Skip to comments.REPORT: General Petraeus To Quit As US Commander In Afghanistan
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
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Is he being fired or leaving on his own will?
Running for office, I presume?
This could be very bad news...
I wonder where he stands on balanced budgets? Federalist Papers? Apple pie?
Well, that was quick.
I guess this means we got Osama? /sarc
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.
probably a thankless job.
Maybe he has advance notice that the troops will be pulled out.
Is he running?
It was temporary anyway, it was a step down for him to take this job.
Probably sick of the CIC and his merry band of America haters running the war.
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
Why would Petraeus want to debase himself by getting into politics?
Agreed. I don’t think he plans to run for any office.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moochele will take the job and attempt to “get Afghans moving”!
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
“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.”
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
I guess they’ll have to fire his replacement too. (I know who it is) He is even meaner than Petraeus is.
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.
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.
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.
And he voted for Obama in 2008.
Ugh Oh!... He may be in Kansas again.. The Wizard of OZ.. may have been exposed as the slimy traitor he is..
The end of the year is a ways away
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.
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.
And he voted for Obama in 2008.
Are you certain?
maybe he;s opposed as most vets and those serving are to the openly serving homosexuals
I don’t think he voted for anyone in 2008 but I can’t verify it for sure.
MAybe BO is going to make him chairman of the Joint Cheif of Staff?
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.
Forget it. What a joke. Never gonna happen. Geesh.
Glad to read that.
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.
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.
No doubt that he cannot stomach whatever Obama is asking him to do.
Possibly helping the Hillary Clinton campaign?
If you liked McCain you’ll love Petraeus.
Obama is insisting on some stupid and dangerous policy in Afghanistan... that will make him look good in the press.
Good for The General. Done a fine job considering the ‘support’ he had.