Book Claims Petraeus Almost Quit After Afghan Drawdown

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Four-star General turned CIA Director David Petraeus almost resigned as Afghanistan war commander over President Barack Obama’s decision to draw down surge forces, according to a new book about the career of the Army veteran.

The Associated Press reported that the book, All In: The Education of General David Petraeus, traces the career of the former General, from his days at West Point to his command of both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

According to the news outlet, which received an advance copy of the book, Petraeus decided that resigning would be a “selfish, grandstanding move with huge political ramifications” and that now was “time to salute and carry on.”

The AP reported that the book describes Petraeus’ frustration at still being labeled an outsider from the Obama Administration, even though he retired from the military at the request of the President before taking the job as the CIA’s 20th director.

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