David Petraeus Apologizes for Affair, But the Truth Is Much More Shocking

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David PetraeusFormer CIA Director David Petraeus has apologized for the extramarital affair that rocked the country last fall and made him resign from his position. His affair with Paula Broadwell was the biggest bit of non-news ever and now it continues? Seriously?

Last night's speech marked his first public speech since the scandal. According to him: "Life doesn't stop with such a mistake. It can and must go on." He's right and he's wrong.

Life is going on for all of us. Since November, we have moved on to other scandals and other things to talk about, no doubt. It was fun while it lasted, to mock these two people -- the general and his hard-bodied biographer -- but it got old. Petraeus doesn't owe us an apology at all. We owe him one.

The only person who should hear that Petraeus is sorry is his wife. She deserves an apology. But the rest of us? Not so much. This scandal was the biggest non-scandal ever.

Two consenting adults had sex that was neither caught on tape nor in public? News at 11! I mean, OK, I get that he was in a position of power, but there is no indication that this affair actually took anything away from the taxpayers. His personal life is none of our business.

We owe him an apology for being such a prudish country that a man can't have consensual sex with a woman without his entire career being ruined and him having to leave in disgrace. The standing ovation he received at his first public speech is also an indication that I am not alone.

The man was a hero for our country. He is credited with helping to stop an all-out civil war in Iraq as commander there, and he was in charge of U.S. forces in Afghanistan before he went to the CIA in 2011.

He has given a lot to our country and we all repaid him with disrespect and our reality show-loving dirty minds. What happened here was between Petraeus and his wife and family. We should have stayed out of it.

We should all be thanking him for his service and apologizing for our dirty minds.

Do you think we owe him an apology?

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nonmember avatar Cass

Wait- correct me if I'm wrong here- wasnt there evidence that he leaked confidential national security information to her? I don't care one bit about who he sleeps with, but spreading national security secrets to someone without clearance is treason.

bills... billsfan1104

Omg, I agree with you. But he had to resign. He broke the military code of conduct.

nonmember avatar N

It was a big deal because he has such high clearance and knows so much and by having an affair he put himself on a position where he could be blackmailed for that information. He put national security at risk so it is our business.

nonmember avatar Dawn

Yep, have to agree with the other posters. He divulged security information and put our national security at risk. Therefore, he did deserve to lose his position. There is a different consequence for this situation depending on the position you hold. He did owe the country an apology.

CAP1015 CAP1015

Owe him an apology?  Sasha really?  Re-read your blog and take your bias out of it and then see if you would have posted this?  The issue with the General was not that he had an affair (although the media certainly took full advantage of people's desire for a sex scandal), the issue was he either committed security risk violations, or had the APPEARANCE of risk and/or would have became a risk had a hostile country/organization wanted to use this information.   In reality this was never about him having consentual sex.  But once again, let's not let the facts get in the way of a unique blog here on the STIR. 

moons... moonshooby

Yeah, the blogger here clearly didn't understand the other issues involved and or created by this affair.

nonmember avatar Underwater

Maybe you failed to realize that his position in the CIA requires honor and integrity. Those are two things that you lose while engaging in an affair. Regardless if it was consensual sex or not.




You're so WRONG!!!!


To whom much is given much is required.


Character and integrity is important to  ANY job. Character and integrity cannot be segmented!!  He has no integrity with his wife -yet he is a man of integrity. Nonsense.  Either you have it or you don't. He has shown that he is weak, lacks integrity  and is of questionable character. Thus, does not belong in the position he held.


He was right to resign. You are wrong to excuse him.


That's exactly why there are so many cheaters of all types in this society-people such as yourself are excusing them.


I believe he can recover. Anyone can learn from their mistakes. But to try to excuse his behavior is ridiculous.





nonmember avatar Horatio

He committed adultery; is that acceptable nowadays?

nonmember avatar joebideyourtime

And maybe Obama was blackmailing him and Petraeus stood up and was exposed which is the norm for not caving in to him. Good old Chicago gangster.

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