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London Spectator: Petraeus planning 2010 visit to Iowa
Spectator ^ | 14th March 2009 | James Forsyth

Posted on 03/14/2009 10:47:48 PM PDT by GOPGuide

“THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that General Petraeus is planning on delivering the commencement address at the University of Iowa in 2010.”

So reports Michael Goldfarb, late of the McCain campaign, on the magazine’s blog.

Petraeus going to Iowa, a state he doesn’t have previous ties to, is going to create a huge amount of buzz about his presidential ambitions because the Iowa Caucuses kick off the whole presidential nomination process. If he does, deliver the address—and Petraeus must know this—it will be seen as a sign that he is thinking about running in 2012.

Previously, it has been thought that Petraeus would not run against a president who had been his Commander in Chief. But there are reports of tension between Petraeus and Obama over both Iraq and Afghan strategy.

Very little is known about Petraues’s politics and no one knows how he would make the transition from soldier to politician. But if he did enter the race, it would shake things up dramatically. He would instantly become a top tier candidate and the most serious threat to Obama's chances of winning a second term.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: 2012gopprimary; davidpetraeus; ia2012; petraeus
Coincidence?
1 posted on 03/14/2009 10:47:48 PM PDT by GOPGuide
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To: GOPGuide

Hmmmmm...


2 posted on 03/14/2009 10:49:23 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: GOPGuide

{But there are reports of tension between Petraeus and Obama]

Ya think? Maybe a little?

Obama would fire his butt if he could, but then he’d have a mutiny.


3 posted on 03/14/2009 10:53:33 PM PDT by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: GOPGuide

My guess is he’s a conservative and if that’s the case, I hope he goes for it because he’ll have my enthusiastic vote.


4 posted on 03/14/2009 10:53:53 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: skr
It's too bad Petraues wouldn't have an opportunity to announce his arrival on the national political scene before the 2012 election. Obama would never be where he today save for a speach he gave in 2004.

I've got no idea, nor does anyone else, what his political leaning may or may not be. But, I'm not going to get excited because I've been too disappointed in the past when looking for the "next great Republican". See Mr's Powell, Swarzennager, Romney et. al.

Petraues is a genius though. He his masterfully articulate and clearly has more than above-average leadership skills. It will be interesting to watch.

5 posted on 03/14/2009 10:57:06 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: GOPGuide
Anyone who can credibly challenge the messiah deserves support. If Petraeus can stop a second term, he deserves our support.

In the meantime, let's check out his philosophy.

6 posted on 03/14/2009 10:59:42 PM PDT by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: GOPGuide

I would donate to his run for POTUS. Not the rino party. Lets see how this pans out.


7 posted on 03/14/2009 11:00:03 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules ("We live in an amazing, amazing world, and it's wasted on the crappiest generation of spoiled idiots)
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To: GOPGuide
When will Petreaus be retiring from the Army?
8 posted on 03/14/2009 11:00:03 PM PDT by Tarheel (From the Old North State)
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To: GOPGuide


Let's see ... community organizer ... or builder of civilizations and leader of men.
9 posted on 03/14/2009 11:00:45 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: GOPGuide

If Petraeus is conservative, he would make a great candidate.


10 posted on 03/14/2009 11:00:53 PM PDT by TAdams8591 (Bush's recession, Obama's depression.)
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To: TAdams8591

Nobody knows what his ideas are in terms of policy.

That’s what the primaries are for.


11 posted on 03/14/2009 11:04:20 PM PDT by GOPGuide
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To: GOPGuide

Well, we’ll find out if he is a conserative at that time, then. : )


12 posted on 03/14/2009 11:07:19 PM PDT by TAdams8591 (Bush's recession, Obama's depression.)
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To: GOPGuide

I would never trust current military brass, steeped in a culture of political correctness and completely personalized morality. Big, big mistake without having proven chops as a governor or some such.


13 posted on 03/14/2009 11:13:22 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: GOPGuide

If Obama fails to keep us safe, it will be President Petraeus in 2013.


14 posted on 03/14/2009 11:20:45 PM PDT by montag813 (www.FreepShop.com)
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To: GOPGuide

Holy Cow!

Just last night I was dreaming that he was giving a SOTU address! Oddly, I dont know what he sounds like, so his voice in my dream was of Douglas MacArthur.

Hope he runs as an independent.


15 posted on 03/14/2009 11:23:07 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (Conservatives see untapped potential. Liberals see Tapped-out hopelessness.)
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To: Lancey Howard

Well, he knows quite well what Obama intends to do with and to the military. And we know he is not only a better commander than Wesley Clark but a whole lot smarter. I think a lot depends on what Obama does about Afghanistan, and foreign policy in general. Does a responsible president neglect the economy and foreign policy while trying to fix national medicare? That is what Obama has been doing over the last 50 days.


