On Wednesday, General David Petraeus (retired) made an appearance on Capital Hill where he hit lawmakers with a major warning about the world in which we live.
Petraeus said that the post-World War II order was under “unprecedented threat from multiple directions.” The retired general continued, “Americans should not take the current international order for granted.” He identified Russia, China, Islamic extremist and cyber security as the major points of concern.
“It did not will itself into existence. We created it. Likewise, it is not naturally self-sustaining. We have sustained it. If we stop doing so, it will fray and, eventually, collapse.”
Petraeus was the celebrated commander of forces in Iraq, a retired four-star general and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He resigned from the CIA after it was revealed that he had shared classified information with his mistress and biographer.
In part, Petraeus targeted some of President Trump’s campaign comments on NATO and the European Union. He indicated that the stability of the European bloc was an issue of global and American national security.
Petraeus also repeated concerns about President Trump’s executive order establishing a temporary travel restriction on seven predominately Muslim countries. He framed the ban as playing into Muslim extremists’ narrative that the Americans and the West are at war with Islam.
“We must also remember that Islamic extremists want to portray this fight as a clash of civilizations, with America at war against Islam,” Petraeus said Wednesday. “We must not let them do that; indeed, we must be very sensitive to actions that might give them ammunition to use in such an effort.”
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