According to foreignpolikcy.com Gen. Petraeus learns the lingo in the Middle East, and now can talk to Arabs in their own idiom.
It is indeed gratifying that American soldiers, after a mere eight years, can now mimic Arabic patterns.
Seeing has how the greatest present threat to the United States is actually Mexico while the most rapidly growing threat is in sub-Saharan Africa, I'm sure our hard won mastery of Arabic idioms and rhetorical commonplaces will also prove useful in those venues.
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