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'Romney Picks Petraeus for Veep!' Actually, no.But were you electrified by that headline?
am thinker ^ | h meyer | 7/17/12

Posted on 07/17/2012 5:17:53 AM PDT by bestintxas

Actually, no. Gov. Romney hasn't named his choice for vice president. But were you electrified by that headline? Did it pull you out of your chair, pump up your heart rate and make you believe, for the first time, that Obama's on the ropes and this election is ours to win? I thought so; me, too.

If the talking heads are right (and on rare occasions they are), Romney is playing this decision close to his chest. No one seems to know whose advice, if anyone's, he's seeking. But in the highly unlikely event that he calls me to chat about this, I'd tell him to go big, and to go for General David Petraeus. Here's why:

Petraeus is, quite simply, the most highly-regarded American in public life. Even those who opposed our military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq admire and respect this general. He's so obviously a brilliant, competent man. And he's always come across as low-key and personally modest. By choosing Petraeus as his running-mate, Romney would send out a message to voters that he isn't playing politics as usual; that he wants the most qualified people he can find for his administration -- and that he'll put the varsity team in place to confront a dangerous world.

Choosing the general also would stop the Obama attack team dead in its tracks.

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KEYWORDS: romney
China would up the cash to the Obama campaign if only this were the headline.
1 posted on 07/17/2012 5:18:01 AM PDT by bestintxas
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To: bestintxas

not a huge fan....

better for Pres. than Romney...


2 posted on 07/17/2012 5:23:12 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to Vfight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: bestintxas

Given the problems he has had running the CIA, nope.


3 posted on 07/17/2012 5:23:12 AM PDT by rstrahan
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To: bestintxas

No.


4 posted on 07/17/2012 5:24:24 AM PDT by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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To: bestintxas

Upon reading that headline, I felt alarmed, not electrified, sorry to say.

Gen. Petraeus has referred to himself as a “Rockefeller Republican,” two words that would give chills up the spine of most conservatives.

Granted, Romney could do worse, but he could do better.

If Romney wants a former military man, I’d rather see him pick Congressman West.


5 posted on 07/17/2012 5:24:59 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (January 20, 2013.....The End of an Error)
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To: bestintxas

It’s not 2007.
It’s not a Bush do-over.
Rightly or wrongly, the Iraq adventure is not remembered fondly in the US today.

Let’s move forward — Petraeus may be a fine man, but he would be seen as a step back.


6 posted on 07/17/2012 5:25:51 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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To: rstrahan

Roberts was cnsidered a conservative USSC Justice until a few weeks ago, but he is a fully owned subsidiary of the leftist freaks.

Consider that the leftist freaks called Petraius “General Betray-us” for months and THEN put him in charge of the CIA.

Have to figure the Hussein Heads own him, too.


7 posted on 07/17/2012 5:29:44 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: bestintxas

Considering that he’s letting Hillary dump on the CIA right now, no.


8 posted on 07/17/2012 5:30:12 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: bestintxas

that there is a great endorsement - pick a man who worries the Chinese - and Putin

I’d also be OK with Hayden

Both brilliant men, and patriots

Either one would be most reassuring as part of our national team war with Iran begins


9 posted on 07/17/2012 5:36:27 AM PDT by silverleaf (Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell)
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To: treetopsandroofs

It will be time to fire/replace *ALL* the ‘Rat employees in January.

Bush reached across the aisle and it cost us many, many military casualties because he left our domestic enemies in office.


10 posted on 07/17/2012 5:42:26 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: bestintxas

To the headline: nope.


11 posted on 07/17/2012 5:51:05 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: bestintxas

“’Romney Picks Petraeus for Veep!’ Actually, no.But were you electrified by that headline?”

Is there some reason that I should be “electrified”?

Where does Petraeus stand on ending baseline budgeting, cutting the federal budget by over 40%, eliminating whole departments of government, deporting illegal invaders, returning power to states not given to the feds, Fair Tax vs. flat tax, standards for nominating federal judges, repealing ObummerCare, Medipill, and other intrusions into health care and allowing the market to work instead, repealing No Child Left Standing, repealing “voter rights” legislation, etc., etc., etc.?

Without knowing their stands on the issues, how could anyone be “electrified” by Petraeus, Condeleeza Rice, or any other rabbit Romney might pull out of the hat?


12 posted on 07/17/2012 5:52:48 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: bestintxas
No, China will do back flips if Petraeus is on the ticket. The appeaser will just throw "COINs" at the threat thinking he is winning the hearts and minds of the closet Communists.

Trying to buy the enemies' affection and play off each other's tribal conflicts is/will backfire. All the taxpayers get is ongoing resources wasted on the impossible missions that seek to civilize a counter-hegemony that does not wish to become Westernized or civilized.

Petraeus philosophy in dealing with the "center of gravity" will fit right in with the Nixons', Bushs' and other "New Worldist" who seek to use "capitalism" to transform China (Who use our capital to build their menacing war machine). Cheaper labor is just a bonus too in the idiotic strategy.
13 posted on 07/17/2012 6:05:08 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: Vaquero

Nope....Allen West or Jim DeMint


14 posted on 07/17/2012 6:05:49 AM PDT by personalaccts (Is George W going to protect the border?)
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To: bestintxas

No, it didn’t electrify me at all.

Anyone who would accept a major national security post in this “administration” would raise an eyebrow of suspicion.

How do we know Petraeus isn’t a democrat in the Joe Sestak or Wesley Clark mold?


