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#1026705 - 08/22/08 10:15 PM Exit Petraeus, Without Fanfare
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From the Wall Street Journal Op-Ed page


Exit Petraeus, Without Fanfare



August 21, 2008 11:03 p.m.; Page A14
General David Petraeus's tenure in Iraq draws to a close at the end of the month, and it's a measure of his success that he is departing to far less political fanfare than when his tour began. In September 2007, MoveOn.org called him General "Betray-Us," and Hillary Clinton said his claims of progress weren't credible. Now those critics are silent.

When General Petraeus took command 18 months ago, Iraq was sliding into chaos, and President Bush's "surge" was the last chance to bring the country under control. Last April, Majority Leader Harry Reid confidently declared, "The war is lost," and it would have been, if Mr. Bush had taken Mr. Reid's advice. Instead, he stuck with General Petraeus's counterinsurgency strategy, and now violence of every measure has been tamped down; Sunni-Shiite political reconciliation is underway; the Iraqi Army is growing in expertise; and the U.S. and Nouri al-Maliki's government are finishing negotiations toward a long-term security agreement.

However impressive, such gains remain fragile, as General Petraeus is noting in exit interviews this week. "It's not durable yet. It's not self-sustaining. You know -- touch wood -- there is still a lot of work to be done," he told Dexter Filkins of the New York Times.

American military engagement is crucial in the months and years ahead, and will fall now to the capable hands of Lieutenant General Ray Odierno, General Petraeus's chief deputy and co-prosecutor of the anti-al Qaeda success of the last 18 months. General Petraeus will leave Iraq to take control of Central Command, which includes Iraq and the wider Middle East theater including Afghanistan and Iran. With the resurgence of the Taliban, Americans are fortunate the General has signed up for more hard duty.

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#1026708 - 08/22/08 10:25 PM Re: Exit Petraeus, Without Fanfare straw
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That is too bad, he did a good job over there and deserves some recognition for it.
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#1026749 - 08/23/08 02:42 AM Re: Exit Petraeus, Without Fanfare straw
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General Petraeus will leave Iraq to take control of Central Command, which includes Iraq and the wider Middle East theater including Afghanistan and Iran. With the resurgence of the Taliban, Americans are fortunate the General has signed up for more hard duty.

this has been known for quite some time now. he is a fine fine general and he is actually in a better place for us as head of centcom.

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#1026750 - 08/23/08 02:42 AM Re: Exit Petraeus, Without Fanfare kms
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Originally Posted By: kms
That is too bad, he did a good job over there and deserves some recognition for it.

umm, he's commander of centcom. :boggle:

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#1026751 - 08/23/08 02:51 AM Re: Exit Petraeus, Without Fanfare Hated By Some
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well i hear rumor he is a candidate for a running mate for mccain.
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#1026752 - 08/23/08 02:59 AM Re: Exit Petraeus, Without Fanfare kms
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really?

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#1026753 - 08/23/08 03:06 AM Re: Exit Petraeus, Without Fanfare Hated By Some
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i am not sure where I read it today but he was being up there with pawlenty and romney
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#1026754 - 08/23/08 03:18 AM Re: Exit Petraeus, Without Fanfare kms
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wow. i have to think about that prospect for a while. i think it would be a bad idea in the sense that we need him in uniform and leading centcom. but i can see value in a more globally strategic military-civilian role.

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#1026756 - 08/23/08 03:30 AM Re: Exit Petraeus, Without Fanfare Hated By Some
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I knew nothing of KMS's claim that Petraeus is a VP consideration; however I was discussing tonight with my bro and GF that I can see him as a popular presidential candidate down the road.
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#1026773 - 08/23/08 01:34 PM Re: Exit Petraeus, Without Fanfare TheManofSteel
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i guess i should have posted the article when i read it. I am sure it was on foxnews
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#1026917 - 08/24/08 05:12 PM Re: Exit Petraeus, Without Fanfare kms
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think it would be a bad idea in the sense that we need him in uniform and leading centcom. but i can see value in a more globally strategic military-civilian role.


I'm sure his military experience pales in comparison to The One's...
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#1026920 - 08/24/08 07:45 PM Re: Exit Petraeus, Without Fanfare HappyGilmore
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we need a person who can prosecute the political will of the people in charge of centcom. that's how orders work, happy.

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