Monday, November 19, 2012

Petraeus's Lover Embraced Think Tanks

Paula Broadwell didn't just have a love affairs with former CIA Director David Petraeus, she also had a love affair with Washington think tanks.

Here is what the Washington Post reports:
In Washington, she became a frequent television guest and speaker at conferences sponsored by some of Washington’s most prestigious foreign policy think tanks.
She wrote combat dispatches on Foreign Policy magazine’s Web site and made frequent appearances at think tank events as an expert on counterinsurgency, Petraeus and the Afghan war.
In July 2012, Broadwell appeared on a media panel at the Aspen Security Forum. “I was embedded with General Petraeus in Afghanistan,” she said. She acknowledged that her dual role as a biographer and a military reservist with the highest top-secret clearances allowed her to view “secure compartmentalized intelligence” and caused confusion for some in Petraeus’s headquarters, who saw her as a journalist.
Before the panel discussion began, she warned journalists on it about the dangers of leaking classified material and e-mailed them a report from the conservative American Enterprise Institute detailing the five most damaging security leaks of the past year.
Michael O'Hanlon, Director of Research, Foreign Policy, and Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, 21st Century Defense Initiative at Brookings Institution, has come out in defense of both Broadwell and Petraeus, who are both friends of his.

Another big name who has been caught up in this whole drama is Gen. John Allen.  He served as a Marine Corps Fellow to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and was the first Marine Corps officer inducted as a Team Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).