Breaking: Petraeus submits resignation as CIA director

posted at 3:16 pm on November 9, 2012 by Allahpundit

A total bombshell, breaking right now on Fox. Catherine Herridge says the only explanation given so far is “personal reasons,” but notes that he met personally with Obama yesterday and wonders if it may have had to do with the CIA releasing that timeline on Benghazi last week. That was my gut instinct too — either this is fallout from Benghazi or there really is something personal going on.

Judging from this tidbit, it’s at least partly personal:

Why would an affair mean that he couldn’t run the CIA anymore? Was he being blackmailed? Or is there more to it than this? Stand by for updates.

Update: His statement:

“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,” Petraeus said in a statement to CIA staff. “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.”

If you’d have asked me to list 100 possible reasons why David Petraeus would eventually quit public service, having an affair would have been number 100. If it made the list at all.

Update: NBC says deputy CIA director Mike Morrell is likely to be named interim director, and may well end up being elevated to permanent status.

Update: As for the timing, I assume Petraeus intended to do this for awhile but held off until after the election so that it wouldn’t end up influencing the vote. The media spotlight on the campaign would have only drawn more attention to his predicament and magnified the embarrassment.

Which makes me wonder: If he did fear being blackmailed, why didn’t some potential blackmailer use the campaign as leverage, threatening to push this out there before the big vote if he didn’t pay up?

Update: I’m seriously shocked. The last thing I’d expect from him is a breakdown in personal discipline.

Update: For what it’s worth, Andrea Mitchell and MSNBC are hearing that Petraeus’s resignation really doesn’t have anything to do with Benghazi.

Update: I’m already getting e-mails speculating that the administration wanted him out over Benghazi and that they were the ones who forced his hand by threatening to expose his affair if he didn’t quit. I don’t follow the logic there. If that were true, the ultimatum would have been that he could either resign and keep the affair secret to avoid disgrace or have the affair exposed and then inevitably be pressured to resign anyway. Makes no sense for him to resign before the affair’s been revealed and then admit to it in his resignation.

Besides, would the White House really dare try to strongarm David Petraeus, of all people, that way? He’s probably the most widely esteemed member of Obama’s administration. If they used sleazy tactics to try to force him out, they’d live in mortal terror of him revealing the blackmail attempt and using it to turn the public against O. Just makes no sense to me.

Update: Reader “Flip” makes a nice catch. Petraeus’s resignation letter says, “After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair.” But Petraeus has actually been married for more than 38 years; the wedding was on July 6, 1974. In other words, if you read the resignation letter carefully, he’s telling you that this happened sometime between July 2011 and July 2012, not recently. Why didn’t he resign sooner? Or, on the flip side, why didn’t he try to hang on longer if he’d held on this long already?

Update: Hmmmmmmmm:

Again, though — if this was actually engineered by the administration to force him out, why wouldn’t Petraeus reveal that publicly? After all of his service, he deserves better than to be blackmailed, even if he’s guilty of a major lapse in judgment.

Update: Obama’s statement:

David Petraeus has provided extraordinary service to the United States for decades. By any measure, he was one of the outstanding General officers of his generation, helping our military adapt to new challenges, and leading our men and women in uniform through a remarkable period of service in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he helped our nation put those wars on a path to a responsible end. As Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, he has continued to serve with characteristic intellectual rigor, dedication, and patriotism. By any measure, through his lifetime of service David Petraeus has made our country safer and stronger.

Today, I accepted his resignation as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. I am completely confident that the CIA will continue to thrive and carry out its essential mission, and I have the utmost confidence in Acting Director Michael Morell and the men and women of the CIA who work every day to keep our nation safe. Going forward, my thoughts and prayers are with Dave and Holly Petraeus, who has done so much to help military families through her own work. I wish them the very best at this difficult time.

Update: Some of Petraeus’s former aides tell Danger Room they’re just as shocked as the rest of us.

