CIA chief Petraeus quits over admitted affair

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Didn’t see this one coming.

CIA Director David Petraeus, who as a four-star general led the “surge” in Iraq that allowed a somewhat graceful American withdrawal from that country, has resigned.

In a letter to CIA employees, Petraeus wrote:

“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.”

I’m sure that in some quarters, this surprising event will be linked to some sort of conspiracy theory. (And sure enough, Rupert Murdoch steps up to make the claim).

murdoch

I have no trouble believing that Petraeus withheld the news until after the election, out of respect for the process. But the notion that a man as reputation-conscious as Petraeus concocted or agreed to tell a personally shameful story like this as cover just doesn’t make sense.

There’s no indication whether the other party in the affair worked for the CIA. If so, it compounds the seriousness of Petraeus’ error. But either way, you can’t have a person in that job with that kind of personal secret to keep.

It’s a sad way to end an illustrious career, although I doubt this will be the last we’ll see of Petreaus in public service.

– Jay Bookman

557 comments Add your comment

JohnnyReb

November 9th, 2012
4:00 pm

OK, that does it. It’s official. This week sucked.

Fred ™

November 9th, 2012
4:00 pm

Cool. A thread for the folks that just can’t leave the music thread to music. Thanks Jay.

gogators

November 9th, 2012
4:04 pm

so Jay do you think the benghazi situation may be a little more than you thought?

Keep Up the Good Fight!

November 9th, 2012
4:05 pm

Oy vey, the cons and their evidence free speculations and conspiracies….

Adam

November 9th, 2012
4:07 pm

So much for setting politics aside lol

Adam

November 9th, 2012
4:08 pm

JohnnyReb: You mean this week it SUCKED TO BE YOU! HA!

*Football spike*

Church Lady

November 9th, 2012
4:09 pm

SATAN maybe?

Mr. Snarky

November 9th, 2012
4:10 pm

Mike

November 9th, 2012
4:10 pm

O.K. popped in for a minute…..nothing here. Back to the party….

Adam

November 9th, 2012
4:10 pm

On that note I think I will exit. Have a good weekend, all! I am in a celebratory mood ALL NIGHT LONG!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-M0hrJGHP4

DebbieDoRight - "Math you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better" is essentially "mathturbation.

November 9th, 2012
4:10 pm

You’re right gators — this whole thing by Patreus is just a cover up for his gay affair with Hillary Clinton (a known drag queen).

They fell in love quickly, instantly and forever when he looked into her/his eyes and saw everything he ever needed and everything he ever wanted.

With Hillary he could dress up or down (get it) to his satisifaction — no more pretending to like blue jeans!! no more pretending to like girls!! Now he was free, free to be who he really was!!!

I’m sure he didn’t mean for it to come out like this…………..but some things……..some things you just can’t stop!

You can’t stop chemistry, emotions, and a really really good conspiracy theory!

Patreus, don’t despair……….you and Hillary will always have Paris and the Moulin Rogue!

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

November 9th, 2012
4:11 pm

Jay

November 9th, 2012
4:12 pm

No, gogators, I don’t.

I think a guy got caught with his pants down, and in a job that sensitive, it’s a firing/quitting offense. Pretty simple stuff, happens all the time. Haven’t you heard?

RW-(the original)

November 9th, 2012
4:12 pm

Amazing the kinds of things you find out right after elections. Patreus shooting at something, drones being shot at by Iran…and so on. I’ve heard tell of a day long, long ago where they had people called reporters that would search around and find this stuff out instead of waiting for the press release.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

November 9th, 2012
4:13 pm

Well, for the life of me I can’t see why a man like that would cheat on a woman as good looking as Holly Petraeus. Why, she kinda looks like a skinny version of the missus, only the missus don’t wear glasses ’cause there’s no need, since she can’t read. I reckon it takes all kind of people in this world.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

November 9th, 2012
4:13 pm

Maybe murdoch should tap Patreus’ phone to get the details?

Jay

November 9th, 2012
4:15 pm

But I’m pretty sure that this is going to send the right down yet another rabbit hole, once again making themselves look ludicrous to the rest of the country in the process.

gogators

November 9th, 2012
4:15 pm

interesting timing so i guess he wont testify would have liked to hear what he had to say guess we will never what really happened

cmac

November 9th, 2012
4:19 pm

Of course, if your a President and get caught with your pants down & your cigar in a naught place, nothing happens to u!

Jay

November 9th, 2012
4:19 pm

Why wouldn’t he still testify, gators? Weave us your conspiracy theory ….

