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Gen. Petraeus resigns due to affair — what other post-election shoes to drop now?

Gen. Petraeus resigns due to affair — what other post-election shoes to drop now?

This is unreal.  Companies hold off on disclosing layoffs.  Iran shoots at U.S. drone and DOD doesn’t disclose for six days.

What other shoes are going to drop now that Obama has been reelected? 

Maybe this was one of the reasons no one can seem to get straight answers on Benghazi.  NBC News via Drudge:

CIA Director David Petraeus resigned Friday, citing an extramarital affair and “extremely poor judgement.”

In a letter released to the CIA work force on Friday afternoon, Petraeus disclosed the affair, and wrote: “Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.”

President Obama “graciously accepted my resignation,” he wrote.

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An administration in disarray. I think Obama may need another hug from Chris Christie.

Update: Let the conspiracy theories fly ….

Umm, okay, sure, where’s that Bridge in Brooklyn?


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Was it with Hillary?

    JimMtnViewCaUSA in reply to snopercod. | November 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I wonder if they sprayed him with some drug to overcome better judgment, and then held this over his head so he wouldn’t come out and speak about Benghazi.
    Plus they got rid of a potential challenger. Or maybe he just had a weak moment.
    Time to go read a Ronald Reagan auto-biog to see how he was able to overcome the media. They’ve been pretty successful in ripping many Repubs to shreds.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to snopercod. | November 9, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    In before, “Maybe with Miss Michigan but never with Hitlery!”

    Sorry… too much 4Chan today.

Report is that it was with a staffer for Elizabeth Warren no less. Maybe that is why Lieawatha ran from the press.

    William A. Jacobson in reply to Whig. | November 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Not sure about that. I think his wife used to work for Warren.

      William A. Jacobson in reply to William A. Jacobson. | November 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      Actually, maybe you were right about staffer,

        Holly Petraeus did work for Warren and still works at the consumer agency. If Petraeus had an affair, as speculated, with one of Warren’s staffers, it’s almost a KGB “honeytrap.”

        Another thought. Suppose Obama had something even more serious on Petraeus, something, say, which might have resulted in prison. That might have persuaded Petraeus to resign and refuse to testify. He is regarded, aside from this petty foible, as a hero, so the Republicans will probably not subpoena him.

        Suppose, moreover, that Petraeus was in up to his neck in the Benghazi CIA people running guns to Syria and who knows where else. Is there any way that could be construed as a crime for which Petraeus might have had his scalp taken? It is hard to believe that a CIA director does not, at some time, approve actions which are technically illegal.

        Perhaps Petraeus agreed to cop to an “affair” in lieu of something actually criminal.

        NC Mountain Girl in reply to William A. Jacobson. | November 9, 2012 at 7:26 pm

        Hollywood can’t make this kind of stuff up. Remember the title of the book? He was having an affair with his biographer, who tried to access his e-mails.

Phew glad it was an affair – not anything having to do with his scheduled testimony before Congress about Benghazi.

    That would explain the timing and proactive announcement. It does not explain his departure from the CIA. Once the affair was made public, any leverage which could have been exploited was neutralized.

      Mary Sue in reply to n.n. | November 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Admittedly, this my initial reaction. There are plenty of holes in the theory. Something happened here. I doubt he is using an affair as reason to take a pass on 44: The Sequel.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to Mary Sue. | November 9, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Everything I’ve read says he now ill not testify. Why? Makes no sense.

    NC Mountain Girl in reply to Mary Sue. | November 10, 2012 at 4:22 am

    He probably began the affair when he was in Afghanistan, when the biographer was one of the embedded journalists. Could you keep something like that a huge secret? I rather doubt it. She is a very attractive woman. There certainly would have been gossip about it among his staff. That would seem to indicate that either the background check done before he went to CIA was incredibly sloppy or -far more likely- Obama’s people knew about the affair all the time.

What’s that spell?

Everything is proceeding according to plan.

    From Ulsterman [emphasis mine]:

    “This may prove even more important than the initial reports suggest.

    Is Director David Petraeus a fatality of Chicago politics – made to remain silent prior to the election and now left to act as the administration’s sacrifice to Congressional investigators in the wake of the Benghazi scandal?
    Or is the former military general preparing to unleash facts that will lead directly back to the Obama White House and the president himself regarding what really happened on September 11th of this year when four Americans – including a U.S. ambassador, were killed during a coordinated terrorist attack against an American consulate?

    Keep your eyes and ears open folks. The timing of this announcement, including Barack Obama quickly heading out of the country, suggests a very volatile situation for the Obama administration.”

      raven in reply to Kitty. | November 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      “Or is the former military general preparing to unleash facts that will lead directly back to the Obama White House”

      Not even close. This doesn’t happen in real life. Petraeus will shrink and disappear.

