Did Petreaus Betray Us (And If Not Us, His Wife... After The Election Of Course)

Tyler Durden's picture

Update, in which we find the true reason for the affair: Petraeus Won’t Testify on Benghazi Next Week, Senate Aide Says.  In other words, next time one is called to testify before a panel over the deaths of 4 people including one US ambassador, one just pulls the infidelity "get out of testimony" card and all is well.

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A mere few days after the re-election of our president, CIA Director David Petraeus annoucnes his resignation:


The reason - an extra-marital affair...


Of course, the defense is already known: Petreaus did not commit that affair... the government did it for him

Via AP:

David Petraeus has resigned as director of the CIA after admitting he had an extramarital affair.


According to his letter of resignation, Petraeus asked President Barack Obama on Thursday to allow him to resign, and on Friday the president accepted.


Petraeus said in a statement that he had shown "extremely poor judgment" in having an affair.

and From the Director of National Intelligence...



Today, CIA Director David Petraeus submitted his letter of resignation to the President. Dave’s decision to step down represents the loss of one of our nation’s most respected public servants. From his long, illustrious Army career to his leadership at the helm of CIA, Dave has redefined what it means to serve and sacrifice for one’s country.


Since he took over as Director in September of last year, he and I have worked together to tackle some of the most challenging issues faced by the Intelligence Community in more than a decade. Under his leadership, the CIA remained instrumental in providing our policy makers decision advantage through the best possible intelligence. I’m particularly thankful for Dave’s unwavering support and personal commitment to my efforts to lead the Intelligence Community and integrate our intelligence enterprise.


Whether he was in uniform leading our nation’s troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, or at CIA headquarters leading the effort to generate intelligence used to keep our nation safe, Dave inspired people who had the privilege of working with him.


I have spent more than five decades serving our country–in uniform and out–and of all the exceptional men and women I have worked with over the years, I can honestly say that Dave Petraeus stands out as one of our nation’s great patriots.


On behalf of the entire Intelligence Community, I thank Dave for his service, his support and his continued friendship.


James R. Clapper

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infinity8's picture


Your voice has changed. So political recently whereas, in the past, you stuck to trading topics - FX mostly. Like Yen Cross used to be almost unintelligible and KathyChamberlain-esque and now is English-speaking and attempting to be "friendly". Shit's getting weird around here.

Cathartes Aura's picture

pretty much everything at ZH has "changed" - you've been around for a while, don't you think so?

falak pema's picture

maybe Orly has grown political wings and learnt to fly! 

Her handle rings a bell. 

4x and now polit X

Btw : nice play on words Orly; Boner not going to take it laying down! 

Orly's picture


Maybe there was a presidential election recently and now this happens with General Petraeus, so 90% of the stories generated here are of that ilk?  I am far off into conspiracy theories, not politX.  It's the Purple Party, sponsored by the banks, so I don't care, really.

I did notice that about Yen Cross, too.  Very strange, as he used to be nearly unbearably vulgar and now he is quite friendly.  The other day, he saved me an online magazine clipping that was very informative.  It was very nice.

Often, when there is a loss in our lives, we can no longer take our invulnerability for granted.  I hope he hasn't had to deal with something tragic but I do like the change.


jwoop66's picture

cracker please!   boner is a bitch.   He'll take it however master wants to give it to him.

lilimarlene1's picture

No wonder the wonder boy did the boo hoo for the press. Boo hoo, boo hoo, boo hoo. Sheesh.

inca's picture

Alumni Symposium 2012 Paula Broadwell [pay close attention to Q&A]

Did Petraeus mistress reveal secret CIA prison?
Paula Broadwell may have divulged new information on Benghazi scandal


RealTime CIA – Why else did the CIA spymaster resign?-”
"...the difference from what is publicly said, what is publicly seen and what actually exists.”

swamp's picture

He was forced out for telling on the WH, that he did not call to stand down, leaving only Panetta or Obama to blame. Can't have the WH intentionally murdering the American he put in place, so out out out. 

swamp's picture

He was forced out for telling on the WH, that he did not call to stand down, leaving only Panetta or Obama to blame. Can't have the WH intentionally murdering the American he put in place, so out out out. 

Gully Foyle's picture


I think you missed something.

Normally when they squeeze someone out the old "he left to spend time with his family" canard is put into play.

Someone did the dirty and humiliated him, PUBLICLY humiliated him.

One has to wonder why?

Precious's picture

Retaliation for misuse of bold font.

GetZeeGold's picture



If it's bold.....you know he's serious.

Ookspay's picture

Axelrod's fingerprints all over this... Petraeus was going to sing like a bird at the Senate hearings...

Once again the media has failed us miserably. Now they will slowly release all of the dirt on the obama admin instead of before the election like they should have. Pathetic.

XitSam's picture

They are saying that now he is not going to testify? Why not?

Ookspay's picture

He knows too much about them and they know too much about him, implied blackmail by both parties.

XitSam's picture

Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is the one saying he doesn't need to testify.

This is all choreographed and smells as bad as that chicken factory in Mississippi after Katrina.

Edit: typo

eatthebanksters's picture

They had to find a reason t get him out quick...requesting a resignation after the election but before the hearings because hos family missed him just would not fly.  He fell on his sword for the chief.

CPL's picture

Sometimes people fall of swords of their own device to delay an inevidable outcome.



Muddy1's picture

"etremely poor judgement", let me seeher (his) picture and I'll decide.