Update: Now might be a good time to read (or re-read) the Journal’s story from eight days ago about the massive miscommunication between the CIA and State over who was supposed to be protecting the consulate in Benghazi. Title: “CIA Takes Heat for Role in Libya.”

Update: Note to Congress: Subpoena the general.

Update: Speaking of Benghazi-related political clusterfarks, word on the street is that John Kerry might be passed over as the next Secretary of State in favor of — ta da — Susan Rice, the face of the White House’s initial nonsense about the attack. (GOP senators are already warning O to think again.) Rice’s now infamous appearance on the Sunday shows was actually informed by early CIA “talking points,” so there’s another reason to think that the agency’s performance might have somehow influenced Petraeus’s departure today.

Update: Annnnd the hits just keep on coming. There’s no stopping this Friday-news-dump train!

Update: A parting thought, for now: If the affair didn’t happen recently, why didn’t he hold off on revealing it and resigning for another week, until after he was done testifying to Congress about Benghazi?

Update: Fred Kaplan, Slate’s plugged-in military reporter, says he knows who Petraeus had an affair with. The photo of the book cover at the top of Drudge right now has more meaning than you think.

Update: Oh boy. Starting to become clear why this affair required a resignation:

Update: Note the author and the date. And rule number five.

Update: Here’s a fun contest for readers. Try to reconcile these two statements. Statement one:

The biographer for resigning CIA Director David Petraeus is under FBI investigation for improperly trying to access his email and possibly gaining access to classified information, law enforcement officials told NBC News on Friday.

Statement two:

The law enforcement officials said they do not believe the FBI investigation will result in any criminal charges.

“Improperly” trying to read the DCIA’s e-mail isn’t a federal offense?


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Van Jones already nominated and confirmed as CIA Head? My, they do move Forward so elegantly.

Western_Civ on November 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Ridiculously sketchy timing.

Bee on November 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM

NSFW (or the bawdy humor-averse)

Monster In My Pants

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on November 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM

AP this is grasping at straws.

He is in the government yes, but a part of the government that in most every case has concequences for its members (See UCMJ or the story about Seal Team 6 being punished for showing equipment to a video game maker). A military member having an affair on a spouse can be tried for Adultry.

Seeing how the military has been having issues with sex scandals most recently it doesnt suprise me he would want to resign before the poo hits the fan. SPIN

Spinstra on November 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM

What is going on?

portlandon on November 9, 2012 at 3:41 PM
reshuffling the deck?
covering the tracks?

ted c on November 9, 2012 at 3:42 PM

You guys remember that scene in “Casino” where the mob kills Joe Pesci and his brother, and bury them in a corn field? It’s knid of like that, only politically.

kingsjester on November 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM

This man has been married 37 years without the slightest suggestion of infidelity. He is a four star general. He led two major wars. He was promoted to the head of the most sensitive intelligence position in the world. And then, after all of that, he suddenly becomes that stupid? Sorry, not buying it…

Shump on November 9, 2012 at 3:37 PM

The power of a woman lol. Samson and Delilah comes to mind.

celticdefender on November 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Update: For what it’s worth, Andrea Mitchell and MSNBC are hearing that Petraeus’s resignation really doesn’t have anything to do with Benghazi.

Andrea Mitchell and MSDNC? No, that’s worth about as much as the US dollar at the end of Obama’s 2nd term.

Doughboy on November 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Update: For what it’s worth, Andrea Mitchell and MSNBC are hearing that Petraeus’s resignation really doesn’t have anything to do with Benghazi.

But it should. He lied to Congress about the “video”. He covered up and aided Obama, the swines.

Schadenfreude on November 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM

The fools thought Benghazi was Ben Ghazi.

