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Old 11-13-2012, 01:04 PM   #158
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General John Allen, the guy who replaced Petraeus as the commander of American and Allied troops in Afghanistan has apparently been sending emails to the woman who indirectly blew the whistle on Petraeus and his mistress (which is what New Chief was referring to, I presume). According to reports, he's sent 20,000 to 30,000 pages worth of emails and other documents to this Jill Kelley gal. That's a lot of correspondence. John Hinderaker of Powerline puts it in perspective:

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The story I want to return to is the one involving another general, John Allen, who succeeded Petraeus as the commander of American and allied troops in Afghanistan. As a form of collateral damage, apparently, the FBI has found that General Allen, like the FBI agent, is obsessed with Jill Kelley. She must be quite a woman! Allen reportedly exchanged “20,000 to 30,000 pages of emails and other documents” with Mrs. Kelley. Ponder that for a moment: 20,000 to 30,000 pages? In Search of Lost Time is only 3,200 pages long. If you assume a standard 250 words to a page, you can fit the complete works of William Shakespeare into around 3,540 pages. The Bible can be printed, in most editions, in under 1,500 pages. So what on earth were General Allen and Mrs. Kelley writing so as to fill up 20,000 to 30,000 pages? Poetry? Love notes? The longest military treatise ever? Assume it took General Allen a mere five minutes to either read or write one page–no doubt a low estimate, when it comes to writing–and use the mid-point of 25,000 pages. That would mean that Allen devoted 125,000 minutes to his correspondence with Mrs. Kelley, or 2,083 hours–in other words, a full work year (40 hours times 52 weeks). No wonder we aren’t winning in Afghanistan!

I used to think the armed forces were an oasis of sanity in an otherwise-crazy world, but that view obviously needs to be reconsidered.
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