Gen. David Petraeus has resigned as CIA Director under the Obama Administration over "extramarital affair," US News reports.

General David Petraeus

REPORT:  Gen. David Petraeus Resigns as CIA Director After Extramarital Affair Disclosed (Photo credit: Talk Radio News Service)

Gen. David Petraeus resigns as CIA Director under the Obama Administration over “extramarital affair,” US News reports.

Petraeus visited the White House on Thursday to ask President Barack Obama to accept his resignation “for personal reasons,” he said in a statement to CIA staff. “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.”

In a statement, Obama said he accepted Petraeus’s resignation and is “completely confident that the CIA will continue to thrive and carry out its essential mission, and I have the utmost confidence in Acting Director Michael Morell and the men and women of the CIA who work every day to keep our nation safe. Going forward, my thoughts and prayers are with Dave and Holly Petraeus, who has done so much to help military families through her own work. I wish them the very best at this difficult time.” Source: Politico

Gen. David Petraeus has been married to Holly Petraeus for 37 years. Men in power and sex, a dangerous combination.

This article was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.

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  • CStanley

    Holy moley…..certainly didn’t see that one coming.

  • Carl

    Petraeus betrayed us, or, rather his penis did.

    Can’t hide nothing from the CIA

    We may hold the military to a higher standard, but the CIA? They are supposed to be dirty low down dogs for the greater cause.

  • ShannonLeee

    I hope he can get help and his family can heal. He was a big part of why Iraq is no longer a death zone. He was also a future Presidential candidate and was being groomed for an eventual run. He wrote a couple obscene op-eds for the Bush admin. It wil be interesting to see if his political career will recover, even though I believe that is the furthest thing from his mind right now.

  • dduck

    A shame.

  • “Judge not lest ye be…”

    “Take the log from thine own eye…”

    Even smart people do stupid things, General. Get through this in whatever way you need, and as only you and your family will know how. Your country still needs you, and I for one will be waiting for your return when you are ready.

    Shouldn’t the rest of us …just maybe…consider the option of not destroying people’s public lives because of private mistakes? Shouldn’t we at least have a conversation about that?

  • Carl

    hey tidbits

    He may not want to give up his “afair” for his country.

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    Since Tidbits was courteous enough to show me his comments on General Petraeus on my thread, let me return the favor and repeat my comments to him on this thread:

    Hi Tidbits,

    I did see your comments on the other thread and not only fully agree but thought that it was much needed after the unnecessary and boorish comment prior to yours involving body parts.

    You are right, when it comes to such matters most of us live in glass houses and should exercise caution and decorum.

  • Carl

    WHOA! More coming in!

    Patreaous got caught in a Honey Trap! Maybe even got black mailed! FBI investigation caught him!

    I wonder what church he went too?

  • ShannonLeee

    Carl, that is nothing but speculation.

  • Carl

    Shannon you are always behind the arc arn’t you.

    Breaking news CNN.

  • dduck

    Nowadays, most people would not be vulnerable to blackmail or persuasion over what is is. However it’s possible that the head of the CIA may be more vulnerable then say a president.
    I do see a political future for him, especially since he fessed up.

  • Carl

    You’re wrong dduck. This is national security. He’s tainted for life.

    He put at risk the entire nation, possibly in a hail of ICBM’s, for sex, as the head of the CIA.

    Intent is irrelevant. Deed is done. Busted can’t be trusted. Maybe they’ll find him floating face down like CIA Director William Colby.

  • dduck

    Nah, this the New Morality World.

  • ShannonLeee

    This all seems very odd. The FBI was worried that he might give up sensative info to his biographer? He had an affair, done.

  • dduck

    Dum de dum dum.

  • Carl

    Ah ha! A younger woman! Paula Broadwell, embedded with him in Afghanistan, (no pun intended), was his babe. She has been said to; “sing his praises”. Yep I bet she does/did.

  • Carl
  • Carl,

    To my mind there is something unseemly about taking pleasure in the troubles of others. We are all human. We all have flaws. There but for the grace of god… and all that.

    Do you have something personal against General Petraeus? What? Why do you find such glory and thrill in this? Without further explanation from you I would have to conclude that I cannot respect your enthusiastic joy over the troubles of this man and his family. There is, to my mind, no cause to dance and celebrate at this news. Please explain why you take such pleasure in another’s misfortune.

  • Carl


    They betrayed me I didn’t betray them.

    I enjoy justice. It’s my moral and legal right.

    They wear the uniform that says they are better than the rest of us in these matters. They failed that uniform. I don’t care about their families, thats none of my business, but thats MY uniform. MY children serve under them!

  • This has nothing to do with justice. A man and a woman had an affair. Justice is not involved. And, what do want justice for? What has Petraeus done to you that you are owed a pound of his flesh as justice?

    And, they did not betray you. They betrayed their spouses. You are but a voyeur outside the bedroom window.

    And the uniform does not say anyone is better than anyone. The uniform says only “I have chosen to serve in this way.” It does NOT pretend perfection.

    And why do you think it good that someone “failed that uniform”?

    And not caring about their families displays, to me, a lack of empathy, a moral shortcoming of the person who is unable to care about the families of others.


  • sheknows

    His resignation should not be the basis for a running commentary on morality. He did an excellent job for us, and now he has private matters to deal with. End of story for me.

  • Carl

    Oh No Sheknows

    He betrayed an extremely high office of public trust, no sacred trust!

    This is not private, will never be private, CANNOT be private.

  • sheknows

    Just curious Carl, what do you think of former president Clinton? I happen to like the hell out of him.

  • Carl

    You know what you have a point.

    Clinton betrayed the public trust at the highest level. Could have been blackmailed by foreign intelligence, mafia, terrorists, you name it. Scary.

    I liked him too, and you pointing this out to me. I cut him slack on Monica back then. I was wrong.

    However I did remember that Monica is a Jew and I did have concerns in the back of my head about blackmail from Israeli intelligence, but in the end my partisanship cut him way to much slack.

    Very good point you make.

  • ShannonLeee

    Someone is obviously bored.

  • dduck

    Interesting, he may have had that affair before he became head of the CIA. Did it continue at the CIA? Did O know about it when he was vetted for the job? Why won’t he be able to testify at the delayed Feinstein hearings this coming week?
    I think this story has legs, ask any journalist.

  • rudi

    News accounts say that the FBI found emails from the CIA server to his girl friend. Like in Palin’s case or at work, don’t use company emails for personal affairs…

  • dduck

    Yup, that would be a security and common sense breach. I would nail him more for being dumb than being frisky.