For any of those trying to piece together and follow the latest D.C. scandal, well you might find it as difficult as I.
But James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal attempts to untie the knots and piece together the known facts so that we can all follow the events, up until this point anyhow:
James Taranto, Best of the Web - WSJ 11/13/2012
The David Petraeus sex scandal turns out to have more twists than a pretzel factory, to borrow a phrase from a former journalist. It came to light when a Florida woman started receiving threatening emails from an unknown source, who turned out to be the CIA director's biographer. The Florida woman went to an FBI agent, from whom, The Wall Street Journal reports, she had previously received shirtless photos. The shirtless FBI agent got the ball rolling on the investigation, which uncovered the affair between the CIA director and the biographer.
Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports, the Florida woman was also receiving "between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of documents--most of them e-mails--that contain 'potentially inappropriate' communication" from the Marine general who serves as the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. To be sure, there could be an innocent explanation. Maybe they were passing around copies of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
CBS News reports there's also a custody battle in which the CIA director and the Marine general both served as character references for the sister of the woman who received the threatening emails, the shirtless photos and the 20,000 to 30,000 pages of potentially inappropriate communications.
In a Washington Post op-ed, the ghostwriter for the biographer of the CIA director complains that he feels left out, because he never had an inkling that the biographer and the CIA director were having an affair. Other things he didn't know about include the threatening emails, the shirtless photos, the 20,000 to 30,000 pages of potentially inappropriate communications, and the child-custody dispute. "My wife says I'm the most clueless person in America," he writes. We should all be so lucky.
Maybe they should change the name of the U.S. military to "Melrose Base."
Hat Tip to Mr. Taranto for the title of the picture!