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Petraeus will take Iraq command, leave Leavenworth

General known as counterinsurgency expert

January 5, 2007

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— Fort Leavenworth commander Lt. Gen. David Petraeus is reportedly President Bush's choice to be the chief U.S. general in Iraq.

ABC News, The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times reported Thursday night that Bush has decided on Petraeus to replace Gen. George Casey Jr. as the top military commander in Iraq.

Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, reportedly will become the commander of U.S. military forces in Iraq.

Petraeus came to Fort Leavenworth in October 2005 after commanding the 101st Airborne Division deployed in Iraq and commanding the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq and the NATO Training Mission-Iraq. The mission of the last two commands was to train Iraqis soldiers to succeed U.S. troops in providing security for their country.

At Fort Leavenworth, Petraeus - who has been called the Army's premier trainer - has helped oversee the drafting of the Army and Marine field manual on counterinsurgency.

Of Petraeus, the Los Angeles Times said, "Although his selection does not come as a surprise, Petraeus is closely associated with the push for a more complex counterinsurgency campaign, which would move U.S. soldiers out of their large bases and into smaller outposts in troubled neighborhoods.

"Advocates of such a plan argue that it is the only way to gain the confidence of Iraqi civilians and protect them from attack. (Retiring Army Gen. John P.) Abizaid and (Gen. George W.) Casey have resisted such moves, arguing that a more visible U.S. presence would inflame locals and prevent Iraqi forces from shouldering the security burden.

The newspaper also quoted retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey as saying, "Dave Petraeus may be the most talented person I ever met, He's got phenomenal intellectual gifts."

Petraeus would be in line for a promotion from a three-star general to a four-star general with Bush's decision, which must win congressional approval.

Comments

rhd99 7 years, 11 months ago

Petraeus is a good choice for Iraq. Some may say this is not a good way to get a promotion to four stars, but given his credentials at Leavenworth & two other tours in Iraq, are there any others out there who can do a better job? The detractors need more than just inuendos to jab at this great soldier. In closing, if General Petraeus can win the hearts & minds of Iraqis, then to the detractors I say IN YOUR FACE!

BunE 7 years, 11 months ago

rhd99, Why so defensive?

At any rate, its about time that Patraeus got the nod, his experience in the 101st will serve him well. Under his management, the region that he was administering was one of the most peaceful and had the greatest development of all the regions under american control. My only thoughts are WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG G DUB?

rhd99 7 years, 11 months ago

BunE, Sorry, I am sick & tired of all naysayers going after General Petraeus when they know nothing about securing Iraq for the future, let alone planning for war. They have hounded him, making him look like a second class citizen. That's what makes me mad at the media through all of this. Go Get em, General.

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