RUSH: You know, folks, you have to think, you just have to think, with Bill Clinton watching all this, all these affairs going on in the military, Bill Clinton’s gotta be kicking himself for dodging the draft. I mean, look at what he missed.
It’s all too easy, folks, to forget the human toll that this is taking on the people involved. For example, Petraeus is now gonna have to run for the presidency as a Democrat. His chances a Republican are shot, but this is a resume enhancement for a Democrat. You know what this is? This is The Real Housewives of West Point. This is what we are watching here. And this Benghazi story, it finally has legs, lots of legs. Have you seen ’em in Tampa? Broadbeam, Broadwell, whatever her name is. You know, the one good thing, folks, about all of this is that a sex scandal might make some people finally hear about Benghazi, because the media is all over this.
It is a sex story that they just can’t ignore. And even the lowest of the low-information voters might finally hear about what happened in Benghazi because of this. That’s why I said, you know, words and policy, we kind of exhausted it. We’re just gonna have to wait for events to overtake the regime. And who knows how this is going to play out. But what a soap opera this is. The Real Housewives of West Point. You know, the next thing I expect to hear is that Paula Broadwell put on adult diapers, got in a car for 24 hours and drove down to Tampa to find Jill Kelley. I mean, it is hilarious. Part of me is laughing at it, and like you, I’m incredulous.
Now we’ve got General Allen. This is the guy we all saw on 60 Minutes a couple weeks before the election. General Allen, we’re gonna get there, keep your shirt on. The FBI doesn’t. The FBI agent that got all this started, he was infatuated with Jill Kelley, this sexpot. They’re calling her a sexpot, this socialite sexpot in Tampa. And this guy, the FBI agent, we were asking yesterday, how in the world — like I said to Snerdley, I want you to call the FBI this afternoon and say you’re being harassed by somebody in the Philippines and you want an investigation into the e-mail, and see what they do. See if it happens.
Well, we found out how this happened. Jill Kelley called the FBI agent that she knew, they were buds, there was some acquaintance. He had sent her topless photos of himself. She’s also married. So he got the investigation going. Then people at the FBI said, “You know, this guy is a little too close to this. We’re gonna have to kick him out of the investigation while we conduct it.”
All of these traditions, all these institutions that used to define the backbone of this country, they’re all becoming a joke. Everything’s becoming a joke. Hurricane recovery in the Northeast, the unions are keeping freshwater out. The unions are keeping repair crews out. The unions are causing all kinds of red tape that Obama promised wouldn’t happen. We haven’t heard from Governor Christie since the election. I don’t know what he’s doing, but this story here with Petraeus and now General Allen, 20 to 30,000 documents that he was sending to the sexpot socialite in Tampa. One thing we know, nobody’s had time to prosecute the war over there. This Mullah Omar guy, I mean, what does the Taliban know?
That’s the next thing to drop. We’re gonna find out the Taliban is behind this somehow. I remember, I mean, the FBI, the one thing that you could count on, these are former Marines. This kind of behavior from the FBI, there’s no institution out there that we can trust that has not been politicized, that hasn’t been corrupted, even the CIA. By the way, Obama’s doing a press conference. I wonder how many reporters will ask him about all the binders filled with women in this administration.
So here’s the latest. We have another top general involved. The general who replaced Petraeus in Afghanistan. The general who is supposed to be running the war in Afghanistan, but why does anybody care? Obama’s already told us we’re getting out in 2014, win or lose, so what does it matter? I remember General Allen on 60 Minutes saying he was really ticked off the way the war is being prosecuted. He didn’t specifically say rules of engagement and how limiting they are, but it’s how I interpreted it. You’ve got a commander-in-chief who basically is throwing in the towel in Afghanistan, what’s everybody supposed to do? You can’t fire on the bad guys if they’re surrounded by women or if they are women. Everybody’s hands are tied, so they’re seeking titillation elsewhere.
General John Allen, it’s being reported that he exchanged between 20,000 and 30,000 e-mails and pages of communication with the other woman here in the Real Housewives of West Point, Jill Kelley. I don’t want to prejudge this, folks, but it sure seems to me that we have way too many generals taking orders from their privates, and there is not a whole lot of real generaling going on out there. By the way, here’s something for you to put in the hopper. If you ever want to have an affair and you want to do it with e-mail, but you don’t want to get caught easily, here’s what Petraeus and Broadwell did.
