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General Petraeus Has Not Betrayed U.S.

Petraus has moved on, but in victory — not defeat.

Here’s to General David Petraeus. He never betrayed us. Indeed, he saved America’s war in Iraq. Maybe not single-handily, but there is no doubt whatsoever that without General Petraeus’ bold move to push for more troops to turn the tide against the insurgents, which has paid off handsomely, America would have been severely weakened both at home and around the world.

On Tuesday, September 16, 2008, Petraeus stepped down from his Iraqi command, ceding the job to General Ray Odierno. Odierno is no lightweight either, having served in 2004-5 as assistant to the Chief of the Joint Staffs and as the Pentagon’s liaison to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

Odierno commanded the 4th Infantry Division during the opening months of the war in 2003. He returned in December 2006, at perhaps the darkest hour for the American-led enterprise, to be the No. 2 commander under Petraeus. He finished that tour in February 2008.

While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), among many others of the majority party last year, wrung their collective hands, quivering that we should declare the war lost and evacuate our troops in a hurry-up manner similar to our painful last days of the late ’60’s and early ’70’s in Viet-Nam, President Bush heard Petraeus’ plan and supported it: 30,000 extra troops proved the tipping point in Iraq and the enemy has been on the run ever since.

Certainly the war is not over, nor victory assured in former dictator’s Saadam Hussein’s Mideast country, but there can be no doubt that America’s military has cleaned out the worst of the insurgents and is set now to drive the rest of these infidels permanently off the war-torn battlefields and cities of Iraq.

While leftist peace-whining cowards pushed for America’s ouster in demonstrations and on the pages of this country’s disgusting liberal press, which for far too long has controlled the news to our citizens, brave military men and women were standing up to the cause, shipping in to Iraq and proving through their actions that Petraeus was right and our efforts there have not been in vain.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, presiding at Petraeus’retirement ceremony in Baghdad, eloquently and most accurately said: "Darkness had descended on this land; merchants of chaos were gaining strength. Death was commonplace, and people around the world were wondering whether any Iraq strategy would work.”

"Slowly, but inexorably, the tide began to turn, our enemies took a fearsome beating they will not soon forget. Fortified by our own people and renewed commitment, the soldiers of Iraq found new courage and confidence. And the people of Iraq, resilient and emboldened, rose up to take back their country."

A weary but pleased Petraeus said the insurgents and militia extremists who have created such chaos in Iraq over the past five years are now weakened but not yet fully defeated. He also noted that before he took the assignment in February 2007 he had described the situation as "hard but not hopeless." Now, he said, the situation is more like “hard but hopeful.”

What is most hard is to carry on despite being vilified in the New York Times, The Washington Post and other bastions of our liberal media who enjoy roasting our heroes and doing their level best each and every day to bring down America. This media seems to feel they are intellectually superior to the rest of us and that their job is to be some kind of moral
judge on the nation and its leaders. They seemingly forget that “freedom of the press” is a hard-earned right paid for by the blood of those wise and loyal Americans who have and do fight the good fight while these "intellectuals" curse them and pretend that they know all the answers, while religiously believing that the rest of us are intellectually challenged.

Hopefully, MoveOn.org will do just that, but don’t count on it because, like the insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, these righteous snobs never stop in the efforts to socialize and demoralize this country.

Right-thinking Americans know these types and their games, and we are not about to be taken in by them. Much to their chagrin, it is with pleasure that we note that David Petraeus is hardly going home to do some backwoods hunting, write books, appear in commercials and do guest slots on CNN. He starts almost immediately his new command: Commander
of U.S. Central Command. From his headquarters in Tampa, Fla., he will oversee U.S. military involvement across the Middle East, including Iraq, as well as Afghanistan, Pakistan and other Central Asian nations. He takes up that post in late October.

America is most fortunate to have this man. Now he has indeed moved on, but in victory and not in defeat.

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Mr. Weinberger is the son of the late U.S. Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger. A 1968 graduate of Harvard College, Weinberger is a writer and lecturer on world events. A former television writer, producer and director for NBC affiliate KRON-TV in San Francisco, he served in both California Gov. and President Ronald Reagan's administrations. He now resides in Maine.

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