Owl: Paula Broadwell nee Kranz as Zionist Honey? — Probably Not But Some Questions Do Need to Be Asked

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A Covert Affair: Petraeus Caught in the Honeypot?

Justin Raimondo has uncovered the connection that Petraeus’ lover, Paula Blackwell [nee Kranz], has to neocon and Zionist entities, which may explain who really brought Petreaus down:

“While Broadwell’s current academic affiliation is with Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, her previous post was deputy director of the Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies at Tufts University’s Fletcher School. The Center, according to its self-description, “distinguishes itself by a philosophy that maintains counter-terrorism should be predictive, preventive and preemptive, with the latter being a last resort.” Founded in 2005, the Jebsen Center was made possible by the generous donation of one Jan Henrik Jebsen, heir to the Norwegian shipping fortune, who gave $1.3 million to set it up. Jebsen, a former investment banker with Lazard Freres, is the principal of Gamma Applied Visions Group, an international octopus with tentacles all over the place: part arms dealer and weapons developer, part “green” energy company. As one might expect from someone who has so much of his multi-billion dollar fortune invested in making and selling armaments, Jebsen is on the board of directors of the distinctly warlike Hudson Institute, where Scooter Libby, Douglas Feith, Michael Ledeen, and practically every neocon you’ve ever heard of have found refuge.”

Raimondo goes on at length documenting the Jebsen Center’s pro-Zionist and anti-Arab sensibility and activities, as well as that of certain neocons associated with Jebsen, and then notes:

“Interestingly, in November of 2006, during her tenure at the Jebsen Center, Broadwell led a group of Fletcher School students on a trip to New York City to meet with then Iranian UN representative Javad Zarif. Both are alumni of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.  All this establishes a context that goes far beyond the titillating details of the alleged affair between Petraeus and Broadwell — and this is no doubt what set alarm bells ringing in the intelligence community when it was revealed. Is there really any need to point out the uses of the “honeypot” in intelligence-gathering and other covert activities regularly engaged in by spooks of all nations? From Mata Hari to the Mossad agent who lured Israeli nuclear scientist Mordecahi Vanunu, sex is a time-honored weapon in the war of spy-vs-spy. A secret affair with the CIA Director is the equivalent of the Honeypot Olympics, and we have to ask: was the remarkably fit Ms. Broadwell a lure? If so, she’s won a Gold Medal.  Broadwell’s actions — sending emails that were bound to be traced back to her — appear to make little sense on the surface. But if the goal of luring a 60-year-old geezer into an affair with a much younger woman was to expose him, and get him fired, then surely her antics succeeded in accomplishing that goal.”

An unnamed FBI whistle-blower informed Rep. Eric Cantor of the details of the FBI investigation, and Cantor is a rather key person, as Raimondo notes, in this intrigue:

“So who would have an interest in getting rid of Petraeus? Here’s where the Cantor connection comes in. The tip by an anonymous “FBI employee” that wound up in Cantor’s office two weeks ago came through Rep. David Reichert, Republican of Washington state, who has a friend who knows the whistleblower. Cantor then spoke to the whistleblower directly, who put him in touch with FBI Director Mueller.  Cantor is a great friend of Israel, and Petraeus — not so much. The General was attacked, as you’ll recall, by partisans of the Lobby, including Abe Foxman, when he delivered testimony before Congress citing Israel as a strategic liability in the Middle East. As the executor of the new Obamaite policy of sidling up to Islamists, not only in Libya but also in Syria and Egypt, Petraeus was no doubt seen by the Israelis as an enemy to be neutralized.  Broadwell’s affiliation with the Jebsen Center, and the Center’s connection to the neoconservative network, sets the scene: a young, attractive woman with impeccable national security credentials throws herself at Petraeus, and he takes the bait. Whether she’s been recruited by a foreign intelligence agency at this point or not is irrelevant: he’s already put himself in a vulnerable position, and there are any number of actors on the international stage more than willing to press their advantage.”

Raimondo here poses a question that may imply Cantor is a traitor:

“When Cantor pledged to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he and his fellow Republicans “will serve as a check on the administration” in regard to the President’s policy toward Israel, he was clearly aligning himself with a foreign leader against American interests as perceived by the White House. But would he really go this far — deliberately taking down a key figure, one beloved by Republicans, in order to keep his promise to Netanyahu?”

Phi Beta Iota:  We are inclined to believe that the honey came first and naturally, and the blowback potential perceived and harvested after  the fact.  There is even the possibility that the publisher and author decided to wreck Petraeus’s career to prob up a book that has not been well at all with generally poor grades at Amazon.  Upon further review our editors conclude this was three distinct capsules:  the illicit affair; the ham-fisted FBI handling of the matter; and the rather extraordinary position of the DNI in imposing on the President a congressional hearing for an agency head rather than calming the waters.  We await with bated breath the nomination of the replacement, that will tell us a great deal about who is actually behind this political execution.  Others continue to raise questions about Paula Broadwell nee Kranz, described in one Iranian article as “the Lewinsky of our time.”  Among the legitimate questions raised have been is she Kewish? who paid for her perpetual education?  who paid for her trips to Afghanistan?  when exactly did she get a book contract?  how much, exactly was she paid as an advance, and when?

See Also:

All About Paula Kranz Broadwell (Early Years, Photos)

Broadwell’s father: ‘This is about something else entirely, and the truth will come out’

Images for Paula Kranz Broadwell

Jewish Names [Kranz a variation of Krantz]

Patraeus Affair Linked with Israel (Iranian.com, 10 November 2012)

YouTube (6:50)  Petraeus Sets Record Straight on Israel