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Breaking: David Petraeus resigns as CIA Director





Via NBC:

3:02PM EST November  9. 2012 – NBC reported Friday that CIA director David Petraeus has resigned from the CIA, citing an extramarital affair.

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell said the resignation was submitted in a letter dated Friday and was accepted by the White House.

In a  letter, Petraeus noted that he had been married for 37 years and had exercised "extremely poor judgment’ in conducting an extramarital affair.

Petraues took over as head of the CIA in September of 2011 following his tour as head of allied forces in Afghanistan.



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  • daisy_mae

    Wow!  I sure didn’t see that coming! I wonder if he’s fessing up on his own now to head off at the pass a threat from the WH to keep mum about Benghazi? If he did, in order to testify with no shackles, I’m proud of him for doing it.

    • Freempg

      That’s a big IF Daisy. I hope you are right.

      • daisy_mae

        It is a big if Freempg.  I guess hope springs eternal for me!!  But not when it comes to Obama, no way no how!

        • http://twitter.com/muktech muktech

           There is no conspiracy with the WH here. The guy had extramarital affair(s). When he was in the military I am sure a lot of subordinates were prosecuted for that type of behavior. So, he did the honorable thing to resign.

          • socon

            Sorry, the timing’s just too perfect.  A thorough investigation is needed.

            He has to testify.

  • http://twitter.com/isleofyouth PhilipJames

    It seems that when you get more power, your brain loses some common sense…. or does ego get too inflated?

    • http://twitter.com/muktech muktech

       Very true

  • excopconservative

    When the head of the CIA is compromised, bad things can happen.  

    • 01_Explorer_01

      If a CIA director can’t keep it a secret you know your in trouble.

  • Freempg

    This is a ruse, since when has an affair been a disqualifier for a Democrat adminstration. The SOB resigned because he might still have a conscience and couldn’t abide Obama sitting on his hands while four Americans were murdered in Bengazhi, among other high crimes. Not to mention it happened on his watch, too. He didn’t have the decency to resign before the election. He will live in infamy for that, his greatest failure. 

    • mark1955

      Yes! Also don’t forget, Petraeus wife went to work for Obama before Petraeus himself did in the new consumer agency that was created as a result of Dodd/Frank. That speaks to Petraeus and his families possible left wing leanings. He was also the designer of the failed "Winning Hearts and minds" strategy in Iraq ( And was the reason Bush picked him ) instead of obliterating the enemy. You cannot win the minds of islamic savage beasts.Not a fan of Petraeus at all.

      • Exgunman

        By his own admission Patraeus considers himself a "rockefeller republican" which mean NE big govt repug= Demoncrat lite………………………

        • mark1955

          Rockefeller repub means: "New World Order,One World Government" extreme lefty Globalist.

  • colliemum

    This resignation explains the long and disturbing silence of Petraeus in regard to Benghazi, as well as his obedient lying that it was due to that video.

    I only wonder if the WH held this over his head dring all that time, to keep him quiet, a.k.a. blackmail.

    • Freempg

      If so he will be free to spill his guts to Congress. Wake me up when Hell freezes over (although in Dante’s Inferno, in the lowest circle of Hell, Satan is shackled and encased in ice).

      • colliemum

        I don’t think he’ll spill anything – not to Congress, not to journalists.

        I think he’s been well and truly tied up by the Chicago boys.

        • mark1955

          Exactly! Geez,i wonder if Petraeus’s wife will also resign her position with the Obama administration? I have no use for Petraeus.

          • socon

            Blackmail.  

            His wife works in the administration?  Great.

    • Laddie_Blah_Blah

      Diane Feinstein has just said Petraeus’ testimony is no longer required for the Benghazi hearings. The timing is highly coincidental. I don’t believe in such coincidences. 

      I suspect there is a lot more to this than just an extra-marital affair. We will see if he is called to testify. On the one hand, any stranglehold the administration had over him is gone. He can speak freely under oath to the committee. On the other hand, the administration can imply he may have an ax to grind against them, so whatever he says is self-serving or just sour grapes.

      This has the look of a white collar bureaucratic gutter fight that Petraeus lost because he gave them the silver bullet and put it in the chamber for them.

      Petraeus is going to take the fall for Benghazi. Now that he has lost his position, the CIA will not back him up. Not in public. They will have a new boss, chosen by Obama. That is who will be calling the shots vis a vis the committee.

      Petraeus is barred, by law, from publicly disclosing classified matters after he leaves office, on pain of criminal prosecution.

      He is in their box, and can’t get out, unless he is willing to risk criminal prosecution.

      • Freempg

        Don’t forget Hillary leaving State in January. Her staff was all over themselves reminding everyone that that is was she had fully intended to do all along.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FRH6WYV36G7BJ7JLLJ5E3AAFDU Kelly Laraia

         You are correct and if Petraeus did testify, he credibility is compromised.  They have their fall guy. 

        • Laddie_Blah_Blah

          And the timing. Just after the election, and just before the hearings. We are likely to never get the straight scoop from Petraeus, unless he writes something for publication post-humously.

