Pentagon Tries To Cool Talk On David Petraeus As Top NATO Commander

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Pentagon sought on Tuesday to cool talk about future assignments for Army Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Iraq, following reports he was a candidate for the top NATO command post.

Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said Defense Secretary Robert Gates was very pleased with the leadership provided by both Petraeus and the current NATO commander, Army Gen. John Craddock.

"Until the secretary recommends to the president otherwise and the president approves otherwise, those two commanders will continue in the roles that they now have," he said. "But he greatly respects them both and appreciates their service."

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