Politicians react to Petraeus resignation
November 9th, 2012
04:23 PM ET
8 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. larry5

    I still say the rats are jumping ship. This is just the beginning. It's difficult to work at a job where your job is to say to Obama, yes sir, of course sir, anything you want sir. Besides rats don't like to be forced to swim so it's better to jump while the ship is still near the shore and floating.

    November 9, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. wm Scot

    Boy what abunch of looney toons blaming one party of his issues ! They really believe it to because they said it on FOX. I know they will alawys be there but come on folks !

    November 9, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Sam

    McCain would stab him in the back at the hearings next week.

    November 9, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. Scott

    “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”

    November 9, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. jorge washinsen

    So he got laid.There are two kinds in Washington, the caught and uncaught.

    November 9, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. Byteme

    Waiting for Newt Gingrich to chime in on this one.

    November 9, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. jorge washinsen

    Why not rehash the Clinton years?

    November 9, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. Captain Awesome

    What the hell is going on with this Administration?!

    November 9, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. ObamaFailedU

    J.C., 50.6% hardly classifies as "crushed."

    As to Petraeus, his affair is dishonorable, and although the CIA director position remains unscathed, his memory as an individual does not. Unbelievable that some here consider him a "good guy" because he owned up to his affair before it came to light by someone else. What a twisted morality. "Gee, well since he admitted it, I guess it all OK." Ask his wife and family if it is all OK. They are the victims here. Apparently "right to choose" isn't always good, is it Dems? Its his body, let him do what he wants with it. It doesn't hurt you or me, so why should it matter? Because his family is hurt, that's why. Maybe when it happens to you and you become the victim you'll have some empathy and begin to understand.

    Petraeus - what a disgrace to our country.

    November 9, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Chuck

    only a Democrat would beliee this story

    November 9, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. jorge washinsen

    CNN needs to be running stories with substance and with people who have substance.

    November 9, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. jorge washinsen

    I see the governmnet geek squad is back in place.

    November 9, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. Doe

    I don't buy this story at all. No one resigns from a position like this over an affair. I'd like to know what is "really" going on. Why the coverup, and shame on CNN for feeding the American people such crap.

    November 9, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. durundal

    larry5, so if the rats are truly jumping ship and the country is going to pot WHY ARE YOU STILL HERE? If its truly that bad, then at least give us a last minute of peace and quiet to enjoy without having to put up with you foolish nonsense.

    A successful 'liberal'

    November 9, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. Humanist11

    I thought he was a Christian. How could God have let this happen? I will never understand His ways. I guess God is punishing his wife for sins she committed.

    Of course I'm being sarcastic, but there are many people who believe it.

    November 9, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. DogHaus

    Maybe better to resign now than get fired once the Benghazi investigation uncovers the CIA failure?

    November 9, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  17. SwingState

    I see Republicans are bitter. Petraeus was with Bush first and then Obama. As much as I detest extra marital affairs, his job performance has nothing to do with it. The only people he has to answer to is his wife and family.

    November 9, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. DogHaus

    It's gotta be about Benghazi.

    November 9, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  19. Babyboomer

    Was Mrs. Petraeus about to go public with this information? That's the only thing in my mind that would have made him be the first to tell.

    November 9, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  20. UrAverageJoe

    I love the he's jumping ship stuff. Sooooo, he wanted to leave a sinking ship sooooo he has an . . . affair! Right! Or, he's lying about the affair in order to have an excuse to leave and so he's using and humiliating his wife so as to NOT let people figure out what's really going on . . . Right again! lolol

    November 9, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  21. TPF

    It's all has to do with the cover up in Libya and there should be more to go, including some in the WH.

    November 9, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. lortt2

    I agree, the REAL reason he resigned is being covered up and sugar coated. No one resigns over having an affair. There is much more to this that's being coverd up and hidden from the public.

    November 9, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. Marley

    The RIGHT-WING nuts are still crying over the election! LMAO

    As Obama scolded Mormon Bishop Mittens: We don't play politics with national security

    Now you know why Mormon Bishop Mittens and the Republicans stopped their attacks against Obama.

    Because it was one of theirs that screwed up.

    November 9, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. TexAnne

    Come on people.... this is a case of a guy not using his brains & doing something totally stupid. And now he's paying for it. Because he couldn't keep his pants on, and probably because he got caught by his wife or his girlfriend was about to spill the beans, he now has a distinguished career ruined. But the bottom line is, nobody MADE him have an affair, it was his choosing. And now he has to pay the piper. It's not political– it's not some conspiracy– it's not "rats jumping ship"– it's because a guy did something personally reaaly stupid. Sorry his career has just nose dived, but he brought it on himself. The rest of you 'wandering' guys (and gals) out there might do well to pay attention here....

    November 9, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. steve

    The responses I see from many GOP supporters is living proof that the majority of the GOP base is totally delusional and lives in a bubble. The ONLY reason General Petraeus resigned is that he cares about his marriage and needs time to repair the damage. He could not in good conscience divide his time between his job and family without sacrificing one or the other. I commend him for his difficult decision and his service to this nation and I wish him and his family the best.

    November 9, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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