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Subject: Re: Remember THIS Petraeus? Date: 11/17/2012 8:18 PM
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So why did Obama put him in charge of the CIA, to bring it down too?

To get him out of Afghanistan. It may be remembered that Obama wanted to get out earlier, but there was a whispering campaign that put public pressure on Obama to 1) stay in and 2) mount a "surge" and actually increase troop strength as had been done in Iraq (not Petraus' strategy at the time, he was 'all in' with the earlier Bush strategy of 'mow 'em down and don't worry about the rest.'

Contrary to popular belief, Presidents don't operate in a vacuum on these sorts of things. Nixon couldn't convince people to stay the course in Vietnam, so he invented his 'secret plan'; Bush I couldn't get Congress to approve Iraq I without putting together the coalition including Arab states, and we remember how long and how hard Bush II beat the drums for the Iraq II adventure.

Petraeus is widely acknowledged to be one of the Generals who leaked over and over to the WSJ, Fox and other spear carriers to gin up support for a wider, not smaller war in Afghanistan. And he got what he wanted, more dead Americans and increased troop levels.

It wouldn't be the first time someone got promoted to get them out of the way. Heck, that's how Teddy Roosevelt ended up in the White House, because the power brokers in New York wanted him out of the Governor's chair and handed him the VP slot. Oops, McKinley got assassinated.

And not a terrible move, either, given that the WoT is unsuited to conventional warfare, and the CIA is the type of place you go to do the nasties that some of it, at least, requires.
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