      • socon

         Congress can subpoena him.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6CRU6I27VWLD2XWKR2CAFZZCUE jon

        GOP could ask him to testify

      • Argus_C4P

        I think it all depends on how badly he wants to stay alive. Just sayin’…

        • socon

           I’m tired of leftist thugs.  We have to push back on this matter.

  • Azarkhan

    At least he has more integrity than Bill Clinton. But then, who doesn’t?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FRH6WYV36G7BJ7JLLJ5E3AAFDU Kelly Laraia

    I would think that now, Petraeus doesn’t have to testify before the Congressional hearings on Benghazi.  Very convenient.  

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6CRU6I27VWLD2XWKR2CAFZZCUE jon

      Yes he still does

      • socon

         I hope Issa goes after him.  I want to see if Petraeus is an honorable man.

  • daisy_mae

    I just heard on the radio, and I’m sorry this isn’t verbatim, but the news broadcaster said Petraeus said his resignation didn’t have anything to do with Benghazi and that he was looking forward to testifying at the congressional hearing.  I’m not positive but I think the hearing is closed.  Anyone know for sure?

    • Betsey_Ross

      I heard it was closed, too.

  • TangledThorns

    The man is a patriot but this coming out so soon after the election does activate my conspiracy theory button. 

    • mark1955

      He might have been a Patriot at one time many years ago,but he isn’t any longer. Just because you wear the uniform (As i have ) doesn’t make you a Patriot. He sold his soul the second he worked for Obama,if not sooner. His disastrous "Winning the Hearts and minds" strategy,instead of destroying the enemy, failed miserably in VietNam and has us mired in the longest wars in American history with no end in sight,. His surges were nothing but temporary respites.

       95% of all Military Veterans who don’t get into politics are a great credit to this Country. That being said, the veterans who get into politics,or serve at high levels in an administration,Those Veterans public service is almost in direct inverse proportion to their battlefield heroics : Bob Kerry MOH winner and ex-Navy Seal,lost a leg in Viet Nam,no braver man physically, no bigger scumbag politically. He volunteered during the 2000 re-count,to be the point man for keeping the Military vote out of the Florida. John Glenn hero of heros,lefty brown nosing politician ,Keating five scandal.Randall "Duke" Cunningham,repub congressman,the original Viet Nam Top Gun ace, spent several years in federal prison,for taking millions of dollars in kickbacks. Tammy Duckworth,lost both of her legs in iraq,now she wears a hijab and is a lefty politician.Colin Powell.John McCain,although in fairness to him,due to his pow experience,he might be the only one who has a reason but not an excuse for his behavior in office. Allen West,his votes have been atrocious.Every debt ceiling raise,pigford reparations,NDAA Act,opening up the skies to drones,banning offshore drilling in Florida,he was being groomed as Boehners point man,prior to Obamacare being upheld,to sell keeping the most egregious provisions in Obamacare.

       Beiing in the Military is a great honor,but as you can see when you enter politics,your heroic battlefield performance,isn’t necessarily a guaranteer of your performance in office or your Patriotism. And that’s just a partial list.

      • suehimel

         There is a lot more dirt on Bob Kerrey than keeping the military vote out of FL.  Google "The Franklin Credit Union cover up" sometime when you have some time to read.  It describes Kerrey’s part in covering up not only a financial scandal, but a ring of pedophiles that were uncovered during the financial investigation.  His autobiography also talks about his years in Vietnem – when women and children were killed in firefights he led.  He admitted he didn’t order those killings, but he could have stopped them and did not.  His book: When I Was a Young Man:  A Memoir by Bob Kerrey.  The man is vile from the inside out.

        • mark1955

          Your correct. But i was working off a list at the top of my head. There’s alot more on not only Kerrey,but the rest of them.

      • http://twitter.com/muktech muktech

         Don’t forget the 2 longest wars you are talking about were started by Bush!!

        • Freempg

          And lost by Obama.

          Nice to see a new commenter here, muktech, welcome.

        • mark1955

          You are 100% correct. The Bush’s are:"New World Order.One World Government" lefties. They and the dems are joined at the hip in trying to destroy our Country and our freedoms.

  • ernst1776

    Funny how the only honorable man in this admin does the right thing.  Though my guess is he is glad to be leaving.

    • wpmwindsong

      It is not honorable to have an affair.  The only reason he resigned is because he was outed.  He may have been a good soldier, but that does not translate into being honorable morally. 

      • http://twitter.com/muktech muktech

         Well said

  • http://www.solitudebooks.com/ Dan C

    Where have the honorable men gone?

    Cheating on your wife is disgraceful. I thought he had more integrity than that, but as we are seeing, the so called generals are no better than the hack political class they serve. 

    If he is being blackmailed, he is still to blame for putting himself in a position to be blackmailed.

    An honorable man tells the truth about Bhengazi regardless!

    • wpmwindsong

      Where have all the honorable men gone?   One tried to run for President, but about 3 million Republican voters who had voted before in 2008 and 2004 chose not to in 2012. 

