General Petraeus on victory definition in Iraq
The notion of US "victory" in Iraq has frequently been tossed around during the electoral campaign with McCain telling Couric in July "We Will Come Home In Victory" and Obama answering the question by Stephanopoulos "Will there ever be a victory?". General Petraeus was interviewed on film by the BBC and gives his view of whether a strategy for the future in Iraq could include the word "victory" (watch here).
He said he did not know that he would ever use the word "victory": "This is not the sort of struggle where you take a hill, plant the flag and go home to a victory parade... it's not war with a simple slogan."
The BBC reports in the article entitled, "No Victory in Iraq, Says Petraeus":
The outgoing commander of US troops in Iraq, Gen David Petraeus, has said that he will never declare victory there.
He is leaving his post as commander of US troops in Iraq to lead the US Central Command, overseeing operations in Afghanistan.