In the midst of growing concerns with the United States’ relations with Middle Eastern countries, many experts and policymakers have been speculating upon the best plan of action moving forward. A recent prediction of a grim future in Afghanistan shows how tensions with Iraq are also mounting. With the threat of fractured foreign relations looming on the political periphery, our policymakers are facing pressure to deliver solutions for resolving conflicts as tactfully as possible.

Senator John McCain recently expressed what his personal strategy would entail, detailing exactly who he’d like to be at the frontlines in Iraq. “I would suggest perhaps sending David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker back over there,” McCain recently told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley, mentioning how Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki has a good rapport with them. McCain feels that Petraeus, a retired four-star general, is the ideal candidate for settling unrest in Iraq.

As Ashley Killough for CNN notes, the retired General has stayed out of the limelight since resigning from his post as CIA director. Currently, David Petraeus is serving as chairman of the KKR Global Institute, where he can apply his vast knowledge of foreign affairs to investment and finance ventures. Petraeus has also settled back into life as a private citizen, enjoying opportunities such as teaching university classes and maintaining a low profile.

Although McCain reportedly stated that he is against sending combat troops back to Iraq, he did mention to Ms. Crowley that sending logistics support and Apache helicopters would be a step in the right direction. Similarly, sending the most qualified person for the job, such as Petraeus or Crocker, would also be beneficial in settling foreign disputes. McCain may have to reevaluate his strategy; I don’t think that Petraeus, who has become a valuable asset to KKR, is coming out of military retirement any time soon.

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