Gen. Allen escapes from soap opera to Kabul
BY World's Editorials Writers
Monday, November 26, 2012
11/26/12 at 3:00 AM
As players in what comedian Stephen Colbert calls "General's Hospital" start to jockey for the best post-scandal position, Gen. John Allen returned to his post as commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.
No doubt, there will be book deals and emotional talk-show appearances by David Petraeus' lover and biographer Paula Broadwell and Florida socialite Jill Kelley and her twin sister Natalie Khawam. In fact, Khawam held a press conference Wednesday alongside none other than celebrity attorney Gloria Allred. Khawam informed the press that she and her sister were "literally inseparable" - which was disproved by the fact that sister Jill was nowhere to be seen during the press conference. Other than that, about all that was learned was that the sisters liked to play tennis together when growing up.
Eventually, we're likely to see the shirtless FBI agent and maybe even Petraeus himself on a book or talk-show tour. And there will be people we haven't even heard of yet who will claim their share of the scandal loot.
Allen remains under investigation for possibly "inappropriate" correspondence with Kelley. Kelley had recruited Allen and Petraeus to help her sister in a custody battle. Some of the emails between Allen and Kelley have been described as sexual.
In the meantime, Gen. Allen returned to his post in Kabul to do the job he was ordered to do. He said he was glad to be back in time to spend Thanksgiving with his troops.
For that, we salute him.
Original Print Headline: Return to duty
Gen. John Allen stands after a meeting of NATO Defense Ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels. VIRGINIA MAYO / Associated Press file