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CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns Over Extramarital Affair

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SteveMT's picture

At least 2,000 soldiers would argue with that.

US military death toll in Afghanistan hits 2,000 after confused firefight
Exchange of fire kills two Americans and three Afghan soldiers, marking 2,000th US death in the conflict
Sunday 30 September 2012 04.58 EDT


US side reported that many.

Many multiple times more for the side receiving the wrath of the United States military. Seems a case of mistaken identity as to box-cutter suspects & their financiers.

We have throughout history had war time confusion over who is friend or foe.

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General Betrayus

If he'll betray his family, he'll betray the USA.

wonder who the next

statist pig will be put in his place.

Could be much worse.

He took his job seriously

I don't know what we're really complaining about here. He had a mandate, remember? Domestic surveillance is on the agenda for another 4 years--the American people rubber-stamped it. My only problem is that one guy executed the collection, analysis and dis[semen]ation in one location. How do we even know if it's good intel? That genitalia could be from an outdated source. Get in, get out, let the data guys get some too. Tisk, risk, Gen.

"The rich man writes the book of laws the poor man must defend, but the highest laws are written on the hearts of honest men."

Wouldn't have All These Stupid Wars

If it weren't for warmongering jerks like him. THAT'S what we have to complain about. AND he can't even be faithful to his wife. Who else is he not faithful to? Like us maybe?


Attempt at humor

Must not have translated well, but everything in that comment was satirical or cynical in nature. You can breathe easy Skip :] Just raggin.

"The rich man writes the book of laws the poor man must defend, but the highest laws are written on the hearts of honest men."

Geez! It's not like the guy

Geez! It's not like the guy ordered the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians or anything. Oh, wait ...

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-Ron Paul

She doesn't want to get all

She doesn't want to get all the blame that will come during this second term and it will give her room to run against Obama's record should she want to run in 2016.

Clinton running in 2016

is a guarantee. That's exactly why she's leaving now.



After 4 more Years of Obama

I doubt if there will BE a 2016 election.


CIA jurisdiction is for International affairs.

Domestic affairs are handled by the FBI.

FBI: A US domestic law enforcement agency.

Here is a collection of misguided court cases dealing with CIA, FBI & local police:

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I Think Petreus Is Confused

Fidelity to spouse is a separate "oathkeepers" organization. I wish he had joined the correct one. No matter; we accept your resignation. Be gone with you.

SteveMT's picture

Is this rapid departure by Petraeus part of the $43T lawsuit?

How much did the CIA Director get?
43 Trillion dollar lawsuit awaits Obama White House and banks
Doc Vega - October 30, 2012

The wheels of justice grind slowly but they do grind after all.

Major players in the Obama White House have been targeted in a law suit by Spire Law Group who is responsible for recovering 43 trillion in laundered funds and racketeering that has been linked to major banks, crony capitalists, and government officials. This scheme based in New York will be party to the biggest federal government lawsuit in history. The government will attempt to recover 43 trillion in taxpayer’s funds disbursed during the 2009 bailout that totaled 787 billion to supposedly save the US financial markets from a massive collapse while funding infrastructure projects though out the US such as roads and bridges that were badly in need of repairs, yet only 6% of the money was ever used for such purposes.

It is news such as this that makes me question...

But not answer.

"... yet only 6% of the money was ever used for such purposes."

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OMG - LOOK at who will replace Petraeus!

"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."

Well, at least we don't have to wonder who he serves, and it ain't "The People."

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

I See This News Like This

And I start to feel glad that Obama won instead of Romney. Yes, this stinks and there is more to the story, but the fact are we will never know the real story.

Rotten Fish Smells coming from everywhere

Since when do these people worry about an extramarital affair? Oh my gosh, when are they going to stop playing us for fools. This Benghazi situation may get really ugly...this resignation is just an indicator.

The news media now poo pooing what an honest man Petraeus is blah blah blah to come forward about his affair. I don't think I can stand it much longer. Lets just see how "honest" Petraeus is when he is called before the Committee to explain what he knows about Benghazi.

There is a time bomb ticking away in the Obama administration with this Benghazi incident, and they are frantic to cut the right wire to defuse it.

I wonder if there is any truth to the story that the original intention at Benghazi was to have the Muslim Brotherhood kidnap the Ambassador and hold him for ransom, with full knowledge of it by the White House, who would then use it for political purposes to help with the election. However, it all went wrong and possibly even a double cross.

Benghazi was my first thought

That's my gut feeling on that, anyway.

ytc's picture

What?! David P is resigning to "clean up Benghazi mess",so

that clueless war-mongering Susan Rice can be primed for Sec of State job???

NOOOO! Chas W Freeman will be a FAR better Secretary of State. Obama may still establish himself as a PEACE president and the one who could slash back the bloated life-threatening military budget with Chas F's help.


Just watched the video

now I think this is just a way to get Petraus out so that the administration will "unfortunantly" be unable to hold anyone accountable for the benghazi fiasco. The arms used to kill the ambassador were given to the "rebels" by the US.

I can hear obama now..."we know things at the CIA got out of control and things happened that weren't suppose to happen...but damn it...Petraus was having an extramarital affair and ended up resigning and under our legal system, unfortunantly there is just nothing we can do at this point but, move forward. We have got to stop looking back at past mistakes and move forward." Can we just move forward?

Oh the insanity!

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What kind of legal system doesn't allow punishment for crimes?

What kind of legal system doesn't allow punishment for crimes committed?

I do not want to exist in a framework in which I can hand someone a piece of paper with my signature on it, which absolves me of past crimes.

Machiavelli in The Prince talked about a king who hired a henchman to bring order, the henchman ended up killing a lot of people (mostly those who were in opposition to the king -- on the king's private orders), and then the king publicly executed his henchman, telling the populace "I have dealt with the bad seed."

Fun times ahead.

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All legal systems allow punishment for past crimes.

Some, such as the US are developing punishment for future crimes. Our government coyly refers to this nonsense as "preemption." As in preemptive war.

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Wow so soon after the

Wow so soon after the election, I'm sure the affair was a factual one not made up by the CIA in any form or fashion.

Golden Parachute indeed. Just like Clinton.

Southern Agrarian

Petraeus takes his Golden Parachute, like Holder and Clinton

Hillary is obviously stepping down to prepare her presidential bid, and to make sure she does not getting Obama stain on herself in the next 4 years. She had to take the fall for Benghazi, and I doubt she did that willingly - trade off? Take 4 years off, then become The Queen of America...?

Holder - About to be exposed for multiple crimes, will instead "retire" and likely wait for everything to cool off so that he may serve in the Queen's Court.

As noted in other replies, on one gives a crap about affairs any more, certainly not Hillary. In 4 years, Petraeus will be a hero for having taken this step, and he, too, will be given a prime post in Hilary cabinet. He is not being punished for his affair, he is being rewarded for his other crimes and this is akin to a "plea bargain" with the public.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

Don't tell me he had a fling with Herman Cain too!

Don't tell me he had a fling with Herman Cain too!

Resist the temptation to feed the trolls.

LOL - thanks!


"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know Peace." - Jimi Hendrix

SteveMT's picture

Here is resignation letter for his very quick departure.

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