Gen. Petraeus resigns CIA citing extra-marital affair.

  • MusclFurPeX

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    Nov 09, 2012 8:17 PM GMT
    CIA Director David Petraeus resigns, cites extramarital affair
    By Andrea Mitchell and Robert Windrem, NBC News

    CIA Director David Petraeus resigned Friday, citing an extramarital affair he had.

    Multiple sources tell NBC News that Mike Morrell, the deputy CIA director and a longtime CIA officer, would likely be offered the job as acting director but with the understanding that he may be elevated to the job permanently at some point.

    That's how George Tenet got the job, first as deputy director in July 1995, then acting director following the resignation of John Deutch in December 1996 and finally as director in July 1997, staying on in the Bush Administration.

    Morrell is a longtime CIA analyst and was an eyewitness to two of the most momentous events in recent U.S. history. He was traveling with President George W. Bush on Sept. 11, 2001, as the president's briefer, and was in the Situation Room on May 1, 2011, as deputy CIA Director, when Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden.
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    Here is Petraeus' resignation letter:

    HEADQUARTERS Central Intelligence Agency

    9 November 2012
    Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the President to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position as D/CIA. After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation.

    As I depart Langley, I want you to know that it has been the greatest of privileges to have served with you, the officers of our Nation's Silent Service, a work force that is truly exceptional in every regard. Indeed, you did extraordinary work on a host of critical missions during my time as director, and I am deeply grateful to you for that.

    Teddy Roosevelt once observed that life's greatest gift is the opportunity to work hard at work worth doing. I will always treasure my opportunity to have done that with you and I will always regret the circumstances that brought that work with you to an end.
    Thank you for your extraordinary service to our country, and best wishes for continued success in the important endeavors that lie ahead for our country and our Agency.

    With admiration and appreciation,
    David H. Petraeus

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    Nov 09, 2012 8:21 PM GMT

    What?!? I'm not getting what his romantic/marital life has to do with his job.
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    Nov 09, 2012 8:26 PM GMT
    Hmmmm.
    I'll bet there's more to this story than what we now know.
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    Nov 09, 2012 9:03 PM GMT
    RickRick91 saidHmmmm.
    I'll bet there's more to this story than what we now know.
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    Gee. you don't think that perhaps his resignation was not entirely voluntary? Mere coincidence that it is announced just 2 days after the election? Nah, impossible. Don't we always believe what the government tells us? Would we ever doubt that our government was telling us the whole truth?
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    Nov 09, 2012 9:16 PM GMT
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    RickRick91 saidHmmmm.
    I'll bet there's more to this story than what we now know.
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    Gee. you don't think that perhaps his resignation was not entirely voluntary? Mere coincidence that it is announced just 2 days after the election? Nah, impossible. Don't we always believe what the government tells us? Would we ever doubt that our government was telling us the whole truth?


    Exactly, and we find out a wee later after a drone attack.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/wp/2012/11/09/conservatives-politics-delayed-iran-drone-attack-news/

    The media is intoxicated with this administration. It is shameful that very few follow up with meaningful questions.
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    Nov 09, 2012 9:17 PM GMT
    "After being married for more than 37 years I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair," Petraeus wrote in his letter. "Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as a leader of an organization such as ours."

    There could be some HUGE SCANDAL involved. He could have been personally involved in killing the ambassador in Benghazi----and no doubt, Rush Limbaugh will be looking into that for us.

    But it could indeed be as simple as his having a personal code of honor that doesn't allow him to cheat.

    He made a mistake, in his mind, and he wants to now take responsibility for that. Perhaps he even feels the need to punish himself.

    Personally, I'm a lot more forgiving of my indiscretions. Then again, not everyone has the same casual approach to morality that I am blessed to enjoy.
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    Nov 09, 2012 9:25 PM GMT
    . Anything is possible, but if it is anything different from what he seaid in his letter, we probably won't know for years.
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    Nov 09, 2012 10:33 PM GMT
    Mrs Petraeus has already devised an exit strategy.

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    Nov 09, 2012 10:36 PM GMT
    Anyone who would second-guess the reason behind Gen. Petraeus' resignation has no idea what the military is all about. I know how military officers think, especially those who have made it to the rank of general. They hold themselves to exceedingly high standards and, most of all, they take complete responsibility for their actions. I am not surpised at all that a four-star general like Petraeus would resign from his post as a matter of principle. I'm extremely disappointed that a military officer of his stature and intellect would commit such an abhorrent act, but I am also very proud of him for acknowledging his error in judgment.
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    Nov 09, 2012 10:52 PM GMT
    musclmed said
    HikeSwimSkiSF said
    RickRick91 saidHmmmm.
    I'll bet there's more to this story than what we now know.
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    Gee. you don't think that perhaps his resignation was not entirely voluntary? Mere coincidence that it is announced just 2 days after the election? Nah, impossible. Don't we always believe what the government tells us? Would we ever doubt that our government was telling us the whole truth?


