David Petraeus

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David H. Petraeus

General David Petraeus is head of the U.S. Central Command, the region spanning from Afghanistan to Eqypt. As head of the US-led multinational force in Iraq he led the successful 'Surge' strategy, destroying insurgents terrorists groups. He was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate, particularly because of his long-established reputation for honesty.

Early Years

Petraeus, 68, has a wife Holly and two children, a son and a daughter. [1] He was born in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, to Sixtus and Miriam Petraeus. Attended and was a 1970 graduate of Cornwall Central High School. From there he attended West Point military academy. Petraeus would earn high marks, graduating top of his class. He earned an M.P.A. and a Ph.D. His doctor thesis was The American military and the lessons of Vietnam : a study of military influence and the use of force in the post-Vietnam era., 1987

Leading up to the Surge

Senator Hillary Clinton, who helped appoint him, called him a liar when he gave his September 2007 report on President Bush's "troop surge". [2] In response to this report, Petraeus was the victim of liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org's "vicious"[3] attack campaign subsidized by the New York Times[4] which contributed a monetary discount for an advertisement, without foundation, entitled "General Petraeus or General Betray Us"? The accusation of treason sparked so much controversy that even the Democrat-controlled Senate passed a resolution condemning the attack on General Petraeus.[5]


  1. [www.dodig.mil/IGInformation/archives/LTG_Petreaus.pdf Commanding General Biography] DODIG.mil
  2. When questioning him on September 11, she lectured that, "I think that the reports that you provide to us really require a willing suspension of disbelief." (Washington Times editorial)
  3. MoveOn's McCarthy moment, By Peter D. Feaver, Boston Globe, September 11, 2007.
  4. Time Gives Lefties a Hefty Discount for "Betray us" Ad, Charles Hurt, New York Post, September 13, 2007.
  5. Senate Votes to Condemn MoveOn for Ad Attacking General Petraeus, FOX News, September 20, 2007.