15 posted on 07/17/2012 6:23:06 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: personalaccts

agreed on West...

I would also agree to Rubio as he is a vote getter in the hispanic community and , except for his dream act BS....much more conservative than Mittens...


16 posted on 07/17/2012 6:25:49 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to Vfight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: bestintxas

Not electrified at all. That would be very disappointing. If Romney doesn’t pick a solid conservative that is VERY unlike himself, he will not get my vote, period.


17 posted on 07/17/2012 6:29:46 AM PDT by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
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To: Vaquero

Mitt’s campaign is nothing but warmed over McCain mush. It ain’t going anywhere, it is all show. Politics and politicians can not ‘fix’ the problems in the White House.

Never forget, they enabled this:
“Barack Obama, an illegal President, a stolen Social Security Number, a forged birth certificate, a forged Selective Service registration.”


18 posted on 07/17/2012 6:55:14 AM PDT by Tomato lover ( 'My soul, wait thou only upon God!')
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To: ZX12R

I don’t see him picking a conservative at all. I hope I am wrong, but Romeny doesn’t want to share the glory with the VP. I think he’d pick Biden if he had his way so the contrast between the 2 might make Romeny look better.


19 posted on 07/17/2012 6:57:23 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Blue Highway
I don’t see him picking a conservative at all. I hope I am wrong, but Romeny doesn’t want to share the glory with the VP. I think he’d pick Biden if he had his way so the contrast between the 2 might make Romeny look better.

You could very well be correct, and I'm sure he's thinking those things you mentioned. However, I think what might stop him picking someone like that, is that he will realize that if he doesn't placate the conservatives, he has no chance of winning the election, due to him being such a poor establishment choice to start with, as our nominee.

The republican nominee needed to be someone that all factions could at least get somewhat excited about and get behind. Romney is most certainly not that person. Party members having to vote for someone because the other guy is worse, is a horrible strategy to rely on for a victory.
20 posted on 07/17/2012 7:14:58 AM PDT by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
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To: bestintxas
'Romney Picks Petraeus for Veep!' Actually, no.But were you electrified by that headline?

NOT I!

SEE: Afghanistan facts: rules of engagement for allied troops—insane

By Michael M. O'Brien

http://americasfailureiniraq.com/2011/07/10/afghanistan-facts-rules-of-engagement-for-allied-troops-insane/

Imagine you’re a soldier in Afghanistan and you see an insurgent in the act of laying a roadside bomb. You may have lost a buddy to an IED. You capture the perp, but then your commander tells you to release him because there is no “immediate threat to life.”

Sounds insane doesn’t it? If you came home and told your family and friends, they’d think you were crazy. Who could blame them? But it’s not a joke. It’s happening in Afghanistan right now, and has been for a while.

On April 16, 2011, I wrote about how American soldiers in Afghanistan are being ordered to release insurgents they capture in the act of planting IED’s, because there isn’t enough ‘evidence’ to make a legal case stick in court. Who’s talking about court? We’re at war, but lawyers are running the show in combat now as much as senior officers.

An article in The Telegraph on July 10, 2011 tells a similar story of how this insanity has permeated into the other allied armies, in this case the UK’s. This policy takes political correctness to new levels. (Every time I think I’ve seen it all, PC throws a curveball and surprises me again!) Based on empirical evidence, political correctness leads to actions and decisions that are contrary to rational thought and behavior, such as this stupid policy not to blow to pieces the scum who’s planting an IED intended to kill our soldiers.

It stands to reason, therefore, that political correctness is insane. The really sad part is that policies like this are executed by officers whose primary concern should be the safety of their soldiers, but who don’t have the courage to tell their bosses to pound sand.

If the story of modern day rules of engagement linked above isn’t bad enough, another story in the MailOnline on July 5, 2001 tells of a British soldier who was captured and then shot in the back of the head by the Taliban, the same guys who plant IED’s and are then released to kill another day. Hey, he’s just a soldier. He’s not important. Who cares about his family and those who loved him and waved goodbye as he left to fight this ten year old war? Politics and profits are more important, and the marching drumbeat of political correctness.

David Petraeus proved to everyone that his counter-insurgency doctrine was a complete failure in Afghanistan. (More American soldiers in Afghanistan have died since Barack Hussein Obama became president than all the years prior.)

As his reward, David Petraeus has been promoted to head the CIA, where he can spend all the money he wants without any accountability like he did in Iraq. Instead of destroying the Taliban we are now going to hold hands with them, the same guys who are killing allied soldiers. We’re now inviting them to the peace table, just like we did the North Vietnamese when we asked them to join us in Paris. But it appears the Taliban don’t like talking peace. They like killing people, like those they killed last week at the hotel in Kabul.

When will we learn that in war there is only victor and vanquished, winner and a loser? (Obama doesn’t like the word “victory.” It’s too strong, too harsh, too warlike for his immense intellect and sensitivities.) Only after the conflict is over can there be reconciliation and rebuilding, but not while the conflict is engaged, not while it’s in progress. It must be fought to a conclusion one way or the other, and then negotiations can begin after the fighting is over.

21 posted on 07/17/2012 7:17:50 AM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet

Petraeus ticked me off when he went after a private citizen for exercising his right to free speech, when he went after the Florida Koran-burning Pastor.


22 posted on 07/17/2012 7:21:04 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: bestintxas

NO!


23 posted on 07/17/2012 8:38:17 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: bestintxas

Nope. Petraeus is a self-promoting gas bag who seems to know to get out just before things go sour.


24 posted on 07/17/2012 9:14:22 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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