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CIA Director Petraeus Resigns, Cites Extramarital Affair
NBC News ^ | 11-9-12 | DANIEL MACHT and EMILY FELDMAN

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: benghazi; cia; petraeus; testimony
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1 posted on 11/09/2012 2:56:02 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

No doubt in my mind he was getting a little on the side. Was it an Obama honeytrap?


2 posted on 11/09/2012 2:57:41 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

3 posted on 11/09/2012 2:58:23 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I don't believe a word that comes out of anyone associated with this illegal administration.

This is a cover to get out of the kitchen while it heats up.


4 posted on 11/09/2012 2:58:27 PM PST by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Who cares?
His adulatory is only between his wife and himself and his God.


5 posted on 11/09/2012 2:59:21 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

What an absolute disgrace. Explains a lot. Beneath contempt.


6 posted on 11/09/2012 2:59:34 PM PST by wideawake
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Given he comes from the “new socially correct” military did that say if his affair was with a man or a woman?


7 posted on 11/09/2012 3:00:44 PM PST by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: wideawake

Certainly explains why Betrayus was out spouting the video nonsense on
Behalf of Obama. Looks like Obama had leverage on him.


8 posted on 11/09/2012 3:01:37 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: svcw
You're right. The director of the CIA involving himself in a classic blackmail scenario is purely personal. I forgot that his job carries absolutely zero accountability to the American people.
9 posted on 11/09/2012 3:02:36 PM PST by wideawake
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To: LibLieSlayer; ghost of nixon

Add another one to the mix, A Palace Coup thwarted.


10 posted on 11/09/2012 3:05:07 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: tennmountainman
Just wondering: Why didn't he just quietly resign, saying he wanted to spend more time with family or some other nonsense? The timing is odd, make me thing this is more about Benghazi.
11 posted on 11/09/2012 3:05:35 PM PST by apocalypto
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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.


12 posted on 11/09/2012 3:06:27 PM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: apocalypto
Why didn't he just quietly resign, saying he wanted to spend more time with family or some other nonsense? The timing is odd, make me thing this is more about Benghazi.

It is, IMO.

13 posted on 11/09/2012 3:07:15 PM PST by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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.


14 posted on 11/09/2012 3:07:16 PM PST by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: wideawake

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.


15 posted on 11/09/2012 3:08:30 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Just heard on KABC radio news - he is not going to testify about Benghazi. That is outrageous. Is he being blackmailed by Obama?


16 posted on 11/09/2012 3:08:48 PM PST by doug from upland (I don't like RINOs, but I love my country more than I hate Romney...Muslim marxist, get out!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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.


17 posted on 11/09/2012 3:09:10 PM PST by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: apocalypto

thing=think


18 posted on 11/09/2012 3:09:21 PM PST by apocalypto
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Remember, it wasn’t that long ago that Petraeus’ name was being floated as a possible VP candidate for Romney. Hmmm.


19 posted on 11/09/2012 3:10:21 PM PST by GnL
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To: doug from upland

How is he being blackmailed if he has already announced he is an adulterer.


20 posted on 11/09/2012 3:13:06 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: doug from upland
Pretraeus can be subpoenaed, and if he goes 5th amendment, it looks bad for Obama.

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.

21 posted on 11/09/2012 3:13:23 PM PST by DallasBiff
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Sounds like a new twist on “Wag the Dog”.


22 posted on 11/09/2012 3:13:30 PM PST by NY Attitude (Make love not war but be prepared for either.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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?


23 posted on 11/09/2012 3:14:48 PM PST by chiya (If Hitler had ruled India, Ghandhi would have been a lampshade.)
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To: apocalypto

More to this than meets the eye.


24 posted on 11/09/2012 3:15:11 PM PST by Venturer
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To: ex91B10; All

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.


25 posted on 11/09/2012 3:17:41 PM PST by CyberAnt ("America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth".)
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To: apocalypto

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.


26 posted on 11/09/2012 3:18:21 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: svcw

Threatening to reveal embarrassing details?


27 posted on 11/09/2012 3:18:47 PM PST by doug from upland (I don't like RINOs, but I love my country more than I hate Romney...Muslim marxist, get out!)
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To: svcw

That’s a self-revelatory comment.


28 posted on 11/09/2012 3:18:47 PM PST by wideawake
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To: apocalypto

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.


29 posted on 11/09/2012 3:21:53 PM PST by AKSurprise ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." - Edmund Burke)
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To: CyberAnt
what if we get attacked in America .. is Obama just going to trot off to bed and allow us to die too ..??

Well, he did that to the Medicare recipients. Just going to let them die.

30 posted on 11/09/2012 3:22:14 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: tennmountainman
Can he still be compelled to testify?
31 posted on 11/09/2012 3:22:45 PM PST by Volunteer (Though I know that the hypnotized never lie, do ya? - The Who)
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To: tennmountainman
I am guessing Betrayus is the one who decided to come clean, to remove the leverage and resign.

I hope he doesn't suffer a case of Obamacide before he is able to explain what really happened...

32 posted on 11/09/2012 3:25:16 PM PST by bayliving (I suffer from democrat induced tourette syndrome...)
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To: doug from upland
Just heard on KABC radio news - he is not going to testify about Benghazi. That is outrageous. Is he being blackmailed by Obama?

Even though he is out of the CIA he can still be subpoenaed as a private citizen.

33 posted on 11/09/2012 3:26:32 PM PST by dearolddad
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To: Volunteer

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.


34 posted on 11/09/2012 3:26:59 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Exactly!!


35 posted on 11/09/2012 3:27:12 PM PST by CyberAnt ("America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth".)
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To: bayliving

Can you say Vince Foster.


36 posted on 11/09/2012 3:29:19 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: bayliving

And Ron Brown


37 posted on 11/09/2012 3:30:36 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: tennmountainman

That moment when you realize you know too much and it’s too late to do anything about it.


38 posted on 11/09/2012 3:32:22 PM PST by bayliving (I suffer from democrat induced tourette syndrome...)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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?


39 posted on 11/09/2012 3:35:14 PM PST by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Romney & Ryan.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: tennmountainman

Very plausible.


40 posted on 11/09/2012 3:37:19 PM PST by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Romney & Ryan.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Gator113

The timing is curious.


41 posted on 11/09/2012 3:38:55 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: svcw
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.

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.

42 posted on 11/09/2012 3:44:27 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: DallasBiff
Imo, he got the bad news out, so he could spill the beans.

Hope that's right.

43 posted on 11/09/2012 3:48:33 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: ex91B10

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...


44 posted on 11/09/2012 3:56:11 PM PST by nerdgirl
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To: afraidfortherepublic

My sense is that he wanted out so badly. He’s been ruined by his association with Obama.

If you lie down with dogs.


45 posted on 11/09/2012 3:59:17 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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.


46 posted on 11/09/2012 4:05:25 PM PST by 762X51
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To: doug from upland

With this revelation, his testimony isn’t worth a bucket of warm spit. His integrity has been impeached.


47 posted on 11/09/2012 4:05:56 PM PST by randita
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Well, now that a sex scandal is involved, maybe Benghazi will get coverage.


48 posted on 11/09/2012 4:06:38 PM PST by randita
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To: apocalypto

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.


49 posted on 11/09/2012 4:08:30 PM PST by USAF80
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To: svcw

adulatory?


50 posted on 11/09/2012 4:09:17 PM PST by schmootman
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