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    Re: Did Petraeus REALLY resign over an extramarital affair?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarcogito View Post
    I was thinking he could have just resigned without mentioning the affair. But I am guessing he knew it was going to come out anyway. If the FBI knew about it then it is likely someone informed on him. Best to get ahead of the story to minimize the damage to your reputation.

    And I do think he should have stepped down just out of fairness. The underlings who work a the CIA have to undergo lifestyle polygraphs and adultery can get them booted from the agency so why should the Director get special treatment?
    If he resigned with no reason, it would be assumed that it was over Benghazi.

    We know that his resignation was postponed so as not to influence the election...that's scandalous enough, if you ask me.

    If I had to guess, Patreaus is pissed about Benghazi and wanted to get out of the administration and cut a deal with the Obama administration. If I had to guess...

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    Re: Did Petraeus REALLY resign over an extramarital affair?

    Unfortunately, partisan controls the views of most people, or at least on this forum.

    OVERWHELMING, when the question comes up of should someone tell their spouse if he/she cheated in the past - the majority of members say NO.

    To the generic question of "If someone cheated on his/her spouse in the past, should that person tell everyone about it?" I think nearly all would say "of course not."

    BUT since this is partisan, all the Democrat hacks are tripping over themselves praising him for announcing in press conferences that he cheated on his wife of 37 years - something the public did NOT know until he announced it. Obviously that is not a necessary humilation to his wife to be able to resign - regardless of why since NO reason need be given to resign any position or job. The typical generic "to spend more time with my family" would have been sufficient.

    Thus, I say he is a total asshole. What a s/itty thing to do to his wife and children. Like the ultimate narcisst.

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    Re: Did Petraeus REALLY resign over an extramarital affair?

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    Why does there HAVE to be more? Because you want it to be so? Life isn't like that.
    Because it doesn't make sense. Clinton got caught in an extra-marital affair, and went on camera and lied about it, and then later admitted it when there was no way to suppress the truth anymore. But he didn't resign over it. Once the secret is out, there is no more leverage someone can hold on you. So why did Petreus quit?!? There isn't another reason simply because I want one; there is another reason because... there is another reason.

    I just wonder what that reason is.
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    Re: Did Petraeus REALLY resign over an extramarital affair?

    Quote Originally Posted by mac View Post
    If he resigned with no reason, it would be assumed that it was over Benghazi.

    We know that his resignation was postponed so as not to influence the election...that's scandalous enough, if you ask me.

    If I had to guess, Patreaus is pissed about Benghazi and wanted to get out of the administration and cut a deal with the Obama administration. If I had to guess...
    I think it's possible from what is known that the affair was common in DC and only a cover for a Benghazi screw up. The Kennedy brothers were famous womanizers. Hillary was very upset about the Ambassadors death, which seems could be partially from something hidden. Panetta Sec Of Defense, Clinton Head of State Department and Patraeus Head of CIA all quitting with one taking the fall?

    I believe the press will dog this for awhile.
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    Re: Did Petraeus REALLY resign over an extramarital affair?

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    I think it's possible from what is known that the affair was common in DC and only a cover for a Benghazi screw up. The Kennedy brothers were famous womanizers. Hillary was very upset about the Ambassadors death, which seems could be partially from something hidden. Panetta Sec Of Defense, Clinton Head of State Department and Patraeus Head of CIA all quitting with one taking the fall?

    I believe the press will dog this for awhile.
    Panetta and Patreaus are the few Obama appointees that I would say have some integrity (except for the affair, of course). I'm certain that their resignations have to do with disgust with the administration. Hillary's is very likely politically motivated in order to distance her from Obama and free her up for 2016. There is no way she kowtows to Biden and let's him run unopposed in the primary.

    The majority of the press will report the line the administration gives them.

    edit: I haven't seen anything official on Panetta's resignation, have you?
    Last edited by mac; 11-10-12 at 07:14 PM.

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    Re: Did Petraeus REALLY resign over an extramarital affair?

    I'm willing to give the General a break, given his history, but his reason still sounds a bit fishy.

