"In 2004, during the middle of a presidential election, Petraeus wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post supporting President Bush and saying that the Iraq policy was working. The policy wasn’t working, but Bush repaid the general’s political advocacy by giving him the top job in the war three years later"
But in the wake of a scandal which has shattered his vaunted reputation as a man of honor and duty, members of the media are questioning whether Petraeus' almost saintly image accurately reflected his accomplishments,
Petraeus was the product of a savvy public-relations strategy perpetuated by the Pentagon and Petraeus himself. "More so than any other leading military figure, Petraeus’ entire philosophy has been based on hiding the truth, on deception, on building a false image,"
An image that appealed to both Democrats and Republicans
"How did Petraeus get away with all this for so long?" asks Hastings. "Well, his first affair — and one that matters so much more than the fact that he was sleeping with a female or two — was with the media."
Does Petraeus deserve the platitudes that have been showered on him? Or was he something of a fraud?
Even the surge in Iraq, the event that made him a household name, has come under renewed historical scrutiny, given that insurgents continue to wreak havoc in the country.
His move to the CIA in 2011 further complicated his legacy, since the CIA has spearheaded the U.S.'s use of drones to target terrorists, orchestrating bombing campaigns that have reportedly killed dozens of civilians near the Afghan-Pakistani border.
One growing stain on his reputation is the war in Afghanistan, where Petraeus' kinder and softer counterinsurgency strategy gave way to a hard-nosed focus on killing terrorists and bombing suspected safe havens — neither of which has won hearts and minds."
"At the time of the hand-over ceremony, the transitional authority promised to increase the number of police, and give them better training and equipment, but these promises did not materialize," Mohammad Akbari, a lawmaker from Bamyan, told the Los Angeles Times in August of this year.
"There are no Afghan soldiers, and the number of police is not more than 1,000 for the entire province .... If there are no remedial measures, there are fears that security will get even worse."
Even prior to the security incidents in August, Habiba Sarobi, then provincial governor of Bamyan, conceded that the Afghan police in Bamyan were ill-equipped to counter insurgent attacks."
"Our uniformed leaders have escaped almost any scrutiny from the public, however Our generals actually bear much of the blame for the mistakes in the wars."
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The strongest aftershock yet from a magnitude-7.4 earthquake that killed 52 people in western Guatemala on Wednesday, that quake, the country's strongest in 36 years, left thousands of people without homes, electricity or water; and emotionally devastated one small town by wiping out almost an entire family."
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