Petraeus quits CIA, citing (ahem) undercover stuff

I don’t know what kind of political fallout, if any, will result from THIS, but it’s a bit of shocker anyway:

David H. Petraeus, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, resigned on Friday after issuing a statement saying that he had engaged in an extramarital affair.

The sudden development came just days after President Obama won re-election to a second term. Mr. Petraeus, a highly decorated general who had led the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, had been expected to remain in the president’s administration.

Instead, Mr. Petraeus said in the statement that the president accepted his resignation on Friday after he had informed him of his indiscretion a day earlier.

“After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair,” Mr. Petraeus wrote. “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.”



  1. Guess we won’t have to worry about him running for president.

  2. dogrescuer

    Powerful men in high positions are by nature driven, dynamic and vigorous and, unfortunately, their energy often spills over into forbidden territory, examples FDR and JFK. Although I’m a liberal Dem, I suspect Mr. Petraeus has contributed far more to our country than a less forceful man could, as did both FDR and JFK.

  3. Think this was purposely delayed until after the election?

  4. Yep.

    After the election and before he has to testify in front of Congress.

  5. Craig Knauss

    Petraeus ignored the first rule of personal conduct: Never, ever assume that nobody will find out what you’re doing. If he and the lady were both single, with no attachments to others, then nobody would have cared. But he got himself into a position where he could have been leveraged by an outside group. That’s why security investigations look into personal associations, habits, finances, work history, police records, etc. Someone in that position cannot have anything going on that can be used as leverage to compromise his/her judgement.

  6. kevind1986

    They are saying he won’t testify now. And Hillary is going to be out of town, so she declined their invite at this time. The data on foodstamp use was delayed for nine days – until after the election – and it indicated highest use EVER. And don’t forget the drone issue. Amazing how much got shelved until after the election, ain’t it? I’m not a conspiracy guy, but this has gotten a little silly.

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