Tell Me How This Ends

Tell Me How This Ends

General David Petraeus and the Search for A Way Out of Iraq

Book - 2008/09/01
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An inside account of General David Petraeus's attempt to turn around a failing war ties together military operations in Iraq and the internecine political drama that is at the heart of the civil war.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, 2008/09/01
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781586485283
1586485288
Branch Call Number: 956.7044 ROB
Characteristics: xix, 411 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm

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LRS1969 Mar 04, 2015

As the Library Journal critique says, her (very) right leaning beliefs do come through as well as her (very) one sided tone (as also evident in her other books).

But she really blows it with Petraeus.

Ricks - who should definitely know better (see his award winning "Fiasco") - also gets caught up in the Petraeus PR machine and ultra conservative fan club braying (after all, the Surge was nothing more than a temporary purchase of some very minor breathing room to allow us to pull out in a timetable negotiated by the Iraqi National Government with the Bush Administration - with the ING wanting us out even sooner!

Like so many other militant types this author has a Petraeus idolization fixation (similar to the mythology of great generalship this sprung up relating to CSA General Robert E. Lee).

Yet Petraeus, while personally intelligent, in fact was not militarily brilliant nor particularly savvy (repeating a myth often enough does NOT make it Truth)... 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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