Levin: Military brass kept in the dark on prostitution scandal
May 8th, 2012
08:42 PM ET

Levin: Military brass kept in the dark on prostitution scandal

By Alan Silverleib

Senior military leaders were not immediately notified that troops in their command were involved in what is alleged to be a much larger alleged prostitution scandal involving military and Secret Service agents in Colombia, according to the head of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, also said Tuesday that a decision to keep the suspected military personnel in Colombia after news of the scandal first broke was made without any input from Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser, the head of the U.S. Southern Command.

Levin told reporters that the higher levels of the chain of command were not notified of the assignment of certain personnel to Colombia in advance of President Barack Obama's visit to Cartagena for the Summit of the Americas in April.
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October 7th, 2011
02:28 PM ET

The doc caught between Pakistan and U.S.

If Pakistan prosecutes one of the men who helped the CIA hunt down Osama bin Laden, what does it say about the state of relations between Washington and Islamabad? Nothing good, according to national security experts contacted by CNN's Alan Silverleib.

But the bad blood should not be that surprising.

"Never have we had an ally with whom we've agreed on so little over such a long period of time," American Enterprise Institute's Michael Rubin told CNN, noting U.S.-Pakistani ties dating back to the Eisenhower era. "The bin Laden raid was simply the icing on the cake."

But "any doubt Pakistan wasn't knee deep in the bin Laden mess has now been put to rest," Rubin argued. "The fact that they're prosecuting the doctor shows that given a choice between the United States and al Qaeda, Pakistan would rather be an ally with the latter," he said.

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