Civilian Analysts Gained Petraeus’s Ear While He Was Commander In Afghanistan

Civilian Analysts Gained Petraeus’s Ear While He Was Commander In Afghanistan by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post.

Frederick and Kimberly Kagan, a husband-and-wife team of hawkish military analysts, put their jobs at influential Washington think tanks on hold for almost a year to work for Gen. David H. Petraeus when he was the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Provided desks, e-mail accounts and top-level security clearances in Kabul, they pored through classified intelligence reports, participated in senior-level strategy sessions and probed the assessments of field officers in order to advise Petraeus about how to fight the war differently...

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You mean the same Kagans involved with Petraeus' "successful" Iraqi Surge? And the 34 minute paean to their, and American military, prowess in 'turning a losing proposition around' by doing what should have been done 7 years sooner ... leaving. Mind you that isn't their 'take'.

Any commander worth his salt will take all the civilian help he can get. Petraeus started with an Iraqi barber and finessed 'Tell me were's the bad guys' into vic'try.

Sadly the tale is not yet concluded.