Paula Broadwell has lost all military security clearances as the FBI investigation continues into the David Petraeus sex and classified document investigations. Isn't that like shutting the barn door after the horse has escaped?
Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite at the center of the Petraeus scandal and connected to ISAF Commander John Allen, has lost her Honorary Consul for South Korea title and has lost the privilege of visiting MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa without an escort. What she did was participate in a base program known as the “Friends of MacDill” where she was placed on a master list that allowed her to clear security when entering the base.
There are mixed messages as to exactly what Jill Kelley did and exactly what qualifications she had. Voice of America reports that the process to appoint Kelley began in August and she was given a certificate of appointment the following month.
The only worthwhile tidbit of information that came out of the president’s otherwise absurd and useless so called “press conference” today was his admission that it was on his instructions that Susan Rice was sent to all of the Sunday TV talk shows to lie about Benghazi, (IOwnTheWorld):
The Foreign Policy.com web site, quotes an unnamed diplomatic official as saying Kelley helped obtain support for the South Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and arranged meetings between the South Korean ambassador and local business leaders in the Tampa area.
A Fox News Channel program - “On the Record” with Greta Van Susteren - quotes a businessman as saying he met Kelley at the Republican National Convention in Tampa and was told she was a close friend of Petraeus and had extensive business contacts in South Korea.
But TransGas Development President Adam Victor told the broadcaster that Kelley appeared unexperienced in business, asking for a finder's fee of two percent for a coal gasification project (which would have totaled $80 million), far in excess of the standard rate.
An honorary consul is someone who is usually paid a modest amount by a foreign government to do part-time work in a region where an embassy does not have a consulate.
“They take care of notarizing documents for natives of the country that they represent, “ explains retired U.S. ambassador Ray Burghardt in Honolulu.
“Let's say, if somebody was the honorary consul of Sweden, which does not have a consulate here, if a Swedish person died here or a Swedish person ended up in legal problems like in jail here, the honorary consul could be helpful to that person,” he said. (continue at VOA)
Apparently Jill Kelly did none of the above-listed duties, she simply planned parties, smiles, and hooked people up.
You never hear about true "society" anymore. Only the pretenders get any attention now. But what are they pretenders to? To nothing!
The Petraeus affair - The man and his myth, Democracy in America
DESPITE a torrent of lurid detail emerging from the FBI investigation that led to the fall of the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, David Petraeus, and attempts to attach significance to the delay in informing the president of his chief spy’s plight, the political consequences are likely to disappoint Barack Obama’s enemies.
On a personal note, I worked for a REAL Honorary Consul years ago. I know what the responsibilities are and Jill Kelly is NOT a real Honorary Consul.