Schadenfreude on November 9, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Or, if they are old enough, Ben Gazzara.

totherightofthem on November 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Anybody else feel like we are living inside a Vince Flynn novel?

gophergirl on November 9, 2012 at 3:39 PM

watch until it turns into a Vince Foster short story :(

jimver on November 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Update: For what it’s worth, Andrea Mitchell and MSNBC are hearing that Petraeus’s resignation really doesn’t have anything to do with Benghazi.

We’ll that’s definitely a tell. It’s all about Benghazi.

WisRich on November 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM

O/T: TSA forms union.

Mr. Arrogant on November 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Julia, homewrecker

faraway on November 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Maybe that’s why Barry didn’t pick up the 3am call. He and Petraeus were “Briefing” eachother.

portlandon on November 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Technically, I believe the term is “debriefing“…

affenhauer on November 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM

So this is why Ms. Fluke needed birth control?

I would resign, too if I got caught with that thing.

If not her, is the lady uglier than President Clinton’s alleged buddy?

IlikedAUH2O on November 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM

sorry, not buying this affair BS. This is the thug dealing payback to anyone that dares to do or saying against him. I’m sure the choomer has a long list and a laser-focus on revenge. Elections have consequences…

RedInMD on November 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Anybody else feel like we are living inside a Vince Flynn novel?

gophergirl on November 9, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Franz Kafka.

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 3:46 PM

This country sucks hard.

nueces on November 9, 2012 at 3:38 PM

heh! And that’s the quote from Sen. Bob Menendez (NJ)
after visiting the Dominican Republic.

ToddPA on November 9, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Petraeus has released a statement: “It was a moment of weakness caused by a YouTube video.”

Mark1971 on November 9, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Anybody else feel like we are living inside a Vince Flynn novel?

gophergirl on November 9, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Well, yes.

INC on November 9, 2012 at 3:46 PM

as long as he is still forced to testify under oath about Benghazi, I could care less what led to his resignation

commodore on November 9, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Sooooooooooooooooo….what’s to keep Petraeus from talking now?

BallisticBob on November 9, 2012 at 3:28 PM

WH: Retire with your full pension and keep your mouth shut please. We may even give you a bonus of some kind.
Gen P: What if I don’t.
WH: You don’t want to put your family through that.

I’d bet you Mitt’s $10,000 that if that conversation happened, DP would fold like a cheap chinese suit. So would most of us.

CorporatePiggy on November 9, 2012 at 3:46 PM

If it is … then Thomas Jefferson played a key role in it.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Yes he did, but the country was sparkling new, still sorting itself out and he was given a pass.

rplat on November 9, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Update: For what it’s worth, Andrea Mitchell and MSNBC are hearing that Petraeus’s resignation really doesn’t have anything to do with Benghazi.

That settles it then.. we can trust Andrea implicitly.

gatorboy on November 9, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Supposedly had the affair with an aide to Princess Faufcahontas. This is starting to get bizarre.

NotCoach on November 9, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Honey trap.

Kataklysmic on November 9, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Anybody else feel like we are living inside a Vince Flynn novel?

gophergirl on November 9, 2012 at 3:39 PM

LOL Can’t help but chuckling here. I read a lot of those books and said the same thing to myself!

CoffeeLover on November 9, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Andrea Mitchell and MSDNC? No, that’s worth about as much as the US dollar at the end of Obama’s 2nd term.

Doughboy on November 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM

BOOOOM!

BallisticBob on November 9, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Maybe he had an affair with Hillary…LOL!!!!

William Eaton on November 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Has Barack Obama ever had any of his foes and obstacles removed through release of personal information before?

OxyCon on November 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

I think Obama blackmailed him to keep his mouth shut on Benghazi, ahead of Nov. 6. His testimony was full of lies.

His you know what aside, it’s still about Benghazi.

Schadenfreude on November 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Pelican Briefs

faraway on November 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Doughboy on November 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Perfect!

Schadenfreude on November 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

watch until it turns into a Vince Foster short story :(

jimver on November 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Overcome with guilt, Petraeus commits suicide by falling backward on a knife. Seven times.