        MAB in reply to raven. | November 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm

        Agreed. Were the the uber-honorable, squeaky clean individual he was purported to be, then he would have done the right thing when Banghazi was going down. “Doing the right thing” post factum is meaningless.

      JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Kitty. | November 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Please, Ulsterman has been discredited as any sort of deep throat/insider. Ulsterman is a hoax.

      It’s obvious whar happened here. Petraeus of course knew what happened in Benghazi but probably agreed to stand pat until after the election. That gave the administration and campaign time to send out operatives to get dirt on him in order to discredit his coming testimony. So he’s been neutralized.

      I like the general, but he should never have laid down with these dogs in the first place.

Is that why he was AWOL on Benghazi?

A man whose courage, service, and contributions are too long to list is ashamed and departs quietly. The president’s secret service detail, not so much. Bill Clinton…

Ben Ghazi, wasn’t he Dick Tracy’s sidekick?

Anyone else get the feeling that Obama is more surprised than anyone that he won?

He stopped being president a year ago, at the end of the debt ceiling crisis, and hasn’t done anything other than fundraise or campaign since. Now, he has another four years and doesn’t seem like he has the first clue what he’s going to do.

2nd Ammendment Mother | November 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Hmmmm and who has a strategy of exposing personal issues for political gain as a track record? I’m sure Jeri Ryan, John McCain, and Herman Cain all would like to comment on that….

I’m not sure I care anymore. It’s all a whoredom. This election has caused a kind of fracture in my civic sensibility. It may be time to join the underground.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to raven. | November 9, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I know what you mean. I have that same feeling. I no longer love my country because I feel like what I knew and loved has left me or betrayed me when I needed them most. Something/someone else is here – not exactly a stranger, more like that annoying relative you rarely see or the putz down the street you go out of your way to avoid. My fundamental sense of concern and broad love of/fellowship with my countrymen is gone. I just exist in proximity to them now, and no longer care much what happens to them. At this point I just want to get through the rest of my life as happily as possible with my loved ones and let the coming generations figure it out. If a viable opportunity to stand and fight to take it back comes along, I’ll be there. If an opportunity to take over the GOP to turn it into a viable conservative party with the stones to streetfight it out with the ‘rats comes along, I’ll be there, too. Most of all, if there ever comes a Breitbart on steroids-type movement to completely deconstruct/annihilate the MSM, including physically dismantling their infrastructure, you’ll find me in the front lines. Otherwise……let the fools in this country reap what they’ve sown.

Can’t he be forced to testify?

    NC Mountain Girl in reply to Con Ed. | November 9, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    He certainly can. There may be an issue about his access to certain classified records needed to refresh his memory now that he isn’t at CIA but Congress certainly has the power to subpoena him.

      wmanning833 in reply to NC Mountain Girl. | November 10, 2012 at 8:38 am

      Awesome, I wish I would have read this sooner before I posted my incredulous post. Now the question is, are the Republican members of the committee so noodle-spined that they won’t issue the subpoena? I’ve come to loathe the GOP and I’d like to begin summary firings beginning with “Boo-hoo” Boehner.

Seems like others are asking my question:

So extramarital affairs are now “get of of testifying free” cards? Good to know. #tcot

Because of the choice that America made on Tuesday, expect the B-grade soap opera to run nonstop for the next four years.

This may be worthy for someone to produce a board game.

NOTHING will surprise me now…

Petraeus ain’t falling on his sword for anyone. Anyone who thinks that is delusional.

    nomadic100 in reply to Towson Lawyer. | November 9, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    We will see. In my post above, I hypothesized that Obama may have more on Petraeus than an affair and that Petraeus agreed to plead to an affair to avoid accusations of a more serious nature. Is it even possible for a CIA director to do his/her job in a conscientious manner without, at some point, violating some law? I would hope not, and I suspect Petraeus got caught up in that conundrum. The Obama double crossed him.

BannedbytheGuardian | November 9, 2012 at 5:26 pm

There goes The Lawrence of Iraq movie.

Spell it out – P U R G E.

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And so, Petraeus turns out to be just another careerist creep.

Saddened, but not surprised.

Life goes on, the Republic gasps its last.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to CalMark. | November 10, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Let’s wait until we learn more before we judge him. I believe there’s a great deal more to this yet to come out.

BannedbytheGuardian | November 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm

This gives great hope for all men with prostate cancer.

You cannot only survive but you can go on to have sex so explosive that you threaten the regime.

Sandra Fluke has unleashed the SEX. GOD / GODDESS in all of us.

Liberation. Equality & Fraternity !

    Jack The Ripper in reply to BannedbytheGuardian. | November 9, 2012 at 5:47 pm


    Thanks a Pant Load!

    You are about to be BannedbyLegalInsurrection.

    My wife and I kept saying: “Why does Sandra Fluke need birth control?” I mean, who’s “tapping” that? Yuk!

