CIA Director Petraeus Resigns Over Adultery

In a completely unexpected move, Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus has resigned, citing adultery as the reason.

"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 his resignation letter. "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."

Patreaeus wrote, ""This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation."

Here's the full resignation letter:

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

The timing is definitely suspect as is the reason for resignation. Congressional hearings on Benghazi begin next week and remember this is the guy that said the CIA didn't give an order to stand down, ultimately pointing the finger at Barack Obama.

Update: It appears that Mike Morrell, deputy CIA director, is the most likely candidate to assume the director's position.

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  • stephen

    Sodomy and lesbianism are OK but adultery is unacceptable!!?? Go figure.

  • Dale

    It looks as tho this adultery thing has been going on for sometime which Obama probably knew about it. So this was a good reason for Patraeus to resign to keep the secret of the arms trade from getting out as Patraeus was in the middle of it all. So as a civilian Patraeus could lie about it all or be a dead retired soldier.

  • gibride

    It smells and it sounds like Petraeus is being a good soldier and taking the rap for his commander-in-chief. Ike had an affair, Kennedy was a big big womanizer and had many , many women in the white house, Clinton did it in the oval office, Roosevelt had his mistress, and we could keep going back through the Presidents, But Treason is another matter, and this smells of it, It is far worse than Nixon and Watergate as four Americans were murdered. on Pres. Obama's watch. Hillory is leaving, as Cabinet members they must testify, as private citizens they can take the fifth. Wake up America , It is time for impeachment Congress , Senate stand up and be counted

  • Brabado

    Does anyone, really believe, this "adultery" BS put out by the Obama Regime Propaganda Machine???

    Ike Isenhaouguer's own famale driver was his mistress, during the entire WWII, and nothing ever happened. His wife Mimi, was full aware and, when Military Personnel is away, for such long periods, the flesh is weak, and longlines if a bad advisor. Therefore, I continue to be very proud of Gen. Petraus, his career, and understand his actions, very well. God Bless Him.

    Obama had to find a way to throw him under the boss, on the Bengazhi Cover Up, since the popular and liked Geneneral is highly respected withing the Army - including foot soldiers. Guess Axelrod laid another egg and came up with this utterly stupid idea. No surprise here folks. More will come in the next 4 years...


  • 63Marine

    When are the "Sheeple" of America gonna wake up and see that they are being screwed.
    Those of you who voted for the joke in the White House are gonna get what you deserve.
    Unfortunatly, it will affect ALL of us true Americans.

  • Barb Patton

    How much was the pay off price General?? 30 pieces of silver?

  • Larry

    There is this possible explanation. It was well know of Patraeus's affair. The WH black mailed Patraeus right after the attack to support the story about the video being the cause. Being a loyal soldier to the country, he went along. The more Patraeus thought about it, his conscience and honor kicked in. Seeing the CIA being throw under the bus was not acceptable to him. He saw the affair as a way out of the WH's hold on him. He came clean and bailed out. This has been the Chicago thugs MO on dealing with people to keep them in line. Just saying.

  • Jalina Susan Stutte

    Obama has something up and this is very fishy to be happening when all the Bengazhi coverup is going on. Obama is about to attack us within our country. He has already approved the small arms treaty with the U.N. to disarm the American people. Prepare America.

  • LarryN

    He resigned so he wouldn't have to testify before congress as a government employee, now he can get a lawyer and plead the fifth. Like a good solider he fell on his sword for his king.

  • BetseeRoss

    Sounds like a load of BS to me. This is 2012, not 1950. Who even blinks to hear that men (or women) have extra-marital affairs? Much as I would like to see a return of honorable behavior, I don't see this as a logical response to being caught in indiscretion, these days.
    The timing is suspect, too, though leaving his position won't preclude his being subpenaed to give testimony before an investigatory committee.

    • Robert Prinz

      Your right nowadays having an extramarital affair makes you a hero in the eyes of the new generation. As an example president clinton.

  • rowleya

    Clinton did not resign. He just Lied, alot.

  • samtman

    Its to bad, Republicans had him on their short list for President in 2016. Had he waited til 2016 and ran for President and disclosed this adultery, it would have been another win for the middle class.Makes be think of the many politicians famous men who fell to aduterous affairs. May be there is some truth the Paradise story of Eve enticing Adam to eat the Apple.

  • Robert Prinz

    Anyone with any common sense knew from the start it was a planned attack to coincide with the Twin Towers attack of 9/11/2001 & barack hussein obama, hillary clinton. jay carney, susan rice & the msm should apologize to the man they accused that his film incited the attack in Benghazi, Libya in truth the other demonstrations in other muslim countries was caused by these lying Un-American idiots popping off to the world that the film was the cause when they knew it wasn’t the cause & these other demonstations in other muslim countries would possibly never have happened if they hadn’t broadcast their LIES to the world that a film on YouTube was the cause. I wonder how long it took them to find the 14 minute film on You Tube to take the blame for obamas constant bragging that he killed Osama Bin Laden & or Ghadaffi was the real cause of the attack. They probably had this film in their binder files just to publish for an event just like what happened to cover their behinds. But that is the way the democrats & obamas' regime operate it wasn’t me it was someone or something else. Go to site below to see the cover up.