May 2, 2011
As commander of the US surge in Iraq, General David Petraeus placed a heavy emphasis on winning over the people. As commander of the US’s surge in Afghanistan, he has increasingly relied on killing the enemy with unmanned CIA drones and targeted assassinations.
With the two approaches – political and military – on Petraeus’s CV, Barack Obama’s decision to put him in charge of his country’s biggest spy agency may have been an inspired move.
But it has led to fears that the divide between the military and intelligence services may become blurred.
General Petraeus’s appointment as CIA director is part of the biggest shake-up of the President’s national security team since he took office two years ago.