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REPORT: General Petraeus To Quit As US Commander In Afghanistan
.businessinsider ^ | Feb 15, 2011

Posted on 02/15/2011 3:04:29 PM PST by VRWCTexan

General David Petraeus, the most celebrated American soldier of his generation, is to leave his post as commander of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan. The Times can reveal that the Pentagon aims to replace General Petraeus, who was appointed less than eight months ago, by the end of the year

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/petraeus-out-2011-2#ixzz1E4UKvDdB

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; generaldavidpetraeus; obama; petraeus; taliban; wot
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1 posted on 02/15/2011 3:04:31 PM PST by VRWCTexan
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To: VRWCTexan

Is he being fired or leaving on his own will?


2 posted on 02/15/2011 3:05:54 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Hell really is a bottomless pit of fire. Which side of the line are you going to choose? Palin/West)
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To: VRWCTexan

Running for office, I presume?


3 posted on 02/15/2011 3:06:37 PM PST by pissant ((Bachmann 2012 - Freepmail to get on/off PING list))
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To: VRWCTexan

This could be very bad news...


4 posted on 02/15/2011 3:07:21 PM PST by therightliveswithus
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To: VRWCTexan

I wonder where he stands on balanced budgets? Federalist Papers? Apple pie?


5 posted on 02/15/2011 3:07:33 PM PST by marron
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To: VRWCTexan

Well, that was quick.


6 posted on 02/15/2011 3:08:00 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: VRWCTexan
Obama needs to install a sellout to pay off his debts to the Taliban.
7 posted on 02/15/2011 3:08:28 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: VRWCTexan

I guess this means we got Osama? /sarc


8 posted on 02/15/2011 3:09:12 PM PST by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG 49) "Freedom's Fortress")
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To: pissant

I doubt he’s running for office. K@t!e C0ur!c interviewed Petraeus’ wife last week on her failing evening newscast. I thought that was just strange. Not that I don’t want to know what the wife of Petraeus thinks, but it was just weird.


9 posted on 02/15/2011 3:09:12 PM PST by library user (Just because you're homeless doesn't mean you're lazy.)
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To: VRWCTexan

probably a thankless job.


10 posted on 02/15/2011 3:09:23 PM PST by rahbert
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To: Cementjungle

Maybe he has advance notice that the troops will be pulled out.


11 posted on 02/15/2011 3:10:05 PM PST by Jane Austen (Boycott the Philadelphia Eagles!)
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To: rahbert

Is he running?


12 posted on 02/15/2011 3:10:22 PM PST by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: NoGrayZone

It was temporary anyway, it was a step down for him to take this job.


13 posted on 02/15/2011 3:11:45 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: marron
Petraeus is registered to vote as a Republican in New Hampshire—he once described himself to a friend as a northeastern Republican, in the tradition of Nelson Rockefeller—but he said that around 2002, after he became a two-star general, he stopped voting.

He'd be considered a RINO.
14 posted on 02/15/2011 3:12:05 PM PST by nhwingut (Palin '12... Accept No Other)
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To: VRWCTexan

Probably sick of the CIC and his merry band of America haters running the war.


15 posted on 02/15/2011 3:12:32 PM PST by 444Flyer ("The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power." -Daniel Webster)
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To: VRWCTexan

Mike Mullins’ term as Joint Chiefs Chairman is up in October. Watch for Petraeus to get the appointment as a reward for his work in Afghanistan


16 posted on 02/15/2011 3:13:08 PM PST by K-Stater
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To: pissant
Running for office, I presume?

Why would Petraeus want to debase himself by getting into politics?

17 posted on 02/15/2011 3:14:08 PM PST by K-Stater
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To: K-Stater

Agreed. I don’t think he plans to run for any office.


18 posted on 02/15/2011 3:16:03 PM PST by Col Frank Slade
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To: VRWCTexan

Well this is bad, Patreaus was the only Commander I really had confidence in, if he is pulling the plug it could be yet another change in direction for the war effort in Afghanistan.

Only this time the replacement will have had no track record of success.

I see no positives in this move.


