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Petraeus to Apologize in First Public Speech Since Fall From Grace

Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013 11:36 AM

By Melanie Batley

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David Petraeus, the former director of the CIA who resigned in November over an extramarital affair, is poised to make his first public speech Tuesday night since his downfall.

Speaking at an event honoring veterans at the University of Southern California, he will use the opportunity to apologize for the affair he had with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, The New York Times reports.

He is expected to say, “Please allow me to begin my remarks this evening by reiterating how deeply I regret — and apologize for — the circumstances that led me to resign from the CIA and caused such pain for my family, friends, and supporters.”

According to the Times, which obtained a prepared copy of the speech, the former four-star general will acknowledge that he is “regarded in a different light now” but would try to make amends and move forward as best he can.

During his remarks Petraeus will emphasize the importance of supporting military families, caring for injured service members, and honoring veterans. But at the end of the speech, Petraeus is expected to reiterate his remorse for his mistakes.

“I know that I can never fully assuage the pain I inflicted on those closest to me and on 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 as possible, to make amends to those I have hurt and let down.”

The speech is a signal that Petraeus intends to return to the national scene and position himself as an authority on energy, economic, and veterans issues, the Times says.

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