They did not send the e-mails. You know, when you stop and think about this. Here is the director of the CIA. You would think there is a way for this guy to do anything he wants without anybody discovering it. It’s the CIA. Instead, he’s using a Gmail account. That’s Google. Can you say hack? Google has servers all over the country. Nothing ever vanishes from Google. You can delete it 13 million times on your computer, same thing with AOL, same thing with any of these e-mail services. You are not deleting anything when you delete it from your computer. You’re not even really deleting it from your hard drive. But you certainly aren’t deleting it from the Google servers.
Anyway, they knew that, so what they did, Broadwell and Petraeus, they set up a common folder, like, I don’t know if any of you use Dropbox, but that’s essentially what they were doing. They would compose their e-mails without e-mail headers, without IP addresses, just the text, and they would deposit their communications to each other in a commonly held Dropbox with the same account so they could each access it. I’m told this is a common tactic used by, honest to God, it’s what I read, terrorists and teenagers. It is what I read. Terrorists and teenagers use this same technique that Petraeus and Broadwell were using. I didn’t blow it for the teenagers. It’s already out there. I’m just repeating what’s already out there. Don’t worry, teenagers will come up with something else. They’re so far ahead of us on this stuff we can’t imagine it anyway.
Anyway, somehow the FBI was clued in on this technique, and they found that common folder, which would be on another server somewhere. Broadwell was also a subscriber to Stratfor. Do you know what Stratfor is? Stratfor is the private-sector intelligence service that anybody can subscribe to. A guy named George Friedman runs it. Remember, they got hacked.
Stratfor got hacked and all of their account holders and passwords were hacked not long ago, including Broadwell’s. And her password was hacked along with her hash password. Do you know what a hash password is? (interruption) What? (interruption) I don’t believe that you know. (interruption) No. That’s a hashtag. You don’t know what a hash password is. I don’t even know why I’m bothering asking you guys.
Okay. I’ll give you an example of a hash password. It’s a password on both ends of a secure connection. Like, let’s say that you are a member of iCloud and you have your password. “Snerdley,” whatever it is. iCloud has another password that gets authenticated by them when they see yours that nobody can ever see, and it is 13-to-15 characters or more with numbers and letters and spaces and symbols and all kinds of characters, and there’s no way you can find it out.
But whoever hacked Stratfor found Broadwell’s hash password in addition to her regular password. So that might have been a way in here that they found out what was going on. Three things all discoverable. We go back to General John Allen: 20,000 to 30,000 e-mails and pages of communication to and from the other woman. This is not a sex scandal, folks. This is a “why aren’t you doing your job” scandal. And do you know what’s amazing to me, folks?
Do you know what’s really amazing to me?
Our president didn’t know a thing about any of this ever until last Thursday. Not a thing. Our president… We are so fortunate, ladies and gentlemen. Between the Secret Service prostitution scandal (remember that?) and the Real Housewives of West Point, who has time for Taxmageddon and sequestration? Oh, and the president didn’t know about Fast and Furious. Look at what our president is unaware of.
It’s a good thing he didn’t have anything to do with this. It’s a good thing Barack Obama is totally insulated, has total plausible deniability. It’s a good thing he knew nothing about Fast and Furious. It’s a good thing he knew nothing about Benghazi, where four Americans were dead. It’s a good thing Obama’s got no connection to the economy! That’s what we learned from the election. Obama’s got no connection to anything.
He doesn’t know anything, he doesn’t do anything, he didn’t do anything, but he cares. Oh-ho! (interruption) Well, I don’t know. They told Eric Cantor and there’s another member of Congress they told. They didn’t tell Obama. Eric Holder knew since last summer, but he didn’t tell. Apparently there’s a law… No, it’s not a law. There is a policy in place, and it’s since 2007.
You remember when Bush fired the US attorneys in all the states and the Democrats went nuts? There was an investigation of this, and there’s some policy — not law, it’s not in the US Code — that presidents are not told of these kinds of investigations unless a certain threshold is reached. I’m seeing that as an excuse for Obama as well, and here’s another thing. I don’t know if you’ve heard this.
Broadwell’s coauthor of the book is a reporter at the Washington Post. That’s right. Her co-author. It’s by “Paula Broadwell with,” and I forget his name. I don’t have his name on the top of my head right now. But this guy has commented. He says that he is shocked. He says that he is amazed. He had absolutely no idea any of this was going on with Broadwell and Petraeus.
