The resignation of David Petraeus as director of the Central Intelligence Agency raises questions. Not so much about the extramarital affair that led to him stepping down, but rather about the timing of the resignation and whether he was forced to leave.
It’s most curious the announcement came just after the election and just ahead of Petraeus’ scheduled testimony before Congress on the Benghazi mess. It’s doubly curious because the affair apparently happened while the former four-star general served as commander in Afghanistan, more than a year ago. Why did news of the affair surface at this particular juncture, and what compelled the FBI to launch an investigation of Paula Broadwell, author of the biography All In: The Education of General David Petraeus?
Widespread news reports have identified Broadwell as Petraeus’ mistress, although neither she nor the general have acknowledged that assertion as fact. Without spelling out any further particulars, Petraeus’ resignation letter declared, “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.”
Broadwell herself is married, but was embedded (adding new meaning to the term) with Petraeus while he was serving in Afghanistan and she was researching her book. Here is an interview Broadwell gave this past March with CBS News upon the book’s release.
We’ll be watching this story closely as it unfolds.