte, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "We need to understand why security at the consulate was so inadequate, why requests for additional security were rejected, and why the greatest military in the world was not able to respond within seven hours to save the lives of Americans."
She continued: "A stovepipe approach, with individual committees pursuing their own investigations, won't give us the answers we need. This was a broad failure of government, and we need a single committee that can cut across agency and congressional committee jurisdictions in order to conduct a comprehensive review and make recommendations."
The Select Committee proposed by Senator Ayotte would be composed of eight senators - four Republicans and four Democrats. The panel would be directed to submit an initial report to the full Senate not later than five months after the appointment of its membership - and a final report not later than 10 months after the appointment of members.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"