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Gen. Petraeus Resigns:
A Warrior´s Star Is Tarnished

Investor´s Business Daily, by David Ignatius

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Posted By:earlybird, 11/9/2012 10:53:48 PM

David Petraeus achieved genuinely great things in his career, so his fall as CIA director over what he bluntly described in his resignation letter Friday as "extremely poor judgment ... engaging in an extramarital affair" has the poignancy you might find in a novel by Leo Tolstoy or Victor Hugo. Petraeus may have seemed larger than life in uniform, but beneath the ribbons he was a very human story. Petraeus´ 14-month tenure as CIA director was short and, compared to his rocket-like ascent to a four-star rank in the Army, something of a bumpy ride.(snip) It wasn´t an easy fit,

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Article goes on to describe his relationship with Michael Morell, who held the job temporarily before Petraeus arrived and will hold it again now.

The one thing everyone seems to agree on is that, from his days as a West Point cadet, Petraeus was relentlessly (ruthlessly?) ambitious. A former CIA operative remarked on Fox News today that although he personally admired Petraeus, many at the CIA were not happy to see him go as "they´d wondered why he was there in the first place".

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 11/9/2012 10:57:55 PM     (No. 9004183)

Interesting that Obama tried to control how Petraeus conducted himself at the CIA:

The transition was complicated by the fact that Petraeus was moving from being the most visible and celebrated general in modern American history to operating in the shadows, away from TV cameras and the journalists he had courted as a military officer. This reticence was at the insistence of the Obama White House, which gave Petraeus the CIA job despite deep worries about whether he would be a team player and stay out of the limelight.

Petraeus wasn´t entirely happy with his new invisibility — rightly reckoning that he was one of the more effective communicators of his generation when it came to global strategy. But he accepted his new obscurity as the price of the new job, and over time, he seemed to become more comfortable with it. A more visible and public role, as president of a university or secretary of state, was tempting, in part because it would allow Petraeus to play on all the octaves. But until Friday, he seemed likely to remain at the CIA, at least into the new year.


The last thing we heard before today´s disclosure that he was hoping to become president of Princeton University.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mercedesops, 11/9/2012 11:00:32 PM     (No. 9004188)

I fear his suicide. The email episode will make it even worse.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: RussVet, 11/9/2012 11:09:56 PM     (No. 9004199)

Really very simple.. Petraeus wouldnt support Obozo´s plan that the CIA was responsible for Benghazi=Obozo TREASON...

Petraeus called a news conference and openly disagreed with flop ears that the CIA had been the one to refuse the Libya embassy support... Since he wouldn´t lie, at the point flop ears fired the 4 star general like he had already done with the two other 4 star generals in theater that tried to help the embassy in Libya against Obozo orders ... Obozo´s cover up is falling apart... impeach for Treason ...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mercedesops, 11/9/2012 11:13:22 PM     (No. 9004205)

So did the Chicago Gang blackmail the Director of the CIA? Will Petraeus´s body be found under a cannon at Ft Marcy Park? Welcome to Obamaland.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Dixie, 11/9/2012 11:25:49 PM     (No. 9004233)

I think Obama told him to resign, using an affair as the excuse....all to attempt to prevent Petraeus from testifying on Benghazi.

It won´t work...or, more accurately, it SHOULDN´T work. But it might.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: steveW, 11/10/2012 1:51:15 AM     (No. 9004371)

And yet, the man who should be stepping down for betrayal - of his country, no less - has just been reelected president. As long as the Great Betrayer remain in the Oval Office, the lesser missteps of others should be judged accordingly.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: TXknitter, 11/10/2012 2:31:07 AM     (No. 9004390)

It´s hard to determine what´s what. Extreme ambition can get a person into an awful lot of trouble. Get into bed with a bunch of vipers and you get bit. Poor judgement to ever get involved with Obama.

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