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David Petraeus Rehire: Obama Should Bring Back CIA Chief, Pundits Say

David Petraues Rehire: Some Calling On Obama To Bring Back CIA Chief

A David Petraeus rehire would seem like an unlikely event after the public resignation and sex scandal of the CIA director, but many pundits believe that Petraeus remains the best man for the job.

The idea of a David Petraeus rehire has been floated by several political writers, including Emily Yoffe at Slate, who says that Barack Obama should nominate the former chief to serve as the next CIA director.

There is good reason to think that a David Petraeus rehire could be in the cards, The Week noted. For one, he remains very popular with both Republicans and Democrats in Washington, having been first nominated by George W. Bush and re-appointed by Obama.

Also, though his now very public affair with Paula Broadwell may have caused controversy and brought some shame to the CIA, Petraeus broke no laws and didn’t violate national security.

“Thanks to our ever-faster cycle of humiliation and rehabilitation, [Petraeus] has already been punished and paroled,” Yoffe write. “It’s time to let Petraeus get back to work. It would probably even please Mrs. Petraeus to see less of him around the house right now.”

A David Petraeus rehire could also be seen favorably by Americans. Before the affair scandal that ended his tenure with the CIA, Petraeus was viewed favorably by many Americans and even floated as a possibly vice presidential candidate for GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

The former CIA chief remains popular, a ABC News/Washington Post poll found. The survey found that 45 percent still view him favorably, a drop of 10 points from March 2011 and 16 points from his peak in September 2007. Though the numbers are down, the fact this his popularity remains so high could set the stage for a David Petraeus rehire.

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43 Responses to “David Petraeus Rehire: Obama Should Bring Back CIA Chief, Pundits Say”

  1. Anonymous

    this is ridiculous like about everything else our wonderful leaders do.

  2. Chuck Thompson

    I wouldn't see anything wrong with rehiring General Patraeus… What happened between him and Paula Broadwell should stay between them… Let's get real! We left Bill Clinton in office after him and Monica got caught didn't we?

  3. Dave Lim

    Yeah, REHIRE the ADULTERY, SHAMEFUL AND WASTEFUL SPENDING gentleman Patreause and FORGET HIS INNOCENT LOYAL WIFE OF 40 YEARS! Continue to WASTE 40% of taxpayer money on the two largest US Depts Defence and Veteran Affairs which is more than the next 5 largest military spending nations including Russia, China, UK, France and Germany TILL THE AMERICAN ECONOMY, INFRSTRATURE, SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE/MEDICAID GOES BROKE! WHO CARES, let America decline faster and other countries take over their lead in ECONOMY, EDUCATION AND WELFARE OF THEIR PEOPLE!

    The TOP 2% OF AMERICANS ALREADY OWN 80% OF WEALTH while the BOTTOM 80% OF AMERICANS WORKING CLASS OWN JUST 2% OF WEALTH because of concentration of taxes in DEFENCE, WALL STREET AND OIL INDUSTRY! Like Bush- Cheney 8 years of administration changed the middle-class into working class poor, FINISH THE JOB BY MAKING ALL 98% OF AAMERICANS into SLAVES MAKING MINIMUM WAGES OR CONVICTS IN THE LARGEST BUSINESS, CORRECTIONAL INDUSTRY if they do not want to join the mercenary forces of AMERICAN GIs coming back like boy scouts crying for disability payments!

  4. Dave Lim

    Yeah, REHIRE the ADULTERY, SHAMEFUL AND WASTEFUL SPENDING gentleman Patreause and FORGET HIS INNOCENT LOYAL WIFE OF 40 YEARS!!! Continue to WASTE 40% of taxpayer money on the two largest US Depts Defence and Veteran Affairs which is more than the next 5 largest military spending nations including Russia, China, UK, France and Germany TILL THE AMERICAN ECONOMY, INFRSTRATURE, SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE/MEDICAID GOES BROKE!!! WHO CARES, let America decline faster and other countries take over their lead in ECONOMY, EDUCATION AND WELFARE OF THEIR PEOPLE!!!

    The TOP 2% OF AMERICANS ALREADY OWN 80% OF WEALTH while the BOTTOM 80% OF AMERICANS WORKING CLASS OWN JUST 2% OF WEALTH because of concentration of taxes in DEFENCE, WALL STREET AND OIL INDUSTRY! Like Bush- Cheney 8 years of administration changed the middle-class into working class poor, FINISH THE JOB BY MAKING ALL 98% OF AAMERICANS into SLAVES MAKING MINIMUM WAGES OR CONVICTS IN THE LARGEST BUSINESS, CORRECTIONAL INDUSTRY if they do not want to join the mercenary forces of AMERICAN GIs coming back like boy scouts crying for disability payments!!

