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Someone's jumping ship before the Benghazi details emerge.

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    Someone's jumping ship before the Benghazi details emerge.

    CIA Director Petraeus Resigns, Cites Extramarital Affair

     

    Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus has resigned, citing "extremely poor judgment" for having an extramarital affair, NBC News reported

    "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.

    Mike Morrell, the deputy CIA director and a long time CIA officer, will likely be offered the job as acting director, multiple sources told NBC News.

    Obama said in a statement that Petraeus "has provided extraordinary service to the United States for decades."

    "By any measure, he was one of the outstanding General officers of his generation, helping our military adapt to new challenges, and leading our men and women in uniform through a remarkable period of service in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he helped our nation put those wars on a path to a responsible end," Obama said. "As Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, he has continued to serve with characteristic intellectual rigor, dedication, and patriotism. By any measure, through his lifetime of service David Petraeus has made our country safer and stronger."

    In his statement, Obama said that he was confident the CIA would "continue to thrive" and that he had 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," Obama said.

    Petraeus, a West Point graduate who climbed the ranks of the U.S. military, became one of the country’s most high-profile leaders as the top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan.

    The retired four-star general was featured in Newsweek's special "Hero" edition this week and provided a dozen tips on leadership including: "We all will make mistakes. The key is to recognize them and admit them, to learn from them, and to take off the rear­ view mirrors—drive on and avoid making them again."

    For full politics coverage visit NBCNews.com.

    Here is Petraeus' letter in full: 

     

     

    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

     

     

     
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    Re: Someone's jumping ship before the Benghazi details emerge.

    You'd be hard pressed to find someone with a more decorated and distinguished military career.  Still, all that training and discipline was not enough to control the weapon between his legs.  Women are powerful.

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    David Howell Petraeus (pronunciation: /pɨˈtreɪ.əs/; born November 7, 1952) is the former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He was sworn in on September 6, 2011,[2] and resigned on November 9, 2012.[3] Prior to his assuming the directorship of the CIA, Petraeus was a four-star general serving over 37 years in the United States Army. His last assignments in the Army were as commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) from July 4, 2010 to July 18, 2011. His other four-star assignments include serving as the 10th Commander, U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) from October 13, 2008, to June 30, 2010, and as Commanding General, Multi-National Force - Iraq (MNF-I) from February 10, 2007, to September 16, 2008.[4] As commander of MNF-I, Petraeus oversaw all coalition forces in Iraq.[5][6]

    Petraeus has a B.S. degree from the United States Military Academy, from which he graduated in 1974 as a distinguished cadet (top 5% of his class). He was the General George C. Marshall Award winner as the top graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College class of 1983.[7] He subsequently earned an M.P.A. in 1985 and a Ph.D. degree in International Relations in 1987 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He later served as Assistant Professor of International Relations at the United States Military Academy and also completed a fellowship at Georgetown University.[8]

     

     
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    Re: Someone's jumping ship before the Benghazi details emerge.

    Well, I guess that settle whether he is a Republican or Democrat.

    Democrats don't lose their jobs when caught in a sexual indiscretion.  They are given a medal.

     
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    Re: Someone's jumping ship before the Benghazi details emerge.

    I don't see any connection to Benghazi. 

    A CIA director or any high level intelligence official found to have engaged in an affair will almost always resign or be fired.  Their infidelities make them open reprisals and vulnerabilities that can be exploited by outside entities to the detriment of the country.  Many government officials have been bribed for foriegn intelligence agents because those agents became aware of extra marital affairs, drug problems, etc. 

     
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    Re: Someone's jumping ship before the Benghazi details emerge.

    In response to skeeter20's comment:

    Well, I guess that settle whether he is a Republican or Democrat.

    Democrats don't lose their jobs when caught in a sexual indiscretion.  They are given a medal.




    Like John Edwards?

    Just can't lay off that partisan binky, can you...?  What a fraud.

     

     
  7. You have chosen to ignore posts from skeeter20. Show skeeter20's posts

    Re: Someone's jumping ship before the Benghazi details emerge.

    In response to MattyScornD's comment:

    In response to skeeter20's comment:

    Well, I guess that settle whether he is a Republican or Democrat.

    Democrats don't lose their jobs when caught in a sexual indiscretion.  They are given a medal.




    Like John Edwards?

    Just can't lay off that partisan binky, can you...?  What a fraud.

