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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.

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Nicholas Ballasy

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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.

Nicholas Ballasy is a video journalist based in Washington, D.C. His interviews with prominent politicians and celebrities have been featured by media outlets including Fox News, NBC News, ABC News, Access Hollywood, Inside Edition, the Washington Post. Follow his work at www.nickballasy.com.

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Maybe Petraeus' book in the hopefully not too distant future will have some more to say.

IMHO there's a lot going on with this theatrical drama than has so far leaked out. The whole situation seems so contrived and out of character. Bewildering. Smelly.
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It appears rhat the Clinton era lies have become all too common. The Obamites frequently lie or "mis-say" as a matter of course. Refusal to state is common. Delay, delay, delay is the name of the game.
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have wondered about that. t removed him from being a possible competitor/ probably thousands of men did what he did.
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Doesn't anyone consider the possibility that Petraeus was honey trapped out of the chain of command by the imam in chief and his "testimony" was coerced smoke screening and bilge spouting?
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Am I the only one who sees the confluence of the Petrraeus "scandal" and his Benghazi testimony as suspicious? One doesn't have to be a conspiracy nut to wonder . . .
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What a disgrace to the uniform and to his country David "Lietraeus" Petraeus is.
Diana West: "Spontaneous protest, unplanned attack: That was Petraeus' testimony as CIA director three days after U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi, Libya.
Within 24 hours of the attack, however, the White House and top officials at the State Department, the Pentagon and the intelligence agencies knew that no protest, spontaneous or other, had taken place. They knew the U.S. had been hit on the 9/11 anniversary by a planned attack by al-Qaida affiliates. Ruppersberger's account, then, indicates Petraeus deceived the committee. When committed knowingly, as former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy recently pointed out, such deception is a felony.
This same phony story -- that "extreme groups" took advantage of a "spontaneous" protest over a YouTube video to mount an "unplanned" attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi -- would be repeated by the Obama White House for two weeks, climaxing in the president's U.N. address on Sept. 25. There, President Obama cited the video six times and declared to the world body, dominated by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (an Islamic bloc of 56 nations plus the Palestinian Authority): "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam."
Blaming the YouTube video for the violence was, in effect, blaming free speech, which is also OIC policy. Additionally, it denied the reality of the planned jihad attack, which, by extension, denied that al-Qaida-style jihad terrorism still exists at the vanguard of expansionist Islam.
To date, the media haven't asked President Obama and his top officials, why? Why the administration-wide cover-up? Why didn't military help get to Battleground Benghazi? Without coming clean, President Obama has been re-elected, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mentioned as a 2016 presidential candidate, and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice floated as the next secretary of state.
And Petraeus? On Nov. 12, Fox News reported that "congressional leaders," believing Petraeus lied to them in September, had "already considered charging Petraeus with perjury, but said they planned to withhold judgment until he testified this week." (Under oath or not, it is a crime to lie to federal officials.) We have heard no such tough talk since."
And BTW - Diana West: "Even though it appears the former CIA director lied to the House Intelligence Committee on Sept. 14, and may have lied again to the same committee on Nov. 16, he is starting to slip out of the inner ring of Benghazi cover-up suspects. We are losing sight of his official role in the deception as the media lens ossifies over a tawdry love triangle. For this, he must be thankful. Maybe to ensure the good fortune continues, Petraeus has hired Bob Barnett, the $975-per-hour Washington superlawyer to officials with issues and/or big book deals, to manage what reports call Petraeus' "transition to civilian life."
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From PJM's own Andrew McCarthy -

Andrew C. McCarthy: "Boot’s attack on West is an effort to defend a surpassingly foolish statement in which Gen. David Petraeus cast Israel as the source of all America’s woes in the Middle East. To his great discredit, the general — in a Clintonesque fashion which, as we shall see, is probably not a coincidence — simultaneously denied making the statement, grudgingly admitted making it while minimizing its significance, and accused West and others of misrepresenting his views. In fact, the general’s critics quoted his words at length, placed them in unmistakable context, and drew from them the same commonsense conclusion drawn by Israel’s gleeful critics — for whom Petraeus is the hero of the moment."
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Only someone with no grasp of history could write off the value of a man with the accomplishments of General Petraeus. He and his abilities remain a valuable asset to the country, despite the damage done by his private behavior and its aggravation by his political enemies.

Recommended reading for those who disagree: the career of one Belisarius.
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It's his public behavior - things like lying through his teeth to Congress and the American people about Benghazi and trying to scapegoat and maybe get killed that little video maker.
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"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."

And in a similar story, I have targeted the planet Vulcan and the Klingon home world.
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Instead of asking the rat about Hagel, you should have asked him why he lied to Congress and the American people and blamed Benghazi on that poor utube maker?
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