The Rogue Tomato on November 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Now if Justice Thomas and Justice Scalia resign over having affairs later on this afternoon…

… I think were pretty much stuck with Obowma for the next fifty years.

Seven Percent Solution on November 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Petraeus has released a statement: “It was a moment of weakness caused by a YouTube video.”

Mark1971 on November 9, 2012 at 3:37 PM

petreus doesnt bring his RPG to a youtube video.

t8stlikchkn on November 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Oh boy! I’m witnessing a right-wing conspiracy theory in the making. HotAir is hilarious.

Nonfactor on November 9, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Unfortunately, you’re right – it is.

There’s two explanations …

1. Pet had an affair and he was discovered or confessed and he wants to put his life back together – as the story says.

or …

2. Pet is using the affair to innoculate himself from the fallout of Benghazi. I really don’t believe this though – Pet is smart enough to know the truth will come out sooner or later.

It’s ridiculous to say he’s “taking one for Obama” or that “Obama fired him” or that even “He’s not happy with Obama”. None of that makes since. If Obama wanted to scapegoat Pet he would have fired him outright and ginned up a bunch of horsh1t evidence that Pet was guilty of negligence in Libya. You don’t scapegoat a guy by pushing him out on the grounds of an “affair”.

HA guys get just as tinfoil as DKos guys do.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Of course, this will free him tell tell what he knows about Benghazi.

farsighted on November 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Maybe, maybe not. What makes you think he will?

chemman on November 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Update: For what it’s worth, Andrea Mitchell and MSNBC are hearing that Petraeus’s resignation really doesn’t have anything to do with Benghazi.

Is this the first time Andrea Mitchell has mentioned Benghazi?

idesign on November 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

OxyCon on November 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Yep.

kingsjester on November 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Honey BooBoo?

faraway on November 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Maybe he had an affair with Hillary…LOL!!!!

William Eaton on November 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

i’d bet on bill before hill.

t8stlikchkn on November 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

That’s bad news for Obama if this is the reality.

Mark1971 on November 9, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Dream on. Nothing hurts Obama because the press never reports it. Thus, the sheeple never hear of it.

totherightofthem on November 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Maybe he had an affair with Hillary…LOL!!!!

William Eaton on November 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Don’t do that again . . . I just barfed on my shoes.

rplat on November 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

yOU Amish, you, always see only the worst in people…

jimver on November 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM
You’re just mad because you clicked on Drudge…

Seven Percent Solution on November 9, 2012 at 3:42 PM

yet another Amish apologist…

jimver on November 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

This man has been married 37 years without the slightest suggestion of infidelity. He is a four star general. He led two major wars. He was promoted to the head of the most sensitive intelligence position in the world. And then, after all of that, he suddenly becomes that stupid? Sorry, not buying it…

Shump on November 9, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Yup , no f*cking way.

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I think Obama blackmailed him to keep his mouth shut on Benghazi, ahead of Nov. 6. His testimony was full of lies.

Schadenfreude on November 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

I think your imagination upon lack of facts in this case is pretty hilarious.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 3:49 PM

If this had been an integrity issue with Petreus over Benghazi, he would have done this before the election and torpedoed Obama.

There is far more to this than meets the eye, but don’t expect any truth from Petreus. He may have outed himself to stop playing along, but he’s not going to come clean and he’s still taking it in the ass for Obama.

He is a major disappointment.

CatoRenasci on November 9, 2012 at 3:49 PM

LOL Can’t help but chuckling here. I read a lot of those books and said the same thing to myself!

CoffeeLover on November 9, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Now we just need our Mitch Rapp

gophergirl on November 9, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Update: For what it’s worth, Andrea Mitchell and MSNBC are hearing that Petraeus’s resignation really doesn’t have anything to do with Benghazi.

Is this the first time Andrea Mitchell has mentioned Benghazi?

idesign on November 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Bam!

