Petraeus letter: I showed extremely poor judgment
Petraeus became CIA director in September 2011.
November 9th, 2012
03:19 PM ET

Petraeus letter: I showed extremely poor judgment

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

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soundoff (342 Responses)
  1. FortLeavenworthKansasKINGSoftheworld

    They are called KINGS: the king Petreaus legacy known the worldwide as the people no one could ever depend upon and always as KINGS portray themselves as "victims" of the same system they built and rule- So SIR here at FORT
    LEAVENWORTH all of us innocent civilians just like in Iraq... salute you SIR. They want to rule your country for $$$.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chris

    CNN will believe anything this administration tells them...

    November 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • x10

      What does that even mean in relation to this article?

      November 9, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • KarenFaye

      Not only that, but they REPORT the ca-ca, too. Next they'll tell us the Easter Bunny is the one who drives the Sleigh for Santa while the Tooth Fairy tosses the gifts out to all the good little boys and girls.

      November 9, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. FortLeavenworthKansasKINGSoftheworld

    We salute you lucky new queen as well sir: ambition is a quailty of free enterprise.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Goes to show

    You claim moral high ground in the war on terror, bomb and kill innocents and then you have this type of guy calling the shots.

    America is getting what it deserves one very slow, very subtle cut at a time.

    There can be no peace and the US support for Israeli Human Rights violations ceases.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • More Al

      Did you miss the part where he said he quit??

      November 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pat

    That's a reason to resign from your job? As long as the affair wasn't with a subordinate, he shouldn't have to resign.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Affair = ability to be blackmailed = loss of security clearance

      November 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • More Al

      He obviously has higher standards that you.

      November 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dharler

      He didn't have to resign, He is an Officer & Gentleman in the purest sense of the words.

      November 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • x10

      How can you be blackmailed if it's public knowledge? You don't have to resign, you just have to not care whether it remains a secret. "Give me X or I'll tell on you?" + "I don't care; they've already been told" = Blackmail fail. So again, why resign when either way, you're telling everyone? It's not about blackmail.

      November 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kothly pomu

    Another one bites the dust,simply because he could'nt keep it in his pants. Did he honesty think he could get away with that in his position. Dumb! Dumb! Dumb!

    November 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. William

    A real shame, but a refreshing approach.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gmenfan54

    Hey folks. Don't be shocked. He's just like the rest of us.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rick CT

    Can anyone spell Benghazi? The coverup continues....

    November 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • rose


      November 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      The irrational obsession continues.

      November 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • KarenFaye

      Absolutely right!

      November 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • yogi

      Benghazi, it is all you continue to blah about. Take the information that the Bush administration had prior to the attack on 9/11 with the same standards and you will be very quiet!

      November 9, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ATL404

    Coincidence this happened AFTER the election? I think not......I'm sure the White House knew this all along. What a joke.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • yogi

      Another conspiracy theorist. Funny that you are so sure, why not presume that Petraeus did the right thing not to distract the campaigns? Don't forget he is a republican.

      November 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RRWExpat

    Because of all of his accomplishments Petreaus is not allowed to be human? He made a mistake and while so many people would happily watch him fall on his sword, it should not be allowed. President Obama should have been allowed to make the call and not leave it for Petreaus to decide. The man did too much for his country to be taken out of the position he is in. We always lose the best people because of nonsense.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • KarenFaye

      Can you say: "P A T S Y" ???????? It's in the dictionary right behind Benghazi.

      November 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sam

    Give a whole new meaning to his book "All In".

    November 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Justsaying

    A lower standard of moral behavior for the Commander-in-Chief but a higher standard for his deputies. So acceptable when it was Clinton

    November 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Alex

    I don't know why extramarital affairs should affect jobs. He's still doing his job just fine. Extramarital or not - this is his personal life, not affecting his work in any way.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • More Al

      He has higher standards, he worries that he will set a bad example. Something the younger generation doesn't give a crap about.

      November 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      doesnt matter it is still a violation of the UCMJ which is military law...At least one branch of the govt takes their oath to hear right Bill c...hey just think now he can run for president on a democratic ticket his stock just went up in the D(umb) party

      November 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Adalberto Cervantes Rodriguez

    je, je may be a chinnessee woman, Obama is cleaning the White House against china imperio

    November 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
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