Pe­traeus: No

The Washington Times Weekly - - National Security -

De­bate over a new troop surge, this one in Afghanistan, is again throw­ing the po­lit­i­cal spot­light on Gen. David H. Pe­traeus.

“For­mer Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Bob Dole of Kansas, the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee in 1996, told Politico that he would like to see Army four-star Gen. David Pe­traeus — the head of the U.S. Cen­tral Com­mand, which in­cludes Iraq and Afghanistan — run for pres­i­dent as a lat­ter-day Ike,” the news or­ga­ni­za­tion’s heavy­weights, Mike Allen and Jim Van­deHei, wrote last month.

Of course, Dwight D. Eisen­hower, our 34th pres­i­dent, is the most fa­mous gen­eral-politi­cian. Most re­cently, Gen. Wes­ley Clark, a re­tired four-star Army gen­eral and for­mer com­man­der of NATO, ran un­suc­cess­fully for the White House in 2004.

But Gen. Pe­traeus, who has un­der­gone treat­ment for prostate can­cer, de­nies that he

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