General Petraeus Speaks on America’s Military Policy – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine
General David Petraeus, a retired four-star general, was the Commanding General of the Multi-National Force-Iraq. He served in this capacity from February 2007 to September 2008. He was also the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from September 2011 to November 2012.
General Petraeus is a scholar as well. He earned his PhD from Princeton University in International Relations and has held a number of academic appointments in leading universities. In mid-April 2017 General Petraeus sat with Josette Sheeran, a former Director of the World Economic Forum. The meeting was at the President’s Forum at the Asia Society in New York and it focused on General Petraeus’ views on America’s military affairs. Was the United States right to launch an attack on Syria after it was revealed that chemical weapons were used in that country? General Petraeus replied that the strike was the right action to take. He said that it was a very important moment for President Trump and his team and the event was a dress rehearsal for the national security team. But General Petraeus says that one strike does not a strategy make.