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    Re: Did Petraeus REALLY resign over an extramarital affair?

    Quote Originally Posted by roflpublican View Post
    perhaps he was threatened or had his family threatened.

    funny how we can find out more about Washington in foreign newspapers

    Canada's Globe & Mail

    Threatening e-mails may have led to discovery of Petraeus’s affair: report

    The abrupt resignation of CIA director David Petraeus may have brought about by threatening e-mails that a woman “close to him” received, according to a report from the Washington Post Saturday afternoon.

    Initial reports suggested that the FBI was concerned about a security breach involving Mr. Petraeus’s emails, but three anonymous senior law enforcement officials told the newspaper that a woman had sent the e-mails, and that the recipient was so frightened, she approached the Federal Bureau of Investigation for protection and help tracking the sender.

    The threats were traced to Paula Broadwell, co-author of a biography on Mr. Petraeus. The sexual nature of the e-mails led investigators to conclude the Mr. Petraeus and Ms. Broadwell were having an affair and that Ms. Broadwell perceived the other woman as a threat to her relationship with Mr. Petraeus.

    The identity of the female recipient of the e-mails is unknown.
    from the same article, another example of how stuff gets published in foreign press that never makes the US media
    At the time of Mr. Petraeus’s appointment to the CIA, the Agence France-Press reported that critics of the four-star general described him “as a hyper-ambitious ‘King David’ with designs on the presidency.”
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    Re: Did Petraeus REALLY resign over an extramarital affair?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    Unfortunately, partisan controls the views of most people, or at least on this forum.

    OVERWHELMING, when the question comes up of should someone tell their spouse if he/she cheated in the past - the majority of members say NO.

    To the generic question of "If someone cheated on his/her spouse in the past, should that person tell everyone about it?" I think nearly all would say "of course not."

    BUT since this is partisan, all the Democrat hacks are tripping over themselves praising him for announcing in press conferences that he cheated on his wife of 37 years - something the public did NOT know until he announced it. Obviously that is not a necessary humilation to his wife to be able to resign - regardless of why since NO reason need be given to resign any position or job. The typical generic "to spend more time with my family" would have been sufficient.

    Thus, I say he is a total asshole. What a s/itty thing to do to his wife and children. Like the ultimate narcisst.
    I've already explained to you why Petraeus's only option was to publicly disclose it and why doing so has nothing to do with further disrespecting his wife. But it seems you'd rather ignore my sound arguments, which you seem unable to refute, and continue believing something that is wrong. Suit yourself.

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    Re: Did Petraeus REALLY resign over an extramarital affair?

    Quote Originally Posted by mac View Post
    Panetta and Patreaus are the few Obama appointees that I would say have some integrity (except for the affair, of course). I'm certain that their resignations have to do with disgust with the administration. Hillary's is very likely politically motivated in order to distance her from Obama and free her up for 2016. There is no way she kowtows to Biden and let's him run unopposed in the primary.

    The majority of the press will report the line the administration gives them.

    edit: I haven't seen anything official on Panetta's resignation, have you?
    Obama and his appointees aren't all biased beyond reasonableness, anymore than are the GOP. Ultimately, they all work for the whole country.

    Hillary is struggling in hiding it. Something went down that is probably more embarrassing than substantive in Libya and we may never know. I also don't know if Patraeus played a bluff game with the Admin and lost or if it's even related?
    The Press knows we're not hearing it all but will only push so long before another story breaks.
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    Re: Did Petraeus REALLY resign over an extramarital affair?

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    Obama and his appointees aren't all biased beyond reasonableness, anymore than are the GOP. Ultimately, they all work for the whole country.

    Hillary is struggling in hiding it. Something went down that is probably more embarrassing than substantive in Libya and we may never know. I also don't know if Patraeus played a bluff game with the Admin and lost or if it's even related?
    The Press knows we're not hearing it all but will only push so long before another story breaks.
    Hillary actually looks like she's about to puke in every picture she shares with Obama.

    Just saying.

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