On Petraeus's questionable valour:---
Page 346 and 347 :---
" He gets awarded a Bronze Star for valor--- though his critics will raise questions whether he should have gotten a Bronze Star for meritorious service instead of valor,claiming he did'nt appear to have done anything valorous under fire".
" This sounds like nitpicking,but it also might fit a pattern. " Petraeus was handing out Bronze Stars to all his boys" , a military official tells me.
On page.329 Michael Hastings summed up his crime as following :---
" The unwritten rule I'd broken was a simple one : You really weren't supposed to write honestly about people in power.Especially those the media deemed untouchable.Trash Sarah Palin all you want ,but tread carefully when writing about the sacred cows like Mc Chrystal and Petraeus.You're supposed to keep the myths going. I'd fu------ked up
On page 346 Michael Hastings wrote about Petraeus :---
" A superior of his, Admiral William Fallon , reportedly puts it less delicately: He's an " ass kissing little chicken shit".
" he "looked more concerned with keeping the two VIP generals on schedule for their next celebrity visit in the desert" than an upcoming attack that seemed " a distant possibility" , according to one account from an officer who was his contemporary".