Adam

November 9th, 2012
4:20 pm

Jay: But I’m pretty sure that this is going to send the right down yet another rabbit hole, once again making themselves look ludicrous to the rest of the country in the process.

And here’s to four more years of that! *raises glass* Cheers!

Steamboat

November 9th, 2012
4:23 pm

General Betray-us…I mean his wife. Timing seems suspicous to me.

gogators

November 9th, 2012
4:23 pm

i dont know if he will testify if he resigns from cia is he still required to testify?hope he does would like to have this benghazi issue resolved so the politicians can stop the fiscal crisis

DebbieDoRight - "Math you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better" is essentially "mathturbation.

November 9th, 2012
4:24 pm

interesting timing so i guess he wont testify would have liked to hear what he had to say guess we will never what really happened

Testify to what? Dude first off if it’s something that is Sensitive information then he CAN’T testify; because it’ll be a problem for National Security.

Secondly, the cons are not crazy enough to call a “special investigation into Benghazi”. they may have it Mittens won’ but they won’t now.

NOW they’re tasked with getting the economy back on track – they’ve wasted a bunch of years playing politics; the election has shown them that the public is sick of that.

So they won’t risk their (cough, cough) “careers” with this ^^^ Patreus resignation stuff. They’d get crucified by the polls and the public.

Fred ™

November 9th, 2012
4:24 pm

Awesome DDR.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

November 9th, 2012
4:24 pm

Of course, if your a President and get caught with your pants down & your cigar in a naught place, nothing happens to u!

Or the speaker of the house, or a congressman……. :roll:

Fred ™

November 9th, 2012
4:24 pm

LOL i should have specified. Awesome @ 4:10. Loved it.

Paul

November 9th, 2012
4:25 pm

What a sad ending to a career from an individual who has given so much to his country. I do hope Jay is correct, that we haven’t seen the last of him.

One good thing could come from this. Maybe Congressmen will follow his example.

DebbieDoRight - "Math you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better" is essentially "mathturbation.

November 9th, 2012
4:25 pm

Should say – “IF” Mittens won……… :oops:

oops

November 9th, 2012
4:26 pm

november surprise.

Matti

November 9th, 2012
4:26 pm

Of course there’s more to the story!!!

But those details are not appropriate for public consumption. (Unless you’re a PERV or something…. which most of those seriously buttoned-up military types are, God bless ‘em!)

Indeed, just the threat of those details is enough leverage for him to resign publicly. Not that I would **ever** repeat anything. NO, SIR! Not me.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

November 9th, 2012
4:27 pm

Or the speaker of the house, or a congressman…….

Not to mention that Ken Starr didn’t spend $52 million investigation those infractions.

Paul

November 9th, 2012
4:28 pm

DDR

‘Secondly, the cons are not crazy enough to call a “special investigation into Benghazi””

May I introduce you to Congressman Issa, Director, Congressional Rabbit Holes and Publicity Whore in Chief?

DebbieDoRight - "Math you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better" is essentially "mathturbation.

November 9th, 2012
4:30 pm

Thanks Fred!! The boa is yours! Wear it with pride.

Gentleman — It’s miller time. Enjoy yourselves, (well except the sad sack cons), and have a great Friday!!!

SwamiDave

November 9th, 2012
4:31 pm

Prayers for those involved as they will undoubtedly begin the sometimes difficult journey to move forward. As he said, it was poor judgement and very dangerous in the role that he filled. His service to our nation is much appreciated.

Jay, it would have been interesting to have heard your perspective had his response been “It’s my personal life.” I vaguely remember that excuse when similar events occurred in the life of the officeholder of the job to whom “that job” reported. ;)

-SD

gogators

November 9th, 2012
4:31 pm

correct me if i am wrong but doesnt testimony start next week into benghazi hope we get to hear from cia

DebbieDoRight - "Math you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better" is essentially "mathturbation.

November 9th, 2012
4:32 pm

May I introduce you to Congressman Issa, Director, Congressional Rabbit Holes and Publicity Whore in Chief?

Hiya Paul!!

I don’t think even ISSA is that foolish!! I have found that alligators, rats and snakes have an enormous sense of self preservation. :wink:

Paul

November 9th, 2012
4:32 pm

SwamiDave

Jay stated President Clinton should have resigned.

DebbieDoRight - "Math you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better" is essentially "mathturbation.

November 9th, 2012
4:33 pm

Oh and Politicians too!!