16 posted on 03/14/2009 11:23:24 PM PDT by RobbyS (ECCE homo)
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To: Big_Monkey
I don't have a clue about Petraeus as a politician. Nor have I served in the Military.

Petraeus as a Military Leader is quite remarkable.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2205056/posts

I heard this story a few years back. He is pretty impressive. What I liked most, the Soldier that erred was not court-martialed. Patraeus was generous and told the Soldier to learn from his mistake and carry on....quite impressive.

17 posted on 03/14/2009 11:24:23 PM PDT by Chgogal (Don't look at me, Comrade. You elected them! Hail to our very own President Mugabe!)
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To: GOPGuide

FWIW, Bill Frist performed life saving surgery on him years ago and they remain close friends. I don’t know if he shares Frist’s views.


18 posted on 03/14/2009 11:24:31 PM PDT by balch3
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To: GOPGuide

Petraeus? I like it. He could be the next Ronald Reagan.


19 posted on 03/14/2009 11:29:03 PM PDT by Jeff Gordon ("An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last." Churchill)
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To: balch3
FWIW, Bill Frist performed life saving surgery on him years ago and they remain close friends. I don’t know if he shares Frist’s views.

Never thought I think a kind thought of Frist again.

20 posted on 03/14/2009 11:29:20 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Tarheel
After rummaging around a bit found out that he graduated from West Point in 1974. Graduated in the top 5% of his class. He married the Commandant's daughter post graduation.

The guy has his PhD in international relations from Princeton. He w/b giving the commencement speech at Princeton this spring. He will also be giving the commencement address at VMI this May.

21 posted on 03/14/2009 11:30:40 PM PDT by Tarheel (From the Old North State)
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To: jjotto

What if he was a VP for Palin?

Talk about a bombshell!


22 posted on 03/14/2009 11:38:45 PM PDT by Aroostook25
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To: US_MilitaryRules

That’s what the conservatives need. A real honest to goodness War Hero. A general at that. Lots of Generals have made excellent presidents—Think George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Ike Eisenhower, etc...


23 posted on 03/15/2009 12:06:11 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Aroostook25

Palin his vp. Unbeatable.


24 posted on 03/15/2009 12:07:04 AM PDT by mojitojoe ( Idiots elected a Marxist ideologue with narcissistic personality disorder & America is dying.)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade
"...That’s what the conservatives need. A real honest to goodness War Hero..."

About the time ACORN got jazzed-up, we had war heroes GHW Bush, Bob Dole, and John McCain.

ACORN is the problem.

:-(

25 posted on 03/15/2009 1:08:40 AM PDT by Does so (White House uncomfortable? Sleeplessness? The 0bama will quit before 6 months are up.)
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To: GOPGuide

Does anyone know what his stand on the issues are? Is he pro-life? I have not heard a word about it. He is a military hero which is great but what are his beliefs?


26 posted on 03/15/2009 1:22:56 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Lancey Howard
My guess is he’s a conservative and if that’s the case, I hope he goes for it because he’ll have my enthusiastic vote.

Is it true that he's a Democrat?

27 posted on 03/15/2009 4:01:17 AM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Chgogal

Considering the whopper mistakes made by Gen. Petraeus in Iraq, that’s good. The good sign is that Gen. Petraeus learned from his mistakes.


28 posted on 03/15/2009 4:03:15 AM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: GOPGuide
Petraeus going to Iowa

By 2010 he may be compelled to lead liberation forces to free them from the obamanation.

29 posted on 03/15/2009 4:10:47 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: GOPGuide

Interesting. I really hope for someone who understands economics. I think that will be the crisis the next president will need to manage. I’m not sure his background would support a small government, low tax, free market system, but I’m open to being persuaded.


30 posted on 03/15/2009 4:22:58 AM PDT by TN4Liberty (The first amendment doesn't end with "...as long as nobody is offended.")
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To: Gondring
Considering the whopper mistakes made by Gen. Petraeus in Iraq, that’s good.

Are you sure you're not confusing him with someone else? Granted, my memory is bad, but I don't recall any 'whopper mistakes' made by Gen. Petraeus.

31 posted on 03/15/2009 5:33:00 AM PDT by tsmith130 (If I had wanted him to succeed, I would have voted for him. I didn't...so I don't.)
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To: Lancey Howard

Even if he’s a democrat, I hope he runs.


32 posted on 03/15/2009 5:37:21 AM PDT by zeebee
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To: Liberty Valance

Is that the Joker next to Petraeus?

All Petraeus has to do is support Capitalism, the 2nd Amendment, and Life and he has my money and vote.

33 posted on 03/15/2009 5:42:38 AM PDT by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. - One of General Abram's men)
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To: molette67; Bag

PING!!!


