Gen. David Petraeus: Soldier, Scholar, Statesman, Schmuck

Gen. David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill, June 29, 2010, before the Senate Armed Services Committee. At right is his wife, Holly Petraeus.
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In 2007, after he reported progress in the war effort — thumping legislative attempts by congressional Democrats to force troops home — an anti-war group took out a full-page advertisement in the New York Times that coined a new nickname for Petraeus — "General Betray Us" — and blamed him for "cooking the books for the White House."

But by most accounts, Petraeus' strategy worked for the time being and he was hailed a hero who paved the way for the eventual U.S. exit from Iraq.

When Petraeus took his next assignment, as head of U.S. Central Command, in October 2008, Gates called him the do-it-all general, "the pre-eminent soldier-scholar-statesman of his generation."


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