  5. Dave Lim

    Yeah, REHIRE the ADULTERY, SHAMEFUL AND WASTEFUL SPENDING gentleman Patreause and FORGET HIS INNOCENT LOYAL WIFE OF 40 YEARS!!! Continue to WASTE 40% of taxpayer money on the two largest US Depts Defence and Veteran Affairs which is more than the next 5 largest military spending nations including Russia, China, UK, France and Germany TILL THE AMERICAN ECONOMY, INFRSTRATURE, SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE/MEDICAID GOES BROKE!!! WHO CARES, let America decline faster and other countries take over their lead in ECONOMY, EDUCATION AND WELFARE OF THEIR PEOPLE!!!

    The TOP 2% OF AMERICANS ALREADY OWN 80% OF WEALTH while the BOTTOM 80% OF AMERICANS WORKING CLASS OWN JUST 2% OF WEALTH because of concentration of taxes in DEFENCE, WALL STREET AND OIL INDUSTRY! Like Bush- Cheney 8 years of administration changed the middle-class into working class poor, FINISH THE JOB BY MAKING ALL 98% OF AAMERICANS into SLAVES MAKING MINIMUM WAGES OR CONVICTS IN THE LARGEST BUSINESS, CORRECTIONAL INDUSTRY if they do not want to join the mercenary forces of AMERICAN GIs coming back like boy scouts crying for disability payments!!

  6. Hermann Carlos

    we need to stop getting in peoples bedrooms, what happens between him and this lady is between him, her, his wife and his GOD, none of my business. Rehire him if he did a good job in the last 40 years. By the way Dave Lim, you are idiot, grow up.

  7. Anonymous

    The United States is the only country in the world that bases professional abilities on fidelity. We are still in the mindset of the Puritans while, like it or not, times have changed. It is the same energy that impulses the drive for power and militarism that impulses the sex drive and every culture in the world knows this except ours. — When did you last see any other country impeach a president — or fire the most capable general in its ranks — for infidelity? We are still adolescents (only 200 years+ ) and the laughing stock of the world. Its time we grew up. Power in the hands of children is dangerous!

  8. Alfred Wilcox

    Although General Petraeus(R) is well liked he faltered. Guidelines in National Security have been compromised and.
    the breach has to be recognized. As well as the people serving the director of the CIA, the head of an organization must follow thw same rules. With that understanding the individual resigned. This acts as a well delivered message to all members of the military and the CIA in regards to conduct unbecoming of a government employee. Bringing General Petraeus back will send mixed messages to our soldiers and CIA's employees. General Petraeus has gone through mush personal stress working superbly for America and deserves a break to dedicate some time to his own family to heal wounds caused by this high profile scandal. Can we as Americans honor this man and his family and let them take some meaningful time to have an uninterrrupted timeout.

  9. Anonymous

    No problem at all. There situation wasn't any of our business t begin with frankly. He still has the same quality of being a CIA director he always did. Spilled milk is worse and we need him to keep us safe in spite of Obama's directions. We will be speaking other languages if Obama has control.

  10. Shannon L. Blackley

    We are a relatively young country and are the laughing stock but sexual infidelity doesn't even make a snowflake on the tip of the iceberg of Corruption going on in what was once considered 'the' Superpower of the World. This in a World that followed and emulated it in the last serveral decades. Those that would support infidelity and wouldn't hold an Government enforcement arm like the CIA (and it's director) to a 'Higher Standard' are even more ridiculous than rehiring Patraeus would be.

  11. Shannon L. Blackley

    We are a relatively young country and are the laughing stock but sexual infidelity doesn't even make a snowflake on the tip of the iceberg of Corruption going on in what was once considered 'the' Superpower of the World. This in a World that followed and emulated it in the last serveral decades. Those that would support infidelity and wouldn't hold an Government enforcement arm like the CIA (and it's director) to a 'Higher Standard' are even more ridiculous than rehiring Patraeus would be.

  12. Ben Rice

    This is a ridiculous story – you are all quoting Emily Yoffe as your source for the judgement that he should be rehired. He resigned and the president accepted it and now he is disgraced. What you propose has never ever happened in the history of the world. It just doesn't happen and you are stupid to repeat Emily Yoffe's misguided article.

  13. Anonymous

    He is just a man like us easily tempted but leave your post Gen. former pres. Clinton did not resigned yet the act was done in the oval office, yours, we don't know and it does not matter as long as you are doing your job well. I hope Pres. Obama who I predicted way back October to win the election by 300 electoral votes will re-appoint him back to the CIA and everybody will surely agrees with him.

