It is discouraging to see how the American military is starting to take the side of the Muslims. Instead of focusing on Iran's nuclear weapon program, they see the main danger to the region's stability in Israel. That is what Petraeus told the American Government, demanding a tougher attitude towards Israel. No previous CENTCOM commander had ever expressed himself on what is essentially a political issue. The Army collected the opinions of senior Arab leaders. "Everywhere they went, the message was pretty humbling. America was not only viewed as weak, but its military posture in the region was eroding."
Petraeus also demanded that the West Bank and Gaza (which, with Israel, is a part of the European Command -- or EUCOM), be made a part of his area of operations. Petraeus's reason was straightforward: with U.S. troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. military had to be perceived by Arab leaders as engaged in the region's most troublesome conflict. He was asking for more power, which is as it should be with generals, yet his arguments are disturbing to Israel. I also interpret his demand as a sign of Obama's weakening position.