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