    Okay, now for a sick game of K F M:


    Who do you K, F and M? Go!

Two thoughts-

What would Obama do to Patreus if he said he said he resigned over Benghazi?

Remember when George W. Bush thought it was honorable not to replace Rumsfeld in the run-up to the 2006 mid-term election, even though everyone knew he was gone, so he wouldn’t be accused of it being a political move, and we got creamed, and Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the House, and resigned days, if not the day, after the election?

Wonder what Obama had on Chief Justice John Roberts? Maybe Obama out a decapitated horse head in his bed?

If only the “Petraus Ethic” were contagious we might rid ourselves of a huge bunch of administration and congressional idiots. Just saying…..

It’s axiomatic in the spook biz: “There’s no such thing as a coincidence.”

I suspect it will be sooner than later that other top military brass will seek to spend more time with family, opportunities in the private sector.

Petraeus has now joined the list of betrayed US.

Arriving late. So let’s see… Obama has FBI collecting dirt on Petraeus while he’s still in Afghanistan, and with full knowledge of the facts, appoints him head of the CIA. Now, when Petraeus won’t take fall for Obama over Benghazi, he’s forced out using the dirt. But not until after the election.

Maybe Biden will leave, replaced by Hillary, then Obama will quit.

TrooperJohnSmith | November 9, 2012 at 8:10 pm


So… why can’t/won’t he be called to testify? Hell, he WAS in charge when this went down. Is he now immune? Or mute?


I see this at Fox News

CIA Director David Petraeus resigned Friday after admitting to an extramarital affair — an affair with his biographer that was revealed over the course of an FBI investigation, Fox News has learned.

The FBI had been investigating an unrelated and much broader case before stumbling on the affair. Fox News has learned that during the course of this investigation, the name of biographer Paula Broadwell came up. The FBI followed that lead and in doing so, uncovered his affair with her. The FBI for some time was concerned that perhaps Petraeus was some sort of victim, but there has been no evidence discovered to back up such concerns.

Read more:

    NC Mountain Girl in reply to jimzinsocal. | November 10, 2012 at 5:14 am

    The idea of the FBI discovering the affair recently makes no sense to me. It seems to me it had to be known when he was appointed to CIA.

    The most likely place for the affair to have begun is when Broadwell was with Petraeus in Afghanistan. She’s an attractive woman, he’s far from his wife, they’re spending a lot of time together for the book. One time honored technique of getting a subject to revel personal information is to disclose something slightly embarrassing about yourself. As there isn’t exactly an active social scene over there such mutual disclosures could easily go further than either party intended. If that is were it started how could there not have been speculation on his staff about it? It’s not like they could sneak away in separate vehicles for a tryst at the local Holiday Inn. I can’t see how this affair was not discovered when he was appointed to head CIA? Are they that sloppy? Did they waive the usual background check?

    Given the suspicion the Left has about the military I can see Obama’s people sitting on this information as a way to exert control.

BannedbytheGuardian | November 9, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Have to say I thought he was acting strange roaming around Afganistan nappy headed & wearing last night’s sheets. . [. Yuk ]. I further deduce that he was in fact going Commando.

Then highly distracted as CIA head. Now we know he was dreaming of Lady Parts.

This is a big f!!!!!!kin deal.

BannedbytheGuardian | November 9, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Ps The above is mostly forgivable if it did no harm, He wou
He would not be the first man to get rolled over by either love or The Machine.

However this is 4 star Afghin War number 3 that has been international ly humiliated & dismissed by Obama. Maclelland McChrystal + the big prize,

[…] Gen. Petraeus resigns due to affair – what other post-election shoes to drop now? […]

Rep. Trey Gowdy was on On the Record tonight and told Van Susteren that the General will testify or be subpoenaed by Congress.

This could get interesting.

If you want to start on the side of being probably right just follow these simple rules:

1. Every statement from the White House is a lie.
2. Politics drives everything the Obama administration does.
3. Nothing is ever just what it seems.
4. There is no behavior too illegal, immoral, or destructive to America, its people, its government and its culture to be outside the realm of reasonable possibility as an explanation for what the executive branch is doing.
5. Barack Hussein Obama has no interest in anyone but himself and satisfying his quest for self-realization by sacrificing everyone and everything around him to his vision.
6. Somebody has been threatened or blackmailed.

    jimzinsocal in reply to jimposter. | November 10, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Sureseems that way. Ever notice the White House itself is the only “part” of government that neverseems to take a hit.
    Add the CIA/Military to the list of “government” or private entities that have been demeaned somewhat in the public eye.

      jimzinsocal in reply to jimzinsocal. | November 10, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Lemme amplify, I wasnt clear. Think of “institutions” thathave suffered a public opinion “hit”
      The Military
      The CIA
      Big Business
      High paid business owners
      The stock market
      The collective memory of Bush 8 years

      etc etc

So, can’t he be subpoenaed to appear before Congress?!?!? Or is the GOP so noodle-spined it won’t happen?!?

