"Petraeus to CENTCOM"
It’s a pretty logical promotion and also, in my view, a pretty savvy political move. In this new office, Petraeus will have the appropriate kind of standing to argue that, no, those who say we ought to shift resources out of Iraq and toward Pakistan/Afghanistan are wrong. Of course just because he says they’re wrong (if that is, as I suspect, what he’ll say) doesn’t make him right. But he’s been an effective spokesperson for the administration, so it makes sense to move him to a more big picture strategic job.