Right Wing Pushing Petraeus For President

This post, written by Amanda Terkel, originally appeared on Think Progress

The GOP presidential field seemed complete last night when former senator Fred Thompson finally announced he was jumping into the race. But apparently the right-wing isn't satisfied with its choices and is hoping that the race may have room for one more candidate -- Gen. David Petraeus.

Today, the New York Sun has an editorial entitled "Petraeus for President?" In the piece, the editorial writers pen the speech they would like Petraeus to give on the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks:
I am prepared, even eager, to command our forces in this battle -- but only on one condition: That you signal that you share my goal of victory. If you think I am mistaken and wish to continue your efforts to undermine me, then I cannot command. Absent that signal, I will resign, effective immediately, and take my case to the voters in a run for the presidency on a campaign to finish the work of winning the war and redeeming the sacrifice of so many Iraqis, allies, and our own GIs.
The Corner's Kathryn Jean Lopez approvingly linked to the editorial this morning, titling her post "Dream Sequence." Last spring, The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol told the Harvard Republican Club that he and other "conservative insider[s]" believe a ticket of Fred Thompson and David Petraeus might be able to avert electoral disaster for the GOP" in 2008.

It's unlikely that Petraeus would be as warmly received by the American public, which wants withdrawal from Iraq. According to a Rasmussen poll of major political figures, Petraeus has an approval rating of only 24 percent -- a number lower than even Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.

As author of the "surge," Petraeus is intimately tied to the administration and its Iraq failures and has acted as Bush's main PR flack to cover-up mistakes. Some highlights:
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