Saturday, June 26, 2010

An Interview With General Petraeus's Former Executive Officer

General Petraeus testifying before the U.S. Congress with Colonel Pete Mansoor.
Photo from eHistory

The David Petraeus I Know -- Foreign Policy

The general’s former executive officer tells FP what to expect in Afghanistan.

From February 2007 to May 2008, Peter Mansoor was Gen. David Petraeus's right-hand man in Iraq. Now a retired U.S. Army colonel teaching at Ohio State University, Mansoor worked closely with Petraeus as the general's executive officer, assisting with the implementation of the "surge" strategy and preparing his congressional testimony -- including the grueling hearings in September 2007 that Petraeus later said were "the most miserable experience of my life." FP senior editor Benjamin Pauker caught up with Mansoor in the wake of Petraeus's dramatic nomination to take over command of U.S. forces in Afghanistan from Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was fired by President Obama in the wake of a Rolling Stone profile gone wrong.

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My Comment: The Afghanistan war has cost the jobs of 2 Four-Star Generals in the past year. Will General Petraeus be the third .... time will tell.

As for this Foreign Policy interview with Peter Mansoor, there is a lot of good information in it, and a must read for anyone who is focused on the Afghan conflict.

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