Petraeus says it was a privilege to serve with 'new greatest gen - WJTV News Channel 12

Petraeus says it was a privilege to serve with 'new greatest generation'

Posted: Updated:
Gen. David H. Petraeus spoke at Page Auditorium on Duke University's Campus about the United States and the world. Gen. David H. Petraeus spoke at Page Auditorium on Duke University's Campus about the United States and the world.
DURHAM, N.C. -

Retired Army Gen. David H. Petraeus spoke at Page Auditorium on Duke University's Campus about the United States and the world.

Petraeus spent 37 years in the military and a little more than a year as director of the CIA before stepping down after admitting to an affair.

He was in charge of the Coalition Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He said in the years since 9/11 the senior leadership of al-Qaida has been diminished, but the global war on terror doesn't end with a dagger in the heart.

He said it's not the simple.  In fact, Petraeus said al-Qaida is not like the old organization in which orders came from Osama Bin Laden. Now, there are more independent groups of terrorists in a number of countries.

Asking men and women in the audience who served in armed forced to stand, Petraeus said those who have served in the post 9/11 years are part of the "new greatest generation."

"I feel deeply privileged to have served, as the provost mentioned, so many years -- tough missions, important undertakings and very difficult places -- with that generation," Petraeus said.

Petraeus also said he's still skeptical about putting together a plan that would put Syria's chemical weapons under international control for their subsequent dismantling.

The former four-star generaltold the crowd that the Russian offer gave the Obama administration a lifeline of sorts after congressional support for military action was diminishing.

Nearly all of the 800 seat in the auditorium were filled and students could watch a feed in an overflow space at the student center.

Justin Quesinberry

Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina.  More>>

  • Durham CountyMore>>

  • Lovette found not guilty in Duke student's death

    Lovette found not guilty in Duke student's death

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:19:27 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    A man convicted of killed UNC student body president Eve Carson was acquitted Wednesday in the murder of a Duke graduate student in 2008.
    A man convicted of killed UNC student body president Eve Carson was acquitted Wednesday in the murder of a Duke graduate student in 2008.
  • Grant Hill to donate $1.25M to Duke

    Grant Hill to donate $1.25M to Duke

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-07-30 18:55:29 GMT
    Former Duke and NBA star Grant Hill and his wife, Tamia, are giving $1.25 million to the school. (Contributed)Former Duke and NBA star Grant Hill and his wife, Tamia, are giving $1.25 million to the school. (Contributed)
    Former Duke and NBA star Grant Hill and his wife are giving $1.25 million to the school.
    Former Duke and NBA star Grant Hill and his wife are giving $1.25 million to the school.
  • Durham assistant police chief sues city over racial discrimination

    Durham assistant police chief sues city over racial discrimination

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:15 PM EDT2014-07-30 18:15:33 GMT
    Assistant Police Chief Winslow Forbes says Chief Jose Lopez overlooked black officers for promotions based on race.Assistant Police Chief Winslow Forbes says Chief Jose Lopez overlooked black officers for promotions based on race.
    The attorney for an assistant chief of police in Durham has filed a lawsuit against the City of Durham, Chief Jose Lopez and City Manager Tom Bonfield.
    The attorney for an assistant chief of police in Durham has filed a lawsuit against the City of Durham, Chief Jose Lopez and City Manager Tom Bonfield.
Powered by WorldNow

1820 TV Road
Jackson, MS 39204

Telephone: 601.372.6311
Fax: 804.819.5569
Email: wjtvnews@wjtv.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.