David Petraeus resigned from his role as the CIA director, citing an extramarital affair.
Recently, Petraeus was in the news for comments he made in relation to the Benghazi terrorist attack, which killed four Americans on September 11, 2012. The WeeklyStandard reported in an article titled, “Petraeus Throws Obama Under the Bus” that a CIA spokesperson, reportedly under the direction of the CIA Director, disputed claims that help was denied to the Libyan consulate. He said, “No one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate.” This would have indicated that the decision not to aid the consulate was made by the executive branch.
David Petraeus released a statement:
“After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair,” he said. “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.”
There are still many unanswered questions regarding the heinous terror attack in Benghazi. Specifically, nobody in the White House or the State Department has confirmed who gave them the faulty information that a YouTube video was responsible for the attack; or why the story persisted as long as it did.
President Obama released a statement about the four star general’s resignation, saying in part, “By any measure, through his lifetime of service…Petraeus has made our country safer and stronger.” The president went on to assure America that the CIA will continue to “make America safe” under the direction of Acting Director Michael Morell.
Hopefully the general will work things out with his wife.
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