Kataklysmic on November 9, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Well, now we know why he was so quiet. Amazing what happens in the days following an election in the Age of Obama.

forest on November 9, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Maybe he had an affair with Hillary…LOL!!!!

William Eaton on November 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Hillary doesn’t swing that way.

The Rogue Tomato on November 9, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Oh boy! I’m witnessing a right-wing conspiracy theory in the making. HotAir is hilarious.

Nonfactor on November 9, 2012 at 3:43 PM

I think it’s great. The resignation will finally elevate Benghazi to the front pages. The MSM don’t care about the four lives lost in Benghazi, but, a sex scandal involving the CIA director creates endless speculation. Good for ratings.

a capella on November 9, 2012 at 3:50 PM

I’ve been known to be a bit naive, but if anyone expects me to believe that this resignation has nothing at all to do with the Chicago Gangsters, well, just NO.

ellifint on November 9, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Perhaps the same people that visited Roberts visited Petreus ?

Mr. Arrogant on November 9, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Is this the first time Andrea Mitchell has mentioned Benghazi?

idesign on November 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Bam!

Kataklysmic on November 9, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Hehe, their viewers must be very confused.

forest on November 9, 2012 at 3:51 PM

An aide to newly-minted Sen. Warren? Naaah…

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on November 9, 2012 at 3:51 PM

If we had any credible news agencies in this country that employed someone other than this current gaggle of “C” average journalist majors we might someday know the truth.

rplat on November 9, 2012 at 3:51 PM

This man has been married 37 years without the slightest suggestion of infidelity.

Shump on November 9, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Yeah you’re right – no one commits infedelity after 37 years nope – not possible.

It’s better to “believe” in some tin foil theory that this all over Benghazi.

Even if there isn’t a shred of evidence for it.

Why not just take Pet at his word? You DID say he was a stand up officer right? Would such an officer LIE about his resignation?

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Update: For what it’s worth, Andrea Mitchell and MSNBC are hearing that Petraeus’s resignation really doesn’t have anything to do with Benghazi.

All ten of MSNBC’s viewers…what’s Benghazi?

changer1701 on November 9, 2012 at 3:51 PM

$100 bucks says she’s a Dem

faraway on November 9, 2012 at 3:51 PM

It’s ridiculous to say he’s “taking one for Obama” or that “Obama fired him” or that even “He’s not happy with Obama”. None of that makes since. If Obama wanted to scapegoat Pet he would have fired him outright and ginned up a bunch of horsh1t evidence that Pet was guilty of negligence in Libya. You don’t scapegoat a guy by pushing him out on the grounds of an “affair”.

HA guys get just as tinfoil as DKos guys do.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

As long as we dont know all the facts , anyting is possible.

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 3:51 PM

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

You miss one big idea – affairs are badges of honor for lefties.

Schadenfreude on November 9, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Now if Justice Thomas and Justice Scalia resign over having affairs later on this afternoon…

… I think were pretty much stuck with Obowma for the next fifty years.

Seven Percent Solution on November 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Trust me, they will be next.

stenwin77 on November 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Andrea Mitchell and MSDNC? No, that’s worth about as much as the US dollar at the end of Obama’s 2nd term.

Doughboy on November 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Nice.

changer1701 on November 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

does this mean he is no longer required to testify under oath before Congress?

commodore on November 9, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Congress can require anyone to testify.

antisocial on November 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

For what its worth, Andrea Mitchell and MSNBC are hearing that Petraeuss resignation really doesnt have anything to do with Benghazi.

Nah…not at all. It’s just a wild coincidence.

crazywater on November 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Now we just need our Mitch Rapp

gophergirl on November 9, 2012 at 3:50 PM

touche gg :)

CoffeeLover on November 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

I think your imagination upon lack of facts in this case is pretty hilarious.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 3:49 PM

yeah, its not exactly fitzmas with rove being frogmarched thats for sure. cause the MSM engaged in that lunacy. so it was sane.

t8stlikchkn on November 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

BetrayHer

faraway on November 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

The one-eye snake strikes again.

