Petraeus Mystery: What Is an 'Unpaid Social Liaison'?
What does being an unpaid social liaison entail? By Eli MacKinnon, Life's Little Mysteries Staff Writer | LiveScience.com
Life's Little Mysteries spoke to a military spokesman, who asked not to be identified, to try to officially clear up the unofficial matter. While his responses didn't definitively solve anything, his analysis was still instructive. Some of the conversation is reproduced below.
Spokesperson: I don't think it entails anything. Someone does some nice things for people, and then they give them a piece of paper and a gift and say thank you.
Are there other unpaid social liaisons in Central Command or is Kelley the only one?
Spokesperson: I don't know. I don't think it's a position. It's like saying CentCom has a green thermos. A green thermos isn't some official position; there's no official green thermos. Someone might have considered themselves a green thermos.
How and why would the decision to bestow an "honorary ambassador" status on Kelley have been made?
Spokesperson: They probably said, "Hey, this nice lady hosted several parties we were at. We had a lot of fun and she seems really nice and does things to help us out, so let's give her a certificate and make her an honorary ambassador to the coalition." Someone typed it up, someone hit print and that was it.