The media's lack of respect for American leaders hit store shelves recently when Time magazine named Russian president Vladimir Putin as its person of the year. And the Dallas morning news named the illegal immigrant as its Texan of the year. Surprisingly, it was a foreign media source that felt an American deserved the honor. United Kingdom's Sunday Telegraph named American General David Petraus as its person of the year for his leadership in the new Iraq military strategy. Here are some of the things they had to say about the general:
- When the White House called, confirming him for the job, President Bush was looking not just for an outstanding leader but also a diplomat, a politician and a negotiator. It seems he got them all.
- So far, the recent surge has achieved what many feared was impossible. Sectarian killings are down. Al-Qaeda is on the run. And the two million Iraqis who fled the country are slowly returning.
- Several Northern Ireland veterans who worked with General Petraus in Baghdad this year came away with the opinion that it is now America, not Britain, which is the world leader in counter-insurgency.
I just wish we could get the American national media on board in recognizing the war's shortcomings AND successes. If they could just show this same character and courage--or even an occasional effort to look at this war from an unbiased viewpoint--there's no doubt it would make this a better country and A Better East Texas."