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Petraeus speaks at sold-out Dutch heritage event

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A West Michigan group is honoring a well-known military leader Tuesday.

General David Petraeus is the keynote speaker of the sold-out, 2015 Dutch-American Heritage Day celebration in Hudsonville. He's speaking about his military career and his Dutch heritage. Petraeus is the son of a Dutch-American sea captain.

It's at the Pinnacle Center at 3330 Highland Drive in Hudsonville.

He commanded several operations during the Iraq War, and later led all U.S. military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. After retiring from the Army, he served as director of the CIA.

Ahead of his remarks Tuesday night, he shared his thoughts with the media on counter-terrorism in light of the November 13 attacks on Paris. He called the attacks a "game-changer" and described Syria as a "geopolitical Chernobyl" overflowing with violence, extremism, and refugees. Adding that he believes it’s clear ISIS has obviously not been contained, he said we are not where we should be in the fight against ISIS despite the damage we have inflicted. Petraeus went on to say we need to ask if we have the right campaign in place to fight ISIS and said he’s confident that President Obama and his team are looking at that and what needs to happen to work with our partners to fight ISIS. He also noted that the French are our oldest allies. See his entire remarks to the media in the video above.