Inside the mind of General David Petraeus
Author explores influential military leader
- Duration 4:02
- Date Jan 24, 2012
Author explores influential military leader
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Better with General David Petraeus on the front lines in Afghanistan and now.
Paul abroad well is sharing what she learned about the man behind the uniform the most famous general in modern America joining us right now is Paul brought well author of this book.
Semi authorized biography all in.
The education of General David Petraeus which happens to be the giants philosophy as they went to the Super -- -- Paul who I should say your major in the reed army reserves correct that's correct -- -- be here when you first contacted General Petraeus he wasn't the famous general that everyone knows right now what with the circumstances.
He came to visit students at Harvard university and speak about the counterinsurgency field manual that it had just published and is about to implement in Iraq.
And I had been in the military and active duty and served in special operations command -- with an FBI joint terrorism task source and it worked on some of these complex.
Counterterrorism strategies in this very case on how to -- what his approach would be to -- -- -- -- you you found out that -- this this lieutenant general at the time.
Likes to mentor and would like to give you -- -- he -- a long history of doing now with different people to come up to him and he did just that.
Next thing you know he's in command in a rock and that he's asked to go into Afghanistan what makes him so special.
I think that the president recognized he has dealt with so.
Massive complex problem in the war theater in Iraq previously honestly.
And he's achieve success there he is all in as the book says and he knows how to do counterinsurgency.
Which this phrase fit into this book.
I'll end quote.
I want to sort of captures General David Petraeus is is relentless and I think that also means -- -- but he he's a relentless -- is a relentless communicators he's relentless towards them.
Funny pursuing in tracking killing the enemy and whatever he does he goes all -- minutes fitness mentoring.
All of -- -- he offers a surge unbelievable success he steps back.
And then he gets a call -- crystals out he's in.
You found out the interaction the Oval Office what like what I thought for sure Petraeus would hold out and have preconditions team coming back in because -- -- -- the president needed him more than he -- the president.
What was his reaction.
He didn't Clinton president asked him to go and he -- no preconditions he was he was ready to stand up and serve.
He didn't have a chance to ask his wife and that was OK but he made.
That call right after he left the Oval Office before he went out to the rose garden and he also did call and say watch the Rose Garden I got a special announcement.
But keep in mind too there's people within the bush Obama administration who think she's a bush general you write to David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel -- keep this guy away.
He's going to be trouble and some theorize that's why he's running the CIA now he doesn't get as much publicity.
Actually I think -- we show in the book.
We -- the relationship with Obama really changes over that -- that he's in Afghanistan.
He was considered a bush general but I think that number one the president chosen -- and Afghanistan do to fight that -- that the president believe there's a war of necessity.
And he did advance the ball there.
And then he selected him for very important position as we move away from what's on the ground might -- with on the ground to more.
Intel driven operations he's he's got the -- The right man in charge but he was -- -- John McCain when John McCain's is what general recommended July 2011 of being drugged and none that I know -- was -- your recommendation now.
In that answering honestly I think it says a lot to go behind what he really thinks and -- -- he could work.
You're donating part of put the proceeds of this book to the red white and blue foundation.
Team red and blue that's right and I feel very passionately about getting back to those who have served and one thing that I don't think a lot of Americans recognize is that there's an epidemic.
Of that massive proportion for and sending 2000 chips have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Have some kind of invisible wound posttraumatic stress disorders is normally.
The most prevalent but it's it's our turn to give back -- and excited to be able yet with the book.
Major -- abroad well congratulations on the book it's excellent congratulations on being in better shape to David Petraeus gives you beat him when you guys -- to -- together.
Which was a time -- in Afghanistan thanks so much for coming great meeting -- -- -- are right troop.