December 20, 2007

General Petraeus: American Interests Person of the Year

In a return to the tradition of choosing an an individual rather than last year's choice of anyone creating or using content on the World Wide Web, Time Magazine has selected Russian President Vladimir Putin as its 2007 Person of the Year.

Time magazine is makes it clear that, "it is not an endorsement. It is not a popularity contest. At best, it is a clear-eyed recognition of the world as it is and of the most powerful individuals and forces shaping that world-for better or for worse. " Thankfully it also appears the editors didn't get duped by Putin's rugged appearance as it clearly states “Putin is not a boy scout."

The magazine states its case for choosing him here.

In a November post I suggested that it ought be General David Howell Petraeus, adding a great qoute from the spectator:

"At the beginning of this year, Iraq looked like a lost cause but now thanks to his strategy there are real grounds for optimism. When you think of the consequences of failure—an emboldened Iran, a weakened America, a base for terrorists in the heart of the Middle East, the real risk of a region-wide sectarian war—you realise what a difference Petraeus has made".

To gain a further understanding of how General Petraeus’s achievements in Iraq we note Time’s profile:

“At a Pentagon meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in December 2006, President Bush asked the Chiefs how many supported the idea of a surge — the deployment of more troops (which Petraeus would command) into Baghdad to secure the city and create the conditions necessary for a reconciliation of the various Iraqi political factions. The Chiefs were unanimously opposed.”

Britain's Times on-line calls the US surge of troops into Iraq as, "the most important story in the world this year":

"By any measure, the US-led surge has been little short of a triumph. The number of American military fatalities is reduced sharply, as is the carnage of Iraqi civilians, Baghdad as a city is functioning again, oil output is above where it stood in March 2003 but at a far stronger price per barrel and, the acid test, many of those who fled to Syria and Jordan are today returning home."

Ahead of Times’s announcement, the National Review nominated its person of the year on December 14:

“Time magazine hasn’t announced its pick for “man of the year” yet, but we certainly know ours: Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the multinational force in Iraq and architect of the surge strategy that is turning the tide in the war. Petraeus formulated a brilliant counterinsurgency plan. He executed it with care and diligence. And when much of the country didn’t want to notice the security gains that the surge had wrought, he took the national media spotlight to defend his strategy and his honor. In all this, he was nothing less than masterly.”

“For making victory in Iraq look possible again, and for pulling a nation back from the brink of civil war, Petraeus deserves the praise and thanks of all Americans. With or without a Time cover, he is the man of the year.”

Just as in November, General Petraeus is American Interests Person of the year.

Over to you

10 comments:

Donald Douglas said...

Petraeus was my person of the year too, Otto!

American Interests said...

Not surprising Donald, will pay a visit soon!

Tapline said...

Otto, outstanding post as usual. I am in 100% agreement with your assessment of Gen Petraeus. His leadership has been tried and tested. It worked and is still working. I hope it holds. stay well....

Aurora said...

Otto, it's all about your perspective, isn't it? Time's focus is on power without conscience. People like you and I expect more from our heroes. Once society worships power above all else without looking at the character, we are in deep trouble.
I love Petraeus. You've chosen a fine person of the year!

American Interests said...

Tap: Indications are that it shall hold..thanks for coming by...

aurora: Good comments, we appear to see the world through similar eyes. As for Time Magazine, long ago I was a subscriber, now I wouldn't dream of it...

Karen said...

This is the reason I no longer subscribe to or even occasionally pick up one of these rags anymore. Time and Newsweek have done nothing but sabotage any attempts by Americans to be successful in the world against threats to freedom. I think their guilt is showing a bit as they were quick to dispatch editors yesterday to claim the title is only to recognize people who are most newsworthy, who create news attention. Not that it's an honor. Yeah, whatever.

Elaine said...

I too think Gen. Petraeus deserves this honor. The liberal left rarely if ever mention that the surge is working. Shame on you TIME for your choice.

Debbie said...

I think you are correct, Petraeus is the man of the year. If things continue going this way, we really could win. What a good thing to have a free, safe, America-friendly Iraq.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Debbie Hamilton
Right Truth

Ortho said...

I disagree Otto. I should have been person of the year again. I'm influencing planetary thought, one blog post at a time.

American Interests said...

karen: Yes they did dispatch editors but hardly what you'd call damage control. Thankfully there are good alternatives to both magazines...

elaine: Exactly! And good to see you here...thanks

debbie: thanx

ortho: About time someone disagree with me...You and I perhaps Ortho??