Keep Up the Good Fight!

November 9th, 2012
4:33 pm

Hmmm, Debbie has never offered me the boa. I wonder if its the caffeine in my coffee.

Enjoy, Debbie!

Paul

November 9th, 2012
4:33 pm

DDR

And just what makes you think Issa belongs in the same category as alligators, rats and snakes, hmmmmm?

Tom(Independent Viet Vet-USAF)

November 9th, 2012
4:34 pm

Bill Clinton never offered to quit, so why the General? Ok, so being married to Hilliary, caused him to do it ? I can understand that part of it?

Paul

November 9th, 2012
4:34 pm

DDR

I should have said “What makes you think Issa belongs in the comparatively exalted company of alligators, rats and snakes, hmmmm?”

Keep Up the Good Fight!

November 9th, 2012
4:36 pm

hope we get to hear from cia

Beause the CIA only had one employee, the Director, who did everything? :roll: When did you start drinking today?

Matti

November 9th, 2012
4:36 pm

gogators,

You seem to be an expert on the recent tragedy in Behghazi. Of course it is disturbing when our diplomatic personnel are attacked while serving overseas. (Do we have diplomatic personnel in Branson, MO?) Would you be a dear and compare the number of diplomatic attacks/casualties during this President’s administration with the number that occurred or didn’t occur duing the last administration? You know, just so we can have some perspective about how that whole “serving in a dangerous part of the world where people hate us” thing works. Thanks!

Ashton

November 9th, 2012
4:36 pm

Petraeus resigned because Obama wouldn’t go after Iran on the nuclear issue.

Paul

November 9th, 2012
4:38 pm

Tom

Such matters of personal conduct are a matter of regulation and policy for military and CIA personnel. Such does not apply to the office of the President. Nor to Congressmen.

Redcoat

November 9th, 2012
4:38 pm

There’s going to be a lot that Dems/Libs are going to be saying they didn’t see coming!

Paul

November 9th, 2012
4:39 pm

Ashton

Are you starting a new game of rabbit hole?

Or did you just join another blogger in doing a shot each time you hear ‘Petraeus’?

Heckle and JayKyle

November 9th, 2012
4:39 pm

I knew when Jay put on that rocking blues, that we’d get nothing but trouble from the CIA. Hell, even I fantasized a little about the possible existence of a woman with low enough self esteem that maybe she’d be able to hold her nose long enough for me to……awww, everyone rocks but me. Great riff, though. That man can rock.

Common Sense isn't very Common

November 9th, 2012
4:40 pm

DebbieDoRight – “Math you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better” is essentially “mathturbation.

November 9th, 2012
4:10 pm

You ain’t right on so many levels LOL

That’s why I luvs ya :-)

oops

November 9th, 2012
4:40 pm

Fred ™

November 9th, 2012
4:41 pm

Keep Up the Good Fight!

November 9th, 2012
4:33 pm

Hmmm, Debbie has never offered me the boa. I wonder if its the caffeine in my coffee.

Enjoy, Debbie!
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You aren’t special like me Keep.

Look before I leap...

November 9th, 2012
4:42 pm

Well Ike boinked his British chauffeur and secretary for years.
Men in power tend to stray – don’t think Obama will though, Michelle would pulp him if he did.

But, perhaps some of the right-wingers here will see this as a bright spot in an otherwise dismal week.
At least it is a distraction from the numbers, 332-206.

RW-(the original)

November 9th, 2012
4:43 pm

After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair.

Awkward wording alert—- I wonder if that was just a slip of the tongue because he’s been married over 38 years.

oops

November 9th, 2012
4:43 pm

Fred ™

November 9th, 2012
4:44 pm

oops

November 9th, 2012
4:40 pm

dear lord

look at this photo of the president
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I KNEW for certain when I clicked that link i would see this……..

http://tinyurl.com/aa989jc

gogators

November 9th, 2012
4:44 pm

i dont recall saying i was an expert just would like to find out what happened guess thats a for you would like the head of the cia Petraues would have a very interesting take on what happened being a combat general

Keep Up the Good Fight!

November 9th, 2012
4:44 pm

There’s going to be a lot that Dems/Libs are going to be saying they didn’t see coming!.

Like that? :roll:

Do tell us the Conned Prophecies for the next 4 years…..

I imagine they read:
1. Someone in the administration will do something wrong, its Obama’s fault.
2. A private company will file for bankruptcy, its Obama’s fault
3. A natural disaster will happen, it’s Obama’s fault.

