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Updated on November 10, 2012

He would be surely missed.

General David Petraeus sudden resignation as head of the CIA defies understanding; and many Americans are numbed with his departure from the department, in these times of trouble and uncertainty.

The news reports said that President Barack Obama refused to accept his resignation at first, but he finally agreed that the matter was personal and one of honor and dedication, as Gen. Petraeus himself insisted, that he (Obama) accepted the general's request with much regret.

Not many people have met him in person, but his credentials as an astute military commander and soldier have made a great impression, especially by his work in both the Iraq and Afghan wars, on them.

They have admired him as a quintessential general in the defense of the United States; a role he has played so well with esteemed excellence and strict devotion; and then finding himself in a situation that was contrary to his nature, he was forced to admit his guilt for soiling his honorable reputation, both as a soldier and a husband, in a scandal he could not afford.

""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. This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation," Petraeus told the shadow warriors he commanded at CIA." (Yahoo News, 11/10/12).

Many lawmakers in both chambers of the U.S. Congress were shell shocked to hear of what has befallen the famous general, and they also expressed grave regret to see him go; as well as extreme gratitude for the great job he has done in the battlefield for his country.

The sadness of it all was that the U.S. military has lost a stalwart officer, who has earned the trust of President Obama to appoint him head of the CIA, since September 6th., 2011; as well as a nation so gratified for his service. He has served it (nation) so well with equanimity in a military career, which was second to none.

His name was bound to be part of American history; a "household word" for many generations to come. Americans would share in the president's sentiments of wishing him well in whatever he would choose to do from now on.


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      Jim 5 years ago

      Unfortunately this activity likely began when he was still on active duty and is a violation of the UCMJ. He could have been prosecuted for it.