Let’s connect the dots in a probable manner.

The affair occurred while he was overseas and ended by the time of his post at the CIA. Benghazi occurs and he knows the real truth of what happened, i.e. Obama ordered people to do nothing.

Obama’s minions decide to black mail Petraeus when he indicates he is going to tell the truth as he is honor bound to do so. Petraeus decides he can not and will not lie to Congress and takes the only honorable way out, resigns citing the affair so that Obama is outmaneuvered to accept the resignation or be exposed for the attempted black mail.

Now the game is on, does the temporary Director tell the truth or does he go along with the lie… this is the CIA after all, disinformation is their stock and trade to combat the enemies of the State. Who is the enemy and who is the State? What does your political calculation tell you?

    jimzinsocal in reply to dscott. | November 10, 2012 at 10:16 am

    He can still be forced to testify thats for sure. Im sure Republicans are sorting out right now how to do it without seemingly “kicking a man while is down” so far as optics/perceptions.

    What is interesting is the narritive that has been born for public perceptions. The Libya mess is going to be equated so far as the public goes a sex scandal. Its not true…we know that but wait and see how it all will get spun by the narrative magicians in the Whitehouse.
    What happened in Libya will become less important less damaging as folks suck up the sex scandal details.

      jimzinsocal in reply to jimzinsocal. | November 10, 2012 at 10:20 am

      Here we go. Exhibit marked A

      From Drudge just now

      Did Mistress’s Husband Write to NYTIMES ‘Ethicist’ About Affair With Petraeus?

Good News! It Took US Intelligence a Year to Discover Petraeus Was Having Affair… And Benghazi Was a YouTube Protest

Kessler’s report claims that the FBI intercepted Petraeus’ emails with Broadwell, and they had included sexually explicit references, like “sex under a desk.” The pair reportedly broke up some point after Petraeus become CIA Director, but he continued sending thousands of emails to her over the past few months.

Well that dot is pretty close… will we hear any confirmation on the other dots?

So why does a married man that is a well respected and will be a historical figure admit to an affair if there is no scandal in the press?

If he got out in front of any scandal then since it was not clearly even rumored in the media, then someone (the FBI) had advance information. YES

Why was the FBI spying on the Director of Spys?

Most forced resignations at this level are usually done to preserve the reputation of both parties, unless the public “buzz” already exists that indicates questions about the character of that person, then usually both parties part ways as though nothing wrong happened.

What would compel a man of such stature to be so **generous** in admitting an affair?

The resignation could have been easily “crafted” between the 2 parties to focus the blame of the Libya screwups onto David Petraeus without any mention of a personal scandal. Just fall on his sword.

Was public knowledge of the affair imminent?

Since there weren’t any media organizations leading the investigation into the scandal (apparently) then the FBI (and the WH) could have just sat on the information.

My money says it was a forced resignation and that it was anticipated by the WH that David Petraeus would resign, but perhaps the **shocker** to the WH was the admission to the affair. The timing of this is just too obvious, he could have easily just said he was taking blame for the Libya failure and “that be that”.

Admitting to the affair just days after the elections and just days before his testimony reveals:

1. David Petraeus is stating (without stating) that his resignation was forced. Not only forced but it was sought after, the WH was looking for a reason.

2. The WH needed to “get the goods” on him because he was in a position to damage them.

3. David Petraeus refused to “fall on his sword” for Libya.

4. No mutually amicable deal to the situation of “you got the goods on me and I got the goods on you” could be reached.

Why would a man of David Petraeus stature and intelligence drag his wife into this?

There would be 2 choices, both are not good for him. Falling on his sword for Libya would be the WH choice, dragging your family into this to divert from the real scandal is just too obvious.

Intelligent men faced with such a standoff could not believe the public would “buy” such a reason just after an election and just before testimony over Libya.

The “Mexican standoff” didn’t go down “the Chicago way”.

Hard to believe that Petraeus will take the sword for obama if obama is to blame for the Benghazi massacre and the subsequent cover up. I guess we will find out if Petraeus denies request to testify and takes the fifth after being subpoenaed..

Relieved to find like-minded commenters. I thought what a crock when I heard the lies that it was a spontaneous resignation. General Petraeus is a man of honor, always has been and he is now free to reply truthfully under oath in Congress about the stand-down orders from the WH. I pray that G-d will protect his life from the Chicago machine so he can testify and the sham of this presidency revealed and removed.
Directives that Zero claimed to have made have to be written after spoken so maybe Congress will get it right and subpoena those. Let’s see how they will be fabricated, like his birth certificate. Donald Trump had it right, “the election was a travesty and a sham”.