Washington — David Petraeus, the newly retired general with the megawatt media profile, is about to take over the Central Intelligence Agency.
After 37 years in the Army, Petraeus will be sworn in as CIA director in a private ceremony Tuesday.
Admirers and detractors alike are waiting to see whether the retired four-star general will use his influence with the media and Capitol Hill to pursue policies opposed by White House officials who disagreed with him over the course of the Afghan war.
Intelligence officials worry that Petraeus will pressure CIA analysts to change their assessment of the war.
One current and one former U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss classified matters, say the most recent CIA assessment predicts a grim stalemate in fighting with the Taliban.