Tampa, the center of the universe
At the time of elections in the US it is easy to see that Tampa and its environs are at the center of the universe. Candidates come and go. Florida is a crucial swing state, with a demographic profile that makes it an interesting testing ground of political messages even regardless of this.
And then there is CENTCOM, too. The US military’s Central Command.
That may be just too much to keep cool about as the case of Jill Kelley, the prominent Tampa “socialite” (at the same time a medical researcher, too) may show.
I have been following her case related to the Petraeus affair which, as you may remember, led to the firing of the Director of the CIA in 2012. General Petraeus’ lover-biographer Paula Broadwell sent some angry messages (“broadsides,” sigh) to Kelley, out of jealousy, from an email account jointly run by her and Petraeus, and this led to the scandal that eventually cost the general his job.
I thought this was pretty embarrassing. One just didn’t expect Petraeus to end his career in this way. When I learned that many others from the top brass at CENTCOM similarly sought the favours of Kelley by actively socializing with her, I thought that was a new level of embarrassing.
I am not sure what to make of it now that I know that cheap email flattery such as
“I wish that we could clone a couple thousand of you, but the land is likely not ready for that big an impact”
can get people to make you “Honorary Ambassador of Central Command.”
I need to re-adjust to the reality of this somehow.
That’s it for today, I have to go compose some emails.