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The Petraeus Legacy Is Afghanistan, Not Scandal

Sean Kay | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Sean Kay

The national media obsession with private lives is serving no national interest, nor is it helping us to understand the dynamics that led to the failure of our 2009 military planning in Afghanistan.

It's the Sex, Stupid

Barry Lando | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Barry Lando

Talk shows hosts are much more interested in tempting their public with the red meat of what could be mistaken for a new hit cable TV series than focusing on the fact that General Petraeus' strategies in Iraq and Afghanistan were not, in the long term, a stunning success.

Amanda Terkel

WATCH: Petraeus Backs Obama On Afghanistan Drawdown | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, told members of Congress Thursday that he backs President Barack Obama's pla...

Gen. Petraeus Vows To Keep Civilian Deaths To A Minimum

AP | By PATRICK QUINN | Posted 08.02.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The top NATO commander in Afghanistan said Thursday that he is committed to reducing the loss of innocent lives to an absolute m...

Amanda Terkel

Kirsten Gillibrand's Big Afghanistan Announcement | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While President Obama has said that U.S. combat forces will begin leaving Afghanistan in July 2011 and be fully out by 2014, the pace of...

Petraeus: Momentum is 'Modest' In Afghanistan

AP | HEIDI VOGT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Fighting in Afghanistan may be considerably worse this summer than last, but some reduction in American forces is still pos...

Petraeus Reportedly Upsets Karzai Government With 'Deeply Offensive' Comments

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL - To the shock of President Hamid Karzai's aides, Gen. David H. Petraeus suggested Sunday at the presidential palace that Afghans caught up in a...

David Petraeus Visits Afghanistan For Christmas

AP | ELENA BECATOROS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MARJAH, Afghanistan — The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan crisscrossed the country on Saturday, making a Christmas visit to coalition...

General Petraeus Visits US Troops In Afghanistan On Christmas

AP | ELENA BECATOROS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MARJAH, Afghanistan — The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan crisscrossed the country on Saturday, making a Christmas visit to coalition...

Amanda Terkel

Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers Wants Gen. Petraeus To Testify On Afghanistan | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's the rare issue that unites Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), but the call for Gen. David Petraeus to testify...

Afghan Ultra-Violence: Petraeus Triples Air War

Wired | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

November is ordinarily the month when the air war in Afghanistan -- and really, the whole American-led campaign -- ratchets down for the winter. This ...

Beware of Generals Carrying Metrics

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amitai Etzioni

The newest way General Petraeus plans to measure success in the war in Afghanistan reminded me of what the government did when its campaign to persuade the public to stop smoking did not make much headway.

Robert Gates: 'We're Not Ever Leaving' Afghanistan

Huffington Post | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a shocking indication of a split between the White House and the Pentagon over the war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates believes that...

Rethink Afghanistan: Fight Petraeus, This War Is Costing Us Billions We Can't Afford (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rethink Afghanistan released a video yesterday that juxtaposes Obama calling for a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by July 2011 against Petraeus's c...

Gen. David Petraeus Cites Progress In Afghanistan, Hedges On July 2011 Troop Withdrawal

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progress in Afghanistan only began this spring and needs time to take root, Army Gen. David Petraeus said in comments broadcast Sunday t...

Petraeus Quietly Abandons Plans To Begin Afghan Security Handover This Year

The Guardian | Jon Boone | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Plans to begin handing control of provinces in Afghanistan to Afghan security forces by the end of this year have been quietly dropped amid fears amon...

The Petraeus Syndrome

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Engelhardt

Let's say that Petraeus does return to Washington in what, these days, passes for triumph. The question is: So what? Or rather, could success in Afghanistan prove worse for Americans than failure?

Petraeus Assumes Command In Afghanistan: 'We Are In This To Win'

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — "We are in this to win," Gen. David Petraeus said as he took the reins of an Afghan war effort troubled by waning support, ...

Counterinsurgency Down for the Count in Afghanistan: But the War Machine Grinds On

Ann Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ann Jones

Why, when President Obama fires an insubordinate and failing general, does he cling to his failing war policy? And if nothing much is working, why does it still go on nonstop this way?

Most Americans Support Afghanistan Withdrawal Plan (POLL)

The Huffington Post | Jeremy Binckes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A majority of Americans support President Obama's plan for withdrawing from Afghanistan starting in July 2011, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll re...

Petraeus Faces Questions From War-Weary Lawmakers

AP | ANNE GEARAN and ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Gen. David Petraeus left open the possibility of recommending that President Barack Obama delay his plans to start withdrawing troo...

The Afghanistan Paradox: When the War's Defenders Make the Case for Why We Should Stay, They End Up Making the Case for Why We Should Go

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Arianna Huffington

It's truly bizarre how many in Washington are describing the situation in Afghanistan accurately, but then fail to draw the most obvious conclusion based on what they've just said.

David Petraeus To Participate In Confirmation Hearings On Capitol Hill Next Week

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel is moving quickly to hold a confirmation hearing for Gen. David Petraeus (pah-TRAY'-us) as the new commander for the...

Petraeus Talks War At Vanderbilt

The Vanderbilt Hustler | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

The first question Professor Michael Newton asked Gen. David H. Petraeus concerned what makes a good leader. Petraeus said big ideas -- the focal poin...

Petraeus In 2012? Speculation In Washington That General Will Run

New York Times | ELISABETH BUMILLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Gen. David H. Petraeus, the face of the Iraq troop surge and a favorite of former President George W. Bush, spoke up or was called upon by President O...