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Published: Friday, March 26 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Anonymous

What about the varied rsponses for those without health care?
Or maybe the varied responses for those lying in hospital beds because of war and even those entombed.
Do they have response to thier dilemna?

awsomeron

Yes they do. Where Treatment is Poor its getting better.

As for the Dead, Real Bullets, Real Sand, Real Taps, Taps on Tape make me so angry.

I see the General who I love, out greeting the little guys and Gals.

Those chosen to see him look like RM's and the Redhead is cute.

The Smiles are so Plastic they would break if dropped, but its kool to see anyhow.

Re: awsomeron

The picture is not a photo op with the cadets hand picked to look like RM's. This is BYU's Sandhurst team. The Sandhurst competition is a race that is held every year at Westpoint between teams from the US military academies, Canadian military schools, British military schools. Only a few ROTC teams are invited to participate. BYU is consistently invited and performs very well.

My two cents..

If I could meet Gen Petraeus I would have a smile so big it wouldn't come off for days....and I have reputation for not smiling.

Gen Petraeus is a rock star, a celebrity to rival some of the greatest Hollywood has produced. He's educated, smart, adaptable, he cares for soldiers.....a guy after my own retired soldier heart. Rock on, Sir!

He's not in the health care debate, nor should he be. It isn't his business. Those in attendance will remember it and tell their grandchildren about how they met, and listened to a greatest of his generation leaders.


CW3 Jack Beckman, AUS Retired

Greg

It's a real honor to have Gen. Petraeus visit BYU. What a contrast to Cheney! Here is a real American hero, not a charlatan.

I had hoped BYU could be more serious about who it invites in the future, and this looks like a step in the right direction.

Justin

Im a Infantry Soldier in the US Army currently deployed to Afghanistan! I just want to let people know that it would be more than a Honor to meet General Petraeus! Those are some lucky soldiers in the picture shaking his hand!

2-22, 10th Mountain Division

Tim

Right on Greg. Cheney had 5 deferments....never met a nuke he didn't want to use.

Petraeus gets it. He's a soldier's soldier.

Wish he was in charge in Viet Nam instead of Westy! Hopefully we've learned, I think Petraeus has.

Yes, I'm a vet.

Anonymous

"The Sandhurst competition is a race that is held every year at Westpoint between teams from the US military academies, Canadian military schools, British military schools." Who wins?

Justin you an 11 bravo in Tenth Mountain Division. Only the Army would relocate there premiere mountain troops from Fort Carson Colorado to Fort Dumb New York. Sure the 10th Mountain isn't the 82nd, its a unit with a proud history. Read about the Tenth in Italy.

Hail Hail infantry, queen of battle follow me. We are moving out, we are coming in. We won't be back this way again.

I was army before battle buddies and time out cards. :-)

Anonymous

Gen. David Petraeus recently stated that the time is right to reconsider the ban on openly gay men and women serving in the military. It's amazing BYU would still let him on their Provo campus!

@Anon 2:31

You don't have to be straight to kill the enemy, just a straight shooter.

RE: Tim

There is NO requirement to serve in military,

or to serve in politics,


there ARE proper and legal reasons for getting a deferment,

and there is no shame using them.



cheney never used a nuke,

nor has he ever advocated using them.


that is just a plain silly liberal pot shot.

(by the way, cheney is NO longer in office,

thanks for STILL living in the past)

John Pack Lambert

When did it become some sort of black mark to have the Vice President of the United States speak at your institution?
Actually, in many ways more worth noting since that time both the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court and one of the two party leaders from the US Senate have spokne at BYU.
I am intentionally not naming names. Having these speakers was not about the men but the position.

RE: Awesomeron

"I see the General who I love, out greeting the little guys and Gals.
Those chosen to see him look like RM's and the Redhead is cute.
The Smiles are so Plastic they would break if dropped, but its kool to see anyhow."
I guarantee you that those are not fake photo op smiles because I'm the one shaking the General's hand in the picture. My girlfriend commented to me yesterday that this is the only that she has of me smiling. In photos I just don't smile but meeting Gen. Petraeus even though it was very brief was a tremendous honor for us.

navy wife

Wish I could have been there. I have great respect for Gen Petraeus, and appreciate the fact that he's going around the country and connecting with people to make them realize we are still at war, since my husband will be deploying over there very soon. My sincere thanks go out to those who have served, are serving and will serve in the military. I, for one, appreciate all you do. Great job BYU in inviting a man of his calibre.

john

He said "It's about civilian endeavors, getting at the reason that part of the population … might be given to join extremist elements and why the conditions might prompt that."

Could one reason be that the Russians are *invading* their country, and they don't want to be occupied by military force? OK, so that was the 80's. Now replace "Russians" with "Americans" and it's suddenly the 00's. I can't blame Afghanis for joining ranks that resist national invasion. God bless them in their struggle for independence.

S2

re: Soldier's Soldier - When Gen Patraeus was in Baghdad he set aside a couple hours every month to come down to one of the ballrooms in the former Embassy (Presidential Palace)to meet, greet, and pose for pictures with every and any body who lined up to meet him. He did not leave until everyone in line had had their picture taken with him (sent by email to every recipient within hours afterwards.)

His vision and courage in adhering to principles he studied, advocated and promulgated turned the tide in Iraq, and rightfully earned the respect and affection of those engaged in the effort. He has moved up to CENTCOM, where he is bringing the same successes to the efforts to include Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa.

Let's hope Congress and the Administration back him up!

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