Now, Broadwell is only his co-author. Petraeus is only his subject. Vernon Loeb. That’s the guy. And he says that he’s shocked and amazed. He had no clue. So we’ve got the comments of Broadwell. She told a reporter in February that despite the fact that the book gushes with praise for Petraeus, she’s not in love with him. She said to a reporter, “I’m not in love with him.” Their co-author had no idea any of this was going on.
The guy who co-wrote the book had no clue, even though she’s out there saying to people who’ve read the manuscript, “No, no, no! I wasn’t in love with him.” Now, it occurs to me: A writer for the Washington Post would not be able to tell that he was co-authoring a love letter to General Petraeus? Isn’t that the way mainstream media reporters normally report on appointees of the Democrat administration? They know nothing about them?
And this was right in front of his face. Then last night, minding my own business, I’m watching the Steelers, and I cannot understand it. The Pittsburgh Steelers made a JV team look like a Super Bowl contender last night, the Kansas City Chiefs. I’m watching this, and then there’s a news flash that the FBI has raided the home of Broadwell. But there was no national security risk. We’re told that nothing happened here.
We’re told that, except her dad says that this is about much more than what anybody knows, which would tend to indicate that she’s told him some stuff it may be about. So the FBI, after taking the guy who took his shirt off for Jill Kelley, is pulled off the case. They raid Broadwell’s home in Charlotte, and they say, “No, no, it’s not a raid! It’s consensual.” (laughing) Like everything else in this case.
A consensual invasion of Broadwell’s house, and they’re taking computers out of there, and they’re taking large boxes of stuff out of there. Now, in the meanwhile, folks, there’s the poor hapless filmmaker in jail for a year who’s been blamed for what happened in Benghazi. And I’m wondering if that’s where Broadwell is headed, in a cell next to the filmmaker.
RUSH: By the way, folks, the New York Times is going out of its way today to make sure that we know that the shirtless FBI agent is a right-winger. Oh, yeah. How could it be anything else in this current climate? Here’s what they write: “Because of his ‘worldview,’ as the official put it, he suspected a politically motivated cover-up to protect President Obama.” That’s why the shirtless FBI agent went ahead and authorized the investigation into Broadwell.
The New York Times says that he, the FBI agent — this right-winger — suspected “a politically motivated cover-up,” of Benghazi, obviously, “to protect President Obama.” So the shirtless FBI agent is a fair target to be mocked and made fun of in the media for having sent a shirtless photo to somebody he knew and with whom he had some kind of prior relationship. The FBI spent more time in Broadwell’s house in Charlotte, North Carolina — four hours — than they did at the US consulate in Benghazi.
Just to put this in perspective, they spent more time in Broadwell’s house in Charlotte, North Carolina, than they did in Benghazi. This Benghazi story has now become a story about sex and scandal. About who? The Benghazi story has all of a sudden become a sex scandal about Petraeus? Who benefits from that? Who is the one person in all of this reputed to be a Republican?
Petraeus. And I only say that because people were touting Petraeus as a potential presidential candidate for the Republicans down the road. I don’t know what Broadwell is, but Broadwell goes on all these liberal TV shows to sell her book, so I have no clue. But Petraeus was said to be a Republican, and now we’ve got Benghazi. What’s it all about? Benghazi is a sex scandal involving Petraeus, benefiting Obama.
The real issue is what did Obama know and do before, during, and after the murder of our ambassador and three other Americans? That’s what’s important about this story. I don’t care what’s in thousands of e-mails between Petraeus and this lady and other ladies. But now the big media’s on the case, and not Obama’s case. Now they’re following a sex scandal, and that shields Obama about Benghazi.
RUSH: You know who else is potentially a big winner in this is Anthony Weiner. I mean, Anthony Weiner gets tossed out for couple of text photos and so forth. He’s a piker compared to what is going on here.
RUSH: The plot thickens in The Real Housewives of West Point. New data has been uncovered about Jill Kelley and her husband, Scott, over in Tampa. This from the UK Daily Mail: “The housewife and whistle-blower at the center of the David Petraeus sex scandal and another involving General John Allen may have been hoping for some financial gain by lifting the lid on the affair, after it emerged today she and her husband are broke.
“Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, 37, and her cancer surgeon husband Scott,” it is said here in the UK Daily Mail, “owe millions to banks after the collapse of their real estate holdings in 2010” and their palatial mansion is under foreclosure. That’s all we got. It’s just the latest addition to the Real Housewives of the Pentagon, or the Real Housewives of West Point.