Tlee JFK, and Bill Clinton about poor judgement

caconhma's picture

Something is very fishy. Forget the Benghazi attack. It is nothing. This is the old news.

Let us see, David Petraeus is a military man and there is a serious conflict between the military establishment and CIA conducting various dirty jobs for the Administration and their Zionist Banking Mafia masters. Lately, the Pentagon was against an Iran adventure on behalf of Israel making the Zionist Banking Mafia very angry.

I don’t believe CIA didn’t have a detailed knowledge about the 9/11-I. I am afraid that America is up to the 9/11-II and Petraeus did not want to be a part of it. It appears that something terrible will take place in a near future.


seek's picture

Here she is: http://www.chronicle.su/wp-content/uploads/paulabroadwell.jpg

FYI that's th equivalent of a facebook angles pic of her, it's pretty kind.

tsx500's picture

Giggitty giggitty gooooo   !!!

swamp's picture

Did you read the article? You missed the point. He's resigning to avoid being killed by testifying against the Master of AmeriKa.

surf0766's picture

Will he be walking around talking about Genghis Khan ?

Thecomingcollapse's picture

This is all so we can have a new appointee... False flag methinks

slaughterer's picture

They are putting Geithner in as a replacement.  

decon's picture

Since time immemorial, little head thinking for the big head.

Precious's picture

Spooks now setting up blind drops on Grindr


XitSam's picture

Who, when, where?  Was it recent or have they been holding this is reserve? Did Petraeus come forward to admit an affair on his own? Usually, things that cause resignations only happen when people are caught. Then they're all "I'm so sorry (that I got caught)."

Roger Knights's picture

"a honey trap... but by who?"

Maybe Monica gets around.

BeaverFever's picture

The only affair he had was with a magnum held to his greasy head. The only privates he saw were manly ones that looked better than Hitlery's on a drunken day in the dead of night. Forget Bengazi. Forget testifying. Forget a life other than this shiny bullet about to go a zillion miles an hour through that skull of yours...

It's called the Amerikun Way. The way it was. The way it will always be. The Republic is dead. Long live the few who know the truth...

ToNYC's picture

Hookers on the right string is the only way to go to the Global fish fry.

Zap Powerz's picture

I have a suspicion that there was a whole lot of shit plugged up in the political sewer and it was prevented from coming out in the months before the election. Now that the election is over, the dam keeping that shit back has been breached and will start flowing.  That will be the shit that hits the fan.

Some possibilities:  US credit downgrade.  Inflation.  Food and energy shortages.  Foriegn affair fuck ups (Bengazi, fast and furious), the abysmal response of the Federal government to Sandy, promises made to foriegn leaders pre election.

We past the point of no return a long time ago, but the news has not covered it so Obama could get re-elected.  Now that he is in office securely, the above events will be used as a tool to smash the American system with, they will be used to expand government power and the police state.

Its all working according to plan.

Your government hates you.  Plan accordingly.  You have been warned.

Peterus's picture

Government doesn't hate you. Farmer doesn't hate his cows.

Actually he even wants the moderately happy - so they are most productive. But when push comes to shove, you gotta eat something and there are only these dairy cows left...

HungryPorkChop's picture

He should had consulted with 'Bill' Clinton on that one? 

upWising's picture

So the Celestial Creator comes to visit Eve one afternoon in the Garden of Eden.  After brief pleasantries, Celestial Creator tells Eve, "I have finally perfected the design of the Male Gender.  The only bad news is that there is a small engineering glitch I haven't been able to fix.  I can get the blood to flow to the brain or to the penis, but not to both at the same time."

Gully Foyle's picture


TV Review: Testees

Meanwhile, another Testee named Larry (Kenny Hotz) reaps the benefits of the new penis-enlargement spray he’s been assigned to try out. The problem with the spray is, while it’s effective in turning him into “cockzilla,” getting an erection has a tendency to drain his blood supply, causing him to pass out.

grid-b-gone's picture

Gas in my area fell from nearly $4.00 to $3.19 in the weeks leading up to the election. Bye bye, pristine North Slope.

GetZeeGold's picture



Only cost us a trillion in hot QE cash......but thanks, we'll take it.

ChanceIs's picture

I think that I am missing something big time.  I would think:

1) Once formally out of office, he should be able to speak MUCH more openly,

2) Where did it ever say that he was NOT going to testify?  Does having an affair make one's memory faulty or otherwise less able to speak the truth?  Isn't one less constrained if the leverage of having one's dirty revealed to one's spouse has been removed.

3) Paetraeus is military.  All of the military hate Obama (and hated Clinton).  Obama hates the military.  Paetraeus can now open his kimona with delight.

Bottom line here:  The frightened person tonight should be El Presidente Obama.  Face it.  He had Jay Carney call up Paetraeus and say, 'We have the goods on you.  If you tell the truth to Congress about Libya, we are going to tattle to your wife.'  I am sure Paetraeus said, 'Kiss my ass.  I will see you in the Congressional testimony room.'

Marc Faber said that Obama wouldn't last out his next four years.  I wonder if he will make it to inauguration.

seek's picture

If the above is true... They'd need to kill/suicide Petraeus to prevent testimony if they were going to stop this from getting out.

If that happens, I guess we'll know it's no-prisoners mode and SHTF jumped onto the express train.

DaveyJones's picture

D. all of the above alex

Gully Foyle's picture

Biden 2016 cause he's down with the brothers.

Kiwi Pete's picture

If Obama goes does that mean Biden 2012?