19 posted on 02/15/2011 3:18:24 PM PST by padre35 (You shall not ignore the laws of God, the Market, the Jungle, and Reciprocity Rm10.10)
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To: VRWCTexan

There really hasn’t been any significant reporting from Afghanistan, as far as I can see. Every once in a while a report of troops being killed by an IED or the like, but no sense of what is happening there, if anything.

I really get the feeling that this has turned into a meaningless war, where our troops are getting killed for nothing, and where the ROEs don’t really even permit them to defend themselves.

About all I can tell from the reports is that the body count keeps going up, and we don’t really seem to be winning anything or getting anywhere. McCrystal and Petraeus are both very capable leaders for this kind of war, but I think their hands have been tied.


20 posted on 02/15/2011 3:20:34 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: VRWCTexan

I knew from the time Obama picked him they were setting him up to fail and be discredited. And lo and behold. I see this.


21 posted on 02/15/2011 3:25:40 PM PST by dforest
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To: VRWCTexan

His tenure in Afghanistan had to be for a limited time, because he has already had his turn at the helm, and then some. Let’s keep in mind that he took a demotion to replace Stanley McCrystal, and I’m certain General Petraeus is looking forward to spending some time with the grandkids.


22 posted on 02/15/2011 3:26:42 PM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts...)
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To: VRWCTexan

Moochele will take the job and attempt to “get Afghans moving”!


23 posted on 02/15/2011 3:28:34 PM PST by albie
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To: VRWCTexan

Mystary solved — he is being fired because he wasn’t nice enough to the Taliban, he wanted to defeat them, instead of bowing to them.

See this article:

Afghanistan: Petraeus, personalities and policy

http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2011/02/15/afghanistan-petraeus-personalities-and-policy/

“Petraeus, more than anyone else, has been identified with the intensified military campaign in Afghanistan which, according to critics of the policy, has reduced prospects of a political settlement by alienating Taliban leaders who might otherwise be coaxed into peace talks.

His departure, especially with Gates on his way out, could create the space for Obama to recalibrate Afghan strategy, backing away from the military surge and focusing more on a political settlement - if he wants to do so.”


24 posted on 02/15/2011 3:30:07 PM PST by Innovative (Weakness is provocative.)
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To: pissant
Running for office, I presume?
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There is NO POSSIBLE WAY that I would vote for a man that let LTC Lakin and Major Cook swing slowly in the wind.

There is NO POSSIBLE WAY that I would vote for a man that allowed his troops to serve under a likely usurper posing as president and Commander in Chief.

While General Patraeus might be willing to fall on a grenade for his troops against a foreign enemy on foreign soil, I **seriously** doubt that he would defend the Constitution against a **domestic** enemy. Gee! doing that might hurt his career or pension. /s

25 posted on 02/15/2011 3:32:59 PM PST by wintertime
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To: Innovative

I guess they’ll have to fire his replacement too. (I know who it is) He is even meaner than Petraeus is.


26 posted on 02/15/2011 3:34:14 PM PST by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: VRWCTexan

Palin/Petraeus 2012


27 posted on 02/15/2011 3:37:15 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: VRWCTexan

Ugh... If this is true, then the situation in Afghanistan could be grim. Petraeus was brilliant in Iraq as a counter-insurgency leader. I have difficulty thinking of anyone who would do a better job. I have even less confidence in Obama in picking a replacement.


28 posted on 02/15/2011 3:41:37 PM PST by NailInACoffin
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To: nhwingut

My brother is a Colonel who he hadn’t voted in years. He said he was apolitical and answered to whomever was CIC. He did vote for McCain, but he said he didn’t think it would make much difference if Obama got elected. He was wrong and now he’s unhappy with Obama so he’s retiring. DADT did it.
BTW, he was on Petraeus’ staff.


29 posted on 02/15/2011 3:41:51 PM PST by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: DarthVader

We’re forgetting what Bob Woodward wrote in his book. He said that Obama wasn’t going to risk losing his base of left wing loons — I’m paraphrasing, I’m sure — over Afghanistan. Petreaus is a good military man, waging a war he’s not ALLOWED to win, seeing good men being killed and injured for no good reason, and he probably said, “F-— it, I’m not going to be a part of this anymore!”

I’d bet on it. No way he leaves a war un-won after only eight months in charge. That’s not his history; that’s not his style. This is an anti-Obama move if there ever was one.


