Petraeus Returns to D.C. in Silence After Apologizing for Affair
VIDEO: See the former CIA director's reaction to questions on Hagel, North Korea.
March 29, 2013 - 4:51 pm
Former CIA Director General David Petraeus returned to Washington, D.C., in silence after publicly apologizing for his affair with biographer Paula Broadwell, which led to his resignation as the nation’s top spy.
He refused to answer PJ Media’s questions about Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and new threats from North Korea against the U.S. at Dulles Airport on Friday.
“Needless to say, I join you, keenly aware that I am regarded in a different light now than I was a year ago,” Petraeus said Tuesday in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California’s ROTC dinner.
“I am also keenly aware that the reason for my recent journey was my own doing. So please allow me to begin my remarks this evening by reiterating how deeply I regret — and apologize for — the circumstances that led to my resignation from the CIA and caused such pain for my family, friends and supporters.”
When he arrived in Washington from L.A., PJ Media was able to ask Petraeus if he thought Chuck Hagel was the right choice for secretary of Defense.
Hagel opposed the troop surge during the Iraq War that Petraeus helped design.
Petraeus waved at the camera and shrugged off the question.
North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un’s “US Mainland Strike Plan” was released on Friday, which reportedly targets Washington, D.C., California, Hawaii, and former President George W. Bush’s home state of Texas.
Petraeus would not comment on the situation when asked how he thinks the U.S. should respond.
The former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan testified before Congress in November of last year about the terrorist attack in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. He would not offer any hints as to when he might appear on the Hill again.