Could you have conceived and executed the surge strategy in Iraq?
I couldn’t have.
No, but it’s obvious even to a casual observer that the rules of engagement in both Iraq and Afghanistan are tying the hands of our troops and causing more of our troops to be killed and maimed than would otherwise be the case.
While in Afghanistan, David Petraeus publicly criticized the Florida minister who wanted to burn a pile of korans.
Most Afghans didn’t know about the Florida minister’s plans until Petraeus pointed out his intentions, and rioting and violence ensued in Afghanistan. Just before this, a bunch of muzzies descrated Joseph’s Tomb in Israel, but no American in a position of authority complained.
I also remember the Holy Bibles that were printed in local languages and sent to Afghanistan by Christian groups here in the U.S. The Bibles were all burned under Petraeus’ watch, but the world ignored this incident and instead went crazy when a few korans defaced by terrorist muslim’s messages were unknowingly burned by U.S. troops.