While the Obama Administration is considering top Afghan Commander Gen. David H. Petraeus to take the helm at the CIA, speculation in the media that he’s too exhausted to continue commanding in Afghanistan is being dismissed by those who know him well.
“Anyone who thinks Gen. Petraeus is exhausted hasn't run with him at six thousand feet altitude (in Afghanistan) or gone on a battlefield circulation with him lately,” a NATO alliance officer from Kabul, who knows him very well, told The Washington Examiner. “And I can tell you that Gen. Petraeus is not eager to leave Afghanistan; as a matter of fact, it's well known that he pledged to see this through another fighting season if that was necessary.”
Petraeus, who was treated in the early stages of prostate cancer after being diagnosed in February 2009, recovered completely after several months of radiation.
Petraeus’ spokesman Col. Erik Gunhus did not confirm or deny speculation that the Obama administration has asked the four-star general to head the CIA.
“There is a lot of chatter and a lot of speculation out there right now about what Gen. Petraeus may do in the future,” Gunhus told The Examiner in an email. “And all of it is premature and thus we aren't commenting.”