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Breaking: CIA Chief David Petraeus Resigns Over Extramarital Affair

by David Badash on November 9, 2012

in News,Politics

CIA Chief David Petraeus has just offered his letter of resignation to President Obama, over an extra-marital affair. His resignation apparently was accepted. Retired Four-Star General David Petraeus, who notes he has been married for 37 years to Holly Petraeus, who also works in the federal government, gained the country’s admiration for his leadership in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC News broke this story minutes ago. Mitchell calls it “excruciating” and states it is unrelated to incidents at Benghazi.

The full text of Petraeus’ 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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His bio from Wikipedia reads:


He was sworn in on September 6, 2011. Prior to his assuming the directorship of the CIA, Petraeus was a four-star general serving over 37 years in the United States Army. His last assignments in the Army were as commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) from July 4, 2010 to July 18, 2011. His other four-star assignments include serving as the 10th Commander, U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) from October 13, 2008, to June 30, 2010, and as Commanding General, Multi-National Force – Iraq (MNF-I) from February 10, 2007, to September 16, 2008. As commander of MNF-I, Petraeus oversaw all coalition forces in Iraq.

Petraeus has a B.S. degree from the United States Military Academy, from which he graduated in 1974 as a distinguished cadet (top 5% of his class). He was the General George C. Marshall Award winner as the top graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College class of 1983. He subsequently earned an M.P.A. in 1985 and a Ph.D. degree in International Relations in 1987 from theWoodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He later served as Assistant Professor of International Relations at the United States Military Academy and also completed a fellowship at Georgetown University.

Some news reports have speculated that Petraeus may have interest in running for the presidency, especially after he visited a school known for hosting the presidential debates, New Hampshire’s Saint Anselm College. Petraeus lives in New Hampshire. Despite these accounts, Petraeus has categorically asserted that he has no political ambitions. On June 23, 2010, PresidentBarack Obama nominated Petraeus to succeed General Stanley McChrystal as commanding general of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, technically a step down from his position as Commander of United States Central Command, which oversees the military efforts in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, and Egypt.

On June 30, 2011, Petraeus was unanimously confirmed as the next Director of the CIA by the US Senate 94-0. Petraeus relinquished command of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan on July 18, and retired from the U.S. Army on August 31.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story noted General Petraeus had been married for 27 years. David and Holly Petraeus have been married 37 years.

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Dave_Koch November 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Okay, let me understand this. General Petreeus accepted an appointment to the CIA, the World's most talented, populated and funded group of spies, and he really thought his extra marital affair would remain a secret?

WTF was he thinking, the CIA would have to waterboard Big Bird to get that tidbit?

I had fired, for cause, my senior network engineer from a company I owned. He just couldn't seem to conduct himself in a manner that was acceptable toward women – he was pretty much a pig.

A week or so later, I was having a chat in my office with a friend who was CEO of a very successful and growing company. He asked me if I would have any problem with him hiring my former engineer.

I pointed out my window toward the dumpster located in the back of our building and said, "You are welcome to rummage through our trash any time you like." He got the message.

Mr. President, General Petreeus, albeit a good and talented man in many ways, constitutes more of the discards of the Bush administration. Please stop rummaging through Bush's dumpster.

littlebadwolf November 9, 2012 at 11:29 pm

would also be nice if the president stopped rummaging through the dumpsters at goldman sachs.

Dave_Koch November 10, 2012 at 10:18 am

You definitely got that right.

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