Parties you should have crashed: American Enterprise Institute gala with Gen. David Petraeus
Event: American Enterprise Institute's annual Irving Kristol Award, Thursday.
Draw: The only black-tie gala with a lecture and big-band dancing!
Site: National Building Museum.
A-listers: Dick Cheney, Newt Gingrich, Paul Wolfowitz, George Allen, Eric Cantor, David Brooks, among other top conservatives.
Honoree: Gen. David Petraeus, who gave a half-hour lecture explaining Army leadership's thinking behind the surge in Iraq: "In counterinsurgency operations, the human terrain is the decisive terrain."
Buzz: Petraeus 2012, natch. The four-star general insisted a presidential run "hadn't even crossed my mind," but he's got a campaigner's touch, handing out his signature "coins" (shaped like a Central Command patch), which an aide carried around for him in a camouflage ammo bag.
Food: Goat cheese souffle, beef tenderloin with risotto, caramel ice cream torte.
Bar: Open all night.
Disappointment: Ahem, shouldn't the honored lecturer be required to dance?
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May 10, 2010; 1:01 AM ET
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