TeleL on November 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Even if there isn’t a shred of evidence for it.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 3:51 PM

There is lots of evidence – his lies in the hearings.

Schadenfreude on November 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Update: For what it’s worth, Andrea Mitchell and MSNBC are hearing that Petraeus’s resignation really doesn’t have anything to do with Benghazi.

Well, stop speculating people. Andrea Mitchell and MSDNC say it has nothing to do with Benghazi.

That’s good enough for me. I’m going back to sleep now.

/typical liberal

kim roy on November 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Wait a minute, he works for a Democrat Administration.
Why then would he resign over an affair?
For Democrats an affair is a badge of honor.
There must be something else going on.

TarheelBen on November 9, 2012 at 3:53 PM

So this is why Ms. Fluke needed birth control?

IlikedAUH2O on November 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Definitely not Fluke. Petraeus is not the kind of guy who likes to wait in line.

The Rogue Tomato on November 9, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Definitely not Fluke. Petraeus is not the kind of guy who likes to wait in line.

The Rogue Tomato on November 9, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Heh!

changer1701 on November 9, 2012 at 3:53 PM

I guess “extramarital affair” is the new “heart problems”.

Steve Eggleston on November 9, 2012 at 3:53 PM

does this mean he is no longer required to testify under oath before Congress?

commodore on November 9, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Congress can require anyone to testify.

antisocial on November 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

and i beleive executive priveledge wont matter now, or does it apply after the fact even if not employed by admin for acts commited during employ?

t8stlikchkn on November 9, 2012 at 3:53 PM

HA guys get just as tinfoil as DKos guys do.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

aww, the HA voice of reason speaketh…

jimver on November 9, 2012 at 3:53 PM

I guess “extramarital affair” is the new “heart problems”.

Steve Eggleston on November 9, 2012 at 3:53 PM

spending time with the family?

t8stlikchkn on November 9, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Nah…not at all. It’s just a wild coincidence.

crazywater on November 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Coincidence does happen.

He had an affair and he’s being truthful about it. That’s a lot more logical than believing that Obama used some kind of Jedi mind tricks on Pet and got him believing that he had an affair to get him to resign for it.

You mf’ers need to listen to your sorry ass selves. You sound like Dkos now.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 3:54 PM

$100 bucks says she’s a Dem

faraway on November 9, 2012 at 3:51 PM

…went to the Obama camp with the pictures…I still think Obama kept him at bay and forced him to take his bullets over Benghazi. Otherwise he wouln’t have lied to Congress so blatantly.

Schadenfreude on November 9, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Update: For what it’s worth, Andrea Mitchell and MSNBC are hearing that Petraeus’s resignation really doesn’t have anything to do with Benghazi.

Of course it didn’t silly — not if the MSM says so.

Just like 314,000 votes turning the entire election had nothing to do with voter fraud because those DailyKos/SEIU PPP polls & Nate Silver are much more reliable than Michael Barone (or Romney’s internal polling) and mean much more than those pathetic crowds Obama was getting v. the tens of thousands waiting in the cold & rain to see Romney meant. Plus, it was all about some tech fail in Romney’s GOTV & GOP’s need to outreach to Hispanics to win in the MidWest.

Dark Star on November 9, 2012 at 3:54 PM

I guess “extramarital affair” is the new “heart problems”.

Steve Eggleston on November 9, 2012 at 3:53 PM

i already miss hiking the appalachian trail…good times….

t8stlikchkn on November 9, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Does his entry into “civilian” life have any affect on whether he can be called to testify before Congress, regarding Libya?

Hill60 on November 9, 2012 at 3:54 PM

aww, the HA voice of reason speaketh…

jimver on November 9, 2012 at 3:53 PM

All the truth all the time baby! ;)

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Why not just take Pet at his word? You DID say he was a stand up officer right? Would such an officer LIE about his resignation?