  • socon

    This stinks to high heavens.   They don’t want Petraeus to testify before congress.

    If he doesn’t testify we will know he’s been compromised.

    • PAWatcher

      Leaving office or positions should not exempt anyone from legal repercussions.
      Like a thief who can’t be charged with a crime because he/she moved out of the neighborhood of the crime of their own accord.. As soon as a politician leaves office he’s free and clear of any crimes he comitted in office………..just that easy, it won’t even be investigated most of the time. Martha Stewart, Bernie Madoff and others would have skated had they been politicians. Politicians can literally get away with murder.

  • nkthgreek

    Used to say that nothing surprised me. Now I’m afraid to.

  • conservativemama

    David Axelrod.  It’s his MO.  I bet that man has files on everyone and just waits for when he needs it.  

    Yes, this is Ann Coulter, but this column lays out Axelrod’s dirty tactics:
    http://www.wnd.com/2011/11/365973/

    But what makes me so sad is that our media won’t even look into it.  This must be how it felt to live in communist countries, when you knew bad things were happening, but you also knew the truth would never be told because there was no free press to ask the questions.

    We have a free press in name only.  God, how everything has changed.

    • socon

      Don’t forget Hillary’s 900 FBI files.  She’s as corrupt as they come in that cesspool.

      Interesting: Fox just reported that Petraeus’ affair was discovered during an FBI investigation.

      How convenient.
      What a coincidence!

      • Exgunman

        " She’s as corrupt as it comes in that cesspool."             She was that LOOOOOOOOOOOONG before she became SOS…………………………

        • socon

           You mean her Cattle Futures profits weren’t legit?  Hater.

          • Exgunman

            When it comes to this Dishonest, Dishonorable, Reprehensible  woman Without Self Respect or Respect for anyone else, my Dislike, Disgust, Contempt for her knows no bounds. I DO NOT hope anything good ever happens to her and on her judgement day, which I hope is very soon, she is relegated to the lowest ring of Hell………………………………

        • conservativemama

          Hillary……………………..how many people have been ruined during her decades in public life?

          • Betsey_Ross

            Some are even dead.

            • socon

              Arkancide–they even had a name for what happened to all the poor fools who got in the Clintons’ way.

    • Laddie_Blah_Blah

      What was the FBI doing investigating the Director of the CIA? When did the investigation begin? Why were they even doing it? How long have they known about the affair? When did they tell Petraeus they had him by the short hairs?

      This is what it’s like when the Chicago Mafia takes over DC. They not only got him, they publicly humiliated him and his wife, too, thanks to the "rule of law" according to Eric Holder’s Justice Department. Maybe investigating Petraeus is what has been keeping them from complying with Congressional subpoenas regarding "Fast and Furious."

      Yeah. That must be it. 

  • RightMom

    How  convenient.  Like Fast and Furious, Benghazi will be swept under the rug.  And where is the press?  Clinking their glasses of champagne.

    • socon

       They’re part of the DNC now.  You cannot sustain a free country without a fair press.

    • mark1955

      Glad you mentioned "Fast and Furious". Funny how that disappeared isn’t it? Boehner had Issa deliberately string out these investgations in the hopes that people would eventually forget about them. Over 300 people deliliberately murdered ,in a pretext to eliminate our God given Second Ammendment Rights so the regime could commit genocide upon us at their leisure. Issa and Boehner with this cover-up,are as complicit in Murder as Obama and Holder. They all have Blood on their hands.

  • conservativemama

    I just wrote this at The Right Scoop.  As often happens, my mind goes to movies or books to understand what’s happening in our world:

    Axelrod. I’m sure he has files on everyone to use when necessary. He’s done this before. Obama’s political career is built on the ruin of others. Unsealed divorce records…………..Obama and his crowd are leftists.

    This is a purge. Honestly all you need to know about Obama you can learn from the Godfather movies. Petraeus is playing the role of Frank Pentangeli. At first seemingly ready to talk, which might hurt the administration. But then changing his mind, after a meeting with someone?, and sacrificing himself to protect Obama.

    • socon

       Petraeus is part of the cabal.

  • PAWatcher

    The rats are jumping ship with lame excuses. Someone must be preparing to win a pulitizer on the Fast and Furious escapades of Mexico and Lybia………….where’s Assange, was he out for truth and transparency? Where is a journalist of true grit?

  • Laddie_Blah_Blah

    Well, now.

    "Obama administration officials have told reporters that Petraeus’s resignation means he will not testify before congressional oversight committees next week, as planned."

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/petraeus-s-sudden-resignation_662200.html

    And since when does the Executive Branch determine which witnesses will be called by the Legislative Branch while the latter is conducting an investigation of the former? Separation of powers? Isn’t that written down somewhere? Or is it, maybe, a governing principle of some sort?

    Oh, never mind.

    • socon

       Subpoena him!

  • wandrako

    Once the FBI in Tampa determined no laws were broken etc.  the entire situation should have been dropped by their own statutes.

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    moved

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