Marine General John Allen, who succeeded Petraeus as the American commander in Afghanistan is now under investigation for emails sent to the same woman that Petraeus was emailing. His nomination to be the next NATO commander is “on hold”.

If I was the suspicious type, I’d say this “unpaid social liaison” at MacDill Air Force Base was there to create just this kind of electronic trail. I would also wonder about other attractive women hanging around other senior officers on or near military installations. Since this is the United States, it just takes a whiff of sexual scandal. If you were rewarding your friends and punishing your enemies, this would be one place to do it.