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  • #16
    CNN's Peter Bergen...
    Petraeus would be an outstanding first diplomat of the United States, although Trump is reportedly also considering candidates such as former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, among others.

    If Petraeus were to be tapped for the job, from Day One he would be one of the most well-informed and well-qualified secretaries of state in the post-World War II era.

    There would be no learning curve for the retired four-star general. Consider that Petraeus commanded US Central Command (CENTCOM) from 2008 to 2010. In many ways the CENTCOM commander has the most demanding job in the US military, because the command oversees America's wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen. The CENTCOM commander also oversees military operations and alliances with 20 countries across the Middle East and Central Asia, which means regularly meeting and working with the top officials in those regions.

    Petraeus also was the on-the-ground commander in both Afghanistan and Iraq. As the commander in Afghanistan, Petraeus dealt extensively with the dozens of NATO and other countries who were part of the coalition he led there.

    It was, famously, Petraeus' counterinsurgency strategy in Iraq that played a key role in reversing the endemic violence in the country in 2007. Counterinsurgency theory and practice emphasizes both military and political approaches to defeating insurgent groups.

    It's worth noting that the Iraq counterinsurgency strategy was based on the 2006 counterinsurgency manual that Petraeus co-wrote with Gen. Jim Mattis, who is the leading contender to be Trump's secretary of defense. Of course, having two retired generals in the top jobs at State and the Pentagon would be quite unusual, but Petraeus and Mattis have worked well together in the past, so would be expected to work together well in the future.

    [...]

    There is little doubt that Petraeus would be an excellent secretary of state. In many ways it is a position he has been preparing for throughout his professional life.

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/28/opinio...gen/index.html

    Prior to SEAL Team 6, Bergen may have been the last American to meet Usama bin Laden in person.
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    • #17
      Originally posted by Combat Engineer View Post
      Congress needs to re-look at the whole system. I think about 50-75% of the care needs to be done in regular hospitals with the VA picking up the cost. Close 50% of the facilities. The ones that remain handle care in more remote areas and for specialty care the is more specific to veterans.
      Sounds like a good plan... Send your resume to Trump ASAP...
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      • #18
        On a related note:

        http://thehill.com/policy/defense/30...p-defense-pick

        Gen Mattis Conceled a confirmed speaking engagement i.e. clearing the calendar.

        Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis recently backed out of a speaking engagement at a conference in Washington, D.C., amid speculation he could be appointed Defense secretary by President-elect Donald Trump.

        Mattis was listed as a confirmed speaker, according to an original agenda posted to the website for Jamestown Foundation, the host of its Tenth Annual Terrorism Conference taking place on Dec. 14.

        However, Mattis informed the Foundation last week he could no longer speak at the conference, according to a source. A Foundation employee confirmed on Monday that there had been changes over the Thanksgiving break and Mattis is no longer on the agenda.
        “The time has come,” the Walrus said,
        “To talk of many things:
        Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
        Of cabbages—and kings—
        And why the sea is boiling hot—
        And whether pigs have wings.”
        ― Lewis Carroll

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Combat Engineer View Post
          On a related note:

          http://thehill.com/policy/defense/30...p-defense-pick

          Gen Mattis Conceled a confirmed speaking engagement i.e. clearing the calendar.
          Sounds like an announcement might be imminent...
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          • #20
            Who cares? It'll be better than Obama's pick of Hillary as his...

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            • #21
              Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
              Who cares? It'll be better than Obama's pick of Hillary as his...
              I was under the impression that the DNC forced that choice on him for party unity.
              Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Arnold J Rimmer View Post
                I was under the impression that the DNC forced that choice on him for party unity.
                Obama needed to have one of these installed...

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
                  Obama needed to have one of these installed...

                  Very true.
                  Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Arnold J Rimmer View Post
                    The latest offering from lodestar is soaking up a lot of passion.
                    I think Bwaha might have been referring to one of our homegrown whiners.
                    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
                      Obama needed to have one of these installed...

                      He needed a set of these even more:

                      Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
                        I think Bwaha might have been referring to one of our homegrown whiners.
                        That would be BWAAAWAAAAA.
                        "Ask not what your country can do for you"

                        Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

                        you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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