    Exactly, and we find out a wee later after a drone attack.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/wp/2012/11/09/conservatives-politics-delayed-iran-drone-attack-news/

    The media is intoxicated with this administration. It is shameful that very few follow up with meaningful questions.


    Right. When it comes to national security, the government should tell us ALL its secrets immediately in real time. I want to know where all our drones are located, their routes, the content of any data they collect, and immediately when they are attacked.
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    Nov 09, 2012 11:01 PM GMT
    Apparently - the other woman dumped Petraeus in 2011 - and ever since he's been obsessively pursuing her - sending her thousands of messages.

    Which raises the question of whether his full attention has been on doing his job - or whether he's been distracted by all this personal drama and he's guilty of incompetence and dereliction of duty.
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    Nov 09, 2012 11:15 PM GMT
    He was head of the CIA so he could have been blakmailed
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    Nov 09, 2012 11:17 PM GMT
    DOMINUS saidAnyone who would second-guess the reason behind Gen. Petraeus' resignation has no idea what the military is all about. I know how military officers think, especially those who have made it to the rank of general. They hold themselves to exceedingly high standards and, most of all, they take complete responsibility for their actions. I am not surpised at all that a four-star general like Petraeus would resign from his post as a matter of principle. I'm extremely disappointed that a military officer of his stature and intellect would commit such an abhorrent act, but I am also very proud of him for acknowledging his error in judgment.



    Pretty much this ^^^^^. Although recently there have been some prominent cases of sexual harassment and other wrongdoings at the Colonel and General levels in varioius branches of the service, with punishments meted out. Acountability is strict, especially in the officer corps, in my experience. Adultery and other sexual mis-steps are cause for punishment/demotions/expsulsion/removal from duty.

    Timing? when would you critics really have preferred the General to announce his resignation? Spin spin spin.
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    Nov 09, 2012 11:24 PM GMT
    DOMINUS saidAnyone who would second-guess the reason behind Gen. Petraeus' resignation has no idea what the military is all about. I know how military officers think, especially those who have made it to the rank of general. They hold themselves to exceedingly high standards and, most of all, they take complete responsibility for their actions. I am not surpised at all that a four-star general like Petraeus would resign from his post as a matter of principle. I'm extremely disappointed that a military officer of his stature and intellect would commit such an abhorrent act, but I am also very proud of him for acknowledging his error in judgment.
    . Please don't put generals on pedestals, just because they're generals. Perhaps you are unaware of McArthur's history ? Did you not hear about McChrystal's drunken interviews with rolling stone, that got him fired? . As far is I have read, Petraeus was a great general, and seems to be an honorable guy . However, he was serving in the quasi-civilian capacity as head of the CIA, and it could easily be that he was told to resign . People at his level of government generally are never fired, they resign when they are told to resign . Intelligence agencies have factions, and important people within them have rivals. He could have lost a battle with a rival within or without the CIA . I am sure the President and order top officials in the security agencies would have known all about his affair, and could have cared less. It may just have been the pretext for firing him for some other reason . Only the General and his personal friends will know for sure.
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    Nov 09, 2012 11:32 PM GMT
    hikeswimskiSF,

    ". I am sure the President and order top officials in the security agencies would have known all about his affair, "

    YOUR CERTAINTY is refreshing and so rare in online forums.

    I am so sick of the timid individuals who refuse to speculate wildly when they are presented with all the relevant information they need from THE DRUDGE REPORT.....or WORLDNETDAILY.

    It takes real courage to TALK FROM ONE'S ASSHOLE.

    BRAVO! GOOD SIR, BRAVO!
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    Nov 09, 2012 11:33 PM GMT
    An affair WITH THE BIOGRAPHER? Really? Should've gone with Kitty Kelley!

    And in what universe does the Director of the CI frickin' A think he can sneak around?
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    Nov 09, 2012 11:41 PM GMT
    The biographer, Paula Broadwell, may have had access to his email and classified information.

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/09/15056607-petraeus-biographer-paula-broadwell-under-fbi-investigation-over-access-to-his-email-law-enforcement-officials-say
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    Nov 09, 2012 11:58 PM GMT
    Iceblink saidThe biographer, Paula Broadwell, may have had access to his email and classified information.

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/09/15056607-petraeus-biographer-paula-broadwell-under-fbi-investigation-over-access-to-his-email-law-enforcement-officials-say


    OK, now that makes sense.

    No offense to anyone here, but really the failure in a marriage, no matter how tawdry, shouldn't have any bearing on your job, unless you're a religious figure that is presenting a moral example, or a politician doing the same (like "down with gay rights!' while doing men on the side, lol, or promoting marriage while sleeping around)

    I imagine resigning a job because of an affair would only make it worse for the soon to be divorced spouse of said cheater, in that how would she obtain alimony?

