He had a good idea in Iraq. It hasn’t worked so well in Afghanistan but he applied it anyway because it was HIS good idea.
He was OK as a military guy. Not a genius. Although I’m pretty sure he thought he was a genius.
I prefer Stormin Norman who seemed to understand overwhelming force better than anyone (including his pansy a%% boss)....that highway of death should have gone ALL the way to Bagdad. That would have been the end of the story.
I have always been underwhelmed by Petreaus but that’s just me. He sure as hell ain’t no Patton. And for the record Eisenhower was a really good manager he wasn’t that great as a tactician
Lets be honest. The man who turned the Iraq war around was Abdul Sattar Abu Risha, the leader of the Anbar Awakening. He payed for it with his blood. If he didn’t rally the Anbar tribes to our side that mess would not of turned out well. It would have been a lot easier and less costlier in blood if we just turned the place over to another strongman who was willing to play ball with us, for a very large stipend.