|On the left, the mistress Paul Broadwell; on the right, the wife|
Apparently there are a few people connected with the Obama Administration who still maintain a sense of personal honor. CIA Director David Petraeus took a major step towards redeeming his honor when he announced his resignation from his post on November 9th, 2012, just two days after his 60th birthday, after admitting he had engaged in an extramarital affair. His paramour has been identified as his biographer, Paula Broadwell, who is a married mother of two. He had served in the post since September 2011.
Petraeus first communicated his decision to CIA employees in the form of a letter on November 8th:
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
President Obama accepted Petraeus' resignation, praising Petraeus for his extraordinary service to the country, and adding that through his lifetime of service, Petraeus has made America safer and stronger. Petraeus' wife, Holly Petraeus, is the assistant director of the Office of Servicemember Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and remains at her post. Michael J. Morell, the deputy director of the CIA, will take over once again as acting director; he served in that position briefly after Leon Panetta left the agency last year.
Two influential U.S. Senators reacted. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that she believed Petraeus’s infidelity did not require him to resign, and characterized his departure as an enormous loss for our nation’s intelligence community and for our country. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee on which Mark Begich also serves, also praised Petraeus’s service.
Some conspiracy tards are suggesting that this resignation may have been a calculated ploy to drive Petraeus out to keep him from making President Obama look bad over the Benghazi fiasco, as this unscientific Galloway Patch poll indicates. New Yorker is posing a gaggle of additional questions about the sudden resignation. Hot Air suggests the best way to spike that rumor would be for Petraeus to voluntarily testify at the upcoming Senate Intelligence Committee hearings about his role in the Benghazi affair. However, Politico insists that Petraeus will not be testifying.
Another conspiracy theory has surfaced on the F2 Anonboard, where an anonymous poster wrote "So this is how the jews of AIPAC play it eh? Petraeus and Dempsey stand in their way when they want a big war with Iran that could trigger WWIII and they lose the election and their chance to have Mittens give them everything they want and so they throw this tantrum and try to destroy Petraeus with a petty sex scandal...what a bunch of crappy little shitheels the AIPAC chicken hawks are".
And yet more skepticism has surfaced, this time from a more serious source on Real Clear Politics. From Lt. Col. Ralph Peters:
The timing is just too perfect for the Obama administration. Just as the administration claimed it was purely coincidence that our Benghazi consulate was attacked on the anniversary of September 11th. Now it’s purely coincidence that this affair -- extra-marital affair -- surfaces right after the election, not before, but right after, but before the intelligence chiefs go to Capitol Hill to get grilled. As an old intelligence analyst, Neil, the way I read this -- I could be totally wrong, this is my interpretation -- is that the administration was unhappy with Petraeus not playing ball 100% on their party-line story. I think it's getting cold feet about testifying under oath on their party-line story. And I suspect that these tough Chicago guys knew about this affair for a while, held it in their back pocket until they needed to play the card.
I don't like conspiracy theories, I may be totally wrong, but the timing of this, again, right after the election and right before Petraeus is supposed to get grilled on Capitol Hill, it's really smells.
I believe his resignation is driven more by personal honor at this point. Petraeus served 37 years in the U.S. Army. While a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he embraced the cadet honor code which states "a cadet does not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those who do". Petraeus took that code with him when he left the academy, and showed it by his decision to take ownership of his transgression, confess it publicly, and resign his post. This is leadership from the front.
Too bad more of those Secret Service scumbags who were caught whoremongering in Colombia didn't replicate Petraeus' example.