The Vote Aftermath
|Martin Barillas||November 9th 2012|
Cutting Edge Senior Correspondent
President Barack Obama accepted the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus on November 9, following a meeting they had on the previous day. In a statement, the former top Army general explained the rationale for his departure. “After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair,” Petraeus said in a statement. “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.”
Obama’s national security was already expected to have some departures, but Petraeus’s announcement has caused turmoil in the administration. Having taken the position just fourteen months ago, Petraeus had been expected to remain in situ. Obama stated that Petraeus has “provided extraordinary service to the United States for decades,” adding that “through his lifetime of service David Petraeus has made our country safer and stronger.”
While not alluding to adultery, Obama did offer his “thoughts and prayers are with Dave and Holly Petraeus, who has done so much to help military families through her own work. I wish them the very best at this difficult time.” Holly Petraeus serves as assistant director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which advocates for members of the military and their families.
White House officials have reportedly said that the unfolding controversy over the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya has absolutely nothing to do with the departure of America’s top spy. Petraeus had a distinguished Army career that carried him from West Point to leadership positions in which he was tapped to direct the war efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Michael J. Morell, who served as Petraeus’s deputy, is serving as interim CIA director. The immediate predecessor of Petraeus in the job is Leon Panetta, who now serves as Secretary of Defense.
Rumors are in Washington that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is tired of the job and may depart after Obama’s second inauguration.
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