Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from All In: The Education of General David Petraeus by Paula Broadwell with Vernon Loeb. This is reprinted by arrangement with The Penguin Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc. Copyright (c) Paula Broadwell with Vernon Loeb, 2012.
By Paula Broadwell and Vernon Loeb - Special to CNN
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates landed in Afghanistan on Dec 7th and after a battlefield circulation to see tough fighting in the east, met privately with Petraeus, his partner now in two troubled wars. It had been a year since Obama committed to a troop surge in his address at West Point, and it felt like there was a new momentum, including progress in Kandahar and Helmand, even if conditions on the ground at some places remained violent and dangerous. Gates said progress in the war was exceeding his expectations. But, he paused, he had difficult news to relay to Petraeus about the one job in the military in which Petraeus was interested - chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "Forget about it," Gates said. "It wasn't happening." FULL POST