     




    Jon Edwards didn't have a political job when he was caught. YOU arte the fraud. you wil lbakc up ANY democrat.  Doesn't matter what they have done.  if there is a "D" next to their name, you're voting for them.  That's a fraud.

     
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    Re: Someone's jumping ship before the Benghazi details emerge.

    Comparing this to the hideous stuff that went on during W is laughable.

     
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    Re: Someone's jumping ship before the Benghazi details emerge.

    In response to DamainAllen's comment:

    I don't see any connection to Benghazi. 

    A CIA director or any high level intelligence official found to have engaged in an affair will almost always resign or be fired.  Their infidelities make them open reprisals and vulnerabilities that can be exploited by outside entities to the detriment of the country.  Many government officials have been bribed for foriegn intelligence agents because those agents became aware of extra marital affairs, drug problems, etc. 



    That's not the issue, the affair I mean.  The issue, or should I say, opportunity for Obama, is that it sets up the general for a disorderly conduct charge which will cause him to lose his security clearance, and therefore, unable to disclose what he knows, because he no longer has the clearance to divulge what he knows.

    Slick Chicago politics!

     
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    Re: Someone's jumping ship before the Benghazi details emerge.

    They already said he shall continue in Obama's cabinet; if what happens is different, it shall remind one of the suddenly disappearing W staff members that seemed to happen from time to time.

     
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    Re: Someone's jumping ship before the Benghazi details emerge.

    In response to nhsteven's comment:

    Comparing this to the hideous stuff that went on during W is laughable.




    Comparing this to the hideous stuff that went on during Clinton is laughable.

    Remember that cigar thingy?

     
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    Re: Someone's jumping ship before the Benghazi details emerge.

    In response to skeeter20's comment:

    That's not the issue, the affair I mean.  The issue, or should I say, opportunity for Obama, is that it sets up the general for a disorderly conduct charge which will cause him to lose his security clearance, and therefore, unable to disclose what he knows, because he no longer has the clearance to divulge what he knows.  Slick Chicago politics!




    Geeez, you're a maroon. 

    He's retired from the military, numbnuts.

    Retired as in, not Mittens 'retroactrive' retirement, but a "here's your check, hit the bricks" retrired.

    Which means everything your just posted is a load of CRAP!!!

     

    Geepers, I swear you just sit around spouting any crazy thought that just rambles through that empty head of yours.

    Although highly imaginative, it's hilariously stupid.

     
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    Re: Someone's jumping ship before the Benghazi details emerge.

    In response to nhsteven's comment:

    Comparing this to the hideous stuff that went on during W is laughable.




    BLAME BUSH!!!!

    BLAME BUSH!!!

    What went on under Bush?  Why does it matter?

    Is you answer to any Obama indiscretion a claim, false or otherwise, that Bush did worse?

    Stop being an ID10T.

     
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    Re: Someone's jumping ship before the Benghazi details emerge.

    In response to nhsteven's comment:

    They already said he shall continue in Obama's cabinet; if what happens is different, it shall remind one of the suddenly disappearing W staff members that seemed to happen from time to time.




    Why does Bush matter?  Do you have ADD or something?

     
  15. You have chosen to ignore posts from GreginMeffa. Show GreginMeffa's posts

    Re: Someone's jumping ship before the Benghazi details emerge.

    Under Bush he was "General Betray-US".  Under Obama, CIA Director, and the libs had no problem with either.

     
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    Re: Someone's jumping ship before the Benghazi details emerge.

    In response to 12-Angry-Men's comment:

    In response to skeeter20's comment:

    That's not the issue, the affair I mean.  The issue, or should I say, opportunity for Obama, is that it sets up the general for a disorderly conduct charge which will cause him to lose his security clearance, and therefore, unable to disclose what he knows, because he no longer has the clearance to divulge what he knows.  Slick Chicago politics!




    Geeez, you're a maroon. 

    He's retired from the military numbnuts.

    Retired as in not Mittens 'retroactrive' retirement but a "here's your check, hit the bricks" retrired.

    Which means everything your just posted is a load of CRAP!!!




    Geez YOUR a maroon.

    Retirement doesn't protect him, particulary as I am hearing this started when he was on active duty.  He can, not saying he will, but he can be charged.  There are restrictions by the military on what he can and cannot do.  In some cases, the window is two years, in other cases, more.  I tend to think that his retirement and subsequent work in the CIA means that he is likely still operating in a window where this is possible.  Not saying it will be done.

