Petraeus for President
In 2008, I’m basically a single-issue voter. I will vote for whoever understands our enemies best, and knows how to defeat them in the generational war we find ourselves in. I happen to be for Fred, because I think he knows what’s at stake, but whoever steps up with the best plan and vision for defeating Islamists is my guy.
Having said that… where’s the Draft Petraeus movement?
Especially in light of this:
Don’t look now, but the Petraeus surge is surging.
Surging Media: Yesterday, a USA Today editorial acknowledged the surge is working. The headline reads, “Surge’s success holds chance to seize the moment in Iraq.” The paper says, “Democrats are lost in time.” Moreover, U.S. and Iraqi casualties are down sharply. In fact, U.S. military deaths are down to their lowest level in twenty months. Also, Sunni groups, once sympathetic to al-Qaeda, have shifted allegiances. They are now working alongside U.S. forces. Over on the Shiite side, “about 70,000 local, pro-government groups, a bit like neighborhood watch groups, have formed to expose extremist militias.”
Surging Oil: There’s a big story in the Wall Street Journal yesterday about Iraqi oil output surging back to prewar levels (“Iraqi Oil Is Easing Supply Strain”). According to the WSJ, Iraqi output is back to about 2.5 million barrels a day. In addition, average oil exports in November came in just shy of 2 million barrels a day. That’s a post-invasion record.
Surging Bonds: Bloomberg reports that, “[Iraq’s] $2.7 billion of 5.8 percent bonds due in 2028 returned 15.2 percent since July, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. index data. Only Ecuador’s debt gained more, rising 18 percent.”
Why don’t we go get the one man who has shown actual success in the field of battle? Why settle for some guy who says he has an idea and a plan?
I personally believe a Thompson/Petraeus ticket would be pretty hard to beat.