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Petraeus Resigns; Will Not Testify — Or So the Democrats Think . . .

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:18 pm

Apparently he had an affair with his biographer.

The woman with whom Gen. David Petraeus was having an affair is Paula Broadwell, the author of a recent hagiographic book about him, All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.

Petraeus resigned as CIA director on Friday, citing the affair. In a letter to his staff, Petraeus wrote:

“Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the President to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position as D/CIA. 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.”

Sources tell me that President Obama, who has been getting along with Petraeus very well in the past couple years, agonized for 24 hours over the letter of resignation before accepting it.

I think the guy spelled “milliseconds” wrong. Here’s why this claim is so hard to buy:


Petraeus is slated to testify about what happened with Benghazi. He’s one guy conservatives might trust in all this, and he says he wants to testify. Meanwhile, Obama stalls and covers his butt. Then, less than a week before Petraeus is supposed to testify, this?

Nah. Sorry. I don’t buy that O was agonizing.

Subpoena him. If the Senate doesn’t let it happen, do it in the House.

Subpoena him.


When Did Obama Know About Petraeus’ Affair?

Did he know about it months ago, which seems likely?

Did he tell Petraeus to resign after the election?

If Petraeus had to resign because he was compromised, he was compromised months ago.

Did Obama leave a compromised head of the CIA in place to avoid some difficult politics?

Petraeus’ testimony about this — not the affair, but Obama’s knowledge of it and offers to resign — is now required.

I haven’t had much time to think about all of this, but I was suspicious the second I first heard about this.

L.A. Weekly Story on SWATting Gets Links

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:40 am

Kevin Roderick at L.A. Observed:

Last year, after posting numerous items about Rep. Anthony Weiner and his Twitter photos scandal, Los Angeles conservative blogger Patrick Frey heard a late-night knock on his door in Rancho Palos Verdes. It was sheriff’s deputies, guns pulled and hackles up, demanding he come out with his hands in the air. Frey was cuffed and put in a squad car, his wife frisked, and their kids wakened. Frey and his wife are no criminals — they are both veteran prosecutors in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office — but they had become victims of one of the more despicable political dirty tricks practiced in America these days. A man had called the police, made it seem like he was Frey, and said he had just shot his wife and would shoot again. The cops have no choice but to charge in expecting the worst.

Frey has written extensively, and chillingly, about what happened and the aftermath.

John Sexton has more at

Meanwhile, some of the people who have been harassing me for 16 months are (predictably) defaming me in the comment section at the L.A. Weekly story.

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