"I am honored to be nominated for this position and to have an opportunity to continue to serve with America's Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coastguardsmen, and Civilians"
So say we all. Great Satan's Surging General Petraeus just got the nommie from the Commander in Chief to command Central Command.
As another veteran of combat in dark, scary places recently wrote
"Bright, studious, morally committed, physically brave, willing to carry a
"heavy rucksack" without complaint and with clear-eyed resolve, Petraeus—along
with the courageous men and women he has the honor to command—is our best"
Great Satan's Cent Com (Central Command for the unabbreviated) stretches from East Africa to China.
It's one big mess of dysfunctional states, semi states, kingdoms fully stocked on failure, violence, young people and oil. Iraq on one edge and Afghanistan on the other and tens of thousands of American boots already on the ground in both.
The Land of the Pure is there in one corner, threatening to act up and out with nuke powered jihadis'.
The catty cornered Gaza Strip is burning like an Ipod about to catch fire. On the north 40, the last millenium's Soviet Union time republics of the Central Asia 'Stans, skip along under despotries ranging from the merely authoritarian to the genuinely insane.
And right in the middle lies Iran. In Great Satan's military heirarchy of assignments and commands, Central Command is at the top.
Large, in charge, it features all the killing machines, regime changers and truckloads of hurt and destruction that can be delivered on the heads of freedom's enemies at anytime.
This is significant and the ultimate omage to a cat who can openly testify about Divine Intervention and has the superior intellect (earned a MPA in '85 and a PHD in internat'l relations in 1987 from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and served as an Assistant Professor of International Relations at West Point from 1985 to 1987.
His doctoral dissertation, "The American Military and the Lessons of Vietnam: A Study of Military Influence and the Use of Force in the Post-Vietnam Era," dealt with the influ of Vietnam on military thinking, regime changing and using force. He also completed a military fellowship at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service in 1994–1995)
Recent combatty bona fides of Surge and making any enemy of Great Satan committed to haj to Iraq for jihad, buddying up with Al Qaeda or Mahdi Army as dumb and down right lethal.
"Awards and decorations earned by General Petraeus include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Defense Superior Service Medal, four awards of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal for valor, the State Department Superior Honor Award, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, and the Gold Award of the Iraqi Order of the Date Palm. He is a Master Parachutist and is Air Assault and Ranger qualified. He has also earned the Combat Action Badge and French, British, and German Jump Wings. "
Congrats Surging General! Cent Com is one tough gig - no doubt. And you are one tough cat