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“I Screwed Up Royally”, Says Petraeus

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David Petraeus, the former CIA director who recently resigned from his post after an affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell was revealed, told a colleague and former mentor in a letter that he “screwed up royally”.

Petraeus has largely kept out of the spotlight since the affair was revealed and hasn’t commented on the ordeal, so the letter comes as a revelation to those who know some of the details of the story. In it, he says that he understands the trouble he has put his family through and that he sees, once again, how lucky he is to have his wife Holly.

“I paid the price, appropriately,” he wrote in the letter to retired Brigadier General James Shelton, in response to a note of support from his old friend.

Shelton says he was shocked when the news was made public and, though he never met Paula Broadwell face-to-face, claims he found her to be very engaging and bright during their phone conversations (he was a source for her while she was writing her book about Petraeus).

“I don’t think he was expecting to happen, what happened…I don’t think she wove a web around Dave and dragged him in. I don’t think that at all. I think it was mutual…he wasn’t looking for it. It happened.”

“I Screwed Up Royally”, Says Petraeus
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  • http://Yahoo Dolores Fabian

    funny the General mentioned the affair as an “ordeal”. Says a lot about his partner. He should stop feeling sorry for himself as his career is over, but the “collateral damage” done to his wife, his family and all of the people who trusted him is irreparable. I’m sure this is not the first for him, but he got caught. Time to reflect and repent.

  • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gallery-Shops/209832765748998?ref=hl Erma Jean

    I’m wondering why the politicians aren’t going after Petraeus regarding the Benghazi terrorist attack on the mission. This is the guy that should be getting the heat for what happened in Benghazi. But McCain, Kelly Ayotte and the rest of those Republicans are giving him a free pass on this. I think the Rice flap is mostly to put up a smoke screen to deflect attention from Petraues

    • matt

      What are you talking about Erma? Or are you just voicing another moronic opinion. Please explain to me the failings of the CIA during the attack.

  • Pam

    He wouldn’t change a single moment of it…be for real

    • Jennifer

      I disagree. He would change getting caught.

  • mrc

    Politics and politicians are inherently corrupt. It just comes with the territory. We expect it. But our men and women in uniform are different. Our national safety is in their hands. We trust them. We expect them to have courage, dignity and a high moral standard. They are the only true representatives of our government that we can look up to. They set our example. They are our heroes.

    Both David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell are graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point, one of our oldest and most revered institutions, where the motto is “Duty, Honor, Country.” They both took two oaths … the Oath of service to the Country … and the Oath of Fidelity to their spouse (commonly called the Marriage Vows). And they have failed to live up to the Code. They have violated their oath. They have no honor.

    Petraeus, at least, has done the right thing to publicly admit his misconduct, and resign his post with the CIA. Now his wife needs to make a decision about their marriage. We could probably start quite a lengthy thread debating what her decision should be. But indeed he has proven the old cliché … There’s no fool like an old fool.

    And now it is Paula Broadwell’s turn to “Man Up” and publicly take her medicine. But that is apparently not her intent. She has hired a Washington DC Public Relations firm; and she is the only member in this entire cast of characters to do so. It is reported she has hopes of reviving her career. And just what career might that be? … Consultant Terrorist, Pulp Fiction Writer, or Escort (Outcall Only). The more we learn about her, the less qualified she appears to be for any other line of work. And we are also yet to hear from her husband.

    • http://Yahoo Peter Behan

      No matter the position King/Queen or President… Nature in all its splendour and thirst for evolution (and procreation) will always be present – let’s not beat the dog (or cat) anymore…we are only human – even Nature takes a wrong turn now and again, but rights itself eventually. Good luck to all who can learn and forgive!
      Peter B.

      • mrc

        Peter B. … What have you been smoking?

      • Lisa

        Learn and forgive. He broke his marriage vows and shared his marriage secret with another woman. I hope his wife divorces him and takes everything. What a loser!

  • Shelly

    The General’s wife should leave him.
    Don’t stay with someone like that. She doesn’t deserve
    to be treated like that. She’s in a position to take him
    for everything. Once a cheater, always a cheater!

  • judy

    He had better be thankful that his fellow adulturer didn’t have a baby to trap him further.