David Petraeus: A True Visionary

A Redlands reservist who studied David Petraeus' counterinsurgency manual in Afghanistan is disappointed with his career-ending affair.

After arriving in Afghanistan in 2011, I was unexpectedly thrown into the counter-insurgency battle.

I had no idea what that meant, so I ordered Gen. David Petraeus' Counter Insurgency Handbook from Barnes & Nobles (ironically, my package from Barnes & Nobles came faster than any of my care packages).

I attacked his book with a highlighter while working 12-hour shifts, seven days a week. I learned a lot fast. I also leaned what an incredible visionary Petraeus is.

For people who don't understand irregular warfare, the easiest maxim is to simply say, "kill them all."

The problem with that approach is that it hasn't worked in Afghanistan since the 13th century, when Genghis Khan -- the last successful conquerer of Afghanistan -- simply killed everyone. The Soviets tried genocide in the 1980s and failed miserably.

Enter the Americans and Gen. David Petraeus, who won the war in Iraq with his counter insurgency, or COIN, strategy. His efforts were impressive and achieved numerous successes in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, we don't apparently have the political will to see his COIN strategy through to the end in Afghanistan, the home base of the 9/11 terrorist attack.

Petraeus is a true American visionary, so I was disappointed to see how his incredible and inspiring career is ending because of Bengazigate and a mistress. In American military culture, changing thought patterns is a process that moves slower than LA traffic.

But Petraeus managed to do that through his massive intellect and leadership. He deserves his own statue at West Point.

Benghazi is a scandal worse than Watergate because the Obama's White House and Hillary Clinton's state department, whose job includes protecting diplomats, willingly left Americans to die on the battlefield so they could win some Election Day talking points. I want the scalp of every one, Republican or Democrat, connected to this scandal to be displayed on the National Mall before this is over.

But Petraeus should be spared despite his poor personal judgment. He is a true visionary who deserves our eternal gratitude.

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Wheeler Gannon November 20, 2012 at 09:19 PM
So, How are we doing in Iraq? How are the Iraqi's doing? Was this intervention worth jeapardizing our economy? I haven't read his manual, but I'm not sure that Petraeus is more than a flash across the sky. As far as his "massive intellect and leadership" goes, I asked a friend from Princeton about his MPA etc from the Woodrow Wilson School and was rewarded with gales of laughter. I understand macho. I understand risk. I understand hard work and toughness. I admire Washington and Eisenhower. They seemed to recognize the necessity of a strong military. But they also know that the military's basic object is to kill people and break things. I'd rather concentrate on winning the peace than focus on making war. As Gully Jimson in "The Horses Mouth" might opine: Nation Building by the military is "like farting "Annie Laurie" through a keyhole. Clever, but is it worth it?" ...
Clavell Jackson November 20, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Like I always say believe the opposite of whatever Berry. Benghazi worse than Watergate? Hilarious.
Tempest November 21, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Guess we can safely assume he didn't survive his "bimbo" encounter. Of course, there are always two bimbos in a relationship. His wife is the only victim here.
Diego Rose December 05, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Well said Wheeler!. . . . . Berry wrote, "Enter the Americans and Gen. David Petraeus, who won the war in Iraq with his counter insurgency, or COIN, strategy." . . . .Yeaaah. Who won that war? And how are things now? Berry I think you have been in the military a bit to long to realize that while you were off fighting in foreign lands,we have lost more freedoms here, than anywhere else in the world. The military industrial complex is being use strictly to nation build and to spread western political philosophy. With our 900 bases around the world, some tend to think our military might ain't right!!Our government has led us, and you, astray for decades now! Please start educating yourself with an open mind. . . You may begin to see the farce call American exceptionalism. We preach equality at home, but practice indoctrination and assimilation for all countries that don't buy our Jewdeo Christian democracy we pretend to have here. Don't be fooled, the real war on freedom and liberty is here!! We are ground zero which is why the military is now being trained to take up arms against the American public. Believe that. . . . . I wonder how your general will stand when that happens?
cdxcv December 08, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Benghazi is no longer in the news ...


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