David Petraeus: 'I Screwed Up Royally'
Ex-CIA head's wife is sticking by him, letter to friend reveals
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 29, 2012 8:05 AM CST
In this July 18, 2011 file photo, Gen. David Petraeus salutes during a changing of command ceremony from Petraeus to Gen. John Allen in Kabul, Afghanistan   (AP Photo/Musadeq, File Sadeq)

(Newser) – Holly Petraeus is standing by her man, despite the sex scandal that booted him from Langley, a letter from David Petraeus to longtime Army buddy Brig. Gen. James Shelton reveals. "I screwed up royally," reads the handwritten letter, which Shelton apparently chose to share with the New York Post. "I paid the price (appropriately) and I sought to do the right thing. … Team Petraeus will survive though [I] have obviously created a difficulty for us. Holly is, however, once again demonstrating how incredibly fortunate I was to marry her."

The letter is signed "ATW," which Shelton explains is short for "All The Way," the Army's call for parachutists. "It means, 'I'm going to give it everything I got. That's David Petraeus," Shelton says. He's known Petraeus since the 1970s, and still sings his praises, blaming Paula Broadwell for seducing the "naive" CIA head. "He’s a superb human being. What happened to him happened to a number of people."

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bewilderbeast
Nov 30, 2012 2:50 AM CST
The cynic in me says Petraeus is already on the comeback path. "Hey, buddy, here's a letter. Pass it on to the newspapers, would ya? There's a good chap. I'm polishing my CV as we speak". Then, of course, "buddy" get interviewed: "What happened to him happened to a number of people." says buddy. Yeah? Well, I'm still waiting for a sexy bint to seduce me at work! Waiting . . (Cynics believe people generally do things in their own best interests, even if they loudly proclaim the opposite).
sobe
Nov 29, 2012 1:26 PM CST
He didn't screw up because of the affair.. he screwed up because he is the one that changed the talking points on Benghazi that Susan Rice is being blamed for. Petraeus is the one that decided to lie to the public about what happened. I am so tired of this guy getting a free pass on his role in Benghazi. He is the one that prepared the fake talking points and he is the one that covered it up. And that is the real reason why he had to resign, not some stupid affair that no one cares about.
fractal
Nov 29, 2012 12:42 PM CST
After such a public and skanky affair, it will be hard for Holly to hold her head up when accompanying her husband. Everyone will be looking at her and comparing her to his mistress. They will be wondering what kind of infections she got from his dirty dick. They will be thinking that this affair was just the tip of the iceberg, and wondering why she is a doormat. An affair kept out of the public eye is much easier to deal with, than one which humiliates your spouse publicly.