  14. Bellwether Nesingwary

    People thought at the time, let's stay out of people's bedrooms and judge by what they can do. We just don't know the extent of security breach in Petreus's poor judgment, as he did leave access available to avenues of obtaining secret data. Were it not for that fact, I'd be behind that same notion you stated here.

  15. Glenda LaHaye

    Spoken like a man who never had the brass ones to put on the boots.

  16. Carol Christine Becker

    This public display of his sex life was meant to take the heat off of the president over Bengazie and it worked for awhile. I think Petraus should think about a political future instead of being under Obama's thumb.

  17. Anonymous

    Did he do his job well? Yes. Reinstate him. No. Send him to oblivion. Yes. I'm aware of the Military's rules on extracurricular activity. This man is no longer in the military. If he's good at what he does let him do it.

  18. Anonymous

    Well… Clinton made a comeback – it is possible – these are valuable people who have extreme connections – have a vast amount of knowledge and are important on the world scene because of their ability to negotiate and get things done. I would say yes put him back particularly because he knows so much – if not.. maybe as a consultant as clinton did – why not run as President – head of the UN – or Secretary of State – the world is in a mess we need people who know about the world and how to communicate with world leaders -

  19. Anonymous

    While I, like others, believe Americans have a double-standard between personal and public lives. I too believe it should not make a difference who the General is sleeping with EXCEPT what are the employee guidelines for the CIA. I am sorry, but if a lower level employee where in the same situation, would he/she be forced to resign because of the indescretion? I think they would. I actually admire Patraeus. Unlike many senior managements in the US (Hostess Cakes!), Patraeus is leading from the top. He broke a rule in the employment manual, and he has to seek other employment. The General will do fine from an employment standpoint. The bigger issue is that he broke company rules and he lost his employment because of it. Upper management should not be treated any differently than lower management when it comes to issues like this.

  20. Anonymous

    I can find no valid reason not to rehire him. Seeing as he has already retired from the Army, nothing he has done would fall under their jurisdiction. And since he has already fallen on his own sword over this incident, we know he is a man of principles. So we would be getting an already vetted person of high caliber back into the same office he vacated. Its a win win for the USA. We all mess up, its human nature. The last person who did not fall under that rule, was nailed to a tree and vilified. I say a big YES rehire.

  21. Gladys Wheeler

    Only if all the CIA agents fired because of the prostitution scandal in Columbia are rehired and given medals of honor for their behavior.

  22. Paul Ewing

    Dick head, you are a coward. Serve your country and stop bashing real americans that wasn't afraid to go to war for their country.

  23. Del Chisholm

    Oh jeez America. REALLY? Its things like THIS that has other countries laughing at us. I can see some terrorist group telling their troops, "the Americans are vulnerable and weak minded because they are only concerned with who is sleeping with who."

  24. Anonymous

    Petraeus should have a place in government. Maybe in State. This is not a reward but good use of years of training and experience provided at great expense to the country. We are paying him better then $250K a year in retirement (as a 3 star general). Although he made some serious misjudgments in his personal life he has demonstrated as an Army General and head of the CIA with wide areas responsibility, he can get the job done.

  25. John Hargraves

    blah blah, blah blah, blah. Dave, come on out of your parents' basement, try getting a job, and make your own way. The world may indeed owe you a living, but you have to work your tail off to collect. Stop being a hater, and get on with your life. And those that went in the military deserve all the support they can get.

  26. Richard Tucker

    this is truely absurd, He violated all the ethic's he believes in, violated his integrity, and violated the trust he was invested with. While I respect him as a military leader and thank him for his service I do not believe he should again be intrusted with CIA. But I am concerned with any appointment of this administration and will have to trust that thru confirmation they will find a well qualified appointee.

  27. Matthew A. Taylor

    He didn't do anything any other normal human being would have done, has done and will continue to. Its called life and for those of you who see anything wrong with what he did, then I recommend that you go and get one.

  28. Richard Tucker

    and why would he ever want to go back and become a scape goat for an adminstration that will find fault with everyone else and not take responsibility for its own actions

  29. Linda Stulc Smith

    His personal business is his business, and he did a great job for America. He resigned prematurely, and he should be given a second chance. Sometimes though you can't go back. Maybe he should be secretary of defense?

  30. Chuck Thompson

    Bellwether Nesingwary, I do agree with you, but she also had a secret clearence… What I don't like is for the whithouse to think the public is stupid, and we can't see for ourselves what went on in Benghazi… Why did they come out with being classiified… because of this, I know Susan Rice's statement was bull crap… They didn't need to classify this!!! The story of not wanting the terrorist not to know the hunt was on!!! Bull crap!!! They bragged about it, knowing Obama isn't going to do anything about it… He was to interested in his re-election,