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A picture of two men.

One is the leader of his country. The other seeks to protect a country in chaos. There is one who covets power and seeks to retain it by any means, and the other completely eschews it. One rates among the most popular leaders in the world, the other one was sent to a job nobody wanted.

One probably has had his hand in an assassination. The other experienced one…at the hands of his own people.

One is TIME’s Person of the Year. The other continues to toil, thanklessly.

The two men are GEN David Petraeus and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

From Wikipedia: “Person of the Year is an annual issue of United States (U.S.) newsmagazine Time that features a profile on the man, woman, couple, group, idea, place, or machine that ‘for better or for worse, …has done the most to influence the events of the year.'”

You know Petraeus. He of the famous “General Betray-Us” ad by the leftist group MoveOn. The man who the U.S. Senate confirmed unanimously to head the multinational force in Iraq…and then was undercut by the same group of people at every turn.

In the movie 300, Delios-a Spartan- made this remark at the death of Leonidas: “Long I pondered my king’s cryptic talk of victory. Time has proven him wise.” For months before, Petraeus had been trashed by just about every liberal organization known to man. Called a baby killer, a Bush puppet. Told that he had been given an impossible job, and that he would return to defeat. Through it all, he held his head high. Didn’t ask for anything more than he was given, just the time to see his job through.

And, slowly, the tide changed. Now the country he sought to stabilize is on the verge of that stability. Yes, there is still more to be done. But a humble man, given a job that most thought impossible, has placed an improbably situation on the edge of success.

It seems like GEN Petraeus’ vindication will be left to the historians. Would that we, the people who gave him this task, appreciate him for the success he has had, and that to come.

Update: Read TIME’s reasons for picking Putin here. The title of the story is “Choosing Order Before Freedom.” Personally, without the latter, there’s no former.


Written by Coby Dillard

December 20, 2007 at 2:51 pm

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