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Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s former senior military aide used his government-issued credit card at the “Candy Bar” club in the “Hooker Hill” area of Seoul, South Korea, and the “Cica Cica Boom” club in Rome, among other damning offenses, according to a salacious new report from the Pentagon’s inspector general.
Army Maj. Gen. Ronald Lewis — who served as Carter’s special assistant and then as senior military assistant — misused his government travel charge card for personal expenses, lied about the misuse and “engaged in conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman on multiple occasions, which included patronizing an establishment off-limits to U.S. military personnel, drinking to excess in public, and improper interactions with females,” the Defense Department Inspector General charges in an investigation released on Thursday.
The IG report substantiates three allegations Carter’s office made against Lewis. The incidents all took place in 2015 while Lewis traveled with Carter on official business.
In April 2015, the report says, Lewis visited the Candy Bar, an off-limits establishment in an area of Seoul locally known as “Hooker Hill.”
Lewis charged roughly $1,121 to his government card at the club, including an 81 percent tip. When asked in a DoD IG interview why he used his government card, he said, “I don’t know in this particular case.”
While traveling with Carter to Rome several months later in October, Lewis stopped by the Cica Cica Boom club, an establishment advertising “Sexy Show,” “Fans Club” and “Lap Dance.”
“After dancing with local women and drinking to ‘more than moderation’ for three hours,” he tried and failed to swipe his personal debit card to pay for the $1,755.98 racked up at the club.
Unable to pay the steep tab, Lewis returned to the Defense secretary delegation’s hotel at 1:40 a.m., to grab his government card from a subordinate, bringing along a female employee of the club.
“The subordinate’s room was in the same hallway as the Secretary of Defense’s room, and the female club escort waited for MG Lewis in that hallway,” according to the report.
Lewis also had numerous “improper interactions with females,” on trips with Carter in Hawaii, Malaysia and Palo Alto, Calif.
Among the allegations, the IG found Lewis ordered a female service member to report to his hotel room in California for a briefing while he was “shirtless and dressed only in gym shorts.”
An officer who witnessed the incidents told IG investigators that he could see the female service member was embarrassed by the situation, and expected Lewis to excuse himself to put clothes, but “unfortunately that was not the case.”
To understand the shear power of North Korea’s latest nuclear test, consider that their first test cause an earthquake that measured 3.9 on the Richter scale. If you forgot how the Richter Scale works here is a quick reminder:
As measured with a seismometer, an earthquake that registers 5.0 on the Richter scale has a shaking amplitude 10 times that of an earthquake that registered 4.0, and thus corresponds to a release of energy 31.6 times that released by the lesser earthquake
The most recent test measured a stunning 5.3 on the richer scale. That’s a much bigger bomb than their first one.
It gets even worse:
That’s right! North Korea isn’t far from being able to strike America with a nuclear armed missile. A paranoid dictator who is in his early 30’s and basically thinks he is a God will be able to strike the U.S. mainland with nuclear weapons.
North Korean submarines often hang out in international waters off the coast of California, it would be tough to shoot down a submarine launched missile. While attacking the U.S. would be pure suicide for North Korea, it isn’t very comforting to think about how close the U.S. and Soviet Union came to attacking each other due to accidents and misunderstandings in the past.
Mediaite.com is calling out the New York Times biased coverage of the alleged Iran ransom payment. The alleged payment, you know the one where the State Department admits that it fits the definition of ransom, but somehow it’s still not a ransom. The alleged ransom payment that is inspiring Iran to kidnap more Americans. That ransom payment, it doesn’t exist, because Obama says it doesn’t.
The New York Times editorial board declared firmly Tuesday that the accusation that the Obama administration paid a ransom to ensure the release of American hostages was “fake,” and the Obama administration’s diplomatic actions deserve to be lavishly praised. We know this, they argue, because the Obama administration says so.
That’s only a barely an exaggeration. The easiest way to describe the editorial, “The Fake $400 Million Iran ‘Ransom’ Story,” is lazy; it literally just takes the administration’s talking points and repeats them verbatim:
Translation: “what really happened” is exactly what the White House says happened. Move along.
The lack of healthy journalistic skepticism is a bit embarrassing, really. It reminds me uncomfortably of The Times‘ unquestioning acceptance of the Bush administration’s claims of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, a mistake that prompted a rare apology from the editors.
Read the entire Mediaite article here, it’s awesome!
The Obama administration confirmed that hostages were not released until $400 million in foreign currency was received by Iran via private jet. Do you get that impression from Obama’s original comments?
Watch it below:
Uhhm no, both Obama and the New York Times are being totally ridiculous on this issue. Kudos to Mediaiate.com for calling them out!