CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns After Admitting to Having an Affair

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general petraeusPolitical news junkies who love a good scandal and thought the fun was over after the election was called, hold on to your hats! Things have just gotten real up in D.C. now that CIA Director David Petraeus has resigned, citing an extramarital affair.

In a letter released to the CIA work force this afternoon, Petraeus revealed the affair, writing, "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." He went on to note that President Obama "graciously accepted my resignation."

Whoa. Well, it's not like Washington wasn't already home to various folks in high-power positions having extramarital affairs, huh?

Not that I'm excusing what he did by any means, and it does seem like he made the right decision to resign, as he didn't want his inappropriate behavior to reflect poorly on the CIA or the U.S. government as a whole. But I'm still not sure it adds up that an affair is grounds for stepping down? As Gawker noted, "Why an extramarital affair disqualifies you from overseeing the killing civilians at the CIA isn't clear, unless there are extenuating circumstances."

So, perhaps, the "extenuating circumstances" are the kicker here? Nothing about the woman with whom he cheated is known (yet), but there's a source who knows Petraeus speculated that the woman he cheated with "was either a foreign national or a reporter. He loves reporters." Oh boy ... There's also the possibility that it was a woman he worked with, which of course put Petraeus in a more compromising situation by trying to hold on to his gig. The bottom-line is that it seems like the details of the affair must have been such that he felt like he really screwed up. And he must have felt he had to quit as a result and/or lest the situation got even more out of control ...

Only time will tell what the truth is. Or perhaps we'll never get the full scoop. Then again, now that the media has had a taste of what might be a headline-grabbing scandal, I'm guessing they won't stop 'til they've got all the dirty details.

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Saerise Saerise

I didn't think affairs were a big deal these days...

kelti... kelticmom

In the military, if you are caught having an affair, it's an automatic discharge. It's seen as a bad reflection on the uniform. Gen. Petraeus would be a hypocrite if he didn't abide by the same rules as the thousands of troops he has commanded.

nonmember avatar Don Joe

The "extenuating circumstances" is that he is in the military, and adultery is a crime in the military code of justice. He can, although probably won't, be brought on charges and court martial

Janet Coleman

Funny that it happens right after the election and right before he is supposed to testify about benghazi. 

nonmember avatar SoManySheep

Right Janet. The President made him screw around on his wife. He will still have to testify. One has nothing to do with the other.

doodledo doodledo

He did the right thing by resigning. With a position such as he had, his behaivor should be above reproach and clearly his infidelity shows a lack of integrity.

nonmember avatar kmg

The ladies above are correct: in the military, it is automatic discharge (read: your career is over) if you are caught or admit to having an affair.
He more than likely did not just resign, if this was discovered, he would have been asked to step down. In the lower ranks, you don't "resign" though, you just get kicked out.

Cheryl Root

His actions put him in a compromising position, so to speak, and put the country at risk because he would be open to possible blackmail. It's why the FBI counter-intelligence was investigating it.

nonmember avatar eliza

Oh come on seriously there's more to this than meets the eye.. There are many men who cheat in the military and get away with it. Because of his stature he will not and be made an example of, but there is more to this than just an affair.

Jill Kennedy-Incognito

The key question is - did David Patreus have an affair or "An Affair"?

Google: David Petraeus and Jill Kennedy

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