I heard this news on the radio this afternoon on the way home. Having now read the media reports and reviewed the Petraeus letter of apology, I have only one observation. Since when has an extramarital affair been cause for a liberal administration to throw one of theirs under the bus?
There is something else afoot here. I am not quite sure yet what that is, but there is something more bothersome that the former general having an affair. Everyone in Washington has affairs, so this isn't news or a career ending problem for the average liberal. What gives? Stay tuned, this promises to be interesting.
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