Petraeus: it's the human terrain that wins the war
By Eddie Barnes
If you admire the General as much as I do, you will want to read the entire article.
ON A blustery August afternoon in Edinburgh last week, the most celebrated military commander of his age was quietly doing the rounds with a group of injured British soldiers in the south of the capital.
The commander of US Central Command, General David Petraeus, was talking about his legendary running exploits.
Ten years ago, he fractured his pelvis after falling 60ft to the ground
when, at the end of a skydiving jump, his parachute collapsed.
At the newly opened Army Recovery Centre in Edinburgh, funded partly by the Homes for Heroes campaign, Petraeus was attempting to encourage a soldier who, similarly, had suffered a pelvic injury. Petraeus had managed to continue his running exercises in no time – just as, after being accidentally shot in the chest in another life-threatening accident, he is said to have proven to doctors that he could leave hospital by doing 50 press-ups.