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David Petraeus breaks his silence on cheating scandal

Former U.S. Gen. David Petraeus apologized for the steamy affair that cost him his career last night at a dinner for the Southern California ROTC.

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Disgraced former U.S. Gen. David Petraeus spoke about moving forward with firm values and making amends to family and supporters in his first speech since the cheating scandal that ended his career broke late last year.

Appearing in civilian wear after resigning his post as CIA Director, Petraeus apologized for the affair with writer Paula Broadwell.

“I join you keenly aware that I am regarded in a different light now than I was a year ago — I’m also keenly aware that the reason for my recent journey was my own doing,” Petraeus said, “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.”

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“My experience can be instructive to others who stumble or indeed fall as far as I did — one learns, after all, that life doesn’t stop with such a mistake. It can, and must, go on.”

“I know that I can never fully assuage the pain that I inflicted on those closest to me and a number of others. I can, however, try to move forward in a manner that is consistent with the values to which I subscribed before slipping my moorings, and as best possible to make amends to those I have hurt and let down, and that is what I will strive to do.”

Petraeus’ wife Holly has stayed with him throughout the scandal. The same cannot be said of his career. He himself resigned his post as Director of the CIA in November as the news of his affair was about to leak to the press.

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