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David Petraeus Resigns in Disgrace

A meteoric rise ends in a crash for David Petraeus, a shamed figure in American history.

In 2007, the ultra-liberal moveon.org launched a repulsive campaign against then-leader of our operations in Iraq, General David Petraeus, referring to him as "General Betray Us."

Now it has become evident that Petraeus was in a position in which he indeed could have betrayed his fellow Americans through an extramarital affair he conducted as head of the Central Intelligence Agency.

There is nothing out of the ordinary in the phenomenon of men that are unfaithful to their wives, particularly among those that are in positions of authority and power in government. There is, however, something sensational and uniquely dangerous when the leader of our worldwide spy operations is the cheater.

If David Petraeus wished to pursue an extramarital affair, he should have had the decency to resign forthwith. Instead, he rendered himself a blackmail target, holding on to his position while placing his pleasure over the welfare of his country. The fact that he has now "resigned" only after his activities came to the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation renders him a shameful figure. A brilliant and lengthy career in which Petraeus rose to one of the most important and powerful positions in our government, serving presidents of both major parties, has ended in disgrace.

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Sue T November 14, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I just makes me curious. You could have said the same thing about Clinton (the Monica affair). And even though there were impeachment hearings, nothing became of it. And Clinton is a leader of his Party. Yet, Petraeus is an "shameful figure".
Oren Spiegler November 15, 2012 at 09:36 AM
If you have somehow come away from my essay with the notion that I am in some way giving President Clinton a pass for his shameful actions, let me dispel it. Yes, I could have said the same thing about the Clinton/Lewinsky affair, and I have...repeatedly...in letters that have been published in newspapers throughout the country and in Patch. President Clinton disgraced the office of the presidency. His actions were shameful. Both he and David Petraeus could have placed the nation’s security at risk through placing their personal pleasure over their responsibilities to the American people. They should be ashamed of themselves. My criticism of Petraeus, like that of Clinton, is objective and non-partisan.

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