Now, that’s HOPE I would like to believe in.

    There are a lot of variables to the equation. No doubt, depending upon 2010 election results the Dems will gauge their positive/negative impact. Pelosi/Reid will take hostages if necessary to keep their power. Anyone appearing weak will be weeded out with napalm. There are always the automatic or forced drop-outs depending upon which way the wind is blowing.

    And not included in Steve’s view is the ‘what if’ factor.

  • Quisp

    From Schippert’s keyboard to God’s ears.

    I agree with Melissa’s assessment of Gerson’s column (i.e., what took you so long?) but the majority of WaPo commenters were after him with pitchforks and torches.

  • Mike Devx

    We’ll just have to wait and see if David Petraeus has what it takes to be a viable candidate. He’s a truly fantastic general, but truly fantastic generals don’t always have what it takes to be a great politician.

    I do know that the man loves his country. It must be almost impossible to wake up and get out of bed every day, knowing that you work for a Commander In Chief that loathes this country as much as you love it.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    Petraeus may not want to be a candidate. And I wouldn’t blame him. Scipio Afrikanus did everything in his power to save the Roman Republic from Carthage. What was his reward? Destitution, disgrace, and endless political assassination from the likes of the Roman Senate.

    America has power so long as people are willing to fight and die in America’s defense. But there’s a corollary to that. Allow the people who aren’t willing to do that sit nice and safe, and they can order the complete annihilation of those that would be willingly to take such risks. If Vietnam didn’t crush the morale of the US patriotism and military fervor, then another one will do the trick. And then another one after that, if the first and seconds weren’t enough.


    I have been thinking about a Romney-Petraeus, or less likely a Petraeus-Romney ticket. Both have records of picking up disasters, one domestic and economic, the other international and military. We need both.

  • Zhombre

    There are men such as Perry, Pawlenty and Daniels who have had successful tenure as state governors. They do no elicit the zeal nor have they the recognition of Palin or Petraeus or Romney but they may yet prove credible candidates. I’m hoping for a change in 2012 and dread a second Obama term by Republican default. They seem to strive to be the self-mummified party. Wouldn’t surprise me, frankly, if McCain tried another run.

  • Deana

    Oh, please . . . . oh, please!

    I would not wish the presidency on anyone but at least I would sleep peacefully at night with Petraeus in the White House.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    It’’s a wonder I haven’’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart. It’’s utterly impossible for me to build my life on a foundation of chaos, suffering and death. I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness, I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more.-Anne Frank

    This is a girl that did not know how to fight back, did not even conceive of the option. So all she was left was hope, prayer, and wishes.

    In reality, peace will come once we annihilate all those who started the war in the first place. Then tranquility will return once more. It is as simple as that.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    Of course she knew it was absurd and impractical. But the alternative was to give into despair. I would have given the option to make her dreams into reality, but that would have required bloodshed that would exceed the length and breadth of the Nile River. If she refuses to stain her hands with blood, then her dreams will continue to be just that, impractical.

    But she was never given such a choice. No more a choice than any of the current generation’s children, who have never been given a choice to make into reality their dreams of a better world.

  • Oldflyer

    Just watched General Petraeus on C-Span taking questions at the Marine Corps University and Marine Corps University Institute (Quantico, Va) last this past Wednesday. The audience included journalists, bureaucrats, diplomats (at least one of Ambassador rank), and military officers among those who were identified.

    I knew he was an impressive mind and personality, but I did not appreciate how the magnitude until I watched him field questions from knowledgeable people for over an hour. The questions were direct and multi-faceted. He stood there and gave lengthy answers, without notes and without stumbling or hesitating.

    In discussing the principles that have guided his leadership in the current tasks, he gave full credit to others, e.g. Ambassador Crocker, as well as other civilians and military subordinates.

    He made our President look like an amateur communicator. His ability to think on his feet, recall facts and articulate his thoughts without hesitation was inspiring. He would destroy Obama or any other politician in a debate.

    He has a proven intellect (Phd Princeton); proven command and management ability; is a proven patriot; and a proven warrior. He has demonstrated that he is principled without being dogmatic. In fact my terms to describe him would be: “principled pragmatism”; and “informed and intelligent flexibility”.

    This man could win over “thinking” Americans in a heart beat. I can only hope that he answers the call to serve once again.

  • Oldflyer

    Excuse the errors above. Someday I will learn to take the time to proof-read more carefully after editing. Hope they do not detract from the essential message, which was Gen. Petraeus’s performance.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    Oh, I’m sure those errors are very hard to notice compared to the reality. I didn’t notice any, myself.

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