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(The Patriot Post) - According to a senior Pentagon official, General David Petraeus, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and architect of the highly successful counter-insurgency “surge” strategy, is reportedly being considered for command of NATO. However, the official also said that there are “no final decisions” yet. By this fall, a potential start date for the NATO post, Petraeus will have served 19 months as U.S. commander in Iraq and accumulated almost four years of service in Iraq during three tours since 2003. In the NATO job, Petraeus would help shape the growing alliance’s identity, helping it cope with an increasingly aggressive Russia and, more significantly, overseeing the NATO mission in Afghanistan, where his counter-insurgency tactics may be put to good use. While it may be time for Petraeus to move on up, we hope that he doesn’t leave Iraq too soon. By setting us on a course for victory there (regardless of what the Surrendercrats say), he has done a tremendous service to our troops and to our country, and he should be given the opportunity to finish the job.