David Petraeus: Smart like that

FILE; SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images How many generals would put meeting with development and finance experts as one of the top items on their to-do list? My guess: not many. Which makes Gen. David Petraeus, who is gearing up to take the reins at Central Command later this month and putting together a 100-day review of ...

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FILE; SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images

How many generals would put meeting with development and finance experts as one of the top items on their to-do list?

My guess: not many. Which makes Gen. David Petraeus, who is gearing up to take the reins at Central Command later this month and putting together a 100-day review of U.S. strategy in the region, all the more impressive.

FILE; SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images

How many generals would put meeting with development and finance experts as one of the top items on their to-do list?

My guess: not many. Which makes Gen. David Petraeus, who is gearing up to take the reins at Central Command later this month and putting together a 100-day review of U.S. strategy in the region, all the more impressive.

In what I see as a very encouraging sign, Petraeus reached out to officials at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund last week, Bank President Robert Zoellick reportedly among them. A source close to the general told Reuters that the meeting’s purpose was “to touch base and note the Central Command’s interest in supporting comprehensive approaches in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and others.”

With Pakistan melting down and Afghanistan fast becoming a Taliban paradise, a change in strategy couldn’t happen soon enough.

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