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Report: Petraeus Considered Resigning Over Afghan Drawdown

2:31 PM, Dec 29, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
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From the Associated Press:

Four-star general-turned-CIA director David Petraeus was urged to resign as Afghanistan war commander over President Barack Obama's decision to quickly withdraw surge forces, according to a new insider's look at Petraeus' 37-year Army career.

Conservative writer Max Boot had urged he take that course of action, but Petraeus decided that resigning would be a "selfish, grandstanding move with huge political ramifications" and that now was "time to salute and carry on," according to a forthcoming biography.

"Director Petraeus has publicly stated that he never contemplated resignation," CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood said Thursday.

The book this report comes from is All In: The Education of General David Petraeus by Paula Broadwell and Vernon Loeb, which is released next month.

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