    Regardless, his mouth will be clamped shut by the official secrets act.  Obama is going to throw a blanket over him.

     
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    Besides.  the details of the legalities are unimportant.  It has just been reported due to this resignation, he will not be allowed to testify.

    Obama has successfully thrown a blanket over Bengazi.

    I guess Angry is happy that the President has successfully avoided telling us why 4 Americans were denied protection and as a result died.

     
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    Re: Someone's jumping ship before the Benghazi details emerge.

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    Besides.  the details of the legalities are unimportant.  It has just been reported due to this resignation, he will not be allowed to testify.

    Obama has successfully thrown a blanket over Bengazi.

    I guess Angry is happy that the President has successfully avoided telling us why 4 Americans were denied protection and as a result died.



    I'm calling BS Skeeter - the only request for security at the Benghazi consulate was to bump up the number of security agents from 3 to 4.  On the night of the attack, there were 5 (two traveled with Stevens).  The bulk of the security requests related to the embassy in Tripoli. 

     

     
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    Re: Someone's jumping ship before the Benghazi details emerge.

    In response to GreginMeffa's comment:

    Under Bush he was "General Betray-US".  Under Obama, CIA Director, and the libs had no problem with either.



    Here's the thing Greg - the General Betray-US thing was moveon.org - way, way to the left of the Dem party, and most of us found it ridiculous and distasteful.

    But now the right seems to think that Petraeus was complicit in a coverup to help get Obama elected, whereas he was a hero under Bush.  And by the right, I mean the majority of the right - not just one whack-job sliver at the far end of the spectrum.

     

     
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    Re: Someone's jumping ship before the Benghazi details emerge.

    In response to msobstinate99's comment:

    In response to nhsteven's comment:

    Comparing this to the hideous stuff that went on during W is laughable.




    Comparing this to the hideous stuff that went on during Clinton is laughable.

    Remember that cigar thingy?



    yes, what a reason to impeach somebody. Much worse than Gonzalez, Plame, & that profiteering sham of a war.

    Oh -- and contrasting Clinton & Bush, there's the direction the budget & economy went

    that cigar thingy is looking more & more important

     
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    Re: Someone's jumping ship before the Benghazi details emerge.

     Could it be he took lessons from Harriet Miers?
    BLAME BUSH!!!!

    BLAME BUSH!!!

    What went on under Bush?  Why does it matter?

    Is you answer to any Obama indiscretion a claim, false or otherwise, that Bush did worse?

    Stop being an ID10T.

    ++++++++++++++++++

    Apparently you haven't heard about the exit polls.

     
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    Re: Someone's jumping ship before the Benghazi details emerge.

    Here's the thing Greg - the General Betray-US thing was moveon.org - way, way to the left of the Dem party, and most of us found it ridiculous and distasteful.

    Good for you, but most?  Not even in the parking lot of the ballpark.

    But now the right seems to think that Petraeus was complicit in a coverup to help get Obama elected, whereas he was a hero under Bush.  And by the right, I mean the majority of the right - not just one whack-job sliver at the far end of the spectrum.

    I can neither think of, nor find any. 

     

     
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    Re: Someone's jumping ship before the Benghazi details emerge.

    In response to GreginMeffa's comment:

    Here's the thing Greg - the General Betray-US thing was moveon.org - way, way to the left of the Dem party, and most of us found it ridiculous and distasteful.

    Good for you, but most?  Not even in the parking lot of the ballpark.

    But now the right seems to think that Petraeus was complicit in a coverup to help get Obama elected, whereas he was a hero under Bush.  And by the right, I mean the majority of the right - not just one whack-job sliver at the far end of the spectrum.

    I can neither think of, nor find any. 

     




    You're not questioning the CIA reports that supported Susan Rice's description of events?  http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/benghazi-attack-becomes-political-ammunition/2012/10/19/e1ad82ae-1a2d-11e2-bd10-5ff056538b7c_story.html

    Or the timeline the CIA released refuting the order to "stand down"?

    You don't know anybody who is questioning these reports?

     
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    Re: Someone's jumping ship before the Benghazi details emerge.

    Perhaps a few are like that. More likely, they're not buying the current GOP message

     
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