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General correspondence

The penis mightier than the sword. If you'll pardon the pun.

Marine General John Allen, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, is under investigation for "inappropriate communications" with Jill Kelley, who complained to the FBI about harassing emails from Paula Broadwell, who it turned out had been having an affair with CIA Director David Petraeus, who resigned his post as a result of the revelations.

Following so far?

Kelley, who complained to an FBI agent who was also competing for her affections (by sending her photos of himself, shirtless, and who later leaked news of the investigation to Republican congressmen), was also involved with Allen, and the two had exchanged a reported 20,000-30,000 pages of email correspondence over a three-year period.

If only the general had given as much of his attention to Afghanistan ...

Roberto De Vido is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).

“No one should leap to any conclusions.”

— Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, after putting on hold Gen. Allen's nomination to become NATO's supreme allied commander

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