That is what the Army Times is wondering at least:
For a guy who professes to have no interest in running for president, Gen. David Petraeus can come off as surprisingly eager to talk about it — sometimes without even being asked.
In a recent appearance at the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia he turned a question about his retirement plans into an opportunity to deny he has political ambitions. An audience member asked if he planned to write a book when he left the Army. He responded by saying he’d feared the politics question.
“The answer is ‘no,’” he said — and he didn’t mean no book; he meant no race for the White House.
Part of his stock reply to the politics question — even when it’s not asked — is to cite lyrics from a Lorrie Morgan country-western song about rejecting an unwanted suitor: “What part of ‘no’ don’t you understand?”
Then he chuckles as if to suggest he’s a bit embarrassed by the fuss — fuss sometimes of his own making.
Is he keeping his options open? [Army Times]
Read the rest, but I think a real telling indication of his political ambitions will be whether the President appoints him to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff or not in the future. If the President foresees him as a political threat would he want him working that close to the White House?
Anyway I think even if he wanted to run for the Presidency, 2012 is not an option because he is more concerned about stabilizing Afghanistan than making a run at the White House. Plus no one even knows what his views are outside of military affairs. It just seems like if he is going to ever make a White House run he would have to spend some time defining himself outside of military affairs to really have any chance of winning.