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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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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.
1 year ago
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Like Mark Sanford, Gen Petraus joins the ranks of nefarious has-beens. Who cares what he has to say to anyone about anything?
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What did posting this video accomplish?
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