LOS ANGELES - Former CIA Director David Petraeus apologized on Tuesday for the extramarital affair that forced his November resignation and acknowledged the toll it took on his family, career and reputation.
His appearance at an event honoring University of Southern California veterans and Reserve Officers' Training Corps students was his first public speech since the storied Army general's career was cut short by the scandal.
Petraeus noted 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 on a number of others," Petraeus said.