Petraeus Draws Criticism for Saying Christian Book 'Should Be in Every Rucksack.'
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Gen. David Petraeus, the top commander in Iraq who will soon take control of Central Command, has found himself embroiled in the â€œongoing conflict over religious proselytizing in the U.S. military.â€ Petraeusâ€™ published endorsement of an Army Chaplainâ€™s Spiritual Handbook for Military Personnel, in which he says â€œit should be in every rucksack for those times when soldiers need spiritual energy,â€ has led a watchdog group to call for Petraeusâ€™ dismissal and court martial. The bookâ€™s author now claims that the endorsement wasnâ€™t meant to be published:
But the endorsement - which has spurred a demand by a watchdog group for Petraeusâ€™ dismissal and court martial on the grounds of establishing a religious requirement on troops - was a personal view never intended for publication, the bookâ€™s author now says.
â€œIn the process of securing â€¦ comments for recommending the book I believe there was a basic misunderstanding on my part that the comments were publishable,â€ McCoy said in an Aug. 19 email to Military.com. â€œThis was my mistake.â€