Who is a better combat general – Petraeus or Mattis?

My answer to Who is a better combat general – Petraeus or Mattis?

Answer by Abbey Laurel-Smith:

I am highly biased against both generals. So I’d rate both as average in combat.

Here are my reasons:

  • I am far from being happy at the way they both treated special forces – NavySEALs especially, regardless of whether these naturally gifted soldiers are directly under their command or not. This point, I can’t over look.
  • I am far from being happy at the way they treated intel. under their command in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Their command style in both theater of war was predictable.
  • They both have a network that was always too slow to appropriately harvest tactical info for proper analysis.
  • And if and when they finally do gleam through, intel. by that time was always out of date – thus increasing risk and danger to those who would have to carry out the mission.
  • Yes, we all know JSOC is a honeycomb. They both hated it.
  • They are professional soldiers, they have been trained never to finish a fight. And if and when they do, they always wanted to fight under certain circumstances.

Who is a better combat general – Petraeus or Mattis?

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