Crumbling career: What will be remembered of Petraeus?
Who ruined the general's career?
- Duration 3:45
- Date Nov 19, 2012
Who ruined the general's career?
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Pledge of American success in Iraq War can be credited to the General David Petraeus and Ray Odierno but by admitting his extramarital affair in the Petraeus -- -- stepping down will he still be known as a hero.
-- us right now is former assistant secretary of defense retired US marine colonel and co author of this book.
It to the fire bing west colonel.
You think Petraeus is a head fake it's a ruse -- -- getting to the point by focusing on what he was doing in his private life.
If if we believe now what General Petraeus is saying then he said it was a terrorist attack long before it became public.
So if he said that and -- and secret how the heck to -- ambassador to the United Nations say the opposite.
That's pretty critical and the other thing -- is.
If this affair going on for months and months and months -- how convenient that the FBI decides to -- him.
The day after the election and deflect all the attention.
So you -- you want to see the off the unclassified talking points and ambassador rice who is.
Given and you would like to see the could the no you sure like to see the ought to be classified stuff out in the public at this point correct.
-- why not I mean they attacked us it's on video what's secret about this kind of stuff.
The other thing I'd love to see is the president said and -- -- let him get away with this and no one's called import.
He said he gave the order to do everything possible to save the ambassador during the attack.
-- the military didn't do -- thing.
So where's that order and there's nothing trivial about that kind of an order if -- president -- you.
It's caught an execute order to go in with the intent to do -- into another country that's written down somewhere -- So what I'd like to see is where is the presidential order.
And where -- these talking points cool sign the starting points that we know an awful lot more.
And colonel we understand -- we understand that one of the guys -- can stay alive was lighting up the target.
Putting himself in danger because he thought air cover was coming.
Do you believe there was discrepancy between what we thought was going to be some help.
And what the help that never came to believe in order was given -- were not followed is the answer -- that.
I believe in order was never given and I am flabbergasted.
Because it looked to me like -- four stars didn't trust their own subordinates to use their own initiative.
We had Marines and we had aircraft.
Close enough that they could've been on scene and we could have let the guys -- their own battle and we didn't.
Because I think before size of the top of the -- -- top of the chain of command I think he choked.
They're human they didn't have just like we say they just froze in the moment when they were needed most Curley said this after that I could -- this the beginning.
What do you think -- -- think next is going to be -- and seeing those talking points.
And then I think -- signed them.
But if I were the White House I would now attempt to have one of these -- -- it.
Committees come forward with five thousands of paper and try to smother.
The real fundamental issues.
Deflect -- that's what I think you're going to see the White House doing I would spend a lot of time talking about General Petraeus is something.
And stay away from did the president -- give that order and what are those talking points really say.
And I like to find out who this group deputies -- that signed off -- changed evidently according to General Petraeus the talking points the conclusions he bad.
About the whole attack the name of the -- -- into the fire -- being less thanks so much.
Thank you run.