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

Filed under: CIA
soundoff (342 Responses)
  1. Ned

    why would you resign over this? The Director of the CIA SHOULD be having extramarital affairs.

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

      Were you raised by dogs?

      November 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ned

      More AI – really? So you apparently have never seen a spy movie and have no sense of humor

      November 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    The p-s has no brain. You would think that Petraeus would have known this.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • HZ

      You ever heard of hormones? he must have got into a situation where he let his hormones/emotions take over. it happens. It's called being a human being. Maybe it stared innocently and gradually like spending alone time with a woman he found attractive but doing work together and then they grew closer and it became physical. That stuff is like a snowball rolling downhill it can grow from nothing to something if you're not very careful.

      November 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Given your comment, surely there was nothing wrong with Bill Clinton and Petraeus never should have resigned D/CIA.

      November 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dharler


    As A Viet Nam Vet, I salute you sir.

    I believe you are one of the BEST !!

    November 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. yolanda

    Take a look to his right in the picture. That explains a lot.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • sklebaur

      Not nice, Yolanda. We can't help the way we were born, or look. And her looks have nothing to do with causing him to cheat. It's a poor excuse for his infidelity. Shame on you. I suppose you are a beauty queen?

      November 10, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TC

    This is what the administration is all about, too late now,another 4 more years of turmoil.This literally shows what they did NOT do in Libya, lies and more lies.Sad for our country.

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

      how's that leap in logic (and sanity) work?

      November 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      I'm curious to what you even mean by that statement. Petraeus was placed in command in Iraq under the Bush administration and then extensively praised by Robert Gates, the Secretary of Defense, again, from the Bush administration, when he was removed from that command. Furthermore, HE had an extramarital affair, how is that in any way a reflection of President Obama or his administration?

      November 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. paul in paris

    "he served and strengthened" the country.
    perhaps he should have spent more time "serving and strengthening" his family!!
    but HOT PANTS?? AT HIS AGE!!!! who is he kidding, besides himself??!!!!
    what a d.a. and total baffoon!
    or are ALLof our 'leaders' baffoons???
    maybe FRASIER should run for president! and NILES AS VP. WE COULDN'T DO ANY WORSE, COULD WE???

    November 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Where_is_jimmy_hoffa

    Right you are yolanda. OTOH, integrity is not a one way street. If a guy wants to have a little bit extra he should do his wife the courtesy to divorce her unless we, as a society, wish to adopt the Italian model of mistresses. I'm ok with either approach.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. HermanCain says

    "dont take it so hard sir" its only more of the JEZZZUSS in action.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. steve

    why now he is going to be the next president his standing just shot up in the democratic party...

    November 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • GJGVT

      he's a republican

      November 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. valwayne

    An affair? I'm not buying that at all! Even if its true affairs are a dime a dozen. Clinton had one right in the oval office and democrats didn't care. I think he liked to cover up for Obama about Benghazi, and now he's getting out. Obama left those people without security, refused to send help and let them be murdered, and then he lied and lied and lied. And funny isn't it how all this stuff comes out right after Obama's reelected? Very convenient.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Washington Insider

    betrayed his wife, colleagues, and the trust of his country... could he also have betrayed his principals by misleading congress re Syria?

    November 9, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. and?

    no. you were discovered making a bad decision with the short arm.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. validate

    ok, i checked out her wasnt his fault....

    November 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker

      Question is how is flirt ? Is she good ? Or another case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn !

      November 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Debby

    Ouch another one leaving Obama and he just got re-elected.

    November 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Will

    This sucks. I understand why he cheated after looking at what his wife looks like (she's no Jill Biden), but man, couldn't you just be like Clinton, and stay???

    November 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • AngieS

      So what you're saying is that when we've spent our youth and our looks on worry and stress just to support your sorry a$$ "career" its perfectly alright to find yourself a better looking, younger piece on the side??

      November 9, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
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