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Petraeus Betrayed his Country Before he Betrayed his Wife

Fire_Ready Wrote: Nov 15, 2012 8:37 PM
I am not a fan of COIN. She is correct that it cost unnecessary deaths and eventually failed to produce the results promised. But I do respect General Patreaus. This war got tangled up in too much thinking and being too clever. Just the basics would have worked much better. Go in, kill the bad guys and break their stuff until they can't adequately continue then get out and monitor and repeat as necessary.

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...