The Associated Press has just announced that CIA Director David Petraeus has resigned because of an extramarital affair.
Petraeus is probably best-known as the former head of allied forces in Afghanistan. He took over as Director of the CIA in 2011.
USA Today explains, “In a letter, Petraeus noted that he had been married for 37 years and had exercised “extremely poor judgment’ in conducting an extramarital affair.”
What do you think of this as a reason to resign? Certainly an extramarital affair does show poor judgement, but does it somehow make him unfit to be the Director of the CIA?
Should other people in other positions resign because of extramarital affairs, or is a position like Petraeus’ somehow more damaged by an extramarital affair?
Can someone be a “good man” and good Director even if he has had an affair?
Here is Gen. Petraeus’ letter of resignation, as sent to the President on Thursday:
Central Intelligence Agency
9 November 2012
Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the President to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position as D/CIA. After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. 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.
As I depart Langley, I want you to know that it has been the greatest of privileges to have served with you, the officers of our Nation’s Silent Service, a work force that is truly exceptional in every regard. Indeed, you did extraordinary work on a host of critical missions during my time as director, and I am deeply grateful to you for that.
Teddy Roosevelt once observed that life’s greatest gift is the opportunity to work hard at work worth doing. I will always treasure my opportunity to have done that with you and I will always regret the circumstances that brought that work with you to an end.
Thank you for your extraordinary service to our country, and best wishes for continued success in the important endeavors that lie ahead for our country and our Agency.
With admiration and appreciation,
David H. Petraeus
Some people suggest that this is related to the Benghazi killings. From Breitbart.com*:
Just two days after President Obama’s re-election, General David Petraeus, the CIA Director, has resigned from the administration over an extramarital affair. Petraeus was slated to testify before Congress next week on the murder of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, in Benghazi. Bret Baier of Fox News just tweeted, “With Petraeus’ resignation effective immediately, he will not testify next week & lawmakers are said to be ‘stunned’ by the announcement.”
*the editorial staff of GMP does not endorse this position, we are merely offering it up for discussion.