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

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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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Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:16 | 2965812 nodhannum
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For anyone who believes he is resigning because of a woman (unless Obama is blackmailing him), I got some RIMM to sell you for the long term.  He probably hates Obama's guts and doesn't want to be in command when the shit hits the road.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:18 | 2965829 Spastica Rex
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Not a woman... MAN.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:26 | 2965879 falak pema
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you mean Petreaus went totally greek like a thebian from the band of brothers?

Petreaus sounds roman.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:31 | 2965924 Spastica Rex
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Two snaps up.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:35 | 2965907 Dr. Engali
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This is the rainbow administration...so that is right out. This has to do with Benghazi. Or maybe they needed somebody else for the upcoming war with iran and he wouldn't get out of the way.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:35 | 2965944 Spastica Rex
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Can't... stop... trolling... please... help.......

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:43 | 2965984 Dr. Engali
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   +1   LOl

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:09 | 2966094 resurger
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Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:26 | 2965881 Peterus
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Also, isn't that man a military commander? He's supposed to order killings, if he does this task right what does anyone (except his wife and friends) care about who is he sleeping with? Or if he does this task badly would even the best character and personal integrity be enough?

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:49 | 2966018 blunderdog
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Extramarital affairs are a crime under military law.  He WAS a lifer--maybe he really believes in the purpose of those rules.

Or maybe he's just got to get out of the CIA so he can launch a new political party and start plotting the coup...

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:07 | 2966634 Quantum Nucleonics
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Here's what happened folks: The CIA was pissed that they got thrown under the campaign bus over Libya by Biden in the VP debate, then by the whole of Team Obama.  They started throwing out leaks on the fact that Obama and his staff watched our buys in Libya get whacked via real time video link, and denied all requests to save them either by a CIA ground team in the area or from US military assets in the Med.  This is Obama's political team trying to tell the CIA to STFU.  The CIA plays fast pitch, so look for things to get ugly.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:17 | 2966655 blunderdog
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Video or it didn't happen...

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 09:26 | 2967501 GetZeeGold
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There was video but word is Hillary pulled out her zippo and put fire to it amd dumped it in the ashtray.....guess we'll never know now.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:18 | 2965817 Seize Mars
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Seriously, does anyone believe anything said by any of these people any more? He's obviously lying.

Further more, trying to think one's way through the hall of mirrors of lies is becoming...boring.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:18 | 2965824 Joebloinvestor
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He fucked the CIA not another woman.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:24 | 2965864 falak pema
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he only had one affair?

How unlike a CIA man who is wedded to the most deceitful line of business that exists. These guys have to be instrumental in killing  a hundred innocents and dropping bombs on another dozen to qualify for their entrance into Langley. 

Man, being a Templar is now a cheap business. Those Templars boasted they took down a hundred infidels with each sword blade like Custer's regiment. Just read the annals of Jean de Brienne in Hungary, as latin king of Constantinople.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:18 | 2965827 Shizzmoney
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I'm sure they'll get someone from Wall Street to run the CIA.

Why not Blythe Masters?  She's been manipulting silver for the last 10 years.......she'd be a perfect fit for the most manipulating govt agency of them all.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:30 | 2965918 Agent P
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CIA Director Jon Corzine

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:46 | 2966000 knukles
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"Enemies and bad spots just vanish"

Guaranteed Plausable Deniability
Proven Teflon Results Ensured

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:10 | 2966304 Common_Cents22
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Corzine is not sneaky enough for CIA.

But I bet obama will make Corzine head of SEC and SEC TREASURY, heck why not FED CHAIR too.   Save some taxpayer money on paying 3 people.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 01:00 | 2967205 Cathartes Aura
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Blythe Masters is British, so heading up the amrkn CIA would finally bring some closure to the notion of who owns the colony. . .

Closure or need for closure are psychological terms that describe the desire or "need" some individuals have for information that will allow them to conclude an issue that had previously (for them at least) been clouded in ambiguity and uncertainty.


Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:19 | 2965831 conspicio
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Funny, but no where have I read it was with a woman. Just...an extramarital affair...