Jay

November 9th, 2012
4:45 pm

Congress will and SHOULD investigate Benghazi. But the hearings they’ve scheduled POST-election are closed-door, where actual truth can be discussed and there’s no preening for the cameras, unlike the PRE-election show hearings.

Fred ™

November 9th, 2012
4:45 pm

Fred ™

November 9th, 2012
4:44 pm

oops

November 9th, 2012
4:40 pm

dear lord

look at this photo of the president
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

I KNEW for certain when I clicked that link i WOULDN’T see this……..

http://tinyurl.com/aa989jc

*corrected*

godless heathen

November 9th, 2012
4:46 pm

Can’t be Chief of Spooks with that kind of skeleton in the closet. Who was the other woman, Mata Hari?

Keep Up the Good Fight!

November 9th, 2012
4:46 pm

Dang Fred….. you are so photogenic in that boa.

guy

November 9th, 2012
4:47 pm

Tom(the vet) Bill Clinton is above the law and above God(in his own opinion) so he is exempt from accepting the blame. With libtards,the rest of us are all guilty as charged. Liberals live by the theory that if it feels good,do it and let’s draft a law on paper making it ok. I love it!

indigo

November 9th, 2012
4:47 pm

This is a suprise!!

However, it’s no suprise the crazed Republican conspiracy nuts came out of the woodwork In fact, this is exactly what you would expect. Also expect every right-wing lug nut in the country to immediately believe this “conspiracy”. Romney didn’t get all those looney votes for nothing.

RB from Gwinnett

November 9th, 2012
4:48 pm

“Leave traitor. We don’t need or want your traitorous ass. Renounce your citizeship leave and NEVER come back.”

Check out Fred biting the hand that feeds him!!! Hey Fred, you do know if all the producers leave as you’ve demanded, you might have to get your sorry but out of mommy’s basement every day and work for your own free healthcare don’t you?!!! Question for you Fred… If a $3MM/yr tax paying Romney takes you up on your demand and bids your lazy but adieu, how many section 8 family’s rent is he taking with him and who’s left holding that bag?

Common Sense isn't very Common

November 9th, 2012
4:48 pm

Fred

You look ‘Special’ in that boa :-)

Tom(Independent Viet Vet-USAF)

November 9th, 2012
4:49 pm

Paul – Thanks! So the military is held to a higher standard than our President and Congressmen? That is simply BS, if you ask me!

Keep Up the Good Fight!

November 9th, 2012
4:51 pm

The CIA is military?

Don Abernethy

November 9th, 2012
4:54 pm

You have not seen anything yet. Wait until the government is completely broke and the Obamanites do not get their checks.

Skip

November 9th, 2012
4:55 pm

Endless deployments detrimental to your married life? Who could of seen that coming?

willydoit?

November 9th, 2012
4:56 pm

I believe it was the left that called him Be-traeus!!
I guess they just kinda knew, huh?

Jay

November 9th, 2012
4:57 pm

I thought you were leaving the country, Abernethy? What are you still doing hanging around here?

Cosby

November 9th, 2012
4:59 pm

Hmmm…wonder how many of our congress men and women on both side of the isle should follow his foot steps?? Is this a double standard..but wait, we DID have a President guilty of the same, several times over and he is now considered an Elder Statesman….perhaps trip standards!!!!

Look before I leap...

November 9th, 2012
5:01 pm

“Paul – Thanks! So the military is held to a higher standard than our President and Congressmen? That is simply BS, if you ask me!”

The President nominates and Congress confirms top military appointments.
It is the electorate that seems to hold elected officials to a lower standard.
And yet we keep sending the rascals back again and again.

But you are correct, it is BS.

Matti

November 9th, 2012
5:03 pm

Somebody’s heart has been broken, and that makes me sad.

\Georgia

November 9th, 2012
5:03 pm

OMG! I just realized that it was Patraeus and Dianne Sawyer. That explains the entire giddiness on election night.

willydoit?

November 9th, 2012
5:04 pm

“I thought you were leaving the country, Abernethy? What are you still doing hanging around here?”

I’ve always found it funny when people say that! :lol:

Look before I leap...

November 9th, 2012
5:04 pm

“You have not seen anything yet. Wait until the government is completely broke and the Obamanites do not get their checks.”

I am sure there are plenty of Republican welfare queens getting government checks who pulled a lever for Romney.

They BOTH suck

November 9th, 2012
5:05 pm

“I thought you were leaving the country, Abernethy? What are you still doing hanging around here?”

