06 October 2009

General Petraeus is un-beatable

When General David Petraeus was a battalion commander in the 82nd Airborne Division, he was accidentally shot in the chest during a live-fire training exercise. Upon being released from the hospital a few days later, he did a full fifty push-ups without taking a break.

Now add in this latest bit from CNN regarding General Petraeus' most recent ailment:

Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in the Middle East, was treated for early-stage prostrate cancer, said a statement from his office.

He was diagnosed in February, the statement said, and underwent two months of radiation treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

"The treatment is assessed to have been successful," said the statement, released to CNN by Col. Erik O. Gunhus, a spokesman for Petraeus, 56, the overall U.S. commander in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The treatment had "minimal impact on his work schedule as he was spending 4-5 days a week in Washington, D.C., for various policy reviews and other Pentagon activities at that time," the statement said.

Petraeus made at least one overseas trip during the radiation treatment.

He regarded his illness a personal matter and kept it largely private because it did not interfere with his duties, the statement said.

However, President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff , were made aware of Petraeus' condition, the statement said.

Before every deployment, you typically see people come up at the last minute with physical problems which (they hope) will preclude them from deploying: ankle problems, back pain, you name it. Here we have General Petraeus undergoing radiation treatment for prostate cancer and he's still going out of his way to make trips to Iraq and Afghanistan. Incredible. (This might also explain his lack of presence in the media recently).

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