34 posted on 03/15/2009 5:48:06 AM PDT by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. - One of General Abram's men)
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To: do the dhue

Wait and see what he believes in, we do not need another Colin Powell


35 posted on 03/15/2009 6:02:28 AM PDT by omega4179 (Look out below! Thanks Obamanomics.)
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To: omega4179
Relax, I said that if he supports Capitalism, Life, and the 2nd Amendment I will support him. These are three important issue to me and I want to see where he sits. I am pretty darn sure that he will support funding our military and future weapons development. The rest we need to see what he says.
36 posted on 03/15/2009 6:05:59 AM PDT by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. - One of General Abram's men)
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To: VanDeKoik

For those who might want to see Petraeus speaking, go to CSpan’s website, go into their video library, search on Petraeus and watch his speech at the AUSA convention in early October. It is extremely impressive. He speaks for nearly an hour and a half without a teleprompter and with none of the annoying verbal ticks of the current incumbent. Of course it is full of military detail about the situation in Iraq, which may bore many, but as an example of his speaking ability and his presence it is, as I said, extremely impressive. Apologies for not putting in a link, but my techie skills are pretty limited.


37 posted on 03/15/2009 7:26:12 AM PDT by russellkirkconservative
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To: GOPGuide

Not to question The Weekly Standard, but somebody has to. I will believe General Petraeus speaking at the University of Iowa when I see it. I can’t imagine the Iowa City leftists ever inviting a General to speak to their graduating little commies. They might hear the truth.


38 posted on 03/15/2009 8:01:38 AM PDT by Lets Roll NOW
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To: GOPGuide
IMHO, General Patraeus is much too intelligent to become involved in a run for the Presidency.
39 posted on 03/15/2009 8:10:34 AM PDT by verity ("Lord, what fools we mortals be!")
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To: Big_Monkey

He has leadership skills in the army based on chain of command and respect for his intelligence and the depth of his studying of situations.

Whether he has political leadership skills remains to be seen. That’s a whole ‘nother skill set.


40 posted on 03/15/2009 4:19:17 PM PDT by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1993905/posts)
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To: GOPGuide

I hope he doesn’t have to step in and apply Martial Law and remind Obama and Congress who hired them, and ultimately that document called the Constitution. God bless and keep the USA. We live in interesting times.


41 posted on 03/15/2009 6:26:49 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ("It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: do the dhue
Petraeus/Palin or Palin/Petraeus

I like it :)

42 posted on 03/15/2009 6:36:50 PM PDT by Bag (Impeach Obama !)
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To: GOPGuide
Sorry, but couldn't support Patraeus for President. History shows that lifelong military men have been sub-par presidents. Zachary Taylor, U.S. Grant, Eisenhower, etc. all weren't very good.
43 posted on 03/15/2009 6:44:34 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("President Obama, your agenda is not new, it's not change, and it's not hope" - Rush Limbaugh 02/28)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

To lead our country you couldn’t support a general who has led men in war but you could support a guy who has delivered babies. Strange.


44 posted on 03/15/2009 6:53:30 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: GOPGuide

No so fast, everybody...there may be nothing more to this than some Weekly Standard blogger’s idea of a joke.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2009/03/petraeus_shall_returnto_prince.asp

Still, the idea of a “Petraeus/Palin in 2012” bumper sticker does bring a smile.


45 posted on 03/15/2009 6:58:06 PM PDT by Clioman
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To: Clioman

Again, this rumor falls into the “Peter Pace Should Run For Senate in Virginia” crappola that always brews up on the web.
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Statement by the US Central Command Public Affairs Office:

Contrary to several recent blogs, General David Petraeus, the Commander of the US Central Command, has not been asked to speak at a university commencement in Iowa in 2010 and has no plans to do so.

It us unclear where this rumor started, but it is not accurate.

Furthermore, General Petraeus is not planning to run for President in 2012. He has repeatedly stated that he feels very privileged to have been able to serve our country in uniform and that he would like to continue to do so as long as those above him want him to serve.

When he retires, he has no intention of seeking political office.

In response to questions about presidential aspirations, General Petraeus has often asked questioners to recall General Sherman’s response to similar queries in the late 1800s. Sherman said, “If nominated, I will not run. If elected, I will not serve.” That remains General Petraeus’ response as well.


46 posted on 03/16/2009 5:51:50 AM PDT by PurpleMan
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To: tsmith130

I’m not confusing him with someone else. I’m thinking of when he was in northern Iraq.


47 posted on 03/16/2009 3:01:43 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: GOPGuide
The University of Iowa generally does not invite outside commencement speakers.
48 posted on 03/16/2009 10:14:28 PM PDT by iowamark (certified by Michael Steele as "ugly and incendiary")
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I don’t think that Ike was a bad president. Made a couple of poor Supreme Court choices and a bad VP choice, but was generally a solid conservative.


49 posted on 03/16/2009 10:17:51 PM PDT by iowamark (certified by Michael Steele as "ugly and incendiary")
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