First of all, is it just me, or does “General Petraeus” sound like a character from The Aeneid or some other Greek war epic? It’s a strange contrast with “Ambassador Crocker.”
Secondly, the attention seems to really be focused on him, as opposed to Ambassador Crocker. Maybe Crocker feels slighted, or maybe he’s happy to avoid the harsh glare of the spotlight. Either way, here are a couple takes on our willingness to trust military opinion on the war moreso than political opinion: one from the NY Times yesterday and one from The Center for Media and Democracy.