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. imeubu

    Do da name Lara Logan strike a familiar chord?? Dollars to donuts... when you try to piece together how this may have started.

    November 9, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brian Duda

    No No 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.

    November 9, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • nicole

      got that right...

      November 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alaq Musltaffi

      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.

      November 9, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • wes

      You guys really think he is resigning because he slept around. Suckers.

      November 9, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • emilio dumphque

      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.

      November 9, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Only get one chance at life. I say go for what makes you happy. Hell with what other people say/think.

      November 10, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Reason

    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. 😉

    November 9, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • kenny

      they can always get him to tell what he know you moron.. congress can subpoena ANYONE

      November 10, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. reply

    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!

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

      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"!!!

      November 9, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Other guy

      Other guy

      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...

      November 10, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Donna

    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

    November 9, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Carl

    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.

    November 9, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. j.

    Why exactly is he resigning? Egads. This world is screwed up.

    November 9, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dee

    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!

    November 9, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fear

    i notice the paranoids are still fighting their shadows

    November 9, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. vinnie gambini & the yutheses

    betray us.

    November 9, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MAC

    The CIA Director still needs to testify before Congress about Libya, not throw himself under the bus for Obama.

    November 10, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. Cookie Stoner

    I believe that adultery in the military is grounds for Court Martial.

    November 10, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dacosta84

    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.

    November 10, 2012 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
    • guest

      As a woman I totally agree with you. Yes he was wrong but he owned up to his deeds and didn't lie.

      November 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Reluctant

    So unbelievable, I don't believe it. CIA is all about smoke screen. There is something else going on.

    November 10, 2012 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. Disgusted with the lies

    People who cheat on their spouses are LIARS. What else has Petraeus lied to us about?

    November 10, 2012 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
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