Skip to comments.Petraeus for VP?
Posted on 08/25/2008 6:09:30 PM PDT by Momaw Nadon
I think General David Petraeus would be a great choice for McCain's VP.
It would be the Heroes vs. the Zeroes.
I think he’s already said he didn’t want it. At least Presidency, I assume that would also mean VP
Or the gentleman President Bush fired: General Pace.
Wouldn’t that amount to a demotion?
McCain already has the military vote. What does he need Petraus for?
He is needed and best suited to be the head of CENTCOM. He is was we need for winning the war; a true military leader.
Plus he has too much integrity for politics.
Well, lets see.....Petraeus is CENTCOM commander now. That is probably his dream job and he can’t run while in uniform. If picked my McCain, and assuming he accepted, he would have to get out of the Army at light speed. He would not leave until a successor was chosen, confirmed, and brought up to speed. That’s 2 months minimum—more like 3. If he were to try to get out before that happened (which I highly doubt), he would open himself up to all kinds of criticism. In short: it ain’t gonna happen.
Petraeus would be a good VP, but this is not his year.
I think I would need to have at least a clue about his politics first.
Intriguing outside-the-box choice. Need to know about his political positions.
How about Lieutenant General William G. Boykin (U.S. Army Retired)?
Weasley Clark wasn’t a great military leader if (British) General Mike Jackson is to be believed.
NO, why demote the man?
Apparently an (R) following a name is good enough for most folks around here ... and although I can't imagine that Petraeus would lean (D), your point is well taken.
I’m afraid that jerking him from active duty isn’t going to be possible in the next two weeks. It might be something to explore after he retires.
We've been through this all before on this forum..."Powell for VP!"...."Condi for VP!"...."Karl Rove is a Genius!"....
When was the last time any of these three was mentioned in a positive light around here?
The latest craze "Palin for VP!" and "Jindal for VP!"...two years' Governor experience each..haven't proved anything yet. Let them survive the forces aligned against them for a term, and let's see if they get reelected. That will help prove they have the toughness necessary to be a good president, and they're gonna need toughness in this ugly world.
Again, he has not indicated he would like to join the world of pathological lying, filth, and corruption. Why should he? He is a decent and incredibly strong and smart man. We don't get those kinds of people in politics any more.
I’m Sorry BUT, BOLTON would be the greatest VP and future President EVER!
I spent last year at the Army’s Command and General Staff College. That was a part of GEN Petraeus’ command before he went to Iraq, and he left a huge impression there. As for his politics, he’s about as apolitical as it gets, at least publicly. He’s part of a long line of Army officers (at least as far back as Marshall) who believes that voting in a presidential election would compromise their ability to serve should their candidate not win. I’ve also heard, anecdotally, that he can be a jackass to work for.
That said, I’d vote for the man for whatever office he ran for. But I think he’s a little too busy to worry about it this time around.
Thanks for the comments. I certainly commend him for trying to remain apolitical (difficult to do, certainly, especially given how the political parties view the role of the military). The only problem with that is that he has the potential to go in any different direction. He could be a solid Conservative, or he could be a liberal as VP. We just don’t know.
As my all-time favorite Chief told me, "I don't get paid to be liked."
And I think I said that to a few of my subordinates, too. :P
Isn't Dick Cheney still eligible?
he’s doing just fine right where he is.