Dave Petraeus, National Hero

In Politico Magazine, AHS speaker Michael O'Hanlon explains why Petraeus's openness was his downfall, but that fact should not erase the legacy of one of America’s greatest generals:

"In understanding the travails of Petraeus today, and sizing up what his career has meant to the country, we should think first and foremost about his excellence across many domains of military and strategic endeavor. To my mind, what he did in Iraq was probably the greatest complex accomplishment by any American general since Washington in the Revolutionary War."