Skip to comments.CIA Director Petraeus Resigns, Cites Extramarital Affair
Posted on 11/09/2012 2:55:53 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
"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."
Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus has resigned, citing "extremely poor judgment" for having an extramarital affair.
Petraeus, 60, told President Barack Obama of the affair on Thursday and offered to resign, a senior official told NBC News. Obama accepted his resignation in a phone call Friday afternoon.
"Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the President to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position," Petraeus said in a letter to CIA colleagues. "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," Petraeus said in the letter.
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No doubt in my mind he was getting a little on the side. Was it an Obama honeytrap?
This is a cover to get out of the kitchen while it heats up.
His adulatory is only between his wife and himself and his God.
What an absolute disgrace. Explains a lot. Beneath contempt.
Given he comes from the “new socially correct” military did that say if his affair was with a man or a woman?
Certainly explains why Betrayus was out spouting the video nonsense on
Behalf of Obama. Looks like Obama had leverage on him.
Add another one to the mix, A Palace Coup thwarted.
Sounds like Obama had him set up. Blackmail.
Now that Obama is in for another four years, I’d guess there is a standing threat to his family if he talks.
It is, IMO.
The CIA Director has an affair and his boss finds out just before we do? This is one of the most transparently ridiculous stories I’ve heard in a while.
Oh, bull, maybe in the old days not any longer.
Any man or woman is not answerable to me because they are having an affair - it none of my business.
Just heard on KABC radio news - he is not going to testify about Benghazi. That is outrageous. Is he being blackmailed by Obama?
One by one, the push out the door continues. Petraeus, Hilderbeast, Witholder, a general here, a director there - pretty soon, the co-conspirators won’t be able to testify for or against ObaMao.
Remember, it wasn’t that long ago that Petraeus’ name was being floated as a possible VP candidate for Romney. Hmmm.
How is he being blackmailed if he has already announced he is an adulterer.
Of course he could also spill the beans on Benghazi, which looks really bad for Obama.
Imo, he got the bad news out, so he could spill the beans.
Sounds like a new twist on “Wag the Dog”.
One article I read about it said the FBI has been investigating him over the affair which started while he was commanding in Afghanistan, Sooo if they have been investigating him for who knows how long, and the affair makes him a security risk as in being blackmailed, why did they put in the job of head of the cia and why did they wait until after the election to ask him to resign?
More to this than meets the eye.
I think Petraeus was forced out. I don’t think there was any affair.
Remember now, Petraeus clearly stated that HIS DEPT did not order a “stand down” order.
Petraeus was correct. According to law, NO ONE BUT THE PRESIDENT CAN ORDER A CROSS-BORDER AUTHORITY (CBA) order. Which means the “stand down” came from somebody in the WH - not the intel dept. Unless the WH issued the CBA, all the units in readyness would be forced to not complete the mission. Intel couldn’t do that .. Hillary couldn’t do that .. only the President has the CBA authority.
The WH had to get rid of Petraeus before he spilled the beans at the hearings next week. If Petraeus was asked who issued the “stand down” order - (under oath) he would be compelled to answer: the WH. This would, of course, mean that Obama intentionally allowed our American Citizens to be killed to protect .... WHO ..?? OR WHAT ..??
Then, this causes me to wonder .. what if we get attacked in America .. is Obama just going to trot off to bed and allow us to die too ..??
I don’t look for conspiracies .. but this whole Benghazi thing has been a fiasco from the start. I can’t get past the fact that Stevens and Smith might have been killed to keep another gun-running operation from being exposed.
This has Bengazi written all over it. One can assume that the reason
Betrayus spouted the video lies before the election, was because Obama
had leverage over him. I am guessing Betrayus is the one who decided
to come clean, to remove the leverage and resign.
Threatening to reveal embarrassing details?
That’s a self-revelatory comment.
Probably to undercut Obama further blackmailing him. You take away the threat you take away the leverage. If he’s called before the House Intelligence Committee he is free to tell the truth now.
Well, he did that to the Medicare recipients. Just going to let them die.
I hope he doesn't suffer a case of Obamacide before he is able to explain what really happened...
Even though he is out of the CIA he can still be subpoenaed as a private citizen.
Yes. The question is will the House GOP call him.
I am guessing Bonehead and Cantor want to move on to working
That grand bargain deal with Obame.
You know, the deal that screws Americans.
Can you say Vince Foster.
And Ron Brown
That moment when you realize you know too much and it’s too late to do anything about it.
Hey Petraeus, was it with a woman? If not, was this just a physical thing or do you plan to marry him?
How’s your Benghazi hanging?
Do you like Gladiator movies?
The timing is curious.
You never held a security clearance have you.
Having an affair and the risk of blackmail based on that affair is the reason why such things are part of a standard background investigation.
Hope that's right.
I agree; this reeks. Just a coincidence that the man at the CENTER of the Benghazi scandal just happens to resign, just a few days after the election, for this BS reason? Do people even resign over this kind of thing anymore? I mean doesn’t the beyond cynical population just expect that these public figures are all morally bankrupt anyway? I know his reputation is very good, but seems to me he could have just as easily done an “I’m so sorry...” speech.
Sure the guy was having an affair; but that can’t be the reason he resigned today.
I wonder if there are any reporters good enough to get the real story...
My sense is that he wanted out so badly. He’s been ruined by his association with Obama.
If you lie down with dogs.
I predict the good General, under the weight of oppressive guilt, will off himself Vince Foster style. I’m sure Axlerod has already written the note.
With this revelation, his testimony isn’t worth a bucket of warm spit. His integrity has been impeached.
Well, now that a sex scandal is involved, maybe Benghazi will get coverage.
I agree, why even confess to something that no one knew about. I think he was forced to say this so that anything he may come up with in the future will not be believed.