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DRUDGE BREAKING HEADLINE_David Petraeus for USA President: Run General, run

 
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DRUDGE BREAKING HEADLINE_David Petraeus for USA President: Run General, run
David Petraeus for President: Run General, run


With many voters yearning for an outsider, and military officers looked up to, General David Petraeus could be a powerful presidential candidate and a potentially accomplished President.


Americans have never been so disgusted with their politicians. More than three-quarters of Americans disapprove of Congress. President Barack Obama's favourability ratings have slumped to below 50 per cent and he is no longer trusted or believed by many who voted for him.

Republicans are faring little better and the growth of the Tea Party movement reflects the widespread disgust with Washington and the political class. Incumbents across the board are vulnerable in November's mid-term elections


Many voters yearn for an outsider, someone with authenticity, integrity and proven accomplishment. Someone who has not spent their life plotting how to ascend the greasy pole, adjusting every utterance for maximum political advantage.

In this toxic climate, perhaps the only public institution that has increased in prestige in recent years is the American military. Its officers are looked upon, as General George Patton once noted, as "the modern representatives of the demi-gods and heroes of antiquity".

Where better to look for Obama's successor, therefore, than in the uniformed ranks? Not since 1952, when a certain Dwight Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe during the Second World War, was elected President, have the chances of a military man winning the White House been more propitious.

Within those ranks, no one stands out like General David Petraeus, head of United States Central Command, leader of 230,000 troops and commander of United States forces in two wars. Having masterminded the Iraq surge, the stunning military gambit that seized victory from the jaws of defeat, he is now directing an equally daunting undertaking in Afghanistan.

Petraeus, 57, has survived the collapse of his parachute 60 feet above the ground. After he was shot in the chest during a training exercise and endured five hours surgery, the then battalion commander refused to lie in hospital recuperating. Demanding that the tubes be removed from his arm, he declared: "I am not the norm."

A Princeton PhD, he has revolutionised the way America fights its wars, inculcating the doctrine of counter-insurgency in a new generation of officers who have finally put the ghost of Vietnam to rest. At West Point he qualified for medical school just to prove he could, never bothering to apply.

The problem is that Petraeus appears to have no desire to be commander-in-chief. His denials of any political ambition have come close to the famous statement by General William Sherman. The former American Civil War commander, rejecting the possibility of running for president in 1884 by stating: "I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected."

Yet speculation about "Petraeus in 2012" persists. The White House is wary of him just as President Bill Clinton was wary of General Colin Powell in 1995. Rumours that he wants to run have even reached Downing Street.


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Re: DRUDGE BREAKING HEADLINE_David Petraeus for USA President: Run General, run
breaking yesterday,,,

use search button please
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Re: DRUDGE BREAKING HEADLINE_David Petraeus for USA President: Run General, run
the very first question is have is

WAS Petraeus BORN IN THE USA ?????????

I will always ask that question from now on
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Just what we need....outsider?....please whatever
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Re: DRUDGE BREAKING HEADLINE_David Petraeus for USA President: Run General, run
What a stupid article, stupid author, stupid poster, and stupid ideal.

LET'S VOTE FOR OUR MILITARY DICTATORSHIP!!

WOW I DIDN'T SEE THAT ONE COMING.

A DEMOCRACY TURNING INTO A MILITARY DICTATORSHIP..

READ A HISTORY BOOK YOU RETARDS.
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What a stupid article, stupid author, stupid poster, and stupid ideal.

LET'S VOTE FOR OUR MILITARY DICTATORSHIP!!

WOW I DIDN'T SEE THAT ONE COMING.

A DEMOCRACY TURNING INTO A MILITARY DICTATORSHIP..

READ A HISTORY BOOK YOU RETARDS.
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Caps Lock its not for everyone
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Re: DRUDGE BREAKING HEADLINE_David Petraeus for USA President: Run General, run
I have no problem with discussing the merits of Petraeus as a viable presidential candidate. But to eliminate him solely because he is a military leader without any further vetting seems arbitrary.
If one does in fact examine history one sees US generals that later became presidents have numbered 12. I am not aware of any shift to military dictatorship during those periods.

List includes:

1. George Washington, Revolutionary War
2. Andrew Jackson, War of 1812
3. William Henry Harrison, War of 1812
4. Zachary Taylor, Mexican War
5. Franklin Pierce, Mexican War
6. Andrew Johnson, Civil War
7. Ulysses Simpson Grant, Civil War
8. Rutherford Birchard Hayes, Civil War
9. James Abram Garfield, Civil War
10. Chester Allan Arthur, Civil War
11. Benjamin Harrison, Civil War
12. Dwight David Eisenhower, World War II
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I am not aware of any shift to military dictatorship during those periods.

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Correct. You are not aware.
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I am not aware of any shift to military dictatorship during those periods.



Correct. You are not aware.
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It's Easter so I'm all ears!

I don't know enough about the guy's politics to have an opinion of him.
I do know that having someone who defends and protects the Constitution would be an improvement.
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Re: DRUDGE BREAKING HEADLINE_David Petraeus for USA President: Run General, run
I am not aware of any shift to military dictatorship during those periods.



Correct. You are not aware.


It's Easter so I'm all ears!

I don't know enough about the guy's politics to have an opinion of him.
I do know that having someone who defends and protects the Constitution would be an improvement.
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Fair enough..

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he is the devil.


The last thing we need is a military ruler. We're already halfway to dictatorship, do we need to elect a tool like him?
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Re: DRUDGE BREAKING HEADLINE_David Petraeus for USA President: Run General, run
Peter the Roman?

He should go for Pope
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"run forrest, run!!!"
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Re: DRUDGE BREAKING HEADLINE_David Petraeus for USA President: Run General, run
Peter the Roman?

He should go for Pope
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There is yet another yoda