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McRaven: Petraeus an ‘American Hero’

Not a bad endorsement. In the first public comments from an elite military official, Admiral William McRaven—also known as the man who devised and commanded the raid that killed bin Laden—said that Petraeus was the “finest general” he had ever served under. McRaven, speaking at Newsweek & The Daily Beast’s Hero Summit, said that the general had made thousands of decisions that saved lives in Afghanistan. But he doesn’t condone the affair: “Holly Petraeus is also an American hero.” The comments suggest that Petraeus will still hold influence over the military, even after resigning from his post.

November 15, 2012 7:41 AM