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 a M.P.A. and a Ph.D. His doctoral 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, Later, he would author the manual devoted to counterinsurgency operations. This new counterinsurgency field manual became the backbone for an overwhelming success by the U.S. military in Iraq.

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]

See Also


  1. 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.