He is at at the bar in the International Concourse. He has a little time to waste before his flight

Fred ™

November 9th, 2012
5:15 pm

RB from Gwinnett

November 9th, 2012
4:48 pm

“Leave traitor. We don’t need or want your traitorous ass. Renounce your citizeship leave and NEVER come back.”

Check out Fred biting the hand that feeds him!!! Hey Fred, you do know if all the producers leave as you’ve demanded, you might have to get your sorry but out of mommy’s basement every day and work for your own free healthcare don’t you?!!! Question for you Fred… If a $3MM/yr tax paying Romney takes you up on your demand and bids your lazy but adieu, how many section 8 family’s rent is he taking with him and who’s left holding that bag?
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my mother has been dead over 20 years RB, thanks for asking. You going to try to insult my wife and daughter next? I mean that IS what you big strong republicans do, you pick on women.

In what world do you think ANYONE “feeds” me chief? I’ve been incorporated over 20 years. I’ve been living off the gravy I earned for the last 10 and only worked when the urge hits me. I actually did some work today as a matter of fact. Man that was a rough hour……….

You sad bitter little man. you need to try to portray everyone else as “non workers” so you can feel good about yourself. I pity you, but I know it’s the way of the trailer park. You are a deluded fool lead on a string by talk radio and Fox news. You lack the ability to think for yourself so all you can offer is tired lies and baseless accusations. They don’t work. Haven’t you losers learned that yet?

Your group is getting smaller and smaller as more and more of your members and former members are waking up and seeing to their everlasting shame how stupid they were. They look at hate filled lie infested diatribes like the one you out here and grow embarrassed that they were a part of it. Do you pay for my daughter’s tuition at Woodward? Do you pay my wife’s tuition at Vanderbilt as she completes her Doctorate? Did you pay my taxes? I doubt that you could foot the bill for any two of those, much less all three. But you keep telling your lies and preaching your hate. Eventually your tiny little heart will explode from all your hate and we won’t have to listen to you any more.

May that day come soon, because frankly, I’m tired of all you hate spewing, traitorous, talk radio sock puppets spewing your treason and lies and bringing down my Country. We neither need no want you. Just go away. The day I am reduced to counting on churls such as yourself to pay my bills is the day I slit my wrists.

Have a nice day. You need money for a plane ticket? Some luggage? Help packing? A ride to the airport? Go away mad or glad, I don’t care, just go away and leave the rebuilding of our country to us REAL Americans.

Fred ™

November 9th, 2012
5:18 pm

Tom(Independent Viet Vet-USAF)

November 9th, 2012
4:49 pm

Paul – Thanks! So the military is held to a higher standard than our President and Congressmen? That is simply BS, if you ask me!
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I thought you served in the Military…….. well ALMOST the military, the air force, close enough……..

You should know htat YES they have a higher standard than the President and Congress. The military is governemt by the Uniform Code of Military Justice, not the Constitution. You silly little man. Did Rush or Sean forget to tell you that? FOX news hasn’t reminded you?

Don’t worry, they don’t want you to know so they won’t tell you. They want to get you all worked up over some lies…….

Dunwoody Granny

November 9th, 2012
5:21 pm

Actually, I’d kind of like to know why he DID resign. He can’t be allowed to be CIA director while keeping an extramarital affair secret. But once the cat is out of the bag, who cares? I don’t know enough what special rules apply to the CIA to know if he has violated one, or whether the affair was with a CIA officer (therefore one of his employees) or worse, a foreign national, or his wife told him she’d take him back if he’d agree to retire, see a counselor, and putter around the house where she could keep an eye on him. Or maybe it’s something else entirely and Petraeus and/or Obama would rather use the affair as an excuse for his resignation rather than going into details about whatever the other thing is. We’ll probably never know for sure.

arnold

November 9th, 2012
5:23 pm

The cons will continue to look like fools simply because they are fools. They still haven’t discovered why they lost the election. Maybe they don’t think they did lose.

Look before I leap...

November 9th, 2012
5:25 pm

“I thought you served in the Military…….. well ALMOST the military, the air force, close enough……..”

Fred..don’t be dissin’ the boys in blue now.
We can drink and swear with the best of the jarheads and grunts and I’ll put my Warthog Vulcan up against an M-16 any day of the week.

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November 9th, 2012
5:28 pm

Dunwoody granny – why do you think resigning would change his testimony? That’s a strange theory. Why would you hold that belief – I guess we’ll never know for sure.

