Politicians react to Petraeus resignation
November 9th, 2012
04:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Politicians react to Petraeus resignation


(CNN) –
Lawmakers and high-profile figures in Washington were quick to respond Friday to the news that General David Petraeus was stepping down from his post as CIA director.

President Barack Obama:

David Petraeus has provided extraordinary service to the United States for decades. By any measure, he was one of the outstanding General officers of his generation, helping our military adapt to new challenges, and leading our men and women in uniform through a remarkable period of service in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he helped our nation put those wars on a path to a responsible end. As Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, he has continued to serve with characteristic intellectual rigor, dedication, and patriotism. By any measure, through his lifetime of service David Petraeus has made our country safer and stronger.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona:

"General David Petraeus will stand in the ranks of America's greatest military heroes. His inspirational leadership and his genius were directly responsible – after years of failure – for the success of the surge in Iraq. General Petraeus has devoted his life to serving the country he loves, and America is so much the better for it. We are immensely grateful for General Petraeus's decades of work on behalf of our nation, our military, and our security. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family."

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California:

"At CIA, Director Petraeus gave the agency leadership, stature, prestige and credibility both at home and abroad. On a personal level, I found his command of intelligence issues second to none. He was especially cooperative with Congress as we executed our oversight responsibility, and he was responsible for improving American relationships with intelligence agencies in countries around the world.

"I wish President Obama had not accepted this resignation, but I understand and respect the decision. David Petraeus is one of America's best and brightest, and all Americans should be grateful for his service. Deputy Director Michael Morell will serve as acting director, so I am confident the agency is in very good hands until the president selects a replacement."

Republican Rep. Peter King of New York, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security:

"General Petraeus is one of America's most outstanding and distinguished military leaders and a true American patriot.

"As a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, I had the privilege of working with General Petraeus in his capacity as CIA Director.

"I hold General Petraeus in the highest regard, regret his resignation, and wish him and his family the very best."


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soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. just sayin

    its so sad. he was such a good guy until he got mixed up with democrats. parents, let that be a lesson for your kids.

    November 9, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. Gideon

    General Petreaus, I salute you for your courage and dedication to this great land. You are a fine soldier. Once again, you demonstrated your candor and self-respect. May God be with you and your family. Thank you very much for making us proud.

    November 9, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "its so sad. he was such a good guy until he got mixed up with democrats. parents, let that be a lesson for your kids."

    Cute. Too bad for you us liberals control all of academia as part of our nefarious plot to indoctrinate the children. Mwahaha...mwaaaaHAHAHAHA...MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

    Grow up.

    November 9, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. J.C.

    Gotta give him props for the man-up and not trying to hide what was going on. Wish him and his family the best.

    Just sayin: Check the scoreboard you bleating little lamb. Your side got crushed. See you in 4.

    November 9, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. Skeptic

    Sounds like it is only the Repubs who love the country; every one else hates and refuses to go to needless wars bankrupting the country while Repubs would not mind sending to deaths Americans while they can shout from chimney tops their values! Lesson to children, adolescents and adults......beware!

    November 9, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. Now you figure it out?

    As reported by FOX right after this breaking news.. this is all about Benghazi, it has nothing to do with an affair... that is smoke and mirrors. The general made up a story about an affair because he likes Obama soooo much.. he has always been the biggest fan of Obama and therefore would do anything to cover for him, (Facts be damned, we are FOX afterall.) And in other news.. John Boehner had gas today.. and it was also due to the cover up in Benghazi.

    November 9, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    oh you mean general betray-us! Where is Mitt?

    November 9, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. AngieS

    Apparently he wasn't *that* good of a guy...he stepped out on his devoted wife of 37 years and ultimately betrayed his country by engaging in an extramarital affair that could have put our national security at risk! I know Gen. Petraeus has served with courage, intellect and honor but, come on...will there be no vilification of his obviously faulty personal character??

    November 9, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Wilbur in Seattle

    He's a hero. Good thing everyone has enough respect not to attempt to politicize this. It was his decision to resign. Personally, I don't see what a private matter in his family has to do with how he performs after a lifetime dedicated to protecting America. Thank you and best wishes.

    November 9, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    -just sayin

    its so sad. he was such a good guy until he got mixed up with democrats. parents, let that be a lesson for your kids.
    *******************************************
    On the other hand, he could have ended up like Trump, and become a punchline and an international joke without ever having accomplished anything of real value. No one will remember the righties after they destroy the GOP. Let acting like an obnoxious right-wing blowhard be a lesson to your children.

    November 9, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. Bojack

    Keep an eye on the stock market, we are all going down.

    November 9, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. vhalen

    Look, I condemn extra-marital affairs, however, why must he resign over it. Bill Clinton never resigned and ther was not an intern within 10 miles of the beltway he didn't hustle. Lots of Secret Service folks still work for the government. Heck, after the election, he could marry another man, and keep an ounce of pot on him at all times, its all the new normal I suppose. I don't care for what he did, but he is no different than any other leader serving in Washington..so why resign.

    November 9, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. Oliver Dyer

    Though regrettable, his decision to resign is for the best. One can only imagine how much the whole unfortunate business would be blown out of proportion because of his high profile status.

    I wih him success in hopefully reapairing his marriage and his family relationships.

    Oliver A. Dyer
    Major, U.S. Army, Retired

    November 9, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. Carol

    JUSTSAYIN: How do you equate an affair by associating with Democrats. Can't you come up with a better post than that??? That is a real stretch, pal.

    November 9, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. James

    Various politicians – What a great guy
    Man in the street – if you can't keep your d ick in your pants in that job you needed to be gone a long time ago

    November 9, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. yourviewiswrong

    re:just sayin

    its so sad. he was such a good guy until he got mixed up with democrats. parents, let that be a lesson for your kids.

    yeah, Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich with all their mutliple mistresses and wives are such a good example....

    November 9, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. lolwut

    so he cheated on his dishwasher... explain why this means he can't shoot terrorists with hellfire missiles? >.>

    November 9, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. K.M.

    Seriously, were you just waiting to post something negative about a political party that represents half the country? In Sniffit's words 'grow up.'

    November 9, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. thinkforourselves

    He is taking the fall for the coverup! This administration is scary!!

    November 9, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. john

    Looks like a boy scout with all those gold stars and silly ribbons. Hero of what, an immoral and likely illegal war in the middle east? King said he will stand with the nations greatest hero's......I say he was probably just a colossal boot licker.

    November 9, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. jeff

    Good time to retire, with full pay I presume.

    November 9, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. Stephen

    Now that he's resigned-does that mean he's exempt from answering questions about the handling of Benghazi?

    November 9, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  23. Dave Miller

    Funny how this happens just in time not to testify about Obamas Libya mess.

    Oh, Libs, the House was elected to and they have a mandate to protect us working taxpayers. Don't like my opinion Sniffit or Obama Mama (s!ut), I'm so sad.

    November 9, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  24. Sharma

    Thank from the bottom of my heart, for outstanding service and leadership. I wish you the best.

    November 9, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  25. James Michael

    Just heard a researcher who described him as over-rated and never called out. His training of Iraqi security forces was a disaster, as was the surge in Afghastan. Benghazi was his baby and mis-information. Other Generals say he always blamed the General before him at his post for everything. We love our heroes, just not their festering scabs.

    November 9, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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