David, you sly leg humpin homodawg, you...

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:24 | 2965865 akak
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The twinks do love a man in uniform ...

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:26 | 2965884 Joe Davola
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Maybe ewe're on to something about not being a woman...

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:55 | 2966041 Bastiat
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"Once more: into the breeches!"

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:19 | 2965833 Divine Wind
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This smells like bullshit.

I bet Petreaus was set up. Honey trap perhaps?

"Shut up about Benghazi or we tell on you."

Willing to bet he called their bluff and went public himself.

In the end, the rats are scattering. Must be bad.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:26 | 2965883 Bastiat
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Heh.  I typed the same thing below before I saw your post.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:28 | 2965896 slackrabbit
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If its good enough for WikiLeaks its good enough for him.

Watch your yourself fightclub (ZH's), you may be next!

 Remember, the old WW2 saying in Africa 'Empty your tanks before your enemy does it for you!'.



(I guess they didn't have the same humour as we do today!)

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:11 | 2966085 dwdollar
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Doesn't mean shit... If he does spill his guts on Benghazi, or whatever, the media will use the affair to destroy what little credibility he has.

Just another tool of the kleptocracy who's let his credibility erode to zero.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:20 | 2965842 Implicit simplicit
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His secret battalion- the spermatazoa gang could not be controlled. Certain smells  excites them beyond control. They were not responsible for their actions

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:20 | 2965844 Shizzmoney
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Have you seen the fake wig this guy has?

I mean, I know he probably has a lot of money......but any woman who would be willing to sit on that mop should be commended.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:30 | 2965917 Divine Wind
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Too damn funny. I gotz tears in my eyes.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:37 | 2965954 falak pema
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toupee soldier. Petrified forest of false hair. 


Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:24 | 2965868 Wolferl
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Is fucking annother woman still a reason to resign over in the US? Just asking. I mean, c´mon, you even have gay marriage in some states.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:48 | 2966011 knukles
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Now that is a more than reasonable consideation

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:03 | 2966071 saints51
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The way I look at it is either he is leaving the sinking ship or he was forced out for some reason we can only speculate on. All these guys fuck women besides their wives. If you don't they will not trust you. Got to have dirt on yourself to be trusted in DC.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 17:57 | 2966258 Mesquite
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Ok, I'll remember the past.. It was comjectured at the time, that he was put in that post, to keep him from running for elected office... If so, that need no longer exists..

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:24 | 2965869 IamtheREALmario
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Maybe he is actually a man with a conscience, they entrapped him and blackmailed him and the only way he figured he could get out is to man up to it.

The other possibility is that it is just smoke and he is heading off to warm up the underground bunkers.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:26 | 2965885 Tuco Benedicto ...
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Petraeus said in a statement that he had shown "extremely poor judgment" in getting caught.



Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:30 | 2965921 alien-IQ
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"man with a conscience" + Head of the CIA?....uh....does not compute.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:25 | 2965870 Joe A
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Who would really care about an extramarital affair as long as it does not make you blackmailable? Did he fall into a honeytrap with a foreign agent?

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:25 | 2965871 ziggy59
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Uh, it was cool for Bubba, even tho he didn't have sex with that woman..

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:28 | 2965899 alien-IQ
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He didn't..The cigar did.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:35 | 2965946 Bam_Man
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He had sex with her blue dress.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:49 | 2966020 knukles
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And her mouth (biblically defined sex)

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:27 | 2965873 Bastiat
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What the chance that anything anyone in that position does is secret?  My cut: he was blackmailed over Benghazi and said: fuck you, do it.

[Divine Wind beat me to it, above]

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:26 | 2965880 cynicalskeptic
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The guy married the Commandant's daughter at West Point.  He's been a politically 'adept' schemer his whole career.  Either he got really arrogant or something else is going on.  


Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:31 | 2965925 cossack55
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Would love to hear David Hackworth's take on this stuffed suit. Wish I could channel.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:39 | 2965966 falak pema
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he is a man of the times, his dikk suffers from biflation, especially after election night!

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:17 | 2966332 XitSam
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He's a general, so it goes without saying he is an adept schemer.

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