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Petraeus Betrayed his Country Before he Betrayed his Wife

Michael160 Wrote: Nov 15, 2012 11:06 PM
The cerebrally detached nature of the Western pacification efforts has been painfully ridiculous for a while now, long before Petreaus. It involves treating people like math problems - well, these villagers hate the occupation and their puppet government. So let us give them some cash, pave a road, and have tea with their elders on a weekly basis. Voila, in three months, they will be friendlies! People just don't work that way, they don't forget just because you dug them a new well.

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...