Report: Petraeus nearly quit over Afghan drawdown

Petraeus decided that resigning would be a “selfish, grandstanding move with huge political ramifications” and that now was “time to salute and carry on,” according to a forthcoming biography…

The book also is peppered with Petraeus quotes that sound like olive branches meant to soothe Obama aides who feared Petraeus would challenge their boss for the White House.

“Petraeus tried to make clear that he and Obama were in synch,” Broadwell writes of Petraeus’ Senate testimony on the Afghan war.

The book describes Petraeus’ frustration at still being labeled an outsider from the Obama administration, even as he retired from the military at Obama’s request before taking the job last summer as the CIA’s 20th director.