May 13, 2009 |
It's a small irony of history that Gen. David Petraeus, attacked by the left for his role in revitalizing the Bush administration's effort in Iraq, is now being asked by a Democratic president to do much the same thing in Afghanistan. The Centcom commander intends to apply the same counterinsurgency tactics he developed in Iraq, but Afghanistan will be in many ways a tougher fight. Petraeus isn't a man who likes to lose, and he's assembling an all-star team. Gone is Gen. David McKiernan, a solid but uninspired commander; he will be replaced by Lt....
April 9, 2008 |
Army Gen. David H. Petraeus returned to Congress yesterday seeking more time to consolidate security gains in Iraq by halting withdrawals of U.S. forces this summer, all but guaranteeing that about 140,000 troops will remain at least through the fall presidential election. During a day of hearings against the backdrop of a heated campaign for the White House, Petraeus called security in Iraq "significantly better" than before last year's troop buildup but still "fragile and reversible.
November 20, 2012 |
Five years ago, when I covered David Petraeus's triumphant visit to Capitol Hill after he salvaged the war effort in Iraq, I likened the reception he received to that of conquering generals of Rome, who were feted with laurels, purple robes, trumpets and animal sacrifice. If anything, Petraeus's reception may have been superior to the ancients', I wrote, because he "didn't even have to endure, as Roman generals did, the slave holding the crown over his head and whispering in his ear: Sic...
August 31, 2011 |
Gen. David H. Petraeus warned at a pomp-filled retirement ceremony on Wednesday that the nation's leaders, faced with tough budget decisions, should be careful not to cut the military's budget too deeply in the years ahead. The vast majority of the hour-long ceremony at Fort Myer in Arlington celebrated Petraeus's 37 years of military service and his six years of leading troops in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003. Military bands played, medals were awarded, and Petraeus issued a long list of thanks to his mentors, his...
April 27, 2011 |
Gen. David H. Petraeus has served as commander in two wars launched by the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. If confirmed as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Petraeus would effectively take command of a third — in Pakistan. Petraeus's nomination comes at a time when the CIA functions, more than ever in its history, as an extension of the nation's lethal military force. CIA teams operate alongside U.S. special operations forces in conflict zones from Afghanistan to...
May 22, 2008 |
Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, President Bush's nominee to lead U.S. forces in the Middle East and Central Asia, supports continued U.S. engagement with international and regional partners to find the right mix of diplomatic, economic and military leverage to address the challenges posed by Iran . In written answers to questions posed by the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he will testify today, Petraeus said the possibility of military action...