November 12, 2012

Petraeus Deserves Thanks, Not Obloquy

Max Boot, Commentary Magazine

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Imagine Winfield Scott, U.S. Grant, William Sherman, George Patton, Dwight Eisenhower or Matthew Ridgway resigning over an affair. It’s simply impossible to imagine; standards have changed so much over the years that now sexual peccadilloes are about the only thing that can bring down senior military commanders. Petraeus did not have as big a war to fight as his predecessors did but what he achieved in Iraq was one of the most impressive turnarounds ever seen in any counterinsurgency campaign that I am familiar with.

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November 12, 2012
How David Petraeus Changed the U.S. Military
Peter Bergen, CNN
Historians will likely judge David Petraeus to be the most effective American military commander since Eisenhower. He was, after all, the person who, more than any other, brought Iraq back from the brink of total disaster after... more ››
November 11, 2012
How I Was Drawn into the Cult of Petraeus
Spencer Ackerman, Wired
Like many in the press, nearly every national politician, and lots of members of Petraeus’ brain trust over the years, I played a role in the creation of the legend around David Petraeus. Yes, Paula Broadwell wrote the... more ››
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Think Australia's Wild? Try America
Sydney Morning Herald
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November 1, 2012
Stop Nuzzling Autocrats in Egypt, Turkey
Lawrence Haas, McClatchy
The next president must discard two longstanding but problematic pillars of U.S. policy in the Middle East and chart a new course that reflects both regional realities and the dynamic changes that are underway there. Read more... more ››