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Report: Petraeus and Allen asked Jill Kelley for help in preventing Koran-burning

posted at 10:48 am on November 17, 2012 by

A few months ago, after we found out that Martin Dempsey had phoned Terry Jones to beg him not to burn a Koran, I wondered if the Pentagon’s next step would be to establish a full-time PR bureau for insta-denunciations of private citizens who criticize Islam. Hey — at least it would free up America’s top officers to tend to their actual duties:

In a series of emails with Buckhorn in March, for example, Kelley told the mayor that Petraeus, Allen and Vice Admiral Robert Harward had sought her help in preventing a local disc jockey known as Bubba the Love Sponge from deep-frying a Koran.

The stunt – which never took place – was scheduled for roughly a year after a Florida pastor’s burning of a Koran led to protests and several deaths around the world.

Before the stunt this year was called off, Kelley told Buckhorn that her military friends had asked her to get involved to try to stop it.

“I have Petraeus & Allen both emailing me about getting this dealt with,” Kelley told Buckhorn in an email on March 7.

In a brief reply, Buckhorn said Tampa’s police chief was planning to talk to the radio station manager about the issue.

“Ok. Can you keep me in the loop?” Kelley wrote back. “Gen Allen will be calling me from Afghanistan at 1 p.m. on this – and our next step.”

Whether Petraeus, Allen and other military leaders actually called on Kelley in such matters could not be verified on Friday.

“Buckhorn” is Bob Buckhorn, the mayor of Tampa. So that’s two four-star generals, a vice admiral, the mayor of a major American city and his police chief, all scrambling to mobilize prominent members of the local social scene … to stop a shock-jock stunt by “Bubba the Love Sponge.”

I’d sure like to hear more about the police chief’s involvement, at least. What was he planning to say to “Bubba” to “persuade” him not to fry up a Koran?

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