Well this is just a tad disappointing. The 2016 field narrows again. First there was the Chris Christie tongue bath of Barack Obama and now the resignation of David Petraeus as Director of the CIA for an affair.
CIA Director David Petraeus resigned his post on Friday, confessing to having shown “extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair.” The former Army general rocketed to global prominence as the man in charge of the “surge” in Iraq and later the commander of American forces in Afghanistan.
President Barack Obama said Petraeus had led the Central Intelligence Agency “with characteristic intellectual rigor, dedication and patriotism.”
“I am completely confident that the CIA will continue to thrive and carry out its essential mission, and I have the utmost confidence in Acting Director Michael Morell and the men and women of the CIA who work every day to keep our nation safe,” the president said in a written statement.
“Going forward, my 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,” Obama continued.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper issued a statement that did not specify a reason for Petraeus’ departure but praised his colleague extensively.