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General Petraeus talks Afghanistan at The Citadel


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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It's not every day you have a four-star general at your disposal.

"It's a real honor for the entire Corp and also the public to be privileged enough to hear General Petraeus speak," said Citadel cadet Brice Peper.

General David Petraeus seemed to talk about a little bit of everything at the Citadel Thursday.

He talked about Iraq.

"Iraq is a land of plenty if it's political parties can shout and not shoot," said Petraeus.

He talked about the unfortunate spike in troop suicides.

"It's very difficult to pin down why someone might take his or her life," said Petraeus.

He talked about what makes a good leader.

"What we're looking for is what we call the pentathlete leader," said Petraeus.

The general also talked about old  his college skiing days.

"West Point was not exactly a skiing powerhouse over the years," said Petraeus.

But the bulk of what the former commander of U.S. troops in Iraq talked about was Afghanistan.

He spoke to a packed house at McAlister Field House.

It was part of the "Greater Issues" program where he held a Q and A with cadets.

Before his address he held a press conference where he discussed what victory in Afghanistan would look like.

"The kinds of endeavors we're engaged in and the operations and the wars we're engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan are not those that end by someone taking the hill and planting a flag and going home to a victory parade," said Petraeus.

Petraeus said he recently returned from a trip to Afghanistan where he met with President Hamid Karzai.

He said while the U.S. is in the midst of adding an additional 30,000 troops that war will not go on forever.

"In July 2011 we will begin the process of transitioning some tasks to Afghan forces and officials," said Petraeus.

Good news to current soldiers, their families and of course, the future of armed forces at the Citadel.

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