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The Education of General David Petraeus

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General David Petraeus is the most transformative leader the American military has seen since the generation of Marshall. In this book, military expert Paula Broadwell examines Petraeus's career, his intellectual development as a military officer, and his impact on the U.S. military. Afforded extensive access by General Petraeus, his mentors, his subordinates, and his longtime friends, Broadwell embedded with the general, his headquarters staff, and his soldiers on the front lines of fighting and at the strategic command in Afghanistan to chronicle the experiences of this American general in the terrible crucible of war. She draws on hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with Petraeus and his top officers and soldiers to tell the inside story of this commander's development and leadership from every vantage point. Broadwell ultimately appraises Petraeus's impact on the entire U.S. military: Thanks to this man's influence, the military is better prepared to fight using a comprehensive blend of civil-military activities.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2012.
ISBN: 9781594203183
1594203180
Branch Call Number: 355.0092 PETRA-B
Characteristics: xxxi, 394 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., map ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Loeb, Vernon

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SEBoiko
Jan 23, 2013

The Afghan government was incrediably corrupt. Moreover, many Afghan military units couldn't or wouldn't fight.

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SEBoiko
Jan 23, 2013

And what is asked for the service we give? No high praise or riches if we should live. Just silence from friends, our name on a wall. If this time around, it is I that fall.

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Jan 23, 2013

Casualties are inevitable, but the cost is expensive.

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Jan 23, 2013

America's involvement in Afghanistan since the fall of 2001 had been a colossal missed opportunity.

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LRS1969 Mar 04, 2015

THE biography by the mistress and co-conspirator and actor in treason that led to Petraeus's public (though not priv) downfall! (Where are her criminal charges???).

Yet Petraeus, while personally intelligent, in fact was not militarily brilliant nor particularly savvy... though he indeed was one of the Perfumed Princes who believes absolutely in the Three Ps: Power, Perks, and Privileges!

EVERYTHING that Petraeus did in his military and post military life has had one and only one agenda - to do what is right for Petraeus and his personal benefit. Entitlement is an expectation of his (which he got even in "the end"... a deal that converts multiple severe felonies demanding decades of imprisonment down to one misdemeanor that carries no jail time and allows him to maintain his oligarchic and highly wealthy post treasonous career!).

So much for his oft repeated claims of innocence. And this is the deal if the century. He should have been prosecuted for every count and once convicted, sentenced to life without parole in Leavenworth!

"Petraeus Takes Plea Deal"

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/04/us/petraeus-plea-deal-over-giving-classified-data-to-lover.html

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