"President Petraeus? Iraqi official recalls the day US general revealed ambition" from UK Independent reports that US General David Petraeus, head of the Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I), told Sabah Khadim, a senior adviser to the Iraqi Interior Ministry, that 2008 would be too soon for a presidential run.
"I asked him if he was planning to run in 2008 and he said, 'No, that would be too soon'," Mr Khadim, who now lives in London, said.
General Petraeus has a reputation in the US Army for being a man of great ambition. If he succeeds in reversing America's apparent failure in Iraq, he would be a natural candidate for the White House in the presidential election in 2012.