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Petraeus Betrayed his Country Before he Betrayed his Wife

birdfighter Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 10:19 PM
Read all the comments so far. What some of you people don't understand is "limited warfare", meaning the goal of your military is not to absolutely destroy the enemy, but rather protect the population, so that it tends toward stability and friendship. Another term for limited warfare is police action, meaning your army is acting more like police than soldiers. You might not like Patreaus for his COIN strategy and all, but he probably is something of a genius in limited warfare. The problem is USA has hardly won any police actions. South Korea is about the only place it worked.
Frank391 Wrote: Nov 22, 2012 7:22 AM
I don't disagree birdfighter but even in Korea the south never signed the peace accords. So technically we are still at war with North Korea.

Was David Petraeus as great a general as the write-ups of his downfall routinely claim? This is a provocative question that I will begin to answer with another question: Did America prevail in the Iraq War? I suspect few would say "yes" and believe it, which is no reflection on the valor and sacrifice of the American and allied troops who fought there. On the contrary, it was the vaunted strategy of the two-step Petraeus "surge" that was the blueprint of failure.

While U.S. troops carried out Part One successfully by fighting to establish basic security, the "trust" and "political reconciliation" that...