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Readers Blog About Petraeus Affair on Patch

A Highland Park rabbi wonders whether or not David Petraeus needed to resign from the CIA after news about his affair got out, while Lisa Barr wonders if marriages can survive adultery. What do you think?

Talk about writing yourself into your own story.

By now, everyone seems to know the tale of CIA director David Petraeus, who resigned on election day after news broke that he had been carrying on an affair with Paula Broadwell -- his biographer.

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As more details continue to unfold, including the timeline about when the affair started, how Petreaus' wife is taking the news and why no one outside of the F.B.I. knew about the affair for months, readers have begun using the story to open up some fascinating discussions on Patch.

In her blog post, Can A Marriage Survive An Affair?, Lisa Barr calls infidelity "the most complicated of all marital subjects to tackle." She reaches out to men and women of different ages to get their opinions on whether or not their marriages could survive an affair.

In his thoughtful post, Did General Petraeus Have to Resign?, Congregation Solel Rabbi Evan Moffic discusses how surprised people were to hear that someone who conveyed such buttoned-up discipline could make such an impulsive choice. His conclusion: appearances often conceal more than they reveal. And while Moffic believes Petraeus can be forgiven, he thinks the general still needed to resign. 

What do you think? Did Petreaus need to resign? Can his marriage survive his affair? Read the blog posts above, then leave a comment below.

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Chnaridr November 13, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I respectfully disagree that he needed to resign. Sure he might be held to a higher standard but infidelity is only an immoral law and he broke no laws, no national security was breached nor was anyone hurt in which he supervised. He followed all protocols and came to a conclusion that he would be guilty either by a court of law or in the court of society. Its time we change that law and or its jurors thoughts. I truly think this country is way too preoccupied with sex and its belief that it is an evil act. This could not be further from the truth. Albeit an extra marital affair may be immoral in this case it did not impede his job at hand, in fact he was probably the best at it in several decades. Let's face it people have sex and sometimes its not in the best of situations. Its time we accept that fact and accept the fact that some people are immoral or as the Rabbi writes, forgiveable! What if we apply this standard to everyone? Congress would be near empty, pro sports teams wouldn't field enough players and unemployment rates would soar to perhaps above 50%. And using the logic of an affair, I question why isn't all sex criminalized in this fashion including sex with your spouse? It's high time we accept sexuality and not repress it
The Q November 13, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Bob lets let the facts come out......I agree with the sex part but there is obviously more to this than sex. This man was the king of spooks and a relationship like that can be very undermining for a guy in his position.
gregory a shafer November 13, 2012 at 11:49 PM
thoughs of you that voted for obama are fools if you think that he did not know about fast a ferious bengazi and this befor the election and i would be willing to look obama in the face and call him a liar .i hope you are all proud of yourselves obama a worthless person just threw a decorated 4 star general under the bus
Jack Straw November 14, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Those stars and bars were earned honorably over a life time of service. The job he held was only due to his outstanding service to his country. Ret. General Petraeus did the only thing men of honor do…

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