Clinton Right on Petraeus. Bush and McCain are too.

McCain convinced Bush. Then he convinced me. Now he has convinced Clinton: the Petraeus, Surge, and COIN are the way to go:

Clinton Praises Petraeus – The Caucus – Politics – New York Times Blog
CHARLESTON, W.V. – As critical as she is about the Bush administration’s conduct of the Iraq war, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a relatively rare shout-out to the military’s top man in Baghdad, General David Petraeus, calling him “an extraordinary leader and a wonderful advocate for our military.”

The commanding general, who has been a target of antiwar opponents and liberal groups like Moveon.org, has been a strong supporter of the escalation of American troops in Iraq, a strategy that Mrs. Clinton and Senator Barack Obama have opposed.

But Mrs. Clinton, as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has had opportunities to talk and meet with General Petraeus about military matters over the years, and some aides say that she respects his expertise.

Major props for Bush for being stubborn enough to keep the war going until he found what worked, McCain for harranging him until he accepted the right answer, and Clinton for adjusting her positions as facts changed.

Bush is serious about natural defense. McCain and Clinton are the two serious Presidential candidates when it comes to national defense.

4 thoughts on “Clinton Right on Petraeus. Bush and McCain are too.”

  1. For all the good Petraeus & McCain have done (and McCain was the only war supporter brave enough to stand up for the surge when everyone else just tried to wish Iraq away, as well as being an advocate of surging troops and COIN for years), what do we do about the Iraqi lack of progress on their end? If they don’t want to share power and play nice, what can we do at this point?

  2. Eddie,

    Thanks for the comment.

    Agreed on McCain.

    Our strategy has appeared to be to support potentially viable sub-state actors when the national government of Iraq has been intransigent, both to “get things done” and to pressure Baghdad.

    It’s pretty clear that victory in Iraq will entail a federated government of Sunnis tribes, Shia, and Kurds. The centralization or regionalization of this future Iraq will depend in part on how cooperative the national government is with our objectives.

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