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Petraeus resigns

PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 05:28
by Jaboney
LA Times wrote:CIA director David Petraeus unexpectedly resigned Friday, citing “poor judgment” after engaging in an extramarital affair.

In a statement sent to CIA staff, Petraeus said he had personally delivered a letter of resignation to President Obama on Thursday, which was accepted Friday.

“After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair,” Petraeus said. “Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.”


Bad move, Petraeus. Not cool. But having every person who has an affair resign seems... excessive. Puritanical. If he decided to go so he could patch things up with his wife, fine. But... I dunno. Maybe people will finally stop beating the Draft Petraeus drum for the GOP.

Re: Petraeus resigns

PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 09:00
by maoman
Jaboney wrote:Bad move, Petraeus. Not cool. But having every person who has an affair resign seems... excessive.

That depends on with whom was he having the affair....

Re: Petraeus resigns

PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 09:45
by Tempo Gain
and as the leader of an organization such as ours.”


This is the key. As I understand, agents are held under a very tight rein about such things, for fear of their being compromised. Can't have that kind of example. Presumably he wasn't reporting it to his superior :)

Re: Petraeus resigns

PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:24
by Jaboney
Yeah, that makes sense.

Re: Petraeus resigns

PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:55
by ChinaCat
The affair happened at least a year ago. The Benghazi hearings happen in a few days.

Re: Petraeus resigns

PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:16
by Jaboney
Nah, that makes no sense.

Re: Petraeus resigns

PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 20:28
by Elegua
Conspiracy theories in 3..2..1...

Supposedly his resignation was asked for by Republican lawmakers back in Oct.

Re: Petraeus resigns

PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 22:26
by Jaboney
Well, this is interesting. On the day the news breaks, this appears in the NYT.
Cue the conspiracy theories, indeed.
NYT Ethicist column wrote:MY WIFE’S LOVER

My wife is having an affair with a government executive. His role is to manage a project whose progress is seen worldwide as a demonstration of American leadership. (This might seem hyperbolic, but it is not an exaggeration.) I have met with him on several occasions, and he has been gracious. (I doubt if he is aware of my knowledge.) I have watched the affair intensify over the last year, and I have also benefited from his generosity. He is engaged in work that I am passionate about and is absolutely the right person for the job. I strongly feel that exposing the affair will create a major distraction that would adversely impact the success of an important effort. My issue: Should I acknowledge this affair and finally force closure? Should I suffer in silence for the next year or two for a project I feel must succeed? Should I be “true to my heart” and walk away from the entire miserable situation and put the episode behind me? NAME WITHHELD

Don’t expose the affair in any high-profile way. It would be different if this man’s project was promoting some (contextually hypocritical) family-values platform, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. The only motive for exposing the relationship would be to humiliate him and your wife, and that’s never a good reason for doing anything. This is between you and your spouse. You should tell her you want to separate, just as you would if she were sleeping with the mailman. The idea of “suffering in silence” for the good of the project is illogical. How would the quiet divorce of this man’s mistress hurt an international leadership initiative? He’d probably be relieved.

The fact that you’re willing to accept your wife’s infidelity for some greater political good is beyond honorable. In fact, it’s so over-the-top honorable that I’m not sure I believe your motives are real. Part of me wonders why you’re even posing this question, particularly in a column that is printed in The New York Times.

Your dilemma is intriguing, but I don’t see how it’s ambiguous. Your wife is having an affair with a person you happen to respect. Why would that last detail change the way you respond to her cheating? Do you admire this man so much that you haven’t asked your wife why she keeps having sex with him? I halfway suspect you’re writing this letter because you want specific people to read this column and deduce who is involved and what’s really going on behind closed doors (without actually addressing the conflict in person). That’s not ethical, either.

Re: Petraeus resigns

PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 09:56
by irishstu
Anyone else think Paula Broadwell looks like Karen from the office?

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Re: Petraeus resigns

PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 09:58
by Dr. Nemesis
irishstu wrote:Anyone else think Paula Broadwell looks like Karen from the office?



Only in the sense that they are both women with black hair.

Re: Petraeus resigns

PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:01
by Hannibal
Dr. Nemesis wrote:
irishstu wrote:Anyone else think Paula Broadwell looks like Karen from the office?



Only in the sense that they are both women with black hair.

beer goggles, yo.

Re: Petraeus resigns

PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:20
by irishstu
Dr. Nemesis wrote:
irishstu wrote:Anyone else think Paula Broadwell looks like Karen from the office?



Only in the sense that they are both women with black hair.


HEY! They both have silky shirts too!

Re: Petraeus resigns

PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:48
by Doogie Howser MD
That is why the CIA had to investigate.

Re: Petraeus resigns

PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:57
by Jaboney
Great tumbler thread combining Petraeus headlines and photos of the real news.
http://petraeusaffair.tumblr.com/

Someone curating the Globe and Mail's far more frivolous celebrity photos pages occasionally does much the same thing.

Re: Petraeus resigns

PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 20:47
by Bubbha
Petraeus was just answering to the call of booty... I mean duty.