I belive that Ms. West has unfairly criticized General Petraeus. While his theory and strategy may have been proved to be wrong or misguided, she fails to understand that the President is the Commander in Chief, and is ably advised by the SecDef and the Joint Chiefs. The superiors of General Petraeus accepted his ideas as to how to pacify Iraq and Afghanistan sufficiently to the point where we can exit and, at least, pretend, that we won. Incidentally, President Roosevelt signed off on General Eisenhower's head-on assault in Normandy, and my beloved 29th Inf Div was landed right in the teeth of German artillery and machine guns, and lost half their men before the month of June was out. War is hell, Ms. West.