Petraeus Scandal Grows as New Details Emerge

Monday, November 12, 2012

General David Petraeus' storied career in public service came to a sudden end on Friday as the details of an affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell became known to the world. The general, who is credited with game-changing tenures in both Iraq and Afghanistan, had to resign his current post as director of the Central Intelligence Agency as details of an F.B.I. investigation revealed the affair.

Retired Colonel Peter Mansoor, former executive officer to General David Petraeus and now professor of military history at Ohio State University, tells us more about the general. Takeaway Washington correspondant Todd Zwillich tells more about the search for a new top spy in D.C.


Peter Mansoor


Todd Zwillich

Comments [7]

Jf from Ny

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Nov. 13 2012 01:14 PM
Cristie from Florida

Just like the CIA scandal of this summer, these are NOT isolated incidents but SOP for the military. As a former Army wife, my husband soldier cheated on me at least twice in ten years. All the chaplains or commanders ever said was "soldiers will be soldiers". There was never any accountability.

Nov. 13 2012 09:19 AM
scallywag from nyc

In the end setting foreign policy and going about imperialistic expansion at the guise of liberty and democracy has become a means to an end within itself almost to the complete disregard of laws and standards that the US is so often claiming that it wishes others to adhere to, and maybe it was just time for David Petraeus (who was probably being kept tags on) to finally go as head of the CIA as the heat of complicit behavior became too much for various insiders to muster….

Even David Petraeus must be ruefully smiling at the irony, live by the sword, die by the sword…

Nov. 12 2012 10:29 PM
Inquisigal from Brooklyn

Without having any pre-conceived opinions of Petraeus, but reading an expose in this past weekend's NY Times, all I was left with was disappointment that our society went from the behind-closed-doors, freewheeling and often damaging sexual behavior of presidents such as Kennedy, to the complete opposite, in which two consenting adults have an affair during their personal time, and now people like Gingrich are saying that Petraeus' career is "over."

I, for one, am tired of politician's personal lives being dragged through the mud, and careers severed - merely for their own debatable sexual conduct. It's one thing if someone is abusing their position, sexually harassing people, molesting others, or compromising national security, but Petraeus' affair seems completely innocuous. he is only human, like the many other regular human beings who have affairs, get divorced, etc. Whatever happens in someone's marriage is their business, and not ours, the public.

Nov. 12 2012 03:11 PM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

@listener - Dream on! The best relief that the Petraeus resignation will give you is distracting the audience away from your beating on Tuesday. The Benghazi 'coincidence' is just a fever dream.

On the 'scandal' overall...Why do I care that the Director of the CIA has/had an affair? I don't. If you gave me evidence that this woman was a spy or even a registered lobbyist, I might care. But you cannot. So far, this is Mrs. P's business, not mine.

Nov. 12 2012 03:05 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I guess she was able to run with him...

Sounds like Petraeus and Broadwell have a love story screenplay to sell to Hollywood.

He had an affair with someone who he was able to share his entire life with in a biography...In the end, who knew him better than Paula... Who was he able to communicate with better than her in the tough world he had just come out of...

Cut him slack about this affair...His wife will punish him enough

Nov. 12 2012 02:05 PM

Petraeus suddenly resigns the Friday after an election and before his testimony regarding the Benghazi scandal.
That's a weird coincidence.

"His version of the Benghazi story, which he is believed not to be connected to..."
A CIA Director is not connected to the Benghazi story?!? The Secretary of State refuses to testify and the President will be traveling abroad. Isn't it their jobs to provide intelligence, information and leadership regarding such events?

So the President launched a war in Libya without authorization from Congress which then results in a terrorist attack on our ambassador. The CIA Director who "is believed not to be connected" to this then suddenly resigns without informing Congress as we prepare for the fiscal cliff.

Four more years...

Nov. 12 2012 10:44 AM

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