Dunwoody Granny

November 9th, 2012
5:31 pm

I don’t think resigning will make him change his testimony. What did I say that made you think I do?

Fred ™

November 9th, 2012
5:32 pm

We can drink and swear with the best of the jarheads and grunts and I’ll put my Warthog Vulcan up against an M-16 any day of the week.

LOL, nice one. I get to make fun of the Air Force because my dad was a pilot. He made fun of me when I went Airborne. “Don’t tell anyone we know son, I told them you are a bouncer at a German cathouse.”

I have a nephew who flies a warthog. He actually got a DFC for killing a bunch of Afghani’s who were armed with rifles. Didn’t seem like much of a fair fight or anything too heroic to me, but it is what it is………

Look before I leap...

November 9th, 2012
5:36 pm

@Dunwoody Granny

“What did I say that made you think I do?”

Maybe it’s this sentence?

“Or maybe it’s something else entirely and Petraeus and/or Obama would rather use the affair as an excuse for his resignation rather than going into details about whatever the other thing is. We’ll probably never know for sure.”

If Petraeus is subpoenaed to testify, he will be required to give truthful testimony regardless of his employment status.

barking frog

November 9th, 2012
5:37 pm

Only 37 years in the military and
now he has his first affair. o.k.
The Prez is a tricky man.

Look before I leap...

November 9th, 2012
5:39 pm

“I have a nephew who flies a warthog. He actually got a DFC for killing a bunch of Afghani’s who were armed with rifles.”

It’s a great airplane and it takes real flying skills. Not like the robo-geeks who pilot the winged video games like the F15 and F16.

As we used to say, afterburners are for sissies.

St Simons - he-ne-ha

November 9th, 2012
5:43 pm

I had to put on that trailer hitch by myself, Fred.
An Indian accountant trying to put on a hitch.
That was pitiful, or hilarious.

But i see you been shuckin the corn, choppin wood, and
deliverin it to the woodshed, where it belongs. Good job.
Its 5 oclock somewhere, wait…..here…

the general has a grlfriend. Wait, thats just like bengazi somehow…
it was Vince Foster! no wait, Hillary killed him….
good, we can say more crazy sh* and put a question mark at the end.
that ain’t woikin, that’s the way you do it…

Dunwoody Granny

November 9th, 2012
5:43 pm

If he’s subpoenaed to testify about Benghazi, of course he’ll give truthful testimory about that regardless of his employment status. I wasn’t thinking of Benghazi when I suggested there might be other reasons. I was thinking more along the lines of a personality clash between Petraeus and Obama, or between Petraeus and one or another of the president’s close advisors. Or some decision Petraeus had taken at the CIA that Obama didn’t like. Or some decision Obama had taken that Petraeus didn’t like and wasn’t willing to support through the orders he gave to the CIA. Personnel issues are often a reason for someone to resign, and if you add an affair on top of it, that can be the last straw.

Doug

November 9th, 2012
5:43 pm

Surprise surprise a week before he was suppose to testify, Wow!!

Georgia

November 9th, 2012
5:44 pm

Maybe now is a time for someone to bring up the kay and ike scandal. during the opening hours of the battle of the bulge, Ike was incommunicado, and later it was revealed that he was in a bunker alone with kay sumersby the dirty rat.This was a PBS report on tv.

Get Real

November 9th, 2012
5:46 pm

Very unfortunate, I had a lot of respect for Petraeus; still do actually…bad mistake, no exuses. It is truly a loss for the country…

Fred ™

November 9th, 2012
5:48 pm

St Simons: I really wanted to come do that trailer hitch for you. I work for beer too………

Doggone/GA

November 9th, 2012
5:48 pm

“I wonder if that was just a slip of the tongue because he’s been married over 38 years”

Ummm…over 37 covers over 38 too, in case you didn’t notice

Look before I leap...

November 9th, 2012
5:49 pm

@Dunwoody Granny,

You think Petraeus would rather use a possible marriage ending personal indiscretion as a reason to resign rather than just simply say, “I’ve served my time and it’s time to retire”?

I think you may want to avoid walking in the shadows from now on.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

November 9th, 2012
5:50 pm

“There’s no indication whether the other party in the affair worked for the CIA. If so, it compounds the seriousness of Petraeus’ error. But either way, you can’t have a person in that job with that kind of personal secret to keep.”

Unless you’re Bill Clinton and the other party DOES work for you then it’s o.k. to keep your job
as C.I.C.