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U.S. Army General and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, David Petraeus
U.S. Army General David Petraeus reached the epitome of his fame in November of 2012 when he resigned from his post as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. His resignation was prompted by an illicit affair.
The military does not allow certain relationships, certain "unprofessional relationships". Among those relationships is an adulterous one. The impact of said adultery takes into account things like military status or rank at the time of the adultery. The maximum penalty for adultery in the military is dishonorable discharge.
Knowing all these things General Petraeus resigned.
President Obama and General David Petraeus
David Petraeus was born on November 7, 1952. His mother was a librarian and his father was a sea captain from the Netherlands. Petraeus lived in Cornwall-on-the Hudson, in New York State. He graduated from Cornwall Central High School in 1970 where he was a National Merit Scholar.
His nickname was "Peaches". Vanity Fair wrote that nickname was given to Petraeus because he couldn't grow a beard. Petraeus loved sports. He played pit basketball, Little League baseball, tennis and soccer. He is said to credit his team sports with teaching him the discipline he later needed in Military life. In addition to sports Petraeus was also involved in drama, debate and French. The list doesn't stop there, he belonged to the National Honor Society and headed the town’s ecumenical religious youth group, again, according to Vanity Fair.
Petraeus was also a newspaper boy through high school.
More Facts about Petraeus
He was commissioned an infantry officer in 1974
He was assigned to the 509th Airborne Battalion Combat Team, a light infantry unit in Italy
In 1981, Petraeus became aide-de-camp to the Commanding General of the 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized)
He served as Chief of Operations for NATO in Haiti in early 1995
In 2000, at 46 years old, he achieved the rank of brigadier general.
He served as Commanding General of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center (CAC) from 2005 to February 2007...during that time he and Marine Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis jointly oversaw the publication of Field Manual 3–24, Counterinsurgency
According to en.wikipedia.org he has been called "the world's leading expert in counter-insurgency warfare"
It seems Petraeus developed his desire to attend West Point from many different sources. First, he lived about five miles from West Point, next, many of his neighbors and teachers were West Point graduates, and it was (and is) extremely competitive and required a congressional appointment.
Petraeus has never said exactly why he chose to attend West Point, but he graduated in 1974. He later attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He next earned a PhD from Princenton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Following that he served as an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the U.S. Military Academy. He did his doctoral dissertation on the American Military and Lessons of Vietnam.
His career is extensive and impressive. He was involved in the war in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division. In June 2004, less than six months after the 101st returned to the U.S., Petraeus was promoted to lieutenant general and became the first commander of the Multi-National Security Transition Command Iraq, according to en.wikipedia.org. In 2008 he gave over command of Iraq to General Raymond T. Odierno. In 2010 he served as Commander of U.S. and ISAF forces in Afghanistan. He was sworn as the Director the CIA in 2011.
This is a look at his career in a nutshell. Many details have not been included. His awards for example range from Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia, to the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, one of the Military's highest awards, with numerous other awards in between. He has three honorary degrees in addition to those he earned, and his recognitions and published works read like a litany. In the video game, Call of Duty, Black Ops 2, he is the Secretary of Defense in 2025. His voice was done by an actor in the game.
David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell
It Ended with an Affair
After having such a remarkable career in the Military, it all ended because of an affair. An affair with his biographer, author Paula Broadwell. The bioagraphy, All In: The Education of General David Petraeus, had them spending two years together working on the biography, which [biography] many say sheds a very positive light on Petraeus. By the time his affair came to light, he was the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Reports say the affair came to light when another woman, Jill Kelley, complained of being cyber stalked by Paula Broadwell. By the way, Kelley and her family were friends with Petraeus and his family. An FBI investigation opened this can of worms... an apparent affair between Petraues and Broadwell along with a very large number of emails between Kelley and one General John R. Allen. It also seems Ms. Kelley had some photos of a shirtless FBI agent.
President Obama could have suspended Petraues, could have begun military proceedings, but chose to just accept his resignation. Congress, however, was upset that they were not told about the affair before Petraeus resigned and everything became public. After all, there was an FBI investigation going on prior to his resignation, but, apparently Congress was kept in the dark...lots of speculation going on about that.
The Petraeus affair: heard around the world, From a street market in Pakistan to a newsstand in Peru, people across the globe voice their minds over America's new scandal. A headline on the news site GlobalPost, November 14, 2012.
Friends have revealed that the former head of the CIA has given up his relentless schedule of high level meetings for ‘self-imposed exile’ and grovelling to his family. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236936/Petraeus-sex-scandal-Former-CIA-boss-groveling-wife-Holly.html#ixzz2EyKwYOiC
Obviously public opinion runs high in this matter. Some admire him for his honesty, others condemn him for the affair. Of course many older women are outraged, fearing the fate of Holly Petraus could be theirs as well. David and Holly have been married thirty-eight and a half years...why he chose to make his affair public will remain a mystery, unless he decides to write a book about that!
The Court of Public Opinion is a tough one....who knows which way things will go for the now retired David Petraeus. What's your opinion?
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