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January 8, 2016 11:16 am

Former CIA Chief Petraeus Says US Display of Weariness Strengthens the Enemy

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Former CIA Director David H. Petraeus. He said even with chaos in the Middle East, Israel should "institute confidence-building measures vis-a-vis the Palestinians," according to Haaretz. Photo: wiki commons.

Former CIA Director David H. Petraeus said even with chaos in the Middle East, Israel should “institute confidence-building measures vis-a-vis the Palestinians,” according to Haaretz.
Photo: wiki commons.

When David Howell Petraeus was writing his doctoral thesis at Princeton University, on how the lessons of the Vietnam War shaped the relations between the military and civilian echelons in Washington, he came across a remark by his father-in-law, who also happened to be superintendent of West Point Military Academy when Petraeus was at the outset of his U.S. Army career there.

“Those who ordered the meal,” retired General William A. Knowlton reminded young officers in 1985, about that war, “were not there when the waiter brought the check.”

Read full story at Haaretz.

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