Skip to comments.Book: Petraeus almost quit over Afghan drawdown
Posted on 12/29/2011 8:42:00 AM PST by Nachum
WASHINGTON Four-star general-turned-CIA director David Petraeus almost resigned as Afghanistan war commander over President Barack Obama's decision to quickly draw down surge forces, according to a new insider's look at Petraeus' 37-year Army career. Petraeus decided that resigning would be a "selfish, grandstanding move with huge political ramifications" and that now was "time to salute and carry on," according to a forthcoming biography. Author and Petraeus confidante Paula Broadwell had extensive access to the general in Afghanistan and Washington
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Petreaus should have resigned long before.
I respect General Petraeus. He should reserve judgement about the “wisdom” of the political decisions for the draw-downs, until he sees how the commander in chief uses these troops before the election. Some still believe suppression is still an option.
Awesome...as the...(never mind) say...!
I am impressed!
Maybe he shoulda even stamped his foot good and hard!
Fine, glad he stayed. But saying this now has a tinger of “selfish, grandstanding” IMHO. Why not leave these thoughts for his memoirs?
Like subsequently being appointed CIA Director.
Didn’t Kimberly Dozier (AP reporter) used to work for CBS; she was almost killed in Iraq, correct?
He seems to have adapted well to the Obeyme regime and without discernible inflection on the Wun's slow motion surrender. He was offered plata o plomo and chose plata.
Hmm, he ALMOST quit, but he didn’t. He ALMOST stood his ground against a bad military decision, but he didn’t. He ALMOST, he almost, he almost...but he didn’t.
More US soldiers ALMOST made it home alive in the last 3 years than in the previous 6, but they didn’t.
Petraeus could have shown real guts and called the Usurper out on his ineligibility. Instead he was bought off with a promotion like just another punk. God Bless Terry Lakin.
And he was too worried about what some preacher in Florida was doing.
See Ms Google for ...Admiral Fallon Vs Petraeus...
No General Douglas MacArthur there.
As far as I could see, whenever Obama told Petraeus to jump, he asked, “How high?”
Wasn’t it Petraeus who burned those Bibles, declared that the Koran was sacred, and gave his troops all kinds of politically correct instructions, including Rules of Engagement that didn’t allow them to defend themselves?
In the end, just another Perfumed Prince.
Wow. A book. How rare. Why did we let this guy out of his job? Win, or no retirement. What incentive is there for any of our generals or admirals to win? What punishment is there for losing? “With your shield or on it” has putrified into “What other job would you like?”
Me? I am looking for the yanqui equivalent of General Pinochet to delay our inexorable slide into euro-weenieism, or worse, the Marxism that is the ideology of Team Obama.
The Pullers, MacArthurs, Pattons, Lemays, etc. have long since been systematically purged from the ranks along the road to serfdom!
This is an unfortunate example that our top military leaders are totally politicized today.
Our troops have very few people left who will watch their backs anymore.
In 1994, Jackson served his first tour in the Balkans, where he commanded a multi-national division of the Implementation Force. Following a staff job back in the UK, he was appointed commander of NATO's Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) in 1997. He returned to the Balkans with the ARRC during the Kosovo War, during which he famously refused to obey an order from American General Wesley Clark, his immediate superior in the NATO chain of command, to block the runways of Pristina Airport and isolate the Russian contingent that was positioned there. He reportedly told Clark "I'm not going to start the Third World War for you". The incident attracted controversy, particularly in the United States, and earned Jackson the nickname "Macho Jacko" in the British tabloid press. Jackson established a working relationship with the Russian general commanding the detachment at Pristina, giving him a bottle of whisky, of which Jackson is known to be fond, and providing the Russians with the protection of a squad of British soldiers, commanded by his son, Mark.
Who cares what he “almost did”. History only counts what you do.
What would George Patton do?
What would Dwight Eisenhower do?
What would US Grant do?
What would George Washington do?
What would Robert E. Lee do?
What would Douglas MacArthur do?
Sadly, even generals get rolled.
Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. He should’ve quit.
The ONLY reason for these men not to quit, and I respect them all, is that Hussein would replace them immediately with HUGE pussies in uniform, ones that would lick his boots obediently.
Now, these guys COULD be feeding some right wing Congressmen with some inside info about Hussein’s disastrous decision making...
Petraeus is another powered prince who should have been fired after his 3 Cups of Tea disaster of COIN in AfPak. But now the Turd is stabbing us from the CIA position. FU Petraeus!
I am aware of the incident and the courage necessary to confront Wesley the Weasel Clark, and the Bent One in Chief.
The NATO Serbia/Kosovo massacre of Slavs is the incident that hardened Putin's determination against America and his ongoing policy of public humiliation of American political interests in Eastern Europe.
It ain't over yet.