Abraham Lincoln had invited General Ulysses S. Grant and his wife to accompany himself and wife Mary Todd to Ford’s Theater on the night of April 14, 1865. If General Grant had attended, his military escort would have gone with him. This would have blocked the assassin, John Wilkes Booth, from committing his evil deed. But General Grant amazingly declined the invitation from his Commander-in-Chief. Otto Eisenschiml was so struck by this disappearance of General Grant that in 1937 he wrote a book, Why Was Lincoln Murdered?
In Oliver Stone’s movie, JFK, there is a scene where Lyndon Johnson meets privately with top generals. JFK has been assassinated. “Gentlemen, you shall have your war,” the newly ascendant President Johnson assures them. And thus began the Vietnam War, in Oliver Stone’s reasonable interpretation of events.
In 1967, a World War II crime mystery film, The Night of the Generals, premiered. It begins with the murder of a prostitute in German-occupied Warsaw in 1942, jumps forward to the murder of a prostitute in Hamburg in 1965, and involves a meeting of Nazi Generals in Paris in July 1944. Paris is then a hotbed of intrigue, with senior Wehrmacht officers plotting to assassinate the Fuehrer.
Well, thank goodness Washington, DC is not now a hotbed of intrigue… or is it?
Several U.S. Generals have found themselves in hot water lately. Rear Adm. Charles M. Gaouette, General Carter Ham, and Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair are among the names. A former 4-star General, David Petraeus, has recently been ousted as Director of CIA. And now comes news that the top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, is under investigation for alleged “inappropriate communications” with a woman who is said to have received threatening emails from Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom Petraeus had an alleged extramarital affair. (“General investigated for emails to Petraeus friend,” by Robert Burns. AP, Nov. 13, 2012)
General Allen had allegedly had the “inappropriate communications” with the mystery woman, now widely identified as one Jill Kelley.
Jill Kelley is the State Department liaison to the military’s Special Operations Command.
Paula Broadwell, alleged intimate of David Petraeus, has had extensive training in military “Black Ops.” Black Ops is short for “Black Operations,” a covert operation by a government, a government agency, or a military organization. This can include activities by private companies or groups. A black operation typically involves activities that are highly clandestine and often outside of standard military/intelligence protocol or even against the law. (“Black operation”, Wikipedia, Nov. 13, 2012)
This Night of the Generals déjà vu underway in the Washington, DC hotbed of intrigue is being linked by some to “Benghazigate,” a name being given to the September 11, 2012 “terrorist” attack on the U.S. consulate at Benghazi, Libya and its immediate aftermath. My own opinion is that the Benghazi attack was a false flag operation and is not as it seems. Others however see it as a wedge with which they can hound and harass the administration of newly re-elected President Barack Obama. In the hotbed of intrigue, this wedge is also a potential tool against the very rich having to pay more taxes.