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. Rick

    Why did he quit his job over that? seems like a personal issue...

    November 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • JATA

      Blackmail and/or the lover is a spy

      November 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      II don't get it either. Why resign over an extra marital affair? Not a classy move but he doesn't need to resign. He should have taken some personal time off, go to counseling and get back to work. How does an affair affect him stealing information and killing Al Qaeda? Congress has been stealing money from the American Tax payer for decades with insider trading and passing legislation where they stand to benefit financially and those guys still have a job. I'm not saying it's ok to cheat on your wife but in the larger scheme of things, it's a pretty minor screw up especially compared to his stellar career record.

      November 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bantum

    Soooo, I'll bet I can guess who'll be our NEW CIA director. RINO turncoat Gen colin powell. 🙂 🙂

    November 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • 111Dave111

      unlikely. (likely: Michael Morrel or Jane Harman)

      November 9, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rahul

    May Obama and his administration act more cruel this time as Obama don't have fear any more to be re elected third time but could harm democratic party similar as people hate republicans after devil bush destruction's which proven in fresh elections may he not repeat same mistakes again, and Hope second presidential term of Obama bring end to all kind of double standards along secret torture cells for the prisoners and ongoing useless propaganda Wars, Drones in the world specially in Asia,middle east,and gulf countries started since evil bush regime and stop invading more free states for oil hunger or other secret hidden dirty desires for supporting Zionist Jews no more to kill us army and miss use of NATO forces and precious tax payer money in bombs wars undercover dirty missions in the name of foreign policies risking Americans and other people lives in Iraq Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon,Sham, Egypt, Iran, Palestine,libya etc etc GOD BLESS THIS UNIVERSE with peace and prosperity.

    November 9, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susanata

      That is the longest sentence I have ever tried to read. Note the word "tried." Talk about rambling, untelligible babble.

      November 9, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
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      November 9, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. joshua

    Rats abandoning ship right and left. You have to congratulate the liberal biased left stream media for not reporting on all the corruption in this administration until after obama could get re-elected. Now that we're stuck with him for another 4 years, it won't matter how bad he trashes our republic. He'll be able to walk away a multi-millionaire and retire to life of luxury while all his ignorant supporters remain unemployed and living in poverty. And, Patreus isn't leaving because of a stupid affair, just like Libya wasn't about a stupid youtube video.

    November 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • See Novak


      F'n A bubba. There will be a steady procession of "departures" for variou reasons from the State Dept., CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, and also some of BHO's surrogates. Bring it On...since it is post-election, even ABC, CBS and NBC will cover it

      November 9, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SHills

    Cover up, Cover up, and more Cover Up. Seen it too many times. Benghazi was obviously a CIA ops lying to everyone that it was State Dept. in the area. Petty obvious.

    November 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • 111Dave111

      No cover up, the over-reaction of an honorable Republican. ( I am a Dem.)

      November 9, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • yogi

      Get informed and read what happened in Benghazi, and separate facts from fiction in your world of delusion.

      November 9, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vader

      It's not about facts and truth, it's about whatever spew is being vomited by Faux News.

      November 9, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat Faherty

      Possible security breach. Petreaus knew better, that is why he resigned. Look wherever you want believe whatever you will but the answer is simple and obvious.

      November 9, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. noteaparty4me

    He made a mistake in judgment. Please leave this man alone.

    November 9, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susanata

      That was not a mistake. It was his choice to have an affair. And now he has to deal with the consequences of that choice. Period.

      November 9, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dscon

    wow... the only governmental agency that has contradicted the Obama administration on libya.............has been extorted?

    November 9, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Evelyn Connaway

    Need to cut all men off Viagra!

    November 9, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • ken

      Need to sterilize all women over 20.

      November 9, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barbara

      Why would anyone have to resign over an affair? Does not add up.

      November 9, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mona

      Mos of the time there is a price to pay when men think with their dinkies instead of their brains. LOL

      November 9, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • security breach

      He may have resigned because having secret relationships isn't allowed in a secrecy organization like the CIA. He's open to blackmail, extortion, and other manipulation.

      November 9, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Whatasurprise

    Well well........seems before I HAVE to rat out my President for the F up I'll become a private citizen and plead the 5th. Nice rim job again we are getting like the Iran Drone shooting.

    November 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Eboni

    Okay something is up!! What is really going on?

    November 9, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barbara

      Yes, good point. Why would anyone resign over an affair?

      November 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • security breach

      He may have resigned because having secret relationships isn't allowed in a secrecy organization like the CIA. He's open to blackmail, extortion, and other manipulation.

      November 9, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Xavier

    You showed poor judgement? I'd say the woman showed poor taste.

    November 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat Faherty

      Power is very seductive.

      November 9, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • security breach

      What makes you so sure it was a woman....?

      November 9, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ken27

    If this was even possible to be true, then Clinton would have resigned at least 10 times.

    Obviously this resignation was timed to avoid his scheduled hearing in front of Congress next week to testify on what?


    November 9, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat Faherty

      Apples and oranges....Clinton was elected by the people of the U.S.A., Petraeus was appointed by the Prez and was head of the most secret state sanctioned organization in the world. Such a potential security breach could not be condoned or allowed acceptance.

      November 9, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. vatoloke

    Don't take it so bad General, bigger men have tumbled over that magical goodness women pocess.

    November 9, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TheBigSarge

    i personally believe that this is an obozo strike to make anything damning that petreaus has to say about benghanzi seem like a retaliatory statement, so obozo can get away with being complicent in the murder of ambassador stephens and three other americans....not unlike the murder of brian terry.


    November 9, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tracy

    poor judgement – did he have an affair with Ann Romney ?

    November 9, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
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