    Like this:

    "Honey, I quit my job today because I cheated on you. So not only have I cheated on you I've just killed us financially" EEEP!
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    Nov 10, 2012 1:37 AM GMT
    . Further information on the BBC News report this evening:
    Michael Scheuer , former CIA official, retired, interviewed by the BBC, remind the audience that it was several weeks ago that Petraeus publicly stated that no one at the CIA pre vented assistance going to the men who were under attack in Benghazi . Of course [Edit: Scheuer said] the implication of that statement was that if it was not the CIA that prevented assistance from being sent. it must have been the White House that stopped any assistance from being sent to our men who were being attacked and killed and in Benghazi.
    General Petraeus was scheduled to testify next Thursday about why no assistance was sent to help our men in Benghazi even though the intelligence services were aware of and listening to the attack for 7 hours . The speculation is that because Patraeus and Panetta before him, were too forthright, Obama will be seeking a yes man as a replacement to avoid future embarrassing truths to get out. Makes sense to me . Nothing in Washington is ever what it seems on the surface. Looks like this is ministration is going to be just as bad on foreign policy as Bush was . To get the full truth, we will have to wait for Bob Woodward's next book.
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    Nov 10, 2012 1:54 AM GMT
    ". it must have been the White House that stopped any assistance from being sent to our men who were being attacked and killed and in Benghazi. "

    FASCINATING THEORY.

    Any explanation from DRUDGE or WORLDNETDAILY as to WHY THE WHITE HOUSE would have orchestrated the death of the ambassador?

    Was it true that the ambassador was one of the MANY MEN with whom Barack HUSSEIN Obama had a ....

    POLYGAMOUS GAY MARRIAGE?

    Thank God for the good Christian news-ers here to bring us THE TRUTH....

    THE HOLE TRUTH....AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH WITH HOLES IN IT.
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    Nov 10, 2012 2:19 AM GMT
    JockTheVote said". it must have been the White House that stopped any assistance from being sent to our men who were being attacked and killed and in Benghazi. "

    FASCINATING THEORY.

    Any explanation from DRUDGE or WORLDNETDAILY as to WHY THE WHITE HOUSE would have orchestrated the death of the ambassador?

    Was it true that the ambassador was one of the MANY MEN with whom Barack HUSSEIN Obama had a ....

    POLYGAMOUS GAY MARRIAGE?

    Thank God for the good Christian news-ers here to bring us THE TRUTH....

    THE HOLE TRUTH....AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH WITH HOLES IN IT.


    The question is why was there a delay in reporting that the CIA director was being investigated by the FBI.

    The congress has oversight specifically over the CIA. Reports to date state that none of the Congress was notified.

    This has more to do than sex. Stayed tuned come back soon.....
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    Nov 10, 2012 2:30 AM GMT
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    JockTheVote said". it must have been the White House that stopped any assistance from being sent to our men who were being attacked and killed and in Benghazi. "

    FASCINATING THEORY.

    Any explanation from DRUDGE or WORLDNETDAILY as to WHY THE WHITE HOUSE would have orchestrated the death of the ambassador?

    Was it true that the ambassador was one of the MANY MEN with whom Barack HUSSEIN Obama had a ....

    POLYGAMOUS GAY MARRIAGE?

    Thank God for the good Christian news-ers here to bring us THE TRUTH....

    THE HOLE TRUTH....AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH WITH HOLES IN IT.


    The question is why was there a delay in reporting that the CIA director was being investigated by the FBI.

    The congress has oversight specifically over the CIA. Reports to date state that none of the Congress was notified.

    This has more to do than sex. Stayed soon.....




    FYI - There's no indication of wrongdoing by ANYONE other than Petraeus.

    Desperate attempts by desperate GOP conspiracy theorists to try to turn this into something that's somehow damaging to President Obama - will fail as completely as the rest of the Benghazi bullshit.
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    Nov 10, 2012 2:38 AM GMT
    "This has more to do than sex. Stayed soon....."


    Oh Please, you want to take the SEX out of this tale.

    That will never sell.

    NO, my friend, DOUBLE-DOWN on the SEX.

    TRIPLE-TREAT us with even more SEX.

    We want something on the order of

    50 Shades of the Conservative Imagination.

    IF we have to listen to yet another

    CONSERVATIVE CONSPIRACY THEORY....

    .......NO! I say.

    We will not be doubly punished by your removing the juicy bits.

    Give us SEX.

    We, the 51+ %, are here for the FREE STUFF....

    and LOTS AND LOTS OF.............SEX !
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    Nov 10, 2012 2:44 AM GMT
    Even Pierce Morgan says the timing and the fact that the White House did not know anything before the election stretches credulity. ( actually he said it 3x tonight)

    Frankly I have no idea what happened. All I know is that Petraeus was slated to testify next week.

    The fact that the FBI is investigating the CIA director is a serious event. Lets see who was notified. If Congress was not , that is a serious charge.
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    Nov 10, 2012 2:55 AM GMT
    "Even Pierce Morgan says"

    Ahhhh, this will get good then.

    Pierce Morgan, former editor of News of the World.....and yet uncleared from the charge of orchestrating phone hacking in Britain's BIGGEST TABLOID SCANDAL...

    ....IS ON THE CASE.