- There are no easy choices. The way ahead will be very hard. Progress will require determination and difficult U.S. and Iraqi actions, especially the latter, as ultimately the outcome will be determined by the Iraqis. But hard is not hopeless, and if confirmed, I pledge to do my utmost to lead our wonderful men and women in uniform and those of our coalition partners in Iraq as we endeavor to help the Iraqis make the most of the opportunity our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have given to them.
- Syria has allowed its soil to be transited by foreign fighters who have come from a variety of source countries in the Gulf area and in the — in North African countries.
There are some signs that that may have been reduced somewhat in the last couple of months. We need to watch that a bit and see if that is the case.
- Iran, as we have already discussed, has carried out very, very harmful activities inside Iraq. Funding, trainings, arming and, in some cases, even directing the activities of the special groups associated with the Jaish al-Mahdi and the Sadr Militia.
- As quoted in "Ranking House Committee Members Grill Crocker and Petraeus on U.S. Progress in Iraq" in The Washington Post (10 September 2007)
- Political progress will only take place if sufficient security exists.
- Official Army biography
- Charlie Rose TV program: An hour with General David Petraeus Google Video of program taped 2007-04-26
- Profile in The New York Times
- Graduate Alumni profile Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
- "In Company of Soldiers" (March 15, 2004) by Rick Atkinson
- "101st Airborne Scores Success in Reconstruction of Northern Iraq" (September 4, 2003) by Michael R. Gordon, The New York Times
- "The Story of O" (April 4, 2004) written by Christopher Dickey, The New York Times
- "An Open Mind For A New Army" (October 31, 2005) by Julian E. Barnes,U.S. News & World Report
- "Bush To Name A New General To Oversee Iraq" (January 5, 2006) by Michael R. Gordon, The New York Times
- "Our Man in Iraq" (October 26, 2006) by Wesley Morgan, The Daily Princetonian
- "FM 3-24 New Army/Marine Counterinsurgency Manual, (December, 2006), Forward written by LTG David Petraeus
- "Leader of the Fabled 101st to Command in Iraq" (January 5, 2007) by Tom Bowman, NPR
- "Iraq Will be Petraeus' Knot to Untie" (January 6, 2007) by Rick Atkinson, The Washington Post
- "Petraeus Takes Reins in Iraq" (January 10, 2007) by Wesley Morgan, The Daily Princetonian
- "Petraeus Faces Tough Road in Iraq (January 12, 2007) by Wesley Morgan, The Daily Princetonian
- "Petraeus on Vietnam's Legacy" (January 14, 2007) by Rachel Dry, The Washington Post—excerpts Petraeus' doctoral dissertation, "The American Military and the Lessons of Vietnam."
- "Senate confirms new top general for Iraq" (January 26, 2007) Associated Press, CNN
- "David and Goliath, and Petraeus" (January 28, 2007) by Steven Alvarez, The Orlando Sentinel
- "US Iraq chief warns of long war" (July 9, 2007) BBC News
- "Scions of the Surge" (March 24, 2008) Newsweek
- "Leader of the Year: Right Man, Right Time" by Lisa DePaulo
- "The Story of Power" by John Meacham
- "An Intellectual Surge" by James Crabtree.
- The Generals' Insurgency: The Story Behind the U.S. Troop Surge in Iraq. Washington Post.