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Petraeus for VP?
Just Thinking | Monday, August 25, 2008 | Momaw Nadon

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.


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KEYWORDS: 2008veep; davidpetraeus; general; gop; heroes; mccain; petraeus; veep; vicepresident; vp
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1 posted on 08/25/2008 6:09:30 PM PDT by Momaw Nadon
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To: Momaw Nadon

I think he’s already said he didn’t want it. At least Presidency, I assume that would also mean VP


2 posted on 08/25/2008 6:12:39 PM PDT by newbie2008 (http://www.google.com/reader/shared/11513180806521029900)
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To: Momaw Nadon

Or the gentleman President Bush fired: General Pace.


3 posted on 08/25/2008 6:13:03 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Islam: Imagine a clown car.........with guns.)
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To: Momaw Nadon
He is doing the job he needs to do right now. I wouldn't want him to waste his talents babysitting the Senate.
4 posted on 08/25/2008 6:13:10 PM PDT by tbpiper (Obama/Biden: Instead of Ebony and Ivory, we have Arrogance and Insolence.)
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To: Momaw Nadon

Wouldn’t that amount to a demotion?


5 posted on 08/25/2008 6:13:10 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: Momaw Nadon

McCain already has the military vote. What does he need Petraus for?


6 posted on 08/25/2008 6:14:12 PM PDT by Mr. Brightside
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To: Momaw Nadon

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.


7 posted on 08/25/2008 6:15:16 PM PDT by submarinerswife ("If I win I can't 't be stopped! If I lose I shall be dead." - George S. Patton)
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To: Momaw Nadon

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.


8 posted on 08/25/2008 6:15:42 PM PDT by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: Momaw Nadon

Petraeus would be a good VP, but this is not his year.


9 posted on 08/25/2008 6:17:03 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Momaw Nadon

I think I would need to have at least a clue about his politics first.


10 posted on 08/25/2008 6:18:18 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Voting Conservative isn't for the faint of heart.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

+1

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11 posted on 08/25/2008 6:20:51 PM PDT by fontman
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To: Momaw Nadon

Intriguing outside-the-box choice. Need to know about his political positions.


12 posted on 08/25/2008 6:23:28 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Intriguing outside-the-box choice. Need to know about his political positions.

Exactly. Military doesn't mean conservative. Even great military doesn't mean conservative. David Hackworth is a good example. Seems like a lot of military FReepers speak of him as a great leader but he was pretty liberal in his opposition to the war in Iraq.
13 posted on 08/25/2008 6:28:38 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Voting Conservative isn't for the faint of heart.)
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To: Momaw Nadon

How about Lieutenant General William G. Boykin (U.S. Army Retired)?


14 posted on 08/25/2008 6:29:14 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: cripplecreek
Military doesn't mean conservative.

Case in point, Weasley Clark.
15 posted on 08/25/2008 6:38:34 PM PDT by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: randomhero97

Weasley Clark wasn’t a great military leader if (British) General Mike Jackson is to be believed.


16 posted on 08/25/2008 6:41:44 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Voting Conservative isn't for the faint of heart.)
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To: Momaw Nadon

NO, why demote the man?


17 posted on 08/25/2008 6:47:30 PM PDT by ConservativeGreek
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To: cripplecreek
"I think I would need to have at least a clue about his politics first."

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.

18 posted on 08/25/2008 6:47:42 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde ("When the government fears the people there is liberty ... " Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Momaw Nadon

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.


19 posted on 08/25/2008 6:51:45 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Momaw Nadon
While I am in awe of the man for what he has pulled off in Iraq, he has never run for office. He has not indicated whether or not he would like to soil his reputation by being a politician.

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.

20 posted on 08/25/2008 7:05:32 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: Momaw Nadon

I’m Sorry BUT, BOLTON would be the greatest VP and future President EVER!


21 posted on 08/25/2008 7:20:46 PM PDT by Squat (Deport the illegals now! Turn Home Depot's into the prisons to hold the illegals!.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

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.


22 posted on 08/25/2008 7:21:37 PM PDT by phrogphlyer
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To: phrogphlyer

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.


23 posted on 08/25/2008 7:30:04 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: phrogphlyer
What good General is not a jackass to work for? They expect a lot from their people.

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

24 posted on 08/25/2008 8:39:28 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: Squat
I’m Sorry BUT, BOLTON would be the greatest VP and future President EVER!

Isn't Dick Cheney still eligible?

25 posted on 08/25/2008 9:37:53 PM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: Momaw Nadon

he’s doing just fine right where he is.


26 posted on 08/26/2008 1:14:02 AM PDT by kms61
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