Here is the full text of a letter ex-CIA Director David Petraeus sent to colleagues after he submitted his resignation to President Obama:
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
Do da name Lara Logan strike a familiar chord?? Dollars to donuts... when you try to piece together how this may have started.
No No No...you showed poor judgement is when you smoke pot in broad daylight, or you drink a little and drive, you weren't thinking poor judgement when you slept around. That is wrong on every level and NOT poor judgement.
got that right...
Getting pot would mean there's preparation involved before you can smoke it in plain daylight. Getting laid requires less planning. We can all be prudes most of our lives, but most are exceptions.The comfort of pleasure is a natural cure to the harsh environments of human conflict.
You guys really think he is resigning because he slept around. Suckers.
You can't be the leader of the CIA if you can't get a clearance! He put himself in a compromising position. He knows why this was a bad idea, there's plenty of evidence from the past. This has nothing to do with his moral lapse. That's his wife's business. This is about keeping secrets and not letting an adversary use this as a wedge to break you. Having personal secrets that could be used against you will lose you your clearance.
Only get one chance at life. I say go for what makes you happy. Hell with what other people say/think.
He resigned so he wouldn't automatically have to testify about Benghazi. Ben Swann is on top of things with this story. I will bet Petraeus doesn't even get subpoenaed. ;)
they can always get him to tell what he know you moron.. congress can subpoena ANYONE
If the affair began in Afganistan, when he was in the military, I can't believe when we was vetted for the CIA post that the affair didn't show up on someone's radar. A failure of intelligence system, again! Bush's fault again! Or, YouTube video. Where was he during the 9/11 attack–working or forking!
OBAMA appointed him to this position NOT BUSH... stop blaming Bush for everything this president won't take responsibility for!!! Yes I used a "p" instead of a "P"!!!
Yeah you are correct again. Just goes to show really how they scrutinize and probe who they want for these positions. Not' Probably did not do a background check. Caucasian America what do you do? Forgot this nottt about race.. God bless this country...
Too bad Clinton didn't resign when he was found out to be cheating on his wife. Seems weird that Petreaus is bailing under those conditions, he has been a valuable asset to the US
Gotta trust – it's not hard. Fly the plane... can't drink. Run the CIA, can't lie. Be a stay at home Mom – can't drink a six pack when the kids need a ride to the hospital.
There are many talented individuals ready to fill that position. We spend far too much time analyzing personal failures because we are obsessed with celebrity implosions. He cheated on his wife – he's a bum. Served his country – but a bum. Let's get over it and tap into the talent pool, believe me there are many ready and qualified to take the reins.
Why exactly is he resigning? Egads. This world is screwed up.
IT'S JUST CHARADES. Something is up in the world and they want to pull the wool over our eyes by pulling our attention in this direction. They have been doing this for the past 4 years, but probably longer than that... it's just so often now that it has become more noticeable!
i notice the paranoids are still fighting their shadows
The CIA Director still needs to testify before Congress about Libya, not throw himself under the bus for Obama.
I believe that adultery in the military is grounds for Court Martial.
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.... eveyone is quick to pass judgement on this man because of politics and conspiracy, He did the honorable thing and stepped down, most men would have denied, denied, denied but he manned up and didnt want to have a drawn out investigation and conspiracy to be lingering around his integrity. He will still testify if he is told to by congress but it wont be over his affair, it will be over Benghazi.
As a woman I totally agree with you. Yes he was wrong but he owned up to his deeds and didn't lie.
So unbelievable, I don't believe it. CIA is all about smoke screen. There is something else going on.
People who cheat on their spouses are LIARS. What else has Petraeus lied to us about?
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