The Burn Bag – National Security and Foreign Policy Redefined

Former CIA Director General David Petraeus on the Iraq War at 20, Ukraine, and Lessons for the Future

June 26, 2023
Former CIA Director General David Petraeus on the Iraq War at 20, Ukraine, and Lessons for the Future
The Burn Bag – National Security and Foreign Policy Redefined
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The Burn Bag – National Security and Foreign Policy Redefined
Former CIA Director General David Petraeus on the Iraq War at 20, Ukraine, and Lessons for the Future
Jun 26, 2023

This week, A'ndre hosts former CIA Director and retired General David Petraeus for a conversation on the 20th Anniversary of the Iraq War, the War in Ukraine, and the U.S. Defense Department's preparedness for the next great power conflict. General Petraeus reflects on the run-up to the Invasion of Iraq, and outlines where he believes mistakes were made in the war's onset. The General also discusses the strategy, planning, and execution of 'The Surge' in 2007 which he commanded — controversial at the time, but since described as a success. We then chat about the General's recent visit to Ukraine — what he did there and what he learned. General Petraeus shares his initial reactions to Ukraine's counteroffensive, and discusses why the current conflict is not necessarily indicative of the future of warfare, as others have asserted. We close out the conversation with the General's thoughts on DoD preparedness, particularly with his views on the greatest threats in the logistics space, in a day and age with a multitude of new threats, and a looming munitions crisis.

General Petraeus is co-authoring a book with Andrew Roberts, entitled Conflict: The Evolution of Warfare from 1945 to Ukraine, which you can preorder here.

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This week, A'ndre hosts former CIA Director and retired General David Petraeus for a conversation on the 20th Anniversary of the Iraq War, the War in Ukraine, and the U.S. Defense Department's preparedness for the next great power conflict. General Petraeus reflects on the run-up to the Invasion of Iraq, and outlines where he believes mistakes were made in the war's onset. The General also discusses the strategy, planning, and execution of 'The Surge' in 2007 which he commanded — controversial at the time, but since described as a success. We then chat about the General's recent visit to Ukraine — what he did there and what he learned. General Petraeus shares his initial reactions to Ukraine's counteroffensive, and discusses why the current conflict is not necessarily indicative of the future of warfare, as others have asserted. We close out the conversation with the General's thoughts on DoD preparedness, particularly with his views on the greatest threats in the logistics space, in a day and age with a multitude of new threats, and a looming munitions crisis.

General Petraeus is co-authoring a book with Andrew Roberts, entitled Conflict: The Evolution of Warfare from 1945 to Ukraine, which you can preorder here.