30 posted on 02/15/2011 3:41:57 PM PST by ObamaMustGo2012 (Obama Must Go In 2012)
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To: nhwingut

And he voted for Obama in 2008.


31 posted on 02/15/2011 3:45:17 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: albie

LOL


32 posted on 02/15/2011 3:46:39 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: VRWCTexan

Ugh Oh!... He may be in Kansas again.. The Wizard of OZ.. may have been exposed as the slimy traitor he is..
..


33 posted on 02/15/2011 3:49:12 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: VRWCTexan

The end of the year is a ways away


34 posted on 02/15/2011 3:49:38 PM PST by woofie
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To: VRWCTexan; All
The Washington Post had the scoop on Petraeus earlier today, but buried it:

But virtually the entire U.S. civilian and military leadership in Afghanistan is expected to leave in the coming months, including Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and the embassy's other four most senior officials, Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the U.S.-led international coalition, and Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez, who runs day-to-day military operations there.

SNIP

No final decisions have been made, but military officials said that Petraeus, who took command last July, will rotate out of Afghanistan before the end of the year.

SNIP

35 posted on 02/15/2011 3:49:44 PM PST by kristinn (Lowering the IQ on FR since Jul 31, 1998)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

And he voted for Obama in 2008.


Are you certain?


36 posted on 02/15/2011 3:54:07 PM PST by unkus
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To: kristinn
IOW "Peace With Honor"®
37 posted on 02/15/2011 3:54:07 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Jane Austen

maybe he;s opposed as most vets and those serving are to the openly serving homosexuals


38 posted on 02/15/2011 3:59:13 PM PST by manc (Shame on all who voted for the repeal of DADT, who supported it or never tried to stop it. Traitors)
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To: unkus

I don’t think he voted for anyone in 2008 but I can’t verify it for sure.

http://askville.amazon.com/General-Petraeus-vote-Presidential-election/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=19533066


39 posted on 02/15/2011 4:04:29 PM PST by rfp1234 (Le Parti du The'. Ne marchez pas sur moi!)
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To: VRWCTexan

MAybe BO is going to make him chairman of the Joint Cheif of Staff?


40 posted on 02/15/2011 4:04:46 PM PST by Always Independent
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To: hosepipe

I don’t think that warning us that your posts are peppered with a dose of hyperbole ameliorates your use of the word “traitor” to describe General Petraeus. Surely there are less offensive ways for you to express your disappointment with him.


41 posted on 02/15/2011 4:05:52 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Forget it. What a joke. Never gonna happen. Geesh.


42 posted on 02/15/2011 4:06:53 PM PST by dforest
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To: DarthVader

Glad to read that.


43 posted on 02/15/2011 4:07:12 PM PST by meatloaf
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To: kalee

The US is one of only a handful of countries that allow their soldiers to vote in elections. In most European countries, when someone becomes a soldier, they give up their right to vote.


44 posted on 02/15/2011 4:08:59 PM PST by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: VRWCTexan

Maybe he just doesn’t agree with Gates’ rush to get the queers on board. Or maybe it’s the ROEs. With this administration, it could be any number of things.

At any rate, I doubt this was ocommie’s idea. I think we would have heard rumblings in advance like we did with McCrystal and others.

Just because Petraeus is bailing on ocommie, I don’t think means he’s running for office. I can think of a thousand reasons to want to get shed of ocommie.


45 posted on 02/15/2011 4:12:45 PM PST by ratsreek
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Dittoes.


46 posted on 02/15/2011 4:15:21 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: VRWCTexan

No doubt that he cannot stomach whatever Obama is asking him to do.


47 posted on 02/15/2011 4:16:06 PM PST by Revel
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To: pissant
Running for office, I presume?

Possibly helping the Hillary Clinton campaign?

48 posted on 02/15/2011 4:17:25 PM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: pissant

If you liked McCain you’ll love Petraeus.


49 posted on 02/15/2011 4:19:39 PM PST by PaleoBob
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To: VRWCTexan

Obama is insisting on some stupid and dangerous policy in Afghanistan... that will make him look good in the press.
Probably surrender.

Good for The General. Done a fine job considering the ‘support’ he had.


50 posted on 02/15/2011 4:21:49 PM PST by mrsmith
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