Petraeus cites Bush-era shortcomings in Afghanistan

U.S. military leaders inherited a faulty strategy for the war in Afghanistan at the end of the Bush administration and are still working to “refine the concepts,” the U.S. commander said in an interview airing Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

In his first interview since taking over as head of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus told NBC’s David Gregory that when “a lot of us came out of Iraq in late 2008 and started looking intently at Afghanistan, we realized that we did not have the organizations that are required for the conduct and the comprehensive civil/military counterinsurgency campaign.”

In the interview, which was conducted last week in Kabul and aired Sunday, Petraeus did not specifically criticize former President George W. Bush, who promoted him to head of U.S. Central Command in April 2008. But the timetable he described left little doubt that he believed the Bush administration inadequately laid the groundwork for integrating Afghan leaders into the allied military structure.

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  • loudog

    The post war Iraq strategy was seriously flawed as well as the entire Afghanistan strategy. Heck of a job Rummy!

  • kroyall

    Petraeus is a great man. Having said that, nation building in A’Stan will fail. The Afghans themselves will be the cause. Unlike Iraq, there is nothing to build a nation on. No economy, institutions, even a sense of what a “nation” is among the people. The best Afghan fighters are on the other side. It’s over. We can’t be bogged down there for another 10 years. Time to change the mission.

  • callenlaw

    Tucker, I’m going to have to call bullsh*t on the headline for this piece. There’s a significant — not even a nuanced — distinction between Dems’ cheap political vaudeville in guise of blasting Bush for his economic and regulatory policies after all the legislatiion they’ve passed/failed to pass, and an unquestionably experienced commander correctly identifying major flaws in military and foreign policy priorities that began under President Bush and continue today. To insinuate that Gen. Petreus’s critique springs from the same mold, or is even associated with, the knee-jerk reactionism of an ideologically-bankrupt Democratic Party is gross oversimplification, even for a heavily-editorial site such as this. Shame.

  • erick1740

    Yikes, the blame bush syndrome must be contagious.

    • recovered dem

      Petraeus is just afraid he’ll be fired too if he tells the truth.