Unless I picked up a copy in the waiting room at a doctor’s office, I can’t remember the last time I looked at Vanity Fair. But right now, they are featuring a profile of GEN David Petraeus, written by Mark Bowden. You’ll remember Bowden from Blackhawk Down and Killing Pablo. It looks like an excerpt from an upcoming book, and is an interesting read.
Petraeus had known that his reception would be unfriendly. This was not the loyal soldier reporting back from the front to a grateful nation; this was an inquisition. Congress had commanded his presence. The general had prepared for it like a defense attorney facing a hostile jury. He understood the politics in play. He also knew what was going on in Iraq far better than anyone else in the room.