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Sunday, April 06, 2008

President Petraeus?

Steven Lee Meyers credits Steve Clemons with being “among the first to discuss the prospect of a Petraeus presidential bid in his Washington Note blog last August” in his New York Times Op-Ed piece today.

But I had called it eight months earlier:

These folks will call the ‘turnaround’ a miracle, and they will sing the praises of the aforementioned trio—possibly even paving the way for a likely presidential bid (2012, 2016?) for that ultra-ambitious chap, Petraeus; a consummate showman.
In that same post, I even foretell McCain’s resurgence as a result of the turnaround in Iraq: “McCain also stands to reap some fruits for 2008.”

And with a self-serving poetic license to distort Hillel’s words, I’d say, “Hey, if I don’t toot my own horn, who will?"

One more things: it's been 11 days since Operation Cavalry Charge was launched, and the New York Times and the Washington Post have yet to send one of their eponymous [meant to say, "credible"] reporters down to Basra. All their news stories about Iraq have been bylined from Baghdad, many hundreds of miles away from the battle and its aftermath. Doesn't this strike you as somewhat negligent?


Blogger bg said...


hi TG..

Petraeus put the notion of running
for president
to rest a long time ago..

re: factions of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard..

par their course, the anti-Iraq Liberation MSM & Soros Dems are out to smear Petraeus/ Iraq et al by any means necessary pre his upcoming report on Iraq.. more named & unnamed sources re: Petraeus/ Iraq et al..

Iran joined militias in battle for Basra

i say who really knows anything for
certain except for Iran's involvement..


12:31 PM, April 06, 2008

Blogger Soldier's Dad said...


From 1942..


"Political Washington was largely responsible for setting up two separate commands in the Far Pacific, and it did this partly because of jealousy of MacArthur's great popularity and partly because the conservative opposition press launched a MacArthur-for-President campaign—"

Rumors that Generals have political ambitions are for the most part carreer ending...how ever well intentioned they may be.

The implication is that a General would skew his public statements for the sake of future political favors.

I.E. I don't bother listening to Wesley Clarks military "advice" simply because i can't tell how much of it is politically driven.

5:03 PM, April 06, 2008

Blogger bg said...


HT : Dan R. @ ITM

Iraq's major parties pressure al-Sadr


["We, the Sadrists, are in a predicament," lawmaker Hassan al-Rubaie said today. "Even the blocs that had in the past supported us are now against us and we cannot stop them from taking action against us in parliament."]

that's in sync with TLWJ report..


[The Iraqi opposition held an emergency session in parliament, but only 54 of the 275 lawmakers attended, AFP reported. "The two main parliamentary blocs -- Shiite United Iraqi Alliance and the Kurdish Alliance -- were not present for the session which was attended by lawmakers from radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's bloc, the small Shiite Fadhila Party, the secular Iraqi National List and the Sunni National Dialogue Council," according the AFP report. The main political blocs in Iraq's parliament have given their support to the military operations by ignoring the emergency session.]

would love to hear your opinion,
or if you could elaborate on it..

thanks, :)


8:49 PM, April 06, 2008

Blogger bg said...


oh boy, get ready TG..

hear anything about this??

HT : Bob @ ITM

US, Iraqi Army clash with Mahdi Army in Sadr City


[Muqtada al Sadr's Mahdi Army is said to be preparing to fight US and Iraqi forces, according to a report in The Washington Times. Mahdi Army fighters are "positioning explosives to defend the major routes into Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood in anticipation of a major battle with U.S. and Iraqi government forces," according to reports from Sadr City residents. "Iraqis also said families in Sadr City and other Shi'ite areas of Baghdad are stocking up on food, fearing new fighting that will leave them unable to get to the markets."]


10:51 PM, April 06, 2008

Blogger bg said...


getting lots of anti-MSM criticism news opinions..

HT : Dan R. @ ITM



1:30 PM, April 07, 2008

Blogger BrianFH said...

That wouldn't be a presidential run, it would be a stroll in the park.
Heh. Nibras, if you're going to use four-dollar words like "eponymous" you'd better check your Funk & Wagnall's dictionary first. I doubt their stringers are called "Timesers" or "Post-ers"!

7:53 PM, April 08, 2008

Blogger bg said...


General Petraeus (4/08/08).. :)


9:14 PM, April 08, 2008

Blogger Nibras Kazimi نبراس الكاظمي said...

Hi brianfh,

You're right, I should check these things. I always thought that "eponymous" was the opposite of "anonymous". I can see a uniform grimace on the faces of all the English teachers who had tried and tried and tried...

Keep me honest and spell-checked!



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