Full disclosure the best route

Thursday, November 15, 2012
Russ Jones, Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

A conservative military watchdog and a Pentagon advisor say it remains to be seen how people will respond to the report about the highest ranking officer in Afghanistan having "inappropriate communications" with a woman tied to the David Petraeus sex scandal.

The Associated Press reports that the career of Marine General John Allen is now in jeopardy since the Pentagon announced that he is under investigation for alleged "inappropriate communications" with Jill Kelley -- the Tampa woman who received a threatening e-mail from Jill Broadwell which led to the investigation of the extramarital affair between Broadwell and Army General David Petraeus. Petraeus has admitted his misconduct and resigned as director of the CIA.

Donnelly, Elaine (CMR)Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness (CMR), says the military is made up of human beings. 

"Human beings do make mistakes. Sometimes you have accusations that turn out to be nothing more than that," she offers. "In the case of Gen. Allen, there has not been any solid evidence of misconduct on his part. I think he is entitled to presumption of innocence, if you will."

Maginnis, BobLt. Col. Bob Maginnis (USA-Ret.), who is senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council (FRC), used to investigate alleged misconduct of general officers when he worked in the inspector general's office. He says the Uniform Code of Military Justice has guidelines related to these matters.

"Article 134 on 'conduct unbecoming' is probably where we address sexual harassment issues and improper relationships," he cites. "I really don't think that it's going to go too far, unless [there's another] serious allegation that we have not seen, that has [not] been out in the public as of yet."

The e-mails in question are described as "flirtatious."

Dr. Jim Denison, a cultural apologist, warns about getting caught up in the intrigue of this situation.

Various media outlets acknowledge that Petraeus will be remembered as one of the greatest military heroes in American history. However, recent revelations of his infidelity with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, that possibly breached national security will forever stain his reputation.

Denison, Dr. JimDenison, president of the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture, recently wrote a column titled "What we must learn from General Petraeus."

"In 1 Kings 15:5 we find a bittersweet epitaph which begins, 'David had done what was right in the eyes of the Lord and had not failed to keep any of the Lord's commands all the days of his life.'  High praise, but the verse ends: 'except in the case of Uriah the Hittite,'" the apologist writes. "Will history remember David Petraeus with the same caveat?"

"The bottom line is that we can never take for granted our integrity and character," Denison tells OneNewsNow. "Here is one of the most accomplished leaders in military history -- a PhD from Princeton, remarkably gifted, a person who had already stood for character and integrity -- and yet clearly fell into a compromised and sinful relationship. If that can happen to him, if it could happen to King David, it could happen to any of us."

Denison hopes Petraeus will step forward with his insights on the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and be forthright about his extramarital affair.

"I believe the first thing he should do is make certain that we know everything that we are one day going to know about this situation: Are there other affairs? Are there other situations inside of this? Are there things that reporters are eventually going to unearth? To the degree that he can do that without … abusing his family I believe that he ought to do that," the cultural apologist advises. "He ought to give the story no place to go and create as much disclosure as possible."

Reports on Wednesday indicated that Petraeus had agreed to voluntarily testify on the Benghazi attacks this week on Capitol Hill.

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