Although I have never made much money working for Columbia University, I do enjoy the perks—especially access to a world-class library and to online research databases like Proquest. The first thing that struck me was how the dissertation is a fence-straddling operation. If you want to understand why Petraeus refused to say that the US was safer because of the war in Iraq, the PhD is a good place to start. This is not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to writing academic prose, but when it hinges on matters of war and peace it is a dereliction of civic duty.
Professor Petraeus and his protestors
Paula Broadwell: How The Public Shaming Of 'Other Women' Ruins Lives
General Petraeus has enjoyed a reputation of untouchable integrity and vast achievement, and his sudden fall from grace took many by surprise. Indeed one of those subordinates was his mistress, Paula Broadwell, a PhD student who in turn wrote an effusive, embarrassing biography of Petraeus that read more like a high school love letter to the quarterback than official profile. It was a dehumanizing , disgusting effort, one she bragged came straight from the General himself. Few ever really asked many questions about those villages.
Leader of the Fabled 101st to Command in Iraq
Petraeus' PhD thesis: Don't get bogged down in counterinsurgencies. By Zachary Drake - September 12, The American military and the lessons of Vietnam: A study of military influence and the use of force in the post-Vietnam era.
He served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from September 6, ,  until his resignation on November 9, His other four-star assignments include serving as the 10th commander, U. Petraeus has a B. In his class were three other future four-star generals, Martin Dempsey , Walter L.