Claude, I have a new book for you to review, my friend exclaimed !
I want to make it into a movie. Can I email the screenplay over to you?
Sure, what is it called? I queried,
Petraeus for Dummies-An American Love Story
Ok, I say, I will look it over this weekend and give you my honest opinion.
Could you imagine a script that you are given to review for a potential movie production in which the following occurs:
It’s all about the top general of the armed US forces; a true American Hero.
The president and the congress give you constant accolades for your exceptional organizational skills and military acumen.
You have a successful marriage of 37 years with your now Schlubby wife.
You meet a younger attractive biographer who is also in the military and begin to have an ilicit affair with her.
You are subsequently rewarded with a promotion and made the head of the CIA by a grateful country for your innovative “surge” strategy in troubled Iraq.
Meanwhile, you stay in communication with the new girlfriend biographer by using a stealth system of having access to each others draft box on the google cloud email system. So you never have to send traceable emails.
Concurrently as you begin your CIA duties the American Embassy is attacked in Libya and the Ambassador is murdered by a coordinated terrorist attack in which there was ”too little – too late” CIA protection.
Then, your Bio girlfriend begins to notice how much time you and the Wifey are spending away with a Florida socialite and starts writing nasty anonymous emails to the socialite telling her to stay away from her man.
The socialite who becomes spooked, then calls in a friend who is also a renown
investigator with the FBI and asks him to look into the matter. This same FBI agent BTW was sending shirtless pictures of himself to said socialite.
He ( Mr. Shirtless the FBI Agent) then discovers that the emails came from a woman/writer/west point graduate/military officer who is covertly exchanging documents and classified information with the fore-mentioned former 4 star general and who is now head of the CIA.
He also discovers that the socialite is in communication with enticing emails to another 4 star general and who is now head of the armed forces in Afghanistan and who also happens to be the best friend of the CIA Chief and is suppose to be the new head of Nato.
You call in your bosses in the FBI and state that you have uncovered a potential spy scandal of huge proportions and thousands of questionable files have been exchanged between all the parties concerned. (The files are later discovered to have no security information and are only related to the biography). Your FBI boss then decides to stick it to the CIA (a competitive spy agency) and open a major investigation. He requests judicial warrants and everyone’s computers and email correspondence is seized.
The FBI head however neglects to inform the US Attorney General or The Presidents Chief of Staff of the major spy investigation. Later the CIA has been informed of the investigation and the chief resigns as head of the CIA.
The Congress then calls for an full investigation. This occurs coincidentally at the same time there is a Congressional hearing on the Libya hearings in which the CIA failed to protect the US Ambassador.
My friend sends me a text and asks how I like the screenplay so far.
I text back ” Sorry, It’s a little too far fetched;I don’t think anyone would believe that a series of concurrent events like this could ever happen-pure fiction, Incredulous”
The End or just the Beginning?