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Old 05-11-2011, 07:32 PM
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Default Re: Obama made PEtraeus CIA Director to stop him from running for the GOP nomination: Discuss

Originally Posted by rfrobison View Post
Mm, well, I don't know any details about Gen. Petraeus' politics, but I saw one CNN report that he is a registered Republican. And The Economist had a piece a couple weeks back speculating that putting him at CIA removes a potentially formidable challenger on the GOP side.
I believe that he has said that he hasn't voted in quite a while--he isn't comfortable with blending politics with his military life, which is quite admirable.

I don't really fault Obama if that's his motive. As Chiwi points out, politicians act politically. No crime in that, though I do wonder if Petraeus wouldn't be better in his current post or as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff.
I agree--I can't imagine that his skills and background suit him for the CIA better than his current post or as chairman of the JCoS. Granted, he's a brilliant person and I am sure that he will succeed in whatever capacity he serves, but I just can't help but feel that this does not optimize use of his talents.
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