CIA Director David Petraeus

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5:31 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Fred Kaplan, Author of 'The Insurgents,' Speaks to WFPL

Fred Kaplan

Gen. David Petraeus is the one who rose to fame, but military journalist Fred Kaplan argues that Petraeus was a leader of a  group of "soldier-scholars" who endeavored to reform the U.S. military. Kaplan, a columnist for Slate, has written about this in The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War.

Kaplan will discuss his book at 7 p.m. Thursday at the main branch of the main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library. It's free, but tickets are required.

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3:26 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns, Citing Extramarital Affair

Former Central Intelligence Agency Director, David Petraeus, in Sept. 2011.
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Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 12:17 pm

The director of the Central Intelligence Agency David Petraeus submitted his resignation today, citing an extramarital affair.

"After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair," Petraeus, 60, said in a message sent to CIA staff. "Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation."

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1:51 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Petraeus Discusses Iraq Surge, Leadership Style at U of L Address

CIA Director David Petraeus

Central Intelligence Agency Director and retired four-star General David Petraeus says strategic counter-insurgency won out over brute force in the Iraq war.

Petraeus spoke at the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center on Monday, where he discussed different leadership styles. He was invited to speakby Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who praised Petraeus as one of the country's best leaders.

The address bypassed partisan politics and noticeablly avoided security issues on the eve of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Instead, Petraeus offered insights into the U.S. military’s surge in Iraq that many credit with quelling much of the violence in 2007.

Petraeus says the amount of force that was used was less important than the larger idea behind the new strategy to win the conflict.

"Indeed with violence threatening to tear apart the very fabric of Iraqi society no surge of forces—no matter how large­—would have succeeded if we had not also changed our overarching approach," he says.

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