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Petraeus Betrayed his Country Before he Betrayed his Wife

Richard2430 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 11:23 AM
"Winning their hearts and minds" did not work with the communist sympathizers in South Vietnam and it won't work with Islam. At its roots, Islam is an evil religion, just as communism is an evil system. It is just a shame that half of Americans are so willingly ignorant.

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...