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My wife is having an affair with a government executive. His role is to manage a project whose progress is seen worldwide as a demonstration of American leadership. (This might seem hyperbolic, but it is not an exaggeration.) I have met with him on several occasions, and he has been gracious. (I doubt if he is aware of my knowledge.) I have watched the affair intensify over the last year, and I have also benefited from his generosity. He is engaged in work that I am passionate about and is absolutely the right person for the job. I strongly feel that exposing the affair will create a major distraction that would adversely impact the success of an important effort. My issue: Should I acknowledge this affair and finally force closure? Should I suffer in silence for the next year or two for a project I feel must succeed? Should I be “true to my heart” and walk away from the entire miserable situation and put the episode behind me? NAME WITHHELD
—  An intriguing letter received by New York Times “Ethicist” writer Chuck Klosterman back in July … which strangely, seems incredibly relevant to the current news cycle. Klosterman’s take: “The fact that you’re willing to accept your wife’s infidelity for some greater political good is beyond honorable. In fact, it’s so over-the-top honorable that I’m not sure I believe your motives are real. Part of me wonders why you’re even posing this question, particularly in a column that is printed in The New York Times.” (ht Peter Feld; edited to get in more of Klosterman’s response)

JUST IN: CIA Director Petraeus resigns, citing extra-marital affair

CIA Director David Petraeus has submitted his letter of resignation to President Obama, citing an extra-marital affair, NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell reported today on msnbc.

UPDATE (3:12 p.m. ET): Read NBC News’ story and follow updates on this story on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: Then-U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus speaks during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in June 2010. (Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images)

CIA Director David Petraeus has submitted a letter of resignation to President Barack Obama, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said on Friday.

“Dave’s decision to step down represents the loss of one of our nation’s most respected public servants,” Clapper said in a statement without giving a reason for the resignation.

White House spokesman Jay Carney did not provide any details but said: “We’ll have something from the president on it today.”

Petraeus said in a message to the CIA workforce that he was resigning because of an extramarital affair.

“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,” Petraeus said.

READ ON: CIA Director David Petraeus resigns

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, is under investigation for alleged inappropriate communication with a woman at the center of the scandal involving former CIA Director David Petraeus, a senior U.S. defense official said on Tuesday.

The revelation threatens to fell another of the U.S. military’s biggest names and suggests that the scandal involving Petraeus - a retired four-star general who had Allen’s job in Afghanistan before moving to the CIA last year - could expand.

READ ON: Top U.S. commander in Afghanistan under investigation, scandal widens

“Lighten up, Dave. It was an ironic mailbomb.” – somebody

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#3. A Friend of General Petraeus Sends a Fake Grenade to His Office

Since Petraeus had long since reached the echelon of employment that excuses him from opening his own mail, the admittedly hilarious dummy explosive was received by his secretary, who immediately called the police because it looked like a real grenade, and killing Petraeus with a hand grenade is something a terrorist would do.

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David Petraeus unanimously confirmed as new CIA chief
  • 94-0 Senate vote confirming Petraeus as CIA director source

» The big shuffle continues: With Robert Gates’ retirement, and Leon Panetta imminently poised to become the new Secretary of Defense, the Senate has voted to confirm General David Petaeus to take Panetta’s old job. Petraeus had been serving as the Commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, but will be departing to become the number one man of the government agency we all think of when we think about high-level secrecy. Of note in this confirmation — ninety-four to nothing! Even in a thoroughly divided Washington, it’s clear Petraeus is still one of the most politically popular people to stand in support of, no matter the political party.

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Fred Kaplan tells Dave Davies about one of the challenges General Petraeus faced in Afghanistan:

The problem was, by his own admission, he knew nothing about Afghanistan. He’d been in Iraq three times. He knew that place well. He comes in and what’s in his mind is Iraq. So his aides would say, “You know, we have a problem here,” and he would say …. “Well, you know, we did this in Mosul,” or “What worked in Anbar was this … .” I was told that in a meeting with President Karzai once, Karzai laid out a problem and [Petraeus] said, “Well, you know, in Baghdad we did it like this …” to the president of Afghanistan. And the aide who was with Petraeus in the room — who had been both in Afghanistan and Iraq — when they were walking out he said, “You know, it might be an interesting intellectual experiment for you to not even think about Iraq.” and Petraeus said, “I’m working on it.”

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