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Personally I think he is a clown and represents everything wrong with our military today (along with Mike Mullen), but I actually think he is telling the truth here.

William Eaton on November 9, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Is this the first time Andrea Mitchell has mentioned Benghazi?

idesign on November 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Nice.

Fallon on November 9, 2012 at 3:55 PM

$100 bucks says she’s a Dem

faraway on November 9, 2012 at 3:51 PM

susan rice. explains a lot.

t8stlikchkn on November 9, 2012 at 3:55 PM

You mf’ers need to listen to your sorry ass selves. You sound like Dkos now.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 3:54 PM

We don’t go there. You bring the stench of latrines and rats from there to here.

Schadenfreude on November 9, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Would such an officer LIE about his resignation?

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Question is why would he admit to the affair when resigning? They could have kept it quiet and did the usual “spend time with the family” statement. But he admitted it and he’s apparently going to be testifying on Benghazi next week, can’t help but think the two are related.

clearbluesky on November 9, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Vince Flynn? Petraeus is lucky he’s not going the way of Vince Foster.

KingGold on November 9, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Day ain’t over yet.

JPeterman on November 9, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Makes me wonder why Issa has been so quiet lately.

Mr. Arrogant on November 9, 2012 at 3:55 PM

You mf’ers need to listen to your sorry ass selves. You sound like Dkos now.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 3:54 PM

The truth just sunk into the Kos-latrine.

Schadenfreude on November 9, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Does his entry into “civilian” life have any affect on whether he can be called to testify before Congress, regarding Libya?

Hill60 on November 9, 2012 at 3:54 PM

It makes it easier to call him to Congress. He can’t claim he can’t show up because of pressing “national issues” that he must attend to. He’s retired and they can call him anytime.

Which is why all the tin foil theories are poppy c0ck.

Then again – most of you guys voted for Willard thinking he was a Conservative so I guess this really isn’t unexpected.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 3:56 PM

If you’d have asked me to list 100 possible reasons why David Petraeus would eventually quit public service, having an affair would have been number 100. If it made the list at all.

I agree..Wow..just..wow..:)

Dire Straits on November 9, 2012 at 3:57 PM

You sound like Dkos now.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 3:54 PM

They won. Know your opponent.

faraway on November 9, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Schadenfreude on November 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM

OT,
If you are still out there, I thought you would find this comment that was under one of VDH’s essays a few years back, honestly we need more men like him in this world, men wedded to the land and reality, but then again I am a Jeffersonian so I guess I am biased. Here is the comment, enjoy my friend.

“All Hell breaking loose, PJM contributors writing about today’s developments, invading each other’s threads like it was steal the flag, and finally, like Cincinnatus/Hesiod he climbs off his Massey Ferguson and comes in from the vineyard to comment. Worth the wait.”

MarshFox on November 9, 2012 at 3:57 PM

The best way to defeat a blackmail threat is to get the information out there and let the chips fall. Obama never expected this. Who knew anyone in his Administration would take responsibility for their actions?

Kenz on November 9, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Coincidence does happen.

He had an affair and he’s being truthful about it. That’s a lot more logical than believing that Obama used some kind of Jedi mind tricks on Pet and got him believing that he had an affair to get him to resign for it.

You mf’ers need to listen to your sorry ass selves. You sound like Dkos now.

HondaV65 on November 9, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Well you are certainly entitled to your opinion . . . as are the rest of the posters on this board. And of course you know what they say about opinions.

rplat on November 9, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Per Laura Ingram he’s testifying to a closed door session next week.

clearbluesky on November 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Vince Flynn? Petraeus is lucky he’s not going the way of Vince Foster.

KingGold on November 9, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Yep. Found in a Muddy area, with no mud on his shoes.

portlandon on November 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

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