“You give us our freedom, and we will give you our friendship … peace with you,” one local told Gen. David Petraeus

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“Petraeus ‘Hopeful’ on Final Battlefield Tour as Commander in Iraq”

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,421282,00.html

Petraeus gave his final U.S. interview before the transition to FOX News, and expressed optimism — significant coming from a commander often cautious about signs of progress in Iraq.

“There’s a lot left to be done. You’d like to complete everything but that’s not possible,” he said. “It’s been very, very hard. There’s been nothing easy about this … In the beginning we said it was hard but not hopeless. I think now it’s still hard but it’s hopeful.”

But Wednesday, the U.S. military in Baghdad released details of intercepted communications that commanders said were made between Al Qaeda No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahiri and Al Qaeda leadership in Iraq. The group reportedly complained of being unable to raise money, recruit or receive support from locals.

“No support for Al Qaeda” is something Petraeus says he hears in conversations every day, and numerous times in the Shorja market.

“You give us our freedom, and we will give you our friendship … peace with you,” one local told Petraeus in the market Wednesday.

In a sign of a shift in Washington, President Bush announced earlier this week his plan to order 8,000 troops out of Iraq by February, and redirect a battalion of about 1,000 Marines to Afghanistan instead of Iraq.

At the end of Petraeus’ market tour Wednesday, the commander ran into an Iraq traffic cop, who said he wrote three tickets that day –one for an expired tag and two for drivers not wearing seatbelts.

That is what Petraeus wants to see.

The general thinks results on the ground will trump any talk in Washington or on the campaign trail.

“John McCain: McCain/Palin Rally 09/10/08”

TRANSCRIPT:

JOHN MCCAIN:

My friends, we will keep this nation safe and as Governor Palin mentioned, and you might know this, I believe the anniversary of when General David Petraeus testified before the Congress in the United States.

When Democrats and some Republicans said the war was lost, when Democrats said, weve got to set a date for withdrawal, that would have been a wider war, Iranian greater influence, a base for al-Qaeda, and disaster for our efforts in the region, including Afghanistan, and when the pundits said that my career and ambitions were at an end, I said I would much rather lose a campaign than see our nation lose a war.

I meant it then and I mean it now. Senator Obama, Senator Obama said he said the surge wouldnt succeed, he said it couldnt succeed, he still fails to acknowledge that he was wrong.

He was wrong on Iraq, he was wrong on Iran, and he was wrong when he made moral equivocation between Russia and Georgia when Russia invaded.

My friends, hes wrong on national security, and he has a record.

This person is right on national security, and shes been right and she understands those issues and Im proud of her.

2 Responses to ““You give us our freedom, and we will give you our friendship … peace with you,” one local told Gen. David Petraeus”

  1. Leeballz Says:

    I wish Petraeus could stay, he has done a great job. I hope the next commander will do as great of a job. Although I think they will have to report to Central Command and since Patraeus will be head of that, then I suppose he will still have plenty of influence over operations.

  2. rosettasister Says:

    “I hope the next commander will do as great of a job.”

    Good Saturday morning, Leeballz!

    After I read your comment I found the following:

    “The Endgame in Iraq”

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/015/559qlsot.asp

    On September 16, General Raymond Odierno will succeed General David Petraeus as commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq.

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