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Book: Petraeus almost quit over Afghan drawdown
Associated Press ^ | 12/30/11 | Kimberly Dozier

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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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghan; book; drawdown; petraeus

1 posted on 12/29/2011 8:42:11 AM PST by Nachum
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2 posted on 12/29/2011 8:43:17 AM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum
Although the news media now seems uninterested, it is a fact that Obama's handling of the war in Afghanistan has killed more American soldiers in 3 years than were killed in the 6+ years previous.

Petreaus should have resigned long before.

3 posted on 12/29/2011 8:48:24 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Nachum

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.


4 posted on 12/29/2011 8:50:24 AM PST by Rapscallion (Do not even call him "president"...."Mister" will be more accurate.)
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To: Nachum

Awesome...as the...(never mind) say...!

I am impressed!

Maybe he shoulda even stamped his foot good and hard!

Semper Watching!
*****


5 posted on 12/29/2011 8:52:15 AM PST by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: Nachum

Fine, glad he stayed. But saying this now has a tinger of “selfish, grandstanding” IMHO. Why not leave these thoughts for his memoirs?


6 posted on 12/29/2011 8:57:30 AM PST by bigbob
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To: Nachum
. Petraeus decided that resigning would be a "selfish, grandstanding move with huge political ramifications"

Like subsequently being appointed CIA Director.

7 posted on 12/29/2011 9:03:46 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Nachum

Didn’t Kimberly Dozier (AP reporter) used to work for CBS; she was almost killed in Iraq, correct?


8 posted on 12/29/2011 9:03:46 AM PST by Perdogg
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To: Rapscallion
I will not conflate my outrage over the MoveOn.org full-page "Betrayus" ad with admiration for the good General. I'm not inclined to buy the 'salute and drive on' stoicism that this little paean seeks to portray.

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.

9 posted on 12/29/2011 9:05:22 AM PST by SargeK
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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.


10 posted on 12/29/2011 9:07:09 AM PST by Turbo Pig (...to close with and destroy the enemy...)
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To: Nachum

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.


11 posted on 12/29/2011 9:13:19 AM PST by kreitzer
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To: kreitzer
Petraeus could have shown real guts and called the Usurper out on his ineligibility.

And he was too worried about what some preacher in Florida was doing.

12 posted on 12/29/2011 9:15:26 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: gunnyg

See Ms Google for ...Admiral Fallon Vs Petraeus...


13 posted on 12/29/2011 9:18:41 AM PST by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: Nachum

No General Douglas MacArthur there.


14 posted on 12/29/2011 9:27:03 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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To: Nachum

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.


15 posted on 12/29/2011 9:28:53 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Nachum

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?”


16 posted on 12/29/2011 9:35:32 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Nachum
Foxtrot Uniform to General Petraeus. This guy, I was hoping, would stick his finger in the faux-POTUS' eye, kick his ass, and run for President himself.

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.

17 posted on 12/29/2011 9:38:15 AM PST by Kenny Bunk ((So, you're telling me Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out this eligibility stuff?))
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To: Navy Patriot

The Pullers, MacArthurs, Pattons, Lemays, etc. have long since been systematically purged from the ranks along the road to serfdom!

Semper Watching!
*****


18 posted on 12/29/2011 9:49:26 AM PST by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: Nachum

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.


19 posted on 12/29/2011 10:13:59 AM PST by Erik Latranyi
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To: Nachum
Petraeas’ reaction reminds me of Irving Berlin’s tune, “What do you do with a general after he has stopped being a general?” It is hard to give it all up. Which is why the Joint Chiefs allowed LBJ to go to war in Vietnam, even though they realized—unlike LBJ—that Vietnam is NOT a “little old country.” but a country large as ill-suited for major operations as Italy was in 1943. To resign is to end up on the golf course, chatting with defeated pols and aging celebrities.
20 posted on 12/29/2011 10:21:51 AM PST by RobbyS
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To: Navy Patriot
No, but the Brit General jackson had potential

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.

21 posted on 12/29/2011 10:27:55 AM PST by jpsb
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To: Nachum

Who cares what he “almost did”. History only counts what you do.


22 posted on 12/29/2011 10:34:12 AM PST by DManA
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To: DManA

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.


23 posted on 12/29/2011 11:49:12 AM PST by ozdragon
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To: Nachum

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...


24 posted on 12/29/2011 12:48:41 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: DManA

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!


25 posted on 12/29/2011 12:49:16 PM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: jpsb
British General Michael Jackson 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".

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.

26 posted on 12/30/2011 9:34:08 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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