Thursday, December 20, 2007
Man of the Year
I agree with Bill O'Reilly that General Patraeus should have been Time's Man of the Year precisely because of what Paatraeus has done in Iraq. As Winston Churchill said, "You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, once they've tried everything else." Even if you don't agree that we should have invaded Iraq, I think you do have to agree that, once we did decide to invade, we should have tried to win it and stabilize the country as quickly as possible -- to save the lives of the Iraqis as much as our own soldiers. Indeed, the surge has resulted in fewer deaths on both sides. Had we had a stable Iraq years ago, we could have been out of there by now. Patraeus has brought us closer to making that a reality, and for that reason alone he should have been made Man of the Year.