Petraeus: “I don’t know” if the war is making America Safer

He then asked Petraeus a pointed question: “Do you feel that [Iraq war] is making America safer”?

Petraeus paused before responding. He then said: “I believe this is indeed the best course of action to achieve our objectives in Iraq.”

That was, of course, a non-answer. And Warner wasn’t going to let the general dodge the bullet. He repeated the question: “Does the [Iraq war] make America safer?”

Petraeus replied, “I don’t know, actually. I have not sat down and sorted in my own mind.”

I heard this little tidbit in the car on the way home yesterday night.  It tells me a couple of things:

  1. Petraeus does not make policy; he blindly follows it without question.  He takes orders, like a good soldier.  We should not be looking to him to fix the underlying issues.
  2. Petraeus’s objectives that he keeps telling us about – that the “surge is working” – are not based upon the safety of the American people.  What then, possibly, are his objectives?  Victory in